Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!
1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris
It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.
2. PARIS - Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank –
Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.
Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.
4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome
As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.
5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome
This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'
6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London
The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.
7. LONDON - Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London
The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.
8. LONDON - Priory Road, West Hampstead, London
A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.
9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious!
10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York
What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!
From the colour institutes to premium paint companies, many have released their predictions for 2018 colour trends. This trend forecast is crucial for the fashion and design industry, as it will indicate the colour standards for either upcoming designer collections or your trendy home in the near future. If you have come across fashion trends in magazines or runaways, what would be obvious to the eyes is the chosen colour palette. For example, new collections come out every season and there would be Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Often Spring and Summer represent a lighter in shade and brighter in colour. Where on the other hand, Autumn and Winter leans more to the darker and warmer tone colours. Many designers rely heavily on corporations like Pantone to predict which of many great colours ought to determine and fulfil our creativity.
According to Pantone Color Institute trend forecasting, the classic colour palette for the spring would have more of a cooler undertone with a few warm shades and neutrals. There would be Pantone’s Sailor Blue; a navy and true marine blue with a hint of purple, Harbor Mist; a mid-tone gray also with a cool lilac undertone that was the designated color that could ties together all the colors of 2018, Warm Sand; a classic light neutral brown that is staple all throughout the seasons, and Coconut Milk; that could truly represent the definition of off-white.
Sailor Blue and Harbor Mist
Warm Sand and Coconut Milk
Don't be afraid of choosing darker colours like Sailor Blue as the main colour of your living space! Sailor Blue is a unique shade of blue that could be paired perfectly with lighter colours and it would be complementary with other tones as a whole. For example, here we have Sailor Blue alongside with bone whites and even darker colours like the hunter green sofa and brown notes from the table and leather chair.
Here is the entire colour palette by Pantone for you to compare and contrast which one is the most suitable colour for you. The entire colour palettes continue on lighter however still in the warmer tone. Can be found in various of other colour trends predictions and the similarities are very noticeable. Dark reds that have hints of brown undertones like Spiced Apple, followed by Ash Rose which has a more muted shade of pink/red rather its brown ashy undertone shines through. The colour range escalated to a lighter and peachier undertone that leads to shades such as Blooming Dahlia from Pantone.
Spiced Apple, Ash Rose, and Blooming Dahlia
Ash Rose is very on trend at the moment; fashion-wise and even pink restaurants are the main attraction lately (for aesthetic purposes). It is a subtle tone of mauve-pink that goes with a variety of colours from grey to blue, green, and beige. As you can see below, whether you want to pair it with wood furniture or IKEA whites, everyone would still be able to pull it off.
It is not a complete colour palette without the bright colours. The chosen colours are Lime Punch; could be simply put as a true neon green, Meadowlark; is a confident, bright and lively yellow, Arcadia; is a teal with a subtle cool green and blue undertone, and Cherry Tomato; a bright orangey red, yet is still a fiery red.
Lime Punch and Meadowlark
Arcadia and Cherry Tomato
Completely understandable if you're afraid to paint the entire wall Meadowlark yellow. It is a very bold colour no doubt, but if you pair it with colours such as Warm Sand from the classic colour palette, it can calm down the overwhelming brightness by transferring it to you everytime you see it! Look at that happy doggy!
Last but not least, the colour palette has a spot for the purple-pinkish tones. Starting out with the darkest shade UltraViolet; which does right by its name, a true representation. Goes lighter to Spring Crocus; many would call a mauve colour, a paler purple. Pink Lavender; like the flower itself, an extraordinary shade of purple. On the other hand, Little Boy Blue may seem like the typical baby blue but it can also be classified as periwinkle, a hybrid between blue and violet.
Ultra Violet and Spring Crocus
Pink Lavender and Little Boy Blue
Isn't UltraViolet just a sexy and mysterious colour? First of all, there are two kinds of colours under light exposure, ambient and diffuse. Ambient colour is the shadow colour, may appear darker than the colour illuminated. The illuminated one would be the diffuse colour. If you incorporate Ultraviolet into your living space, it can give you a range of shades depending on your lighting. Even with the slightest amount of light.
To experiment with different colors can be truly refreshing. There is no need to change your existing furniture, just invest in a really good bucket of paint and you are good to go. Anyway, who wants to live in a house that goes even duller every year? Spice it up with these shades that are going to be on trend next year!
Just moved into a new house or you just want to spice things up? Personalising your own home is like wearing clothes, on some days you may not want to put much effort on dressing up but you will always manage to give little hints of your personality. Either you want to go for a pastel theme or have a monochrome persona; make it scream You.
Wood or Tiles
Let’s start from the foundation. Flooring! The thought of changing the whole floor may seem like a lot of work, hence why vinyls exists. Vinyls will save a whole lot of human energy and is cost friendly too (always a plus!). Instead of going through the trouble of which kind of wood you want for your home, you can choose to go for vinyls that gives off a similar look. From the lightness of maple wood, to trusty old-fashioned oak wood.
With the famous attraction for tiles on social media like Instagram, everybody would be demanding to have pretty intricate tiles under their feet. Some may think that it is too overwhelming to have a mosaic-like textured pattern across the floor of their homes, but if you style your furnitures and rugs accordingly, you should be able to pull it off!
Paint or Wallpaper
All the furnitures and items have to look cohesive; hence why ‘cream’ or ‘beige’ are the most reliable colors in the market. The thought of having all the walls in the house painted with a bright color is scary. A solution to that is maybe only paint a couple of the walls around the house and leave some to a safe white. Settle for colors that will go with your house’s color palette, that will bring more dimensions into each rooms.
With wallpapers, the range of option is huge. From vintage to modern, you can get about anything that tailors into your own liking. And if you want the desired effect of a patterned wall without committing into having it on the entire wall, a vinyl wall art is a great alternative. Kismet Decals produces beautiful, cute and unique designs for removable wall stickers.
A Punch of Color
One of many key points to interior design is a color scheme. Whether it is unintentional or not, there would always be an established house color palette. It’s a good thing! Could be your favorite color or your loved ones, it’s a fact that colors can add up the extra mile for your home interior game. Adding colorful pillows and blankets on the sofa, changing up the bouquet of flowers, paintings across the walls, and a vintage wine-red drawer are only a couple of things that individualises a home. If you are still contemplating of which color to invest in, then the color trend predictions 2018 is the article for you!