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!
Isn’t earth magnificent? You do not have to label yourself as an environmentalist to agree on that. With the prevailing environmental conditions that have caught the eyes of the politicians; whether they do believe in global warming or not, it is an issue we do not need confirmation for because we feel it changing everyday. Not everyone would be willing to go out into the streets to spread awareness about the matter, but we can do that from our home. Setting examples to your kids or even is an interesting topic to talk about with your peers while sipping on a glass of red wine. Don’t be fooled because these may be minor adjustments, but they have major impacts.
It is a fact that very few people are actually capable of keeping plants alive and the rest of us let the fact slip our heads that these oxygen-producing things need water and sunlight as well. Put a reminder if you need to, but watering plants can easily be a part of your routine if you are committed to it. What would be game-changing is low light houseplants! Starting with ZZ Plant, which is a death-proof houseplant (to a certain extent), Ferns, Snake Plant, and Pothos. A number of the most common houseplants with the lowest maintenance needed as possible. Aside from giving your living space the nature touch it needs, you are doing the world good.
Something as simple as choosing the right kind of lightbulbs to use can be crucial. Electricity plays an important role in contributing to global warming. Opting for LED light bulbs is always the better option. As much as one can love a dimmable light bulb to achieve that romantic and more zen vibe, it is not the most environment friendly.
Let’s apply the ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ mantra into your home. Reduce your waste, starting from purchasing more organic foods rather than processed ones to eliminate excessive packaging. If you are bored of your old furniture, considering donating them to a new home, thus someone else can reuse it. Opting for vintage furniture, you are basically reusing someone else’s, congrats! It does not end there, by definition, recycle means converting (waste) into so something reusable again. Here are some ideas to kick-start your imagination. From a humble ladder to a chic bookshelf and who knows you can hang your clothes with chairs?