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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - UItra Violet

December 26 2018 – Rustic Reach

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - UItra Violet
Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - UItra Violet


Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet

Long time ago, we have known that the annual representative color for year 2018 is PANTONE 18-3838 UItra Violet. Compared with 2017 annual representative green color which is used to relieve tension and anxiety, UItra Violet is more futuristic. UItra Violet is one kind of purple that can stir up thoughts and reflections, conveying the thoughts of originality, creativity and perspectiveness and guiding our future as well.

The executive director of the pantone color institute Leatrice Eiseman says: “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” The vice-president of the pantone color institute Laurie Pressman adds: “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than what’s trending in the world of design. It’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”

The mystical purple has been a symbol for counterculture, non-traditional and artistic brilliance for a long time. The music idols prince David Bowie and Jimmy Hendrix make the purple tones to the forefront of the western popular culture, becoming the expression of personality, subtle but full of emotion. The deep of PANTONE 18-3838 UItra Violet symbolizes the experimental spirit and nonconformity. It stimulates the imagination of the unique personal impression in the world and the pushing away of boundaries through creation.

UItra Violet is always with a mystical and spiritual characteristic in history. It arises people the mindfulness and provides a higher level standing room for those who are seeking for an exciting world.

Purple has very big effect on the physiology function of human body and it has inhibitory action to somatic motor nervous system, lymphatic system and cardiac system. It also can maintain the potassium balance inside body and make person have a safe sense. From this point of view, it is very appropriate to make purple as the household dominant hue.

Speaking of the use of this color in the home, we have to mention that Monica in the classic American TV series Friends who walks in the forefront of fashion for home color collocation. After 20 years, this bold contrast color is still fashionable. It is visible that purple is really an enduring popular home color.

Regarding this kind of bright color, too much or too miscellaneous will appear vulgar easily and it is out of space if built with the furniture that does not have a slightly rise model. Choosing this kind of color means to use advanced design to line it, so we can say that the person who dares to try purple is the one that walks in the heading of fashion.

So how shall we match the purple color? Here we have ideas from different perspectives.

Firstly, do the color matching based on character. The purple color which vogue advocates highly is with a bit gray and shows a neuter peculiarity. The collocation skill is that: in the bedroom that gives priority to purple, we can join a few yellow, placing a yellow daffodil bunch or sunflower for instance, which can let the quiet atmosphere become some more active. If the wall is blue-purple, we can try violet white stripe or pure white cloth.


Secondly, make color blending according to the lightness. As one of the three elements of color, the lightness refers to color degree. In chromatic series, any purity has its lightness characteristic and among them, yellow is the color with highest lightness while purple is the color with lowest lightness, so we often see the design that matches purple with yellow. Moreover, purple and white are inherent perfect collocation. Because the tranquility of white can soften the alienate feeling of purple. The color gradient of carpet of furniture lamps and lanterns makes the space richer and greater complexity. 

Thirdly, design the color matching among the similar ones. For a similar color or adjacent color that contains the same purple pigment, different purple can make various effects on people feelings. For example, use fuchsia in a large scale, which will make people generate a sense of fear while dark purple suggests that a major disaster may happen. But lavender is a kind of color that is more beautiful and lively. Adding a bit purple such as the lavender stem to the home that is full of light color can make the atmosphere live immediately. If you do not want to take a risk to try bedding face purple, how about adding a bit purple to bring out the crucial point to light up the home. So we can use the similar colors but with different lightness and shade to match each other as the same color series matching makes the whole space full of romantic sense.


Fourthly, it is about the styles.

Lilac used as collocation for any color can explain the feeling of nostalgic and ancient time, making a person come back to the dream like Victoria times. Lilac is blended red and blue. Compared with pink, it is more delicate and harder. Collocated with other color, it shows elegant and distinctive, providing nostalgic feeling by restoring ancient ways.

Lastly, come to the dream ticket of purple and blue.

In cool color series, blue has the effect that shrinks back on the vision, so if used properly, it can make the room look bigger. How about trying the patchwork cotton fabric in blue for sofa? The mist like smoke like purple can give you a wonderful early spring experience and it can alleviate the heaviness of deep blue, bringing mature feeling.


With all in mind, let’s catch the tail of time and try to decorate our home with the Pantone Color of the Year 2018-UItra Violet.