Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Cool But Powerful Colors

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Cool But Powerful Colors

The Spring 2018 Pantone color palette proves that cool can be powerful. Three of the most captivating, dominating shades in the 12-tone Pantone seasonal collection are from the “cooler” end of the color spectrum, showing the design world that greens, blues and purples can take center stage in any design.

In two previous articles, Design Your Lifestyle has broken the 12-color Pantone Spring 2018 collection into sets of three – the Versatile Complementary Colors and the Bright Tones. Our third of four pieces regarding the collection focuses on the Cool But Powerful Colors – three shades that help change the perception of greens, blues and purples in Spring 2018 design.

This trio is led by the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). An unflinching, powerful purple, Ultra Violet is equals parts mystical and dominant. By its side stand the blue-green of Arcadia and the light but attention-grabbing Little Boy Blue. Together, these 3 colors form our Cool But Powerful collection of the Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette.

The 12 shades selected for the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette (plus the 4 “Classic Colors” listed as an addendum) are a large step for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

So let’s take a closer look at these 3 strong-yet-cool colors, and how they influence color and design trends in the Spring 2018 season.

Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838)

The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year would make Prince and Jimi Hendrix proud. Ultra Violet is a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” color, according to Pantone. Unafraid to make a statement, Ultra Violet is confident and complex.

Pantone Spring 2018 collection Ultra Violet

Although both colors are generally bright and cheerful, Ultra Violet is a departure from Greenery, the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. While Greenery was rooted in nature, earthy tones and complementary neutrals, Ultra Violet is a bit more – well, intergalactic. Even Pantone admits there is a “mystical or spiritual quality” to their 2018 Color of the Year.

Arcadia (Pantone 16-5533)

Arcadia is a little more “retro” of a color, according to Pantone itself. Still, this deep blue-green is strong enough to leap into the present and demand our attention. Somewhat adjacent to an emerald jewel tone, Arcadia stays rooted in the trend of natural green and blue shades that began in Pantone’s 2017 collections.

Pantone Spring 2018 collection Arcadia

Little Boy Blue (Pantone 16-4132)

Baby blue isn’t just for kids anymore. Despite its name, Little Boy Blue packs more of a punch than other light blues, and it’s far less pastel than fellow Spring 2018 color selections Blooming Dahlia and Pink Lavender. Instead, Little Boy Blue is more reminiscent of a Carolina Blue.

Pantone Spring 2018 collection Little Boy Blue

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

If you had any questions as to whether or not 2018 was going to be a bold, vibrant year in design – well, Pantone just answered them.

Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. A confident, striking, and complex purple, Ultra Violet is touted by the color experts at Pantone as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful”.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

In their introduction of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year, Pantone refers to “enigmatic purples” as evocative of artistic and social brilliance, before invoking the names of such luminaries as Prince and Jimi Hendrix.

Although both colors are generally bright and cheerful, Ultra Violet is a departure from Greenery, the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. While Greenery was rooted in nature, earthy tones and complementary neutrals, Ultra Violet is a bit more – well, intergalactic. Even Pantone admits there is a “mystical or spiritual quality” to their 2018 Color of the Year.

Now that we have our Color of the Year, the question for home, interior, kitchen and bath designers is simple. Where do we go from here?

Ultra Violet is a bold choice by Pantone, and admittedly seems far better suited to fashion design that interior or industrial design – at least on first glance. Decor designers have already utilized Ultra Violet on accessories and furniture, ranging from lounges to lamps, carpets to chairs.

What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?
What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?

But will we see home designers bold enough to utilize Ultra Violet as a primary or statement shade for full room design? Is 2018 the year where purple dominates accent walls, wainscoting, and total area paint rather than throws, accessories and pillows?

Early returns are in, and reviews are generally positive for Pantone’s choice of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year. The Guardian appears captivated by Ultra Violet, providing a vivid display of photos utilizing the shade of purple. Meanwhile, the New York Times is a bit more cautious in its appraisal, calling the color more “wishful thinking” than a reflection of what’s actually happening in society.

But that’s part of the charm of Ultra Violet – sometimes, the color we put into our world is simply a reflection of what we want it to be. And by injecting a mystical, vivid, daydreamer’s shade of purple into 2018, perhaps Pantone is giving us all a way to design our lives into a positive state.

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