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.

What’s YOUR take on Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year? Your opinion matters to us. Leave a comment, and don’t forget to subscribe to Design Your Lifestyle!

What Colors Do I Use For Mother’s Day? Find Out Here!

Pick These Colors For Mother’s Day Gifts and Designs

Happy Mother’s Day! To the women that raised us, nurtured us, gave us food, clothing and shelter, and sacrificed of themselves to make our lives better – thank you. The words can never be quite enough, but after all you’ve given us, what could be?

It’s that beautiful time of spring, when everything is in bloom, the weather starts getting warm (and staying warm!), and we get to honor the wonderful women in our lives with Mother’s Day gifts, cards and flowers.

A Mother's Day Pantone color design palette.
A Mother’s Day Pantone color design palette.

It can be a slightly awkward affair at times – especially when picking flowers, can’t it? We often find ourselves poring over the floral selection, wondering what each color of roses symbolizes, and whether or not we’re being appropriate (especially if it’s a mother-in-law or a friend!). Are red roses too romantic? Are yellow roses too “friendly” and not “loving enough”?

When it comes to color and design, we here at Design Your Lifestyle like to think we have your back. Coupling our parent company’s knowledge as the most award-winning kitchen design firm in North America this century with our own research into Pantone color system seasonal trends, we’ve come up with the perfect Mother’s Day palette for you!

From warm to cool to neutral, these colors (taken straight from the Pantone color matching system for easy retrieval) are perfectly appropriate – and appropriately perfect! – for Mother’s Day.

The Perfect Colors For Mother’s Day Design

1. Primrose Yellow.

Our lead writer may be a bit biased here: his mother, after all, has a “sunny” disposition when it comes to life and her favorite songs. From “Here Comes the Sun” to “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, it only seemed appropriate to list the hottest shade of bright, sunny yellow from the Spring 2017 Pantone collection as our #1 color design pick for Mother’s Day.

Primrose Yellow (13-0755 TCX) is optimistic, warm, and friendly – perfect for Mother’s Day. Whether it be yellow roses, carnations, gift wrap, lemon cookies (or a bottle of Limoncello), this shade conveys all the love and warmth you want to show Mom this year.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Primrose Yellow injects pure sunshine into spring.

2. Pale Dogwood.

Much like Primrose Yellow, our next color choice comes straight from Pantone’s Spring 2017 color collection. Pale Dogwood (13-1404 TCX) is a light, blushing pink that reflects feminine charm and genuine affection. Unlike a hotter shade of pink (which might set a more romantic or distracting tone), a calmer shade like Pale Dogwood conveys the proper message.

A light shade of pink like this one is a great choice for gift wrap, flowers, table settings, and invitations.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The light, airy Pale Dogwood is an amazing shade of pink.

3. Lily White.

Don’t judge a color by its name! Such is the case with Lily White (11-4301 TCX), which upon further inspection has a subtle hint of green underneath its neutral white tone. The perfect neutral to accompany all 3 of the other shades in this collection, Lily White manages to be a “warm” white to draw some attention in the midst of its pastel compatriots.

Lily White is a beautiful color choice for present packaging or gift wrap/ribbon, table settings, invitations, vases and other textiles, and a great “pairing color” for the others on this list.

Pantone Lily White. 2017 Mother's Day Colors.

4. Violet Tulip.

Roses are a popular floral choice for Mother’s Day bouquets. But a close second to roses are tulips – and a great purple shade with the tulip in mind rounds out this year’s collection of Mother’s Day colors in our Pantone color palette. Violet Tulip (16-3823 TCX) is a cool lavender shade that is soothing to see.

Use a light lavender shade like Violet Tulip in floral arrangements, “bath and spa” gifts, gift wrap, and in room decor if you’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or get-together at your home.

Pantone Violet Tulip. 2017 Mother's Day Colors.