Written by Charlotte Botham.
“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky
Well, we have been officially told what the two main colour’s of 2018 are. It’s like being back at school again. The teacher walks in and says “these are the two things you are going to learn about next year” – you have no choice.
However, we as interior design lovers eventually grow to love these colours (or do we?) and become so amazed by them – but I am not a fan of one of these for 2018.
Shall I tell you what they are then?
Pantone: Ultra Violet 18 – 3838
On 7th December 2017 Pantone released after great suspense their 2018 Colour of the Year. Drum roll please….. and out came “Ultra Violet”.
Pantone describe their colour of the year 2018 as “complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.
Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.
Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energises the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”
After reading this from Pantone, I remembered that they recently released a colour – naturally a shade of purple with the Prince estate “Love symbol #2”. Don’t you all think that they could have come up with a different colour for 2018 and not a different shade of the same colour? After all, such a big deal was made about this and now the 2018 colour – it doesn’t feel like anything new and exciting. Or does it just show that 2018 is the year for Purple?
Thoughts on this?
Lastly Pantone’s main quote about Ultra Violet is that it’s “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
On 12 September 2017, Dulux released their 2018 Colour of the Year. And along came Heartwood.
This is what Dulux say on their website regarding Heartwood – “It’s the 15th year of Colour Futures – the trend research where we identify one hero paint colour that is relevant in homes around the world. This year’s colour is Heartwood, a beautiful warm pink chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre. Calm or cosy, energetic or relaxed – the feel of your home can be transformed by Heartwood in different ways. Dive deeper into Dulux Colour of the Year’s four complementary colour palettes for 2018 to find the mood and style that suits you.”
Heartwood, “a beautiful warm pink”, can be combined with these 9 other colours that Dulux recommends:
How to incorporate these colours of the year into your home
Either go all out with Ultra Violet…
Or use it to add pops of colour
Add some textured, purple wallpaper to an existing part of your room to incorporate variety:
Either go all out with Heart Wood…
Or incorporate the colour into your home with pops of colour subtly:
So, now that 2018 has arrived – what will you be choosing? The bright and mysterious Ultra Violet? Or the warm pink Heartwood?
However, you don’t have to choose just one – “YES”, I hear you cry… “I love them both” – why don’t you use them together. Have Heartwood as your main colour and use splashes of Ultra Violet around to stand out. Now there’s a thought!
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