It’s the best time of the year . . . Pantone’s Colour of the Year has been announced! (What, did you think we were going to say “the holidays”?) On the heels of last year’s slightly controversial colour, a bright yellow-green called Greenery, comes yet another difficult-to-decorate-with pick: Ultra Violet. As in a bold, blue-tinged purple hue that is probably flooding the creative conversations in fashion houses and paint companies at this very moment. Pantone’s executive director used terms like “inventiveness,” “imagination,” and “creative inspiration” when describing the colour, and we can certainly agree that all of the above will be required to work such an, ahem, regaltone into homes that don’t yet use it (that is to say, it’s not as easy to decorate with Ultra Violet as it is to decorate with blue).
We’re all for colourful interiors though, so here are a few ways to work Ultra Violet into your decor without it looking like a fifth-grade fantasy land.
Use it as an accent
Whether you end up with a few sprigs of lilac in a jar, a pair of purple throw pillows, or a vintage rug with a few violet threads in it, the easiest way to start decorating with a new colour is to take baby steps.
Soften it with other purples, pinks, and blues
By working with other shades in the same colour family—lilac, blush, mauve, blue, etc.—the boldness of Ultra Violet will soften and you’ll suddenly feel right at home.
Embrace a moody theme
Dark and romantic, purple begs for a full-on embrace of other supersaturated dark colours and rich fabrics. Think leather, velvet, and dark-coloured woods—go big or go home, right?
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