The Pantone Colour of the Year
By Michaela Mir
Reading through interiors magazines and press packs towards the end of 2017, there was much discussion about the colours of 2018. Had grey had its day? Would we still be embracing the emerald, moss and vivid greens influenced by the Pantone colour “greenery” of 2017? Would we still be holding on to Rose quartz and serenity - the stand out colours of 2016?
Three weeks in to the year and as I flick through the February issues and stare at the instagram squares, several things strike me.
The Pantone colour for this year - PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet - is tricky and seems to have divided opinion. It’s definitely a bold statement. Trawling the High street which, to be fair, is still clinging on to the Sale and searching all the usual suspects online, there is a little evidence of it creeping in with the likes of Liberty featuring purple in some of their mail shots.
Speaking to colleagues there seems to be a greater fondness of deep velvety navy blues and the dark hues associated with them. They are, after all, much easier to style.
Image shown featured in Livingetc's May 2017 edition
As we approach the Spring months (Hooray!) one of the colours that seems to be banded round as an alternative is lilac. Think the sugared almond version. This works well with the accents of gold that we are still seeing and may creep in as an alternative to where we’ve been using pastel pinks.
The armchair shown is from Anthropologie, while the cushion can be found on the Heal's website.
This is a roomset from John Lewis, showing how a purple vase and purple books can add to a room
My solution to using the purple hues from Pantone's 18-3838 Ultra Violet this year would be as a subtle piece, rather than going the whole hog. But that’s just me. Think a velvet armchair, a vibrant vase, indigo flower petals, deep textured textiles or a glossy ceramic bowl.
These notebooks are from Paperchase
Pantone has published a microsite with links to lots of fashionable products for the home, all inspired by their chosen colour of the year. Check it out to see how you could incorporate this year's on-trend colour in your style!