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Ultraviolet is Pantone’s 2018 color of the year. Perhaps this means that the New Year will evoke a bit of Prince’s “Purple Rain” vibes (yes, please). “Enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance,” states Pantone’s site.
Whether you’re all about the color purple or want to lightly add elements of the shade into your home, there are decorating tips to help you achieve your look. Havenly design expert Lauren Cox shared her décor tips for incorporating the new shade into your favorite room.
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- Ultraviolet is a familiar shade of purple—almost like the purple crayons you used as a child—which can trigger the nostalgia of pop art or cartoons. Mixing it with other shades and variations of purple will help tone it down, and feel more approachable and less bold.
- Use basic color theory principles to make the pops of purple feel natural (and not uber trendy). Yellow and purple are complementary colors, so don’t be afraid of using gold as the backbone of your design!
- Purple is often found in nature (think, your favorite flowers, a brilliant sunset, and even a calming ocean), so other colors found in nature like blues, greens, and even pinks, are a very organic pairing with the 2018 color of the year.
- Because it is bold and bright, ultraviolet itself is a challenging color to incorporate into a room design. Be sure to be subtle with your use of it. Finding one signature piece of furniture or decor item to channel the color will result in a tasteful execution. Some ultraviolet accent suggestions for your room include: pillows (pairing the color with other pop colors could be a playful execution but you'd need a neutral backdrop), a single chair in a living room, a woven rug that incorporates the color, or a velvet headboard.
- Because of the shade's richness, velvet ultraviolet makes for a great upholstery. Or, finding a pattern that uses ultraviolet would also read nicely.