Okay before you say it, I’ll say it for you, “What a new color of the year?”

Seems like every few months I’m telling you about the latest color trends. That’s because trends are very subjective. They are based on many factors and opinions. The mood of the country or more recently the global temperament. They reflect our world today.

Trend watchers are textile designers, furniture merchandizers, architects, interior designers, just about everyone involved with products of color. They travel, research, listen and observe the way people live or want to live. What is seen on fashion runways and even the way florists arrange flowers are taken into consideration. Little by little, bits and pieces start to come together to formulate color trends.

Ultra Violet is the Purple Rain We Need
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The most anticipated color announcement comes from Pantone. The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development. When they announce the color of the year, the world listens and trends begin to flood the market.

This year’s color is Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection. Intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” states Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

And you thought purple was just another pretty color!

Ultra Violet is the Purple Rain We Need
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Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. As a designer, I think it is one of the most versatile color trends we have had in a long time. Its various tones can be combined with so many complimentary colors.

When mixed with hazy, smoky hues purples can be very calming. Misty aqua, willow, lilac, mauve, lavender and violet create subtle harmonies that are timeless and time-honored.

This year’s color of the year harmonizes with like-minded hues such as grape, mulberry, red violet, rose and pink. Achieve a more dramatic look by combining fuchsia and bright pink, moss, chili pepper, bronze, hyacinth and army green with ultra violet.

Invoke a sense of mystery and intrigue with a palette of nature’s blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet. Accent with silver and pale gold metallic.

Ultra violet combined with turquoise, citrus yellow, raspberry, orange and bamboo green explodes with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated color which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.

Whichever versatile palate you fall in love with it is sure to fill your décor with inspiration and personality. You don’t have to be a musical icon like Prince, David Bowie or Jimi Hendrix to express your individuality.

Featured Image: Photo courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors; Zionsville Project shot by Jamie Sangar