December 29, 2017 | Jen Hellmich
by Suzanne De Vita

 2018 Design Forecast: Color Me Purple... or Blue-Green

The color of 2018 is no shrinking violet.

Pantone, the authority in color for design, fashion and more,  recently debuted its 2018 Color of the Year: "Ultra Violet." The  color—"dramatically provocative and thoughtful," according to the  company—is cool and cosmic, with an otherworldly vibe.
Image Credit: Pantone

"We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and  imagination," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone  Color Institute. "It is this kind of creative inspiration that is  indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 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."

At home, the hue can be incorporated sparingly or as a statement, from artwork to furniture to walls.

design forecast

By many measures, the latter part of Roy G. Biv will reign supreme in  2018. Experts at the Paint Quality Institute (PQI) are forecasting  rich, spirited tones, including deep blues and purples, while paint  providers Dunn-Edwards, Pratt & Lambert and Sherwin-Williams are  predicting a blue-green range of shades:

"The Green Hour"
Image Credit: Dunn-Edwards

Image Credit: Pratt & Lambert

Image Credit: Sherwin-Williams

How will you add the 2018 colors of the year to your home?


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