Bright, poppy colors like Ultra Violet—Pantone’s pick for its 2018 Color of the Year—can either douse a room with self-expression, or help pare down an already character-filled space when combined with more subdued furnishings. Either way, bold choices like this year’s purple hue or last year’s yellow-green pick can appear intimidating to work with. Here are some products that incorporate the blue-tinged shade into residential interiors without going overboard.
A classic since 1948, Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair was designed with the natural curvature of the human body form in mind, and is representative of mid-century, Scandinavian modern-style furniture. In a bright violet colorway, this piece offers both eye-catching form as well as function. www.usmlf.com
Colorful backlighting is a quick way to refresh built-ins and keep living spaces on-trend. “Deep purples break the barrier of primarily feminine appeal, and broaden its usability into a darker, sophisticated jewel-tone realm. Pantone’s Ultra Violet encompasses these traits as well as an energetic electricity to add more personality to the home,” says Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. www.masterbrand.com
The Deneb Pendant by Light Color Live features a modern sculptural shape in a funky color twist. The powder-coated metal ceiling rosette features the Pantone logo, and a 10-foot fabric covered cable. www.lightcolorlive.com
A purple piece of art, like this Rothko print, creates an instant accent wall without a paint job. “This powerful and complex purple sparks creative juices and encourages positive energy. The intriguing and enigmatic Ultra Violet would be an inspiring addition to a home office, or a great conversation starter in a dining area,” says Linda Crisolo, design expert and merchandising director at Art.com. www.art.com
Alternatively, spring for a painted accent wall paired with minimalist window openings to add unexpected boldness to living spaces. “My advice to homeowners: forget what you thought about purple before. The use of strong colors does not need to feel stifling — an abundance of natural light can be a balancing force, working in harmony with clean lines and simple design choices to create an invigorating and yet simultaneously balanced space,” says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy and design at Marvin Windows and Doors. www.marvin.com
Adding boldness and brightness, Ultra Violet regalizes lounge seaters, such as the padded BUBBLE ottoman designed by Sacha Lakic for Roche Bobois. This fabric contains a black jersey that maintains shape well, with a honeycomb wool attached on top, which adds softness. www.roche-bobois.com
Ascaso’s Dream UP V2 Espresso Machine wakes up countertops and early-risers alike with its Intense Violet hue and simple push-of-a-button start. Lights tell users when the machine is powered up, and when it is at the proper temperature for either brewing espresso or steaming milk. www.ascaso.com
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” says Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence.”
Read more about Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year here.