In December, the world went Pantone-potty as the internationally-renowned authority on colour made its annual Colour of the Year announcement. As 2017’s 15-0343 Greenery shade moved aside, 18-3838 Ultra Violet stepped into the spotlight in all its glory, and we couldn’t approve more!
Said to “communicate originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking,” and to be suggestive of “the mysteries of the cosmos, (and) the intrigue of what lies ahead” - who wouldn’t want this provocative purple shade to dominate their interior décor for the next twelve months? We know it’s certainly inspired us to revamp our walls and help bust our January blues!
Pantone’s Colour of the Year is more than just a colour forecast for the world of art, fashion and design - Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute says; “it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today!”
Embodying mystical and sensual qualities, known for its connection with royalty and association with artistic brilliance from icons such as Prince, Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, the colour purple will no doubt be on more lips and nails this year, waltz down many more catwalks and take center stage in advertising campaigns across the globe.
And, how should you embrace the ultra violet trend? Let us be your guiding light - read on to discover four different ways to work the palette into your home and to browse the best Pantone inspired interiors Instagram has to offer.
FOUR WAYS TO OVERHAUL YOUR INTERIOR WITH ON TREND ULTRA VIOLET ART
1. GO ULTRA, ULTRA VIOLET
Ramp it up a notch on the colour spectrum with the addition of strikingly bold graphic pieces by the likes of Heilder & Heeps, Pure Evil and Keith Haynes. These artworks are perfect for making a statement in a monochrome interior and scream individuality! Being the showstoppers they are, a blank wall would be ideal – making them a great first time buy too.
2. ADD FABULOUS FLORAL NOTES
Why not offset clean masculine lines in a sleek contemporary space with a touch of feminine floral photography by Claire Luxton. Or add to the quaint feel of a snug traditional living room by hanging a bunch of bouquets by Marie Robinson over floral wallpaper and pairing with patterned textiles. Whatever your interior style, the versatility of bringing the outdoors inside, means floral scenes like Neil Davies ‘As far as the eye can see’ will always go down well!
3. LOSE YOURSELF IN VIOLET SKIES
From a warm dusky sunset over a bustling street scene in David Farren’s impressionistic depiction of Piccadilly Circus, to dramatic skies awash with colour over stormy seas in Sophie Berger’s and Alison Johnson’s English horizons - you’ll be sure to find an ultra violet sky-scape to suit every interior scheme! It’s best to place these stunning pieces on a focal wall or above a fireplace so they’ll continue to capture your gaze every time you glance at them.
4. FIND YOUR IDEAL MOOD-COLOUR MATCH
Match complex purple hues with serene shades of green to stimulate the imagination and allow space to get in touch with your thoughts - we think Geoff Catlow’s acrylic piece is perfect for creating the ideal space for this! Alternatively, try subtly pairing violets tones with muted pastel pinks to bring calm to a cosy sanctuary you’ll want to retreat too. Or daring to clash with vibrant citrus hues to stand out like David Wightman’s ‘Persphone II’ to inject a burst of energy and some sophisticated fun. Whatever your mood-colour choice, use our filters to refine your search on our online shop to discover more ones-to-watch like Beatriz Elorza today.
STILL WONDERING HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT PANTONE INTERIOR?
Take inspiration from these envious Instagram interiors by pairing statement violet furniture with pale green graphic prints or tailoring with turquoise flourishes and luscious leafy foliage.
And don’t be afraid to give your whole space a lick of purple paint too - strong moody shades are in this winter! Whether you daringly darken one feature wall or the whole room; dust off your paintbrushes and transform your home.
IS THE ULTRA VIOLET TREND FOR YOU?
Remember colour can dramatically change the mood of a room and impact your state of mind. Muted mauves and thistle tones are suited to quiet corners of reflection, helping to create the perfect atmosphere to soothe your soul, but intense bursts of deep plum or shades of vivid orchid simply scream out to be used in elegant boudoirs to ooze some opulence. Start out thinking about the feelings you want a space to conjure up and choose a colour palette to echo them!
And don’t forget you can order online with our trusted galleries today, try out the bold ultra violet colour palette in your own home, and if it’s not to your taste return the art free of charge within 14 days. Now it really is easier to find art you’ll love!
READY TO TAKE THE PLUNGE AND PURCHASE PURPLE ART?
Details of purple artworks available to buy online.
Images from first to last:
Heidler & Heeps, Press Conference, c-type on paper, £495, Bleach Box Photography Gallery.
Pure Evil, JFK’s Nightmare, silkscreen print on paper, £370, Lilford Gallery.
Keith Haynes, God Save The Queen – Diamond, mixed media on paper, £295, Liberty Gallery.
Claire Luxton, Fleur Nocturne III, digital print on aluminium, £2,375, Degree Art.
Neil Davies, As far as the eye can see, oil on board, £1,400, Eleven and a Half.
Marie Robinson, Violas, oil on canvas, £390, Will’s Art Warehouse.
David Farren, Dusk, Piccadilly Circus, acrylic on board, £2,000, Signet Contemporary Art.
Sophie Berger, Begginings, oil on canvas, £450, Wychwood Art.
Alison Johnson, English Summer, oil on canvas, £2,200, Wychwood Art.
David Wightman, Persphone II, digital print on paper, £275, Caiger Contemporary Art.
Beatriz Elorza, Pais AJE Vivo, mixed media on paper, £690, Turner Barnes Gallery.
Geoff Catlow, Green disc on purple, acrylic on card, £2,500, The Art Movement.