Earlier this month Pantone unveiled their 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. This will be a color much used next year by interior designers, graphic designers, other visual artists, and manufacturers to meet the latest color trends for interiors, furniture, accents, fashion, packaging, and much, much more.
In this article, I will share some tips and tricks on how to update your interior with this color, and how to use images with Ultra Violet as a trendy asset for your home or office.
Most people know Pantone from the colorful Pantone Guides: the fans of sheets with color swatches that designers, painters, product developers, and basically any individual who wants to do something with color uses to "color match" specific colors.
Pantone is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Inc., and a provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions. Pantone services clients around the world through three business divisions: Pantone Standards, the Pantone Color Institute, and Pantone Lifestyle.
The Pantone Color Institute annually declares a particular color "Color of the Year" based on color trends, color studies, and the input from color professionals. Each Color of the Year is considered a significant color direction for products. As such, the Color of the Year impacts every industry: luxury brands, furniture, accessories, automotive; basically all fields of art, design, and manufacturing.
The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 is Ultra Violet (not to be mixed up with ultraviolet, which is a specific wave length in the light spectrum). Pantone defines Ultra Violet as a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, communicating originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
Pantone Colors are important to artists, designers, and manufacturers because they are part of a standardized color matching system. Each individual color swatch in those nice fans has a unique reference number. As a result, individuals in different locations can reference a Pantone numbered color and be assured that their counterparts understand exactly what colors they are referring to without further explanation or directions needed.
It can be a challenge of course when the artist or designer uses a different program, or works in a different color model than Pantone. Printers for example usually work with the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key) model, while photographers and web artists usually work in an RGB (Red, Green, Blue) model. Fortunately there are companies who solved this problem and provide color code conversion tools like this one.
Now that you know what the 2018 Color of the Year is, you can apply several techniques to update your interior with this new color:
You can go big and bold, and color your walls Ultra Violet. This will make a dramatic statement and will look great when you for example apply it to one wall. You can achieve this by painting the whole wall, or use stencils or wall paper to apply patterns in Ultra Violet.
A second way to update your interior with the 2018 Color of the Year is to use furniture. A chair, sofa, or cabinet in Ultra Violet definitely will create a focal point in your interior.
Finally, and probably less expensive than the other two options, you can work with accents to update your interior with the 2018 Color of the Year. Some strategically placed Ultra Violet cushions and pillows, some ornaments with that color, even some purple flowers will help you create a contemporary styled interior that matches the latest color trend. And of course, after all this is a photography blog, you can use photographs.
When you consider updating your interior with photos and the color Ultra Violet, you have several options available:
Instead of using an image with Ultra Violet in it, you might consider using an Ultra Violet frame. Or use a black (or any other color frame) and place the image in an Ultra Violet matte to achieve the accent color you are looking for. This works great with black and white images, and also can be very well applied when the image used has a color scheme that is complementary to, or contrasting with, Ultra Violet.
You can use images that have Ultra Violet or a similar color in it (think for example of an image of a purple flower). Or, to create a dramatic effect and focal point, use images that have color palettes contrasting or complementary to Ultra Violet.
A specific way of using images with Ultra Violet is the use of toned and split-tone colored photos. Toned images are created by adding one single color to an image. Split-toning basically is adding two different colors to the highlights and shadows of an image.
The examples below show how this looks when using a black and white image (first image) as basis.
|New York Municipal, 2012black and white image of the New York Municipal building, New York City, NY||New York Municipal, 2012black and white image of the New York Municipal building, New York City, NY - toned with Pantone Ultra Violet||New York Municipal, 2012black and white image of the New York Municipal building, New York City, NY - split-toned with Pantone Ultra Violet for the highlights (no toning for the shadows)|
|Original B/W Image||Toned with Pantone Ultra Violet||
Split-Toned with Pantone Ultra Violet
As shown in this article, there are multiple ways to incorporate Ultra Violet in your interior, and I hope it provided you with some good ideas and inspiration to update your interior with the 2018 Color of the Year.
Now go ahead and share in the Comments sections below what you are going to do to bring some more Ultra Violet into your life.