Did you know that the Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet? I didn't know there was such a thing until college and was sitting in an introductory fashion course. Trend forecasting went on to be something I really enjoyed and color was always exciting to learn about. At that time, the recession was about to happen and consequently, the colors of the following years were selected in hopes of brightening our lives and lifting our moods! I've been keeping up ever since and am always excited each December for the announcement of what color will influence us in the new year.
While my wardrobe and interiors remain relatively neutral, if I had to pick a favorite color it would be purple (this website and Pinterest, after all, have a subtle purple theme.) But it's not an easy color to decorate with, which I think is why we don't see it much. And when we do, we really take notice. When purple is done well, it's quite stunning and unexpected.
But if you're thinking Ultra Violet might be too much (it's a big commitment and makes a huge statement!) I have some ideas for you: try working with lavender or lilac- they're subtle but sophisticated (a la Gwyneth Paltrow.) Try smaller doses- think accent pillows, a throw, or even an amethyst crystal on a bookshelf. If you dare to be bold but don't want purple to overwhelm your space, paint or wallpaper a small room, such as your powder room. The Lotus Papers (pictured below) from Farrow and Ball are classic and beautiful. But the easiest way to try the color of the year? A vase of fresh flowers! Head to the garden or market for lilac, hydrangea, iris, or delphinium. You'll surely receive compliments and they'll put a smile on your face each time you see them!
Here are some fabulous violet and violet-esque interiors to get you inspired!
Ray Booth and John Shea's home in Nashville, photo Pieter Est.
Victorian Powder Room, photo Anthony Tieuli.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Tribeca Loft Living Room, photo Björn Wallander.
Bold purple banquette in Dallas, photo Nick Johnson.