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Pantone Colour of The Year ~ will Ultra-Violet have the same impact as Greenery?

2017 Trends

When Pantone launched their Colour of the Year for 2017 the Interior Design community was delighted, it was a beauty! Fresh, vibrant and very versatile  Greenery was described as "a revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings".

" Greenery burts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose" Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute. 

If ever there was a time for new beginnings it was 2016/2017 and whether it was conscious or unconscious a tide of Green swept across the interior world, with the ultimate lust item being the Green Velvet Sofa!!

What is the Pantone Colour of the Year anyway?

And why is it so important in the design world?  Pantone describe it as ' a symbolic colour selection, a colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.' Pantone is a recognised Trend-Reader of the design world, they provide colour systems for fashion, advertising, interior design, printing and many others.  You'll even see their colour popping up in cars and appliances, just about everywhere.

Green is still Going Strong

Greenery was so popular that I think it will run for sometime to come and if you still haven't dipped your toe in this most abundant of nature's shades here are a few tips on how to use it in your homes.

Don't be afraid to use it on your wall. A strong statement wall with a clean neutral will inject life into any room. Add real plants to bring the outside in and create pops of balancing colour around the room. Or be bold and invest in the trend of the moment, a stunning green sofa. Warm timbers act as the perfect contrast .  

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White & Grey have a fabulous range of Sofa's available in jewel colours, like the Rhapsody Sofa in Midas Green. 

If this is too much for your home, fresh green can be used in small splashes and works well with so many colour schemes. Consider using it with grey tiles in your bathroom, or use small accessories to add a zing of colour. And obviously you don't need to use the exact Pantone Greenery shade. Use it as inspiration and adjust the tone to suit your home. It can be darker, softer or less vibrant and still have great impact.

Images: Dulux Paint jewel colour 


So how does Ultra Violet Compare?

I was fully expecting Pantone 2018 to be a purple, but I confess I was a little surprised when it was such a vivid tone. My immediate thought was 'blimey, how are we going to use that?? and why, what's the message?'

And as I thought about it, it started to became clear. Vivid purple has been associated for many centuries with spirituality, awareness, enlightenment and mindfulness. It's also 'symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance' as Pantone themselves describe it. Think Prince, Bowie and Hendrix.

So in an age when we have a 'toddler' in the most powerful seat on the planet, arguing with his counterpart about whose button is bigger - the absolute epitome of old school patriarchal, egotistical dominance - there is a groundswell of reaction, a growing awareness that change is inevitable and that potential is limitless. 



Wow! Its an exciting message and a glorious colour! Who knows, 'The Colour Purple' may yet reign over more than Tinsel Town!

So all that is well and good, but how do we use it? Well, I had a purple sofa back in the early noughties. Admittedly it was a darker shade, but it was a thing of beauty and was surprising easy to style. So for the brave amongst us, what could be more fabulous than a purple velvet sofa -Ha!

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Or if you are a lover of 'delicious dark decor' (a very fine # on Instagram btw) then going for a deep shade on your walls could be equally fabulous. A great alternative to the current trend for F&B Downpipe or Off-Black.


  Purple looks gorgeous with modern neutrals particularly blue based greys and clean whites. It also works with berry colours and totally pops with green or blue.

Images: Pinterest:  Theresa Langston,

But if big colour blocking is too much for you, use Ultra Violet as a splash, a little jewel, in amongst your Greenery.

A little purple light which might, just might be a harbinger of better times to come. 


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