With a new year on the horizon, 2018 promises to be mystical – at least according to Pantone Color Institute. The design house announced in December that ultraviolet Pantone 18-3838 is their choice for color of the year, and that always means new interpretations on interior decorating and furnishings. We know the allure of violet at Matthews Painting and have a few ideas for how to choose it and use it.
The deep purple “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking,” the company said. It’s complex and contemplative, captures the vast night sky and “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.”
The “enigmatic purples” are meant for inspiration at home too, but Pantone notes that they’ve long been embraced by music icons like Prince and David Bowie for their artistic and creative power. They’re emotional and energizing, and often used in communal settings to amplify a sense of connection. So if you’re thinking of a splash of something new, you may want to try the purples for some real drama.
That kind of vibrancy comes with a few cautions though. First, remember that when choosing colors, the samples you see under bright lights in a home improvement store don’t necessarily translate to the real-life colors on your walls. Room size, sun and artificial light, windows and furnishings can make deep colors like purple – and for that matter red or orange – much darker. A professional eye can be helpful when choosing colors to ensure that your walls and room décor will deliver the results you envision.
That said, purple is definitely enigmatic and energizing but it also can be risky. Ultraviolet may be perfect in small doses but less so for painting the entire kitchen or family room. Homeowners may consider it for an entrance door, trim or accent wall, but it may otherwise become overwhelming especially in cozy-sized rooms. On the other hand, there are rooms where the creative power and counterculture retro feel make sense. Ultraviolet inspiration in a home office or workout room may be the perfect choice!
Here’s another thing to consider: Purple is exciting, but it doesn’t have to mean ultraviolet. If you’re looking to update a bath or bedroom, a lighter lavender offers a misty and calming feel to the room. Plums or orchids prove a little more colorful without the light-spectrum electricity of ultraviolet, and even some reds and pinks border on purple. One elegant and timeless option is a purple mixed with gray or even brown, which creates a more subtle and sophisticated look.
When customers choose purple, it’s important that their trim color – and any border or wallpaper – are chosen with equal care to ensure a good “goes with” fit. The reverse is of course true: If you want to go with a purple-family trim on lighter walls, you’ll need the right color match and paint finish to pull it all together.
Matthews Painting is planning interior work schedules in the coming months and we’d be happy to help work the wow factor of ultraviolet or related purples into your home or business spaces. Give us a call!
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