7 Subtle Ways to Incorporate Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year into Your Life

On December 7th, renowned color company Pantone released their pick for the 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet:

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Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, says Ultra Violet will "[take] our awareness and potential to a higher level ... [it] lights the way to what is yet to come."

Purple signifies creativity and imagination, as well as introspection. It is a luxurious, thoughtful color, stimulating the problem solving area of the brain. (You can read more about the color theory of purple here.)

While you may not be ready to run out and paint your entire home the luscious shade of Ultra Violet, here are 7 subtler ways you can incorparate the color into your life for 2018.

This gorgeous frosted glass lamp. It's just under two feet tall and is the perfect addition to any side table in your living room. Add some cute coasters, a candle, and some of your favorite trinkets, and your side table is all set! The Taylor Lamp is available at Chown Hardware.

Aromatherapy and essential oils continue to grow in popularity, so what better way to introduce Ultra Violet into your life than through all of your senses. Mr. Steam Aromatherapy has several steam head options, and the violet nirvana essential oil is available at Chown Hardware.

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. has this super adorable Woodland Meadow sheet set and matching quilted pillow sham. It's available in twin, full, queen, and king sized sets, and offers the perfect subtle pop of Ultra Violet. The Woodland print is exclusively made for Schoolhouse by Austin-based artist Leah Duncan.

Subtly incorporate the color into your kitchen with this chicken-print tea towel from Portland-based shop Budd + Finn, named for the owner's rescue dogs, available in a variety of colors, including Ultra Violet.

The Galligaris Amelie chair is a sleek and comfy addition to any room. It's designed and manufactured in Italy, and comes in a variety of colors and fabrics. You can purchase the Amelie at Hip PDX.

McMinnville home decor shop MD Haney currently has this linen apron, (shown in eggplant), available on their website. An apron is the perfect way to start wearing Ultra Violet without much comitiment since you don't wear it out of the kitchen.

Last but definitely not least, you can get this James Ward china plate at Budd + Finn. The design features a bulldog in an Ultra Violet mask, to protect his identity after he finishes off the whole plate of cake. The plate is eight inches in diameter.

If you are ready to add more Ultra Violet into your life, you can find lots of great products at Wayfair.

To learn more about Pantone and Ultra Violet, check out their 2018 Color of the Year page.


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The 2018 Color(s) of the Year

While the Godfather of the color world, Pantone, has yet to release their color choice for 2018, (which we are eagerly awaiting), they have released eight color palettes to inspire 2018 designs. You can read a rundown of the palettes at Elle Décor. In the meantime, here’s what some of the big paint companies are pushing for 2018.

Behr released a palette of 20 colors, with the lead color being In The Moment (T18-15), a pretty, serene shade of blue-green, perfect for an update farmhouse look.

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In The Moment

Ready for a bold statement color in 2018? So is PPG Paints, selecting Black Flame (PPG1043-7). Don’t worry – Black Flame isn’t that black, but it does have all the power of a dark color.

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Black Flame

Perhaps Kelly-Moore Paints hasn’t gotten the memo about running from neutrals because Bahia Grass (KM4782) is barely a few green steps away from grey.

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Bahia Grass

Going in a completely different, but exciting and warm direction is Benjamin Moore’s Caliente (AF-290). While I'm personally not a big fan of red, I'm looking forward to seeing more color in decor for 2018, even if it isn't my favorite color. Plus, Caliente has a very refined feel to it, keeping it from being obnoxious.

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Caliente

And last but definitely not least, our favorite paint company Sherwin-Williams chose Oceanside (SW 6496) for their 2018 color of the year. It’s bright, playful, and exactly the cure we need to finally get away from the monochromatic, minimalistic neutrals that have been ruling the color world as of late. Check back soon for a post all about different ways you can decorate with this brilliant color.

Oceanside

Oceanside


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Fall Home Decor Trends 2017

Bring out the pumpkins, throw on the plaid; there is officially only one week left till fall! The fall is a glorious season of change. Everything is a little brighter, a little moodier, and a little more colorful. You may be getting ready to dust off your autumnal decor, but while your at it, consider a few of these trending home decor items.

1. Dark Green

A big trend for this fall is the color green. Whether it's painting your walls a beautiful viridescent color, hanging a leafy wall paper, tossing some jade throw pillows around, or bringing the outside inside with lush wreaths, green is the way to go.

2. Brass Finishes

Experts tell us that people are getting tired of the ever-so-trendy copper look and are moving on to brass, and specifically aged brass. This may be great news if you're a budget-conscious designer like me - brass doesn't have nearly the price tag copper has. You can find great brass pieces at flea markets, vintage shops, and thrift stores.

3. Quilting

What better to keep you warm through those chilly fall nights than a beautiful quilt? Quilts have such wonderful details and can be found in monochrome coloring or any other color combo you might want. They are an excellent complement to the luxurious feel of velvet, bringing a bit of rustic down-home flavor to a room. Plus, if you can't find one that's exactly what you want, basic color blocked quilts are super easy DIYs for beginners. And if you need some help, you can always ask grandma.

4. Nailhead Details

Nailhead furniture is a bit edgy and a bit old school (like Renaissance old school). If you're lucky enough to find a piece with brass nailheads, this becomes a great way to bring a bit more brass into a room at the same time. Two trends with one piece! Here's a great nailhead armchair from Gallery Furniture.

5. Wood-Look Tile

We've talked about wood-look tile before, but it never hurts to mention it again. Wood-look tile is a great alternative to hardwood flooring, plus you can put it anywhere you would normally put tile, like on the walls of a shower, to bring a little of the outside into your bathroom.

6. Mix-n-Match

Gone are the days of furniture sets. Design experts are now loving mix-matched furniture. This is a great way to bring in more color and more texture to your home, as well as lending to the eclectic playful vibe that's trending right now.

7. Matte Black Fixtures & Faucets

Forget stainless steel. Fall 2017 is all about matte black. It's a great finish that lends itself to a lot of different styles - edgy, chic, luxurious, farmhouse, rustic, boho, etc. Chown is definitely a place to check out if you're on the hunt for some matte black hardware.

8. Velvet Fabrics

Luxury is in and that means velvet, (or velour for the budget-conscious). Velvet has a soft, inviting texture, and unlike cold leather, velvet will keep you warm through the fall and winter.

9. Blush

This color is often jokingly referred to as "Millennial Pink." As a millennial myself, I have no problem with that because blush is such a gorgeous shade of pink. It's refined without being to girly, offering just the right amount of femininity. Blush is also a great way to bring lighter colors to a dark room during a cloudy, overcast season.

10. Terra Cotta

Terracotta is not just for the Tuscan style anymore - it's popping up all over, especially as the tile choice for kitchen floors. Using terracotta details is a great way to bring an unexpected texture to a room, and it lends a warm shade of orange to the space. You can find terracotta pots at any local home improvement store or garden center to aid in bringing the outside inside.

11. Textural Details

Colors step aside, texture is in. Here are some great ideas for adding texture to your space: mixing like-colored items with different textures, using cork as wall decor, chunky knits, woven baskets, or faux flora. Texture adds dimension, making you want to reach out and touch something. 

12. Moody Jewel Tones

In addition to dark green and blush, jewel tones are the go-to colors for interiors right now. They bring a moodiness to a room that is perfect for the fall/winter season. Darker colors bring character and personality to a room. They ground the space and add an extra layer of coziness. Plus, with the right furniture and accessories, they can be very luxurious and elegant.

13. Bone Inlay Furniture

This trend is a bit more boho, which is probably why I'm loving it so much. There's something almost whimsical about furniture pieces that have bone inlay detailing. Just look at this gorgeous example from Nadeau. The delicate nature of the inlay makes it a great statement piece for any room, after all, the details make the design.

14. Local Materials

Here in the Pacific Northwest, buying local has always been in style. It's great for the local economy! All of the pieces mentioned in this blog post are local to Portland and the Pacific Northwest. A great resource to check out is SCRAP PDX, located just west of Powell's.

15. Curated Collections

Designers are loving vintage details and eclecticism. Displaying a well-curated collection is a great way to bring this into a room. Collections can range from figurines to baskets to camera equipment to artisanal blown glass - you name it, someone probably collects it. Personally, I love vintage postcards - I try to get at least one from every city I visit.

16. Graphic Patterns

While minimalism is on its way out, the graphic and geometric nature of the patterns it brought in with it are here to stay, just perhaps in more color. Graphic patterns make for great detail pieces. You can find them on things like rugs and throw pillows among other things. I've also seen some great DIYs that feature graphic wallpaper like this one from Manolo Walls on the back of bookshelves. 

17. Naturalism

A great place to find texture is in nature, and so natural features are coming into the spotlight along with the need for texture. Reclaimed wood is definitely the heart of this movement, and companies like TerraMai are offering what they call "Reclaimed Treasures" such as exquisite live edge slabs that make great table tops, counters, bars, doors, and whatever else you want.

18. Brown as the New Black

The experts are saying that deep chocolate brown is the new black. It's warmer and friendlier than black, but still brings the power of dark toneage. While personally I believe that black is never going to be replaced, I am definitely a fan of mixing chocolate brown with black in my decor for a more interesting, depth-filled look. For inspiration, check out French Roast from Sherwin-Williams.


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Best Practices for Picking a Paint Color

Picking a color to paint a room in your home, or your home itself, can be daunting. There are hundreds of thousands of colors, shades, and tints. There are a few ways you can get started. One way is to decide what kind of mood you want the color to evoke. You can learn more about color and mood in our Color Theory 101 rundown. Another thing you can do is look at pictures you’ve liked on Pinterest or a similar website or app. Is there a common color or theme that sticks out to you?

Once you have a general idea of the color you want, it’s time to get specific. Here are a couple attack plans for figuring out exactly what color and shade you want without having to stand at the paint counter at your local home improvement store and look at every single color option to narrow down the playing field. Find a picture that has the color you want and upload it to the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap tool on your phone or computer. The ColorSnap tool will give you a color palette based on the colors in that picture. Here’s one I made:

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Another thing you can do is go to the Pantone Color Finder. From here, you can select a color, hit submit, and it will give you 100 shades of that color.

 
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You can click on any of the shade options and it will give you the color value details.

 
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You can then take that color into your local paint/home improvement store, and ask them to color match it.

A great way to narrow down the options is to ask for samples of a few colors you like, and then paint a 1-foot square on your wall of each to see what it would look like in that room and with the lighting in that room. Sometimes a color looks great in theory, but then you get it on a wall and it’s not what you were expecting. 

If you’re nervous about painting a whole wall or room, you can use the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap Visualizer to upload a picture of your room and test out different paint colors in seconds.

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A lot of companies also provide a “Color of the Year” or a “Color of the Month” for the trend-seekers out there. Check out a few of them here: Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Valspar, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams.

Something else to consider is a color palette or scheme. If you are more of a tactile person, check out The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer – while it was written in 2005 and a bit outdated in terms of what’s trending, the “Color Palette Dictionary” that makes up the majority of the book has some good ideas for combining different colors in a room. You can also use this helpful infographic.

When it’s time to buy your paint, remember that a gallon of paint can cover up to 400 square feet, so consider how many coats you’ll need and plan accordingly. If you aren’t sure how many square feet you are working with, check out this handy calculator from Glidden


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Color Theory 101

THE BASICS

The phrase "color theory" may sound like something art students would care about and not much else, but I think any one who ever plans on even looking at paint colors should have an understanding of some basic color theory.

If you have a basic high school education, you probably know that there are six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. (Science makes the distinction between blues, adding in indigo as a seventh color, but we're going to stick to Art's six colors for this conversation.)

There are cool colors - blue, green, and purple - and there are warm colors - red, orange, and yellow.

Red, yellow, and blue are called primary colors because they combine to make all the secondary colors - green, orange, and purple.

There are also tertiary colors: red-purple, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, and blue-purple. This is when a secondary color has more of one primary color than the other.

(color wheel courtesy of  pixabay )

(color wheel courtesy of pixabay)

HUES V. TINTS V. SHADES V. TONES

Hue: a pure color

Tint: a hue with white added

Shade: a hue with black added

Tone: a hue with grey added

PAIRING AND COMBINING COLORS

There are many different ways colors can be paired and combined.

Complementary colors are the most basic combination of colors. Complementary colors sit directly across from each other on the color wheel. Basic examples of complementary colors include: red and green; blue and orange; yellow and purple.

Analogous colors are 3-4 colors who sit adjacent to one another on the color wheel. For example, blue-purple, purple, and red-purple. Analogous colors give off a harmonious feeling.

Split-Complementary might be a bit confusing, so follow me on this one: the main color and the two colors adjacent to the main color's complementary color. So say your main color is red. It's complementary color is green, so red's split-complementary colors would be yellow-green and blue-green. (Now might be a good time to scroll back up to the color wheel.)

Triadic colors are 3 colors that are equally spaced around the color wheel. This one can get confusing depending on the color wheel you look at because everyone spaces things a bit differently, but just as a basic reference, the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) are also a triadic pairing, as are the secondary colors.

THE NEXT STEP: COLOR PSYCHOLOGY

Now to the important stuff - colors express emotion. This might seem like a "duh" moment, but not everyone is aware that colors have as strong of an effect as the do. So the following sections will go into a bit of detail about what each color can symbolize and some of the physical effects they may have. (Keep in mind that this is specifically as these colors relate to Western Culture.)

activating, adventurous, anger, antagonistic, assertive, country, courageous, cultivated, danger, demanding, desire, dramatic, dynamic, earthy, elegant, energy, established, exciting, expanding, expensive, heat, hot, impulsive, love, magnetic, mature, motivating, overly-aggressive, passion, powerful, provocative, refined, rich, robust, spontaneous, stimulating, stirring, strength, sturdy, sumptuous, tasty, temperamental, violent, warlike, warm, warning

It is best to use red minimally, as it physically stimulates the heart, raises blood pressure and heart rates, and makes the viewer feel a sense of urgency almost lending to anxiety.

active, affordable, animated, childlike, communicative, confidence, courage, energizing, expansive, fire, food, friendly, frivolous, fruitful, fun, glowing, good-natured, gregarious, happy, harvest, hot, ignorance, jovial, juicy, loud, optimistic, persuasive, raucous, self-assured, sluggishness, sociable, spontaneous, success, sunset, tangy, vital, warmth, whimsical

Orange is friendly and inviting, and it depicts movement and energy. Viewing orange will stimulate the logic center of the brain, but too much of it can cause anxiety.

abundant, autumn, awareness, betrayal, bright, buttery, caution, cheering, comfort, cowardice, creativity, easy, energetic, enlightening, friendly, fun, happiness, hazard, hospitable, hot, illuminating, innovative, intellect, irresponsible, jewelry, joy, lively, luminous, mellow, multi-cultural, nourishing, optimism, original, perky, pleasing, radiating, soft, stimulating, sunbaked, sunshine, surprise, sweet, tasty, unstable, warm, wheat

Yellow gives the impression of happiness and cheerfulness. The purest yellow is seen as child-like, while darker shades are considered more antiquated. Like orange, yellow can stimulate the logic center of the brain, but again, beware of long-term exposure leading to anxiety.

acidic, artsy, balance, bold, calm, camouflage, citrusy, classic, cool, drab, earth, environment, envy, fertility, finance, forest, fresh, gaudy, grass, growth, guilt, harmony, healing, health, hushed, jealousy, jewel-like, life, lightweight, lively, luck, lush, luxurious, military, mold, money, natural, neutral, new, new beginnings, prosperity, pungent, quiet, reassurance, refreshing, rejuvenating, reliable, renewal, restful, safari, sharp, sickening, slimy, soothing, spring, startling, stately, tacky, tart, traditional, trendy, trustworthy, up-scale, youthful

Green is representational of balance and harmony, stability and affluence. In fact, it even stimulate harmony in the brain, between the body and the emotions, which can aid in making decisions quickly and strongly.

aids concentration, aloof, aquatic, authoritative, basic, brisk, calming, clarify thoughts, classic, clean, coldness, compassionate, confident, conservative, constant, contentment, convivial, cool, cordial, creativity, credible, dependable, depression, distant, dreamy, electric, energy, envy, exhilarating, expansive, faithful, fear, femininity, flags, gemstone, genial, healing, heavenly, high spirits, impressive, infinity, integrity, introspective, lightweight, lively, loyalty, masculinity, melancholy, oceans, open, patient, peaceful, protection, quiet, reassuring, refreshing, reliable, restful, sadness, security, serene, sky, soft, sophisticated, spiritual, sprightly, stirring, strong, tasteful, thought-provoking, traditional, tranquility, transcendent, tropical, true, trust, vibrant, water, young

Blue is the best of both worlds - it's calm and friendly but also social. It can curb appetite and stimulate productivity.

abundance, aloof, ambition, contemplative, creativity, curative, dignity, distant, dramatic, enchanting, expressive, fanciful, imagination, intensely exciting, introspective, intuitive, lightweight, luxury, meditative, moodiness, mysterious, nobility, nostalgic, peace of mind, prestigious, protective, rich, romantic, royalty, sensual, sentimental, soul-searching, spiritual, subduing, thoughtful, thrilling, visionary, wealth, wistful, witty

Deep purple is considered to be evidence of wealth and luxury, while paler purple is spring-like and romantic. Purple stimulates the problem solving area of the brain and aids in creativity.

(includes peach and coral) action, affectionate, attention-getting, compassionate, composed, cozy, danger, delicate, delicious, desire, dusky, embracing, exciting, feminine, festive, flexibility, flirtatious, fragile, fruity, fuzzy, gaudy, gentle, happy, healthy, high-energy, hot, immaturity, innocent, intimate, inviting, life force, modest, nostalgic, physical comfort, playful, romantic, sensual, sentimental, soft, stimulation, subtle, sweet, tactile, tender, theatrical, tropical, vibrant, weak, wild, youthful

NEUTRALS

(includes taupe) authentic, basic, bland, boring, classic, compromising, conservative, crisp, dependable, discreet, dull, flexible, inconspicuous, modest, neutral, organic, outdoor, practical, quality, rugged, rustic, tasteless, timeless, versatile, woodsy

appetizing, comfort, conservative, delicious, dogmatic, durable, earthy, experience, friendly, grounded, longevity, natural, outdoors, practical, reliable, rich, robust, rooted, secure, sheltering, solid, stable, steady, supportive, traditional, warm, wholesome

accountable, balance, basic, classic, conformist, conscientious, conservative, corporate, deliberate, detached, dull, dutiful, efficient, enduring, formal, fundamental, gloomy, intelligence, lack of energy, logical, mature, methodical, modest, neutrality, practical, professional, quality, reliability, reserved, resolute, responsible, restrained, sad, security, sober, solid, sophisticated, staunch, steadfast, timeless, unobtrusive

basic, bold, classic, classy, death, depression, dramatic, elegance, empowering, evil, expensive, formality, heavy, intimidation, invulnerable, magical, menacing, modern, mourning, mysterious, nighttime, oppression, powerful, prestigious, protection, sober, sophisticated, strong, stylish, suppression, underworld, wealth

airy, arctic, bridal, bright, clarity, classic, clean, clinical, cold, comforting, creamy, easy, efficient, emptiness, ethereal, fresh, good taste, goodness, hope, innocence, isolation, lightweight, natural, neutral, openness, pristine, pure, silent, simplicity, smooth, soft, spotless, sterile, subtle, warm, winter

White can spark a sense of creativity as it is often viewed as a clean slate.

METALS

bling, divine, dreamer, egotistical, expensive, gaudy, glowing, greed, intuitive, luxurious, opulent, prestigious, prosperity, radiant, rich, self-righteous, traditional, valuable, wealth, wisdom

classy, cool, dreamer, dull, glamorous, graceful, high-tech, indecisive, insecure, modern, non-committal, sleek, stylish

RESOURCES

If you are interested in learning more about color theory and the psychology of color, Pinterest has a lot of great infographics, your local library will more than likely have books on the subject, and you can check your local art school or community college for color theory classes.