Interior Design Trend Spotting - What Is The Colour Of 2018?

Whether you are looking in your wardrobe or you are walking around an opulent hotel, colour is a huge factor in determining what we like - and what is "on-trend".  Why is colour so important to Interior Design and who sets the scene for the ‘Colour of the Year’?

Pantone began in New York in the 1950’s as a commercial printing company, from here the company has grown to be a world-wide leader in colour. The company produces Pantone Guides which feature colour swatches covering every colour and shade imaginable. Each individual colour is given a unique code. The idea behind this system was to produce a worldwide colour matching system, used by designers from varying industries - you know you have matched a colour correctly if you have used the code relating to that particular variant. This can then be transferred on to a client or colleague to be matched identically.  This is especially important for interior designers and home/property owners for ensuring their colour 'vision' is translated to the final design.

Since 2000 the Pantone Colour Institute has declared a specific ‘Colour of the Year’. But what does this mean in real terms? Each year representatives from various colour standards groups from all over the world meet to debate what colour they will choose to be the colour of the year. This means that the 2018 colour of the year will have been decided back in the summer of last year. The colours chosen will then be given a caption, or reason for their billing. This can often reflect what is happening in the world around us.

So what is the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018?

Pantone 2018 Colour of the year Ultra Violet

"We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness potential to a higher level.  From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come." 
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

You will see from the description given of this year's colour, the emphasis is pointing out the limitless world we live in. It is symbolic of what is possible and what we can achieve. In a year that mindfulness and wellness is high on the agenda, this colour also lends itself to well to this years subject.


What does this mean to home design? 

In terms of Interior Design, the use of the Pantone Colour of the Year can often take a while to filter through to a customer or buyer level. If we think about the 2017 colour of the year which is shown below you will start to realise the relevance of this scheme.

Pantone 2017n Colour of the year Greenery

The green that was chosen last year is now everywhere - within fabrics, paint options, fashion trends, etc. The base note of this colour lends itself to different floral options and so was a great colour to promote - floral trends, natural patterns and the like. Last year we saw a heavy focus on leaf patterns and floral fabrics, all of which lend themselves well to the Greenery colour. In reality this trend still features highly not only in interiors but also in fabric design and no doubt we will still see a high use of the colour for the foreseeable future.

For designers and consumers that like to stay abreast of the trends and keep as up to date as possible, it is now that you will be introducing the 2018 ‘Ultra Violet’ colour to your lifestyle. 

Emerging designs are abundant and we are very lucky to be in a position where we can offer the latest fabrics from the big design houses from our Workroom in Hursley. We particularly like the purple tone this year and have numerous options for the trend-savvy individual. 


What do we suggest to incorporate these colours into your home design? 

Picture 1 shows a fabric from the Clarke & Clarke Animalia fabric book was designed by Emma J Shipley. Inspiration for design taken from the botanical illustrator James Audubon. Emma has done a fantastic job incorporating the Ultra Violet colour into her latest design, using it to showcase the detail of the intricate birds of paradise on a rich, dark background.

Picture 1 - Clarke & Clarke Animalia Collection designed by Emma J Shipley

Picture 1 - Clarke & Clarke Animalia Collection designed by Emma J Shipley

As you can see, this design is not for the faint hearted, but will certainly appeal to those of you who like to make a bold statement. The rich velvets and  luxurious satins that feature in this collection would lend themselves very well to upholstery coverings or cushion covers

Another one of our favourites is from the Sanderson WaterPerry Collection (shown in picture 2). This range was inspired by British country gardens.  More subtle than our previous example, this beautiful design features gentle magnolia blossom and wisteria. Featuring an impressionistic painting style, this fabric brings a fresh twist to the modern classic theme of floral print, making the design more modern and in keeping with today's world.   Magnolia and Blossom is just one of 7 prints in this collection.

Picture 2 - Sanderson WaterPerry Collection

Picture 2 - Sanderson WaterPerry Collection

The Harlequin fabric in picture 3 is called Yasuni and is featured in the Zapara collection. It boasts a cheerful contemporary botanical design. The use of Ultra Violet is clearly seen on the abstract flower detail. Inspired by fashion and all things eclectic yet sophisticated, this fabric collection celebrates the beauty of the Amazon. Thinking about the popularity of floral prints, Harlequin have really brought a modern twist to the style of their fabrics.

Picture 3 - Harlequin Zapara Collection Yasuni fabric

Picture 3 - Harlequin Zapara Collection Yasuni fabric

Another of the Harlequin Collection Zapara fabrics - Picture 4 features the Amaryllis design. This fabric features bursts of colours with a strong use of Ultra Violet.

Picture 4 - Harlequin Zapara Collection. Amaryllis fabric.

Picture 4 - Harlequin Zapara Collection. Amaryllis fabric.

Both of these Harlequin designs compliment each other very well and would add a welcome addition to any home and can be used in either curtain and blind-making,  upholstery or cushion coverings. Use them to bring some colour splashes to a plain room or layer pattern-on-pattern and use various designs to mix and match. This again is not for the faint hearted! Combining patterns can take a bit of practice but if you get it right can make your interiors really stand out from the crowd.  If you would like help with working out which patterns work together, please contact us for further information.