It’s either loved or hated; adored or despised; in everything or not at all. Everyone appears to have a one-sided opinion on this color- Ultra Violet. Whichever side your opinion lies, we have some ideas that may help our readers get on board with this year’s color of the year. We want to use our experience and knowledge of interior design to challenge you in how you view the use of Ultra Violet. Like most “Colors of the Year”, we suggest using them as accents and not a saturated color all over the house. We have come up with a few ideas on how to do this in your home.
USE IT AS A MOODY THEME
A great option for incorporating Ultra Violet into your liveable space is by designing a moody theme. The color purple naturally calms nerves and allows for relaxation, so this can be used as an advantage. Create a space that allows creativity and luxury, but be careful with how much of the color you use. Going overboard with various shades of Ultra Violet will cause your space to be overstimulating or feel cold.
USE IT AS A SOPHISTICATED THEME
The color purple is often associated with royalty because of its vibrancy. It’s what’s considered a power color and goes great with gold. Make your space liveable and beautiful by pairing it with hints of brushed gold and other light colors. This design will always feel fresh and special and can create a classy or vintage look.
SOFTEN IT W/ OTHER COLORS
Ultra Violet is a rather harsh color for interior design when used alone. However, it looks beautiful when it’s accented with complimentary colors such as mauve, blush, blue, lilac, and even some green. Even with accent colors, we don’t suggest using too much Ultra Violet. As a main color, it can be used in fewer pieces and still make a statement due to its natural quality. We used Ultra Violet as a main color in a client’s dining room in 2017. As you can tell, there are very few pieces with the color but the eye is immediately drawn to it.
USE IT AS A LIGHT ACCENT
Not only can this vibrant and exhilarating color be used sparingly, it can also be toned down as a light accent color. We used various shades of amethyst throughout our client’s bedroom, but it is used in lighter tones in everything from the art, the coverlet and accessories. The end result is a luxurious master bedroom with equal parts romance and mystery.
What are your final thoughts on the color of the year choice? How do you plan on using Ultra Violet this year? Let us know on Instagram (@kirkendalldesign) or FaceBook (Kirkendall Design).