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Posted at: Jan 13, 2018, 12:50 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2018, 12:50 AM (IST)INSIDE

Purple reigns...

If you know how to handle it properly, violet colour can be quite pleasing, especially in the interiors

Sukhmani

Every year artists, designers and stylists all wait with bated breath for Pantone’s Colour of the Year announcement. Pantone announces ultra violet as the colour of the year 2018. They describe ultra violet as a “provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that embodies individuality and spirituality.

According to the company, it alludes to the mysteries of the cosmos and the unknown. It’s a blue based purple that signifies experimentation and non-conformity. As compared to last year’s greenery, this year’s colour is hard to decorate with.

  • Use it as an accent colour: I personally wouldn’t be keen on using it in a whole space. Instead of making your room look like something out of a sci-fi movie, I suggest you use the colour as an accent. Use a violet flower arrangement in the room or violet coloured candles, as throw pillows or a rug.
  • Soften it up: Soften up the colour by working with shades of the same family. Blues, pinks, lilac and mauves will cut down the boldness of the colour. It’s a great colour for layering in various textiles whether knitted or pile fabrics or those with sheen such as raw silk.
  • A bold statement: For those who are willing to go all out and use more of the ultra violet colour, use it with a lot of white. White brings out the boldness of the violet instead of playing it down. It’s a colour that can create a rich, regal, and sophisticated spaces provided you know how.
  • Accent wall: Living rooms and accent walls go hand in hand. You can plan the entire space based on that particular wall. A colour such as ultra violet could be paired with white or other shades of purple to create a dramatic effect.
  • Focal point: Ultra violet can be used to create a focal point in a room. Instead of making the chandelier or an art piece, you can use a sofa or a chair in this colour as a focal point.
  • Dictate the mood of the room: Violets tend to be thought of as healing, inspiring, and imaginative. If you’re a believer in colour therapy, I would use this shade in a room where you want to exercise creativity, such as a home office, art studio, or a kid’s playroom.
  • Add metal: Metallics will help add warmth to a cool colour palette. Brass and copper are ideal for pulling out warmer tones in your greys and purples and will keep your home bang on trend.
  • The outdoors: Purple is great for the outdoors too, because it goes so beautifully with green. Hang violet lanterns or baskets full of violet coloured flowers, violet ceramic pots, violet garden accessories etc to incorporate this colour in your outdoor space.
(Sukhmani is a Chandigarh-based landscapist and interior designer)

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