To be more accurate, today we are celebrating the color violet! The Pantone® color of the year is Ultra Violet, and that pleases me greatly. It’s just about my favorite shade of purple (as witnessed by my new computer glasses, which are very pretty, but weren’t made right and have to go back for retooling). And according to the Pantone lady, Leatrice Eiseman, it’s another of those things that the world needs now (in addition to caring, kindness, and empathy, which are MY favorites).
“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. (quotes and image are from the Pantone Ultra Violet page)
Can we use it in “real life”?
So, what are we Hermits supposed to do about the color of the year? Paint our houses that color? Perhaps not the ones we plan to sell, but we can include this color in our personal homes where it would fit in. And if it is YOUR house, of course you can paint it purple if the neighborhood allows. Our friend Tina, who worked with us for a while, did! She also has teal trim. Her neighborhood is one of those fun ones, which are many in this area.
Anita and I are seriously considering painting the front door at the Bobcat Lair Ultra Violet. We believe the neighborhood association would not pitch a fit about that (since you can’t really see the door from the road in any of the houses in the North Cat Villas, Land of Many Regulations. I already have a periwinkle colored bathroom. I’m hoping that since this shade of purple is the color of the year, manufacturers will make towels in that color, so I can replace the ones I have with nice purple ones. Most of the ones I see are lilac or some other more reddish purple that don’t go well.
While Lee and I do have a purple guest room in the Hermits’ Rest house, on the ranch, it’s a much more muted collection of purples. I DID find good towels for that room, but I haven’t seen any of the right shade since then. That’s why it’s hard to decorate in colors that aren’t currently “in”—you can paint that color, but finding accessories can be a real pain, unless you have people who can sew your bedspread, curtains, and such, like professional decorators do. I’m not one of those, even if I do know a few seamstresses.
When should we avoid it?
My guess is that it’s not a great staging color, unless used as an accent in a very neutral kitchen or bathroom. No doubt Carol will give us an “amen” on that. However, you need to consider the neighborhood, your target buyers, and the style of house when deciding to use a vivid color like Ultra Violet. It might be just the thing for an urban loft or a Victorian dining room. The possibilities are many!
So tell us, do you use Ultra Violet or one of its friends in your personal environment? Wanna share?Hermann says please like and share!