When the global authority on colour, Pantone, recently announced their colour of the year for 2018 as ‘Ultra Violet’, it sparked some debate in the interiors community. More people seemed to dislike it than love it.
It was quite an unexpected choice, perhaps, but personally I’ve always really liked purple hues. I don’t think I could bear a room painted entirely in Ultra Violet, but the odd touch could be vibrant and invigorating – for example used sparingly in a rug, cushions, a luxurious velvet chair or a vase of flowers.
After the announcement about Ultra Violet, I experimented with my Wiz lamp, which you may have seen on the blog recently. Setting it to ‘Electric Violet’ seems to cast quite a magical glow on the Christmas tree and decorations.
There has been a lot written about colour psychology and how some colours in particular make us feel happy, boosting mood and giving an improved sense of well-being. Check out these interesting research results Wiz lighting discovered:
Blue is the Brits’ second happiest colour (13%), but also voted the top colour for provoking anxiety (22%)
Yellow makes a quarter of us feel happy (23%)
More than a quarter of the population (26%) weren’t aware that different shades of white light could impact your emotions and wellbeing
You might be interested to know the top 5 colours which make us feel happiest are:
Purple didn’t make the top 5 (it is actually at number 6), although its two component parts, blue and red, are in there. Often considered a positive colour, purple it encourages creativity and has the ability to calm and uplift people. It is an elegant, regal and spiritual colour, with a mystical quality, being neither totally warm nor cool.
Of course, Ultra Violet is a quite distinctive shade of purple and not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. How do you view the new Pantone Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet? Is it a colour you could grow to love in 2018?