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Dulux Colour of the Year 2018

Dulux colour of the year 2018

Pantone has announced 18-3838 Ultra Violet as their colour of the year for 2018.

In a provocative contrast to Greenery, their 2017 colour of the year, which was chosen for its fortifying attributes, encouraging us to take a step back to breathe, oxygenate and reinvigorate, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

According to Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute “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 and 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

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet

About the Pantone Color of the Year

 “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.

As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.



Trend Report: 5 Key Trends for Home Improvement Brands 2016

Key trends impacting on the home improvement industry in 2016

In this report we look beyond the latest design fads and colour trends to understand how things like shifts in social behaviour, demographic changes, technological developments and much more will impact on the way our homes are used now and in the future.

We have identified 5 key trends which will impact on the UK home improvement industry in 2016 and beyond. From hybrid-living to designing out waste, these trends focus on how brands can future-proof their product ranges to ensure that they meet the demands of their target market; the UK homeowner.

Featured trends: Design-led, Space-saving Products, Connected Health meets the Connected Home, Make it Personal, Designing out Waste, No More Cleaning

This report is available as a FREE download