Pantone’s 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet, a deep, dark purple. Think Beaujolais, velvet drapes and ripe figs. Coincidentally, I’ve been trying to introduce a little purple into my life. I got lavender eye glasses to spark up my minimalist wardrobe of white, black and gray. I even bought purple and gray tennis shoes to tie it altogether. It’s funny, I want to spend all my time obsessing about home decor, not clothes. If they made adult giranimals or PJ’s in durable, outdoor fabrics, I’d be all in… but I digress.
So how do we incorporate this rich, vibrant color into our lives? I mean, we don’t have to, I just thought it would be fun to try.
The obvious way is through flowers. Orchids, cyclamen and African Violets come to mind. Beautiful house plants that bloom year round make winter a little better! We have 8″ of snow and temperatures are bitter cold, so a hot house atmosphere is greatly appreciated. I have them on our enclosed porch, supplemented by a space heater and an aromatherapy diffuser adding much needed humidity.
There are other subtle ways to bring ultra violet into your life from blackberries to cut flowers to crystals to pretty lanterns… think of it as a way to bring joy into your environment. Ultra violet also goes well with fuchsia, tangerine and bright green. All bold colors that will spark liveliness and creativity in your day to day life whether you incorporate them in little ways or in big splashes.
This year, find your inner bohemian and let her/him out in a million ways… from your home to your garden and yes, even your wardrobe. Happy 2018!