Commercial Interior Design asked design experts to share their thoughts on the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet.
Joakim de Rahm, Co-founder and design principal, Swiss Bureau Interior Design
Ultra Violet is a mystical colour that references the cosmos and it is also symbolic of counterculture and pop culture. That said, it is a challenging shade to use in interiors. But it is a good opportunity to experiment and try something new in 2018.
Of course, it will be difficult to paint walls in Ultra Violet, but I see it more in the FF&E touches to create small but strong accents. Each year, we have a new colour of the year by Pantone. It certainly influences all the creative sectors. It offers interior architects the opportunity to explore some new natural or synthetic materials in these colours.
Jennie Binchy, Design director, Binchy and Binchy Architecture
I am a big fan of colour, though it is always a challenge to use it well. I do like Pantone’s 2018 choice, and we have actually already specified it in a new luxury residential villa that we will be starting on site very soon.
Each year, Pantone seems to throw a curve ball, nominating colours that are rather challenging for interior schemes. I would prefer not to propose bold tones, especially in commercial spaces.
Though, when combined with softer, complementary colours the overall effect can be really successful. Good lighting is also really important in an interior project that is governed by colour.
Pallavi Dean, Founder and design director, Pallavi Dean Interiors
Passing fads like ‘Colour of the Year’ have little place in interior design. They’re great for fast fashion, advertising and social media – things with a shelf life measured in weeks and months, but buildings take years to design and build, and remain for decades.
However, in a technology-obsessed world, I’m loving such a space-age choice for 2018: strictly speaking, ultra violet is an electromagnetic wavelength, not a colour. If you are going to use Ultra Violet, make it the accent colour, not the base palette. Go for paintings, rugs, candles, throws and vases rather than floor-to-ceiling wall paint.
Paul Bishop, Owner and founder, Bishop Design LLC
I see the Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet as being a provocative colour conjuring up cinematic imagery and a city’s nightscape inherent of a somewhat ’80s vibe – imaginative, vocal and alluring. It also evokes natural beauty – imagine rolling fields of lavender or amethyst stone, which is synonymous with luxury and royalty.
Specifically speaking, the use of such a strong colour in the commercial sector will result in the creation of truly dramatic spaces. However this colour is not to be applied to the entire interior envelope, but introduced through furniture, novelty accessories and an array of diversifying finishes.