So what is Pantone Colour of the Year? Read on as we asked McMillan Interiors outside Cullybackey for some interior design trends for the year ahead.

“We, at McMillan Interiors, dislike slavishly following trends, but rather advocate creating a home that is personal, fun, and individual. There is one company however that we love to watch for trend prediction – Pantone. In December of each year Pantone predict what the forthcoming predominant ‘Colour of the Year’ will be. 

Pantone colour experts have been researching and predicting colour trends since 2000 by examining colour influences around the world. This includes in business, fashion, the arts, the entertainment industry, tourism and even current events. It’s not a science and it’s not set in stone – rather it’s a guide, a suggestion, a commentary on current cultural flow. 2017 was the year of ‘Greenery’ – a zesty shade of yellow-green that channelled ideas of Spring, freshness, energy, new beginnings, nature and the outdoors.”

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“Certainly we saw a lot of green throughout 2017. Bottle green, emerald green and leafy green proved popular and will likely remain so throughout the next year. But what colour has Pantone predicted to be big in 2018? Designers, makers, influencers, and consumers all waited with bated breath… and just a few days ago Pantone indulged us with a colour that is a bold and unexpected deviation from the zesty brightness of Greenery.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 is….”

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Ultra-Violet! (Did you see that coming?…)

Here’s the official line from the Colour Specialists at Pantone:

“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 light the way to what is to come.”

– Leatrice Eiseman (Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute)

“Ultra Violet echoes the artistic genius and individuality of David Bowie, Prince, Jimi Hendrix. It captures exploration and innovation in science, technology, spirituality, mindfulness. According to colour theory, purple is associated with wealth, royalty, ecclesiastical power and interestingly, purple has often been seen in significant cultural changes and shifts throughout history. Clearly the forecast of Ultra-Violet in 2018 is much more than just aesthetic – it’s a symbolic prediction and prophetic statement on what’s to come in the arts, business, culture, science, politics. As Laurie Pressman of Pantone summarises:”

‘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.’

“Fascinating! We can’t wait to see how this plays out throughout 2018. 

So what do you think? 

Do you love Ultra Violet? 

Hate it? 

Are you on the fence?”

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So once the Christmas decorations are down at the start of a next year, and the house looks a bit bare, will you be turning your thoughts to redecorating? If so, and you need some interior design inspiration look no further than McMillan Interiors, Cullybackey. But will you be adding ultra violet, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 to your colour scheme?