Ultra Violet in the Kitchen: How to Incorporate Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018 in Your Cook Space
Pantone is a world-renowned authority on colour, and every year it chooses a paint shade as the Colour of the Year for the upcoming 12 months. In 2018, Pantone’s colour is the aptly named Ultra Violet which – it says – is complex, contemplative and suggests the mysteries of the cosmos. It is a beautiful deep purple colour that is a brave choice, and it may appear to be too intense for a kitchen. A few small touches of this hue will add texture and vibrancy to your cooking area, imbuing a contemporary and up-to-the-minute feel.
Chairs are sometimes overlooked in a kitchen diner, but they can provide an eye-catching pop of colour – especially as they may well be one of the most-used items in your eating area. There are an almost unlimited number of styles available and options to fit all budgets, so chairs are one of the easiest ways to brighten up your space.
These purple dining chairs offer a simple, contemporary design that will make an eye-catching statement in an otherwise neutral kitchen. Alternatively, a purple fabric chair will be very easy to update when Pantone releases Colour of the Year 2019.
Creating a feature wall is another way to draw attention to your kitchen and introduce colour without it being overwhelming. A vivid shade can modernise a cooking area without any other changes, or why not echo your cooking – and the purpose of the kitchen – by opting for an enigmatic colour that inspires exploration? A benefit of painting or wallpapering a feature wall is that you will not need to replace the cabinets and worktops when you decide to update.
Celebrate Pantone’s Colour of the Year by having Ultra Violet mugs out on display. The dramatic and rich colour will add elegance to a kitchen, despite the mugs’ fairly small size. Pantone mugs are famous for their wide, uninterrupted tonal block. Mugs are usually replaced less frequently than other kitchenware and accessories, and these particular ones are also durable enough to survive many rinses in the dishwasher.
You will never misread the time again with this striking clock from Benefitsheen, which features a purple background and crisp white digits. Clocks are a fantastic way to introduce a brighter colour like Pantone’s Ultra Violet shade because they can create a focal point in the room – and most are affordable too. With large, chunky numbers in a sans-serif font, this particular timepiece will suit modern and contemporary kitchens. Updating your clock would work equally well if it is the only change you make, or when paired with similar coloured accessories.
Small accessories can be the best way to update your kitchen, as they provide playful splashes of colour without requiring a large spend. Even utensils like cooking spoons, spatulas and knives are sufficient to liven up a cooking space, and the bursts of purple will entice you to use the accessories regularly. Kettles, bread bins and many other items can also be bought in a colour similar to Ultra Violet, should you decide that silicone spoons are not vibrant enough.
Those looking for a more dramatic option may be brave enough to go bold with a statement appliance. Larger, more costly and often requiring specialist installation, large statement appliances are not so easily replaceable, so will need to be researched thoroughly and only considered if you are sure you will love this look for a long time. In the kitchen shown here, the range and extractor hood are purple while the rest of the cook space is kept in neutral tones. The worktop is our beautiful Full Stave Prime Oak surface. Having a feature appliance like this will automatically draw people in and become a talking point, and it suggests that the owner likes to cook frequently.
There are many different ways to incorporate Pantone’s Colour of the Year in your kitchen, and most are easy and affordable to achieve. Would you go Ultra Violet in your cooking area? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter!