Those of you who followed my instagram feed of late (excruciating holiday snaps!) will know that I was very taken with the hotel bar during our trip to Sri Lanka. It was the aubergine walls that really hit the spot (okay well it was the walls…and the negronis – but mainly the walls!).
So here I am one week on and back to reality, and Pantone have announced that Ultra Violet is this year’s colour. This is something I just can’t get my head around. Last year was Greenery and Millennial Pink, and yes I got on board, and some might say, even embraced it. I went all out with a dark green kitchen and bought a pink faux fur. How very 2017 of me. So, 2018 brings with it Ultra Violet (that’s purple to the rest of us) and a harsh one at that. It’s Cadbury’s, Liberty of London or the Queen– depending on your preference (if any). Any which way I look at it, it’s never going to work for me, at least not on the interiors front.
Ultra Violet lacks the softness and depth of say plum, aubergine or marsala (love a foodie reference). Instead it feels very flat, a bit like if January were a colour. Yes, the nuances really matter here. Adding a touch more of the reddy brown gives a depth, and a richness that makes you want to dive right in. Ultra Violet cable knit is not the kind of jumper you would want to cosy-up in, so why on earth would you want to paint a room in it?
The warmer tones are underrated, so if you are keen to jump on board a softer version of this year’s Pantone wagon, here’s how you can do it with some style and pezaz..
Paint your kitchen units, try Brinjal (Farrow & Ball) or Plum Brandy (Paint & Paper Library) AND, if you want to go the whole hog, then go for a high gloss finish. Plain English have already gone there, (of course they have) and it looks superb.
Dust off your roller and re-decorate those walls. It’s earthy, it’s moody and it’s spicy - just the ticket for a hallway, dining room or snug. I would also recommend painting ceilings, walls and woodwork in the same colour. This makes the room feel more spacious and calm.