Make Your Outdoor Accessories Pop With the Color of the Year, Ultra Violet

The new year brings many exciting things. A chance to start with a clean slate, to do things differently, to try something new, and finish what was once started. One thing we are really excited about is the opportunity to try new things, change up our spaces. Most importantly, we’re really excited about Pantone’s color of the year for 2018, 18-3838 Ultra Violet. This color is definitely a stretch and deviation from previous years, which featured much softer colors like Greenery last year, and pastel colors like Rose Quartz and Serenity in 2016.

What’s even more interesting is why they chose the color and the purpose of it. Contrary to others years, when Pantone chose colors that reflected a current trend. With Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, Pantone decided to choose a color that represented that they feel the world needs today, based on extensive research.

“A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Pantone website.

With this color, Pantone is speaking about the things it believes the world needs at the moment. It is not a reflection, but a hope for the coming year. Represented in the brilliance of the night sky, the infinity of the cosmos, the energy of music icons such as Prince and David Bowie, and the depth of spirituality, this color is about experimentation, elevation, and creation of something greater. Fashion designers have already featured the color in their Spring 2018 collections, but how do we embrace this trend in our everyday lives?


When looking to incorporate a new trend, it could be frightening to use a color as bright as PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet. But color can be added in subtle ways that complement your outdoor furniture. Ultra Violet outdoor accessories can be the perfect touch to add the color to your outdoor space without a big investment. Additions like flowers can brighten up any outdoor space for special occasions. Candles and candle holders can set the mood for any event. Towels take an ordinary element and make it a topic of conversation. Whichever you decide on, choose outdoor accessories that go well with your furniture without making the space overwhelming.


If you’re looking to make more noticeable changes to your outdoor space and want to incorporate the color of the year, then here are some suggestions we have for you. These are some color combinations that will work great with Ultra Violet:

Muted colors: mauve, lilac, lavender, shades of nude.
Vibrant colors: shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and blue, white and off-white.
Serious colors: navy blue, dark teal, shades of gray, wine.

These can be the colors outdoor accessories like cushions, rugs, pillows, fire glass, umbrellas, and more. You can mix and match to create a unique palette perfect for your space and furniture, and allow the Ultra Violet accents to give it the bright touch you’re looking for.


However you decide to incorporate PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, what’s important is that you do it your way. It’s part of the magic of the color, it can complement your space in many different ways. Choose your outdoor accessories and give your outdoor space a new look with minimal work while enjoying a global trend.

Originally published on Carls Patio blog.

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