Ultra Violet has been named Pantone’s color of the year for 2018. And I’m…well…not a fan. Are you? I mean purple?! Ultra Violet is basically just a fancy term for purple, isn’t it?! Throw me a dusty lilac or a pastel lavender and I can probably get on board. But purple, PURPLE?! Nope. I’m not sold.
I do think the meaning behind the color choice is interesting and even inspirational, don’t get me wrong. Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. But from a design point of view, I’m just not there yet.
I am, however, up for a challenge! And doing my best to embrace it (if I can). Even if it does look like someone took the eye dropper tool straight to a photo of Grimace himself (Ronald McDonald’s big purple BFF). So, I put together a DIY floral bouquet decked out with violet anemones, lavender, and thistle in an effort to convince us all that maybe Ultra Violet isn’t so bad.
Here’s my DIY bouquet inspired by Pantone’s 2018 color of the year…
I’ll just tell you now that I totally forgot to take photos of the ‘during’ process of this bouquet. Maybe we can just chalk it up to not quite back into the swing of things again, yet?
But the process I used for creating this bouquet is very similar to this tutorial: how to make a beautiful DIY floral bouquet. Just cross the stems to form an X over and over again, being sure to work your way around the perimeter as you go. Add filler (lavender, thistle, and greenery) once some of the larger blooms (anemones) are in place, then continue adding more stems of varying flowers until the bouquet feels full and balanced.
What’s the flower recipe for this one? There’s dried lavender (which smells amazing), violet anemones, blue thistle (which looks like purple) and a little holiday greenery to tie in the winter months that don’t seem to be going anywhere. It’s been SO cold in Atlanta this week.
Okay, so after all those obligatory flower photos….I’m SUPER curious to know what YOU think of Pantone’s color of the year?! Do you love it or hate it? No judgement either way. Just want to know what your reaction is. Or if you even care one way or the other?! Let me know in the comments below.