Ultra Violet: What Do You Think About the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year?

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2018 Pantone Color of the Year. What do you think of Ultra Violet? Are you a fan? Click through to weigh in and see a DIY bouquet inspired by the newest Pantone favorite. #purple #ultraviolet #flowers #floral #pantone #coloroftheyear #bouquet

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…

An ultra violet bouquet inspired by Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year. 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. Are you a fan? Click through to weigh in and see a DIY bouquet inspired by the newest Pantone favorite. #purple #ultraviolet #flowers #floral #pantone #coloroftheyear #bouquet

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.

An ultra violet bouquet inspired by Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year. 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. Are you a fan? Click through to weigh in and see a DIY bouquet inspired by the newest Pantone favorite. #purple #ultraviolet #flowers #floral #pantone #coloroftheyear #bouquet

An ultra violet bouquet inspired by Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year. 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. Are you a fan? Click through to weigh in and see a DIY bouquet inspired by the newest Pantone favorite. #purple #ultraviolet #flowers #floral #pantone #coloroftheyear #bouquet

An ultra violet bouquet inspired by Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year. 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. Are you a fan? Click through to weigh in and see a DIY bouquet inspired by the newest Pantone favorite. #purple #ultraviolet #flowers #floral #pantone #coloroftheyear #bouquet

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.

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24 comments | Click here to reply

It looks so pretty! I love the color.
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Courtney Hardy | January 4th, 2018 at 9:24 am

Thanks Courtney.

Brittni | January 4th, 2018 at 9:30 am

The color is not my favorite either, although I really like the bouquet you have put together! I don’t know, in the form of the flower it is in fact a beautiful shade…
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Michelle | January 4th, 2018 at 9:37 am

Yeah, I definitely like it best as a flower…won’t be painting my walls ultra violet anytime soon.

Brittni | January 4th, 2018 at 11:07 am

I feel like the color of the year has been some shade of purple for a while now… like they keep TRYING to get us on board with purple and the entire world keeps saying, eh…. no thanks. Wasn’t it orchid last year? I’m not a huge fan. HA.
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Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling | January 4th, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Amy! I just went back and looked at the last ten years…and you’re totally right! 2008 was Blue Iris (which is definitely a blueish purple), 2014 was Radiant Orchid (a purplish color mixed with a bit of pink), 2016 was Serenity (a pastel purple), and then this year. WTH! 🙁

Brittni | January 4th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Point taken, but from looking at your stunning bouquet the colour looks incredible against a back drop of green! Such a beautiful contrast.

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Gemma | January 4th, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Aw, thank Gemma. One thing is for sure, I do like flowers – no matter what color they are. 🙂

Brittni | January 4th, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Gorgeous! My favorite color is purple- any shade 🙂 I even have my garage doors and my front door painted purple! I also use it a lot in my card making as a background color- almost like a neutral. <3 purple 🙂

Carole | January 4th, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Thanks Pink Pineapple. Carole – are you loving the 2018 color than? I just realized (with some help from Amy), that some shade of purple has been Pantone’s Color of the Year four times in ten years. That’s a lot of purple. Haha. Great for people who love it though.

Brittni | January 4th, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Love love love it! Purple in any shade is a favourite of mine.

Sonia | January 4th, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Oh cool. You must be pumped about the color of the year than. 🙂

Brittni | January 4th, 2018 at 9:02 pm

I like the color but I don’t see it that often.

Matt D. | January 4th, 2018 at 10:52 pm

The color is so beautiful. Will definitely do this on weekend.
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Lola | January 5th, 2018 at 4:34 am

Thanks for weighing in Matt and Lola. 🙂

Brittni | January 5th, 2018 at 9:00 am

I love purple and I have since I was a kid. However, for about a decade you couldn’t find purple shades of clothing at all (I’m thinking the early 2000’s). Last year the color was greenery. Green looks beautiful on my daughter with her green eyes & blonde hair. I was all in and made a bunch of silk scarves in shades of green that I sell every year at a farmer’s market. I sold very few green scarves if any but meanwhile, turquoise & coral have been popular for five years. I guess it takes a while for colors to catch on. I think that instead of being upset that you don’t like their color of the year, we should be upset at the lack of color variety.

Lisa Brinker | January 5th, 2018 at 9:48 am

Hi Lisa. Totally not upset about the color of the year, just voicing my opinion of not being a fan of the color. 🙂 BUT you bring up a really good point about the lack of variety in the last 10 years. To have some variation of purple 4 out of the last 10 years is quite excessive. I don’t get it.

Brittni | January 5th, 2018 at 10:00 am

one of my favorite colors, I even painted my bedroom this color with pale yellow trim, soothing and relaxing.

BARBARA | January 5th, 2018 at 10:11 am

I can definitely see the soothing qualities of a lighter purple (more lavender color), but do you find Ultra Violet Relaxing? It seems like a much bolder purple than what I would typically put in the relaxing category. Might just be me though. 🙂 Really appreciate you sharing your thoughts, Barbara.

Brittni | January 6th, 2018 at 12:55 pm

I dont like so much also this color, but in little detais its so nice!
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Isa | January 9th, 2018 at 8:44 am

I love that color! I use it a lot in my artwork, and purple and lavender flowers are on top of my list. However, I don’t decorate my home with purple except in some art pieces. My palette is more in yellows, blues, terracotta, with some green. I do wear it and love jewelry with purple stones or crystals. I make jewelry, so I will be using more purple this year!

Jacque Chinnery | January 10th, 2018 at 12:46 am

Elegant, regal, inspiring, beautiful.

Marguerite Zangrillo | January 24th, 2018 at 3:07 pm

I never cared for purple until I became a flower gardener… then I gained newfound respect for it and even bought a sweater in a deep, rich shade. I’ve had strangers stop me to compliment it, so you never know!
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