Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

Colour psychology dictates many of the choices made by interior designers. Different hues elicit unique human responses. Colour can influence a person’s mood, energy and even sense of taste. Reds are likely to conjure up feelings of danger and desire, while shades of blue may produce sensations of calmness and tranquility. Designers use this to their advantage by specifying colours depending on the purpose of the space they are creating and the particular effect they are trying to achieve. To celebrate the power of colour and changing trends, Pantone has declared a ‘Colour of the Year’ since 2000. In 2018, it chose Ultra Violet, claiming this hue ‘communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’. In this issue, we ask some of the UK’s best designers to both reflect and look ahead, and predict the colour of 2019. 


In the arts, we have definitely witnessed a stronger interest for palettes featuring tertiary colours this year, including various shades of purple. ARTIQ has also received an increasing number of commissions for neon art, popular not only with hospitality clients but also in the workplace sector. Meanwhile, light installations and interactive art have often been selected alongside sculptural pieces, particularly for public projects, which supports the idea of ‘ultraviolet’ as a colour that connects us to the future and to artistic exploration and expression. The colour purple is also associated with the mysteries of the cosmos and with intuition. 

Ultraviolet is the ideal companion for natural fabrics and neutral tones, creating a splash of colour through accents, furniture or feature walls. It’s particularly effective when used in lighting to create a relaxed ambience in spa settings, especially when the colour is complemented by soothing scents like lavender or other botanicals. The use of ultraviolet in more relaxing spaces is still fairly unusual, so we are excited to see the trend develop as a means of creating a sense of harmony and mindfulness. We expect to also see violet popping up within interior design more generally. Deeper violets instantly conjure feelings of decadence given their historic links to royalty and regularly appear in high-end cocktail bars and hotels. 

Purple, in general, is known to be a colour of mindfulness and creativity, harnessing both the calm of blue tones and the energy of red. Together, they allow for clear thinking and a stimulated mind, so purple is the ideal colour to inject into creative spaces or ones in which you would like to create a sense of wonder. It can simmer with femininity or quiet reflection, particularly if paired with the correct colours, or it can communicate a sense of richness and depth. When it comes to interior design, such richness, however, can be overwhelming, particularly if you are designing a small space or one without plenty of natural light. Instead of complete coverage, you might use it on a feature wall, infusing the room with the dreaminess of the shade without startling or overwhelming the user. Moderation is key when dealing with strong hues such as ultraviolet. 



Future Predictions

In line with our prediction for 2019 as the year of women, trends in art and design shifting from a muted palette to bright colours, as well as a new interest in pop art, contemporary surrealism, optical art and an increasing request for art deco-inspired golden and metallic details within luxury design treatments, we believe 2019 will be the year of Pantone colour ‘Yellow Ceylon’ – the colour of energy, action and healing. 

Across cultures, the colour yellow has been associated with happiness and hope as well as being a symbol of intellect and remembrance. In Afro-Brazilian religions, for example, incorporating the Yorùbá tradition, many female figures in the pantheon are celebrated in rituals for their power to heal, care and nourish. They reflect the richness of their cultural heritage and are intrinsically connected with nature and vital energy, celebrating in particular the goddess Oshun, who represents fertility, fresh water, youth, love, gold and honey. 

Yellow has also been used to increase mental activity, stimulate communication, build confidence and boost concentration. Gemstones of this colour are believed to help find clarity for decision-making and have a calming power against panic, while providing healing in cases of burn-out and exhaustion. 

At SpaceInvader we think next year’s Pantone colour of the Year could be olive green. Mental health and wellbeing are of growing importance when it comes to designing space, and recreating natural settings is a common theme. The use of olive green is key to recreating outdoor space in interior design and would have more impact in this respect than dark jewel tones. 

For 2019, I cannot be completely sure as to what Pantone would choose as their Colour of the Year but, if I were to guess, it could be bold purply pink/blue tones. Recently we can see a trend for charcoal grey as an alternative to black that can be slightly lighter and not as dense. It is a cool, balanced colour, which might strike some as dull or even moody, but strikes me as clean and sophisticated.