Including Ultra Violet, the 2018 Color of the Year.
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Purple reign it is. This morning, Pantone announced Ultra Violet as its 2018 Color of the Year, so expect to see the dynamic hue all over fashion, interiors and design in the upcoming year. Why purple? According to the brand the shade inspires "visionary thinking" (after all, it's was a favorite of music icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix) and it has a spiritual element, too. Think: the mysterious cosmos, healing crystals and the purplish lighting in meditation rooms. "It's truly a reflection of what's needed in our world today," said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. Creativity with a side of chill - we're all about it. Celebrate the spunky shade with the fun, purple-themed party Darcy Miller created on Martha's show from our vault. You'll find it at the end of this post.

This story has been updated to include Pantone's Color of the Year

2018 pantone color trends
Top row: Verdure, Playful, Discretion, TECH-nique. Bottom row: Far-Fetched, Resourceful, Intricacy, Intensity.
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Last March, at the International Home + Housewares show, Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman made a long-anticipated announcement when she shared the upcoming color trends for 2018. Eight color groups were announced: Verdure, Resourceful, Playful, Discretion, Far-fetched, Intricacy, Intensity and TECH-nique - instead of simply explaining them to you, we wanted to show how you can already start incorporating them into your home with these great DIY projects. Let us help you get ahead of the trend and give your house the perfect color scheme for 2018.

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The first color group, Verdure, consists of vegetable-inspired colors like Celery and Foliage as well as berry-infused purples and an eggshell blue. Eiseman explained that this palette was "symbolic of health." We think that our DIY painted bud vases are the perfect pop of colors from the Verdure palette for any room. This project even incorporates Scallion, our own vegetable paint shade.

TRY IT: DIY Painted Bud Vases
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Add something whimsical to your room by incorporating Playful, the third color grouping, with colors like Minion Yellow, Lime Popsicle, Green Flash, and Blue Skydiver. What better way to display these great colors than on a fun abstract throw pillow you can make yourself that incorporates so many of these bright tones?

TRY IT: Abstract Painted Throw Pillows


Subtle but beautiful, Discretion, the fourth color palette includes nostalgic hues like Elderberry, Burnished Lilac, and Hawthorne Rose. Discreetly change up a wall in your house with the addition of a flower family tree made from subtly colored flower clip-art. The result is delicate and refined.

TRY IT: Flower Family Tree Wall-Art
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Next up: TECH-nique, a color palette that is a nod to the ever-growing presence of technology in our lives. The palette is an explosion of fun and loud colors like vibrant blue, green, fuchsia, purple, turquoise, and hot pink. The trend also includes Brilliant White and Frosted Almond to offset these colors, which could otherwise seem overpowering. Why not feature these colors on a smaller scale throughout the house with these heart-framed shadow boxes, which allow for pops of color to shine through their frames.

TRY IT: Heart-Framed Shadow Boxes
photo booth
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Far-Fetched is a palette that according to Eiseman "reaches out and embraces many different cultures." It combines rosy colors like Iced Coffee and Ruby Wine with earthy tones such as cornsilk yellow. We think that these hues would be beautifully represented with this origami-inspired wall backdrop. Consider it a unique backdrop for your next party!

TRY IT: DIY Folded Paper Wall Art


Next, there's Resourceful, which incorporates shades of two lovely colors on the spectum: orange and blue.We think that these blue and orange decorative chair backs will give your kitchen a subtle and tasteful color lift that will welcome guests from the moment they enter the room.

TRY IT: Decorative Chair Backs
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Intricacy - as the name would suggest - reflects the popularity of intricate designs. It includes several metallics, which some would say are the "new neutrals" as well as Holly Berry Red and Yellow Sulfur. Well, what is more intricate than wallpaper? It's an affordable way to introduce a pattern into any space. And with the contrast of it against your wooden staircase, these wallpapered stairs will bring the Intricacy palette perfectly into your home.

TRY IT: Wallpapered Stairs
Applique Pillows
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We love these appliquéd throw pillows when it comes to the Intensity palette, they can be made in any color and in this case, we'd recommend a blend of plum, blue and blue-green, orange Emberglow, Molten Lava and Bossa Nova as well as golds and blacks to deliver the full-color range. Display them on your couch, bed or on some chairs and successfully intensify your home.

TRY IT: Appliquéd Throw Pillows

Ready to get in the purple spirit? Watch how Darcy Miller threw an adorable purple party for her daughter:


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