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Apr 6, 2018

Learn To Decorate With Chair Crazy and Pantone’s Colour of 2018

“The Pantone Colour of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute.

The international colour authority, Pantone, has announced its highly anticipated Colour of the Year 2018 as Ultra Violet. Pantone believes that this bold colour symbolises originality and artistic brilliance. The thinking behind this radical choice is to empower people to make more use of colour to convey messages, meaning and influence. It is both strong and playful with a nod to 1980’s fashion as well as to a super modern take on future maximalism. So, what better colour to inject individuality and life into your interior than this inspirational shade of purple?

Are you brave enough to embrace this buzzing tone?

Ultra Violet is certainly not for the faint of heart, so don’t feel like a fuddy duddy for not wanting to plunge headlong into a purely purple palette. Being such a strong colour, Ultra Violet can work fabulously as an accent; use it on cushions, throws, carpets, linen, table settings as well as wall art and ceramics. You could also make use of the popular trend of bringing the outdoors inside and add some purple flowers to your space – iris, agapanthus and petunias would all work wonderfully.

With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a colour often well-liked by very creative or eccentric types, so if you fit into this playful frame, now is the time to let your fantasies become reality. As Lisa Mettis of Born and Bred Studio says, “Ultra Violet is the perfect colour for adding a bit of rock and roll to an interior. Think plush velvets married with dark interiors and pops of gold metalware. It’s a great colour for layering in various textiles whether knitted or pile fabrics or those with sheen such as raw silk.”

Here’s what a few other creative voices have to say on the subject:

Jasmin Reese:
This year’s choice of Ultra Violet is meant to elevate awareness, unlock potential and stimulate creative expression. These qualities make the blue-ish purple an excellent addition to a well-loved space. Choosing to go bold and give a whole room an ultra-makeover? Be sure to break up those tones with a punch of another colour. If you aren’t looking to take the purple plunge, an easy way to introduce the colour can be found somewhere unexpected – your potted plants. Spanish moss readily takes on the colour of store bought fabric dyes – make a statement with your succulents!

Rebecca Randall:
Purple in colour psychology is the colour of spirituality and creative expression and is associated with mindfulness. This powerful shade, when used in interiors, can bring inspiration and create a spiritual connection. It can be used either as an accent in soft furnishings or for a more powerful and intense effect on walls and furniture. Ultra Violet can be paired with other jewel tones or used as an eye-catching accent to a paler scheme. Either way, Ultra Violet will bring a sense of drama to any interior.

Steffanie Danby:
Mixing in lighter shades of purple, helps to soften the intensity of Ultra Violet, providing a layered approach to colour, while still keeping a calm palette. The rich, regal, and sophisticated space in the image above, exudes confidence, passion and drama, incorporating Ultra Violet perfectly, and making a unique statement.

Knowing that colour trends like these are continuously in flux, some of our favourite chairs tend towards a neutrality of tone so that they have a lasting power and compliment all shades of colours and seasons. For example, the Replica Phillip Starcke Ghost Chairs by Chair Crazy lends a playful elegance to any space and, due to its ghostly nature, compliment any palette you choose.

Another option is to go with raw, natural materials such as metal and wood. While you are in the mood for spirited statements, why not indulge in one of Chair Crazy’s Replica Stone Stools – use it as a side table or as a playful perch in any space.


However you choose to embrace current trends, take a moment to consider making a bold choice to revive your space and your mood. It is a changing world, so don’t be left behind!


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