Kitchen Design; Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet

Kitchen design often looks to other industries, current fashions and trends for inspiration. This years colour of the year is PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet. A blue based purple colour that is linked with mystical or spiritual qualities. Not a likely candidate to influence modern kitchen design, but as colour of the year hard to ignore.

“Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture.”


Who Are The Pantone Color Institute?

For more than 50 years PANTONE® have been the leading authority on colour. The brand is recognised across the world as the standard language for colour communication. Everyone from designers to manufacturers use their PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM®. Which consists of a book of standardised colour in fan format. Even retailers and consumers make use of them too, in every industry from fashion to furniture.

The Pantone Color Institute are the consulting branch of Pantone. They forecast global colour trends and advise companies on use of colour. Often the Pantone colour of the year trends throughout the year in design and fashion.

Ultra Violet or Purple in Kitchen Design

Ultra Violet and purples aren’t usually the first thought in kitchen design. Use of such a bright colour is daring and unique, and so is often the choice of renegades and trend setters. But purple hues shouldn’t be ignored or feared. They can lift and brighten a room. Introducing valuable colour without being too harsh.

Purple isn’t a colour we often work with in kitchen design. And currently no manufacturers offer a purple in their standard colour range. But with more and more kitchen manufacturers offering a custom bespoke painted door option, it is a colour that can be experimented with.

For example, the Second Nature Porter Painted range. The design featured in the image above uses clever purple highlights in the open units. This introduces colour into what would otherwise be a bland and sterile kitchen. Without the purple highlights, the kitchen is exclusively whites, greys and wood tones. And would appear cold and uninviting.

If your budget won’t stretch to bespoke painted kitchen doors or kitchen units. Or you wish to update an existing kitchen then there are other ways to add a splash of purple to your kitchen design.

Such as using bright purple wall tiles, feature wall, furnishings, appliances or accessories. There is an additional benefit of introducing this colour via walls, furnishings, appliances or accessories. And that is, if you grow tired of the colour you can easily and inexpensively replace it in the future. Breathing new life in to the kitchen without the drama of a new kitchen.

Growth in the Popularity of Purple Kitchens in 2018

The question of whether we will be seeing more ‘purple’ kitchens ultimately comes down to our clients. Our kitchen designs are primarily influenced not by trends or colours of the year but by our clients vision. When working on small refurbishment projects we encourage our clients to be adventurous and get to the core of their dream kitchen. Only time will tell if the PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet captures the imagination of the public at large.

Yet the bulk of our work is direct for developers, where the aim is to design a kitchen with mass appeal. Our core business is the design, supply and installation of kitchens. Primarily for property developers, builders and architects. As the properties these kitchens are installed within will ultimately be sold or let the kitchen needs to be unoffensive and have universal charm. These kitchens are less likely to have adventurous design cues. But most likely to be enhanced with accessories and appliances by the new occupiers.