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A new year with fresh colours: Here are this year’s colour trends

In 2017, natural colours like green, blue, and grey were the go-to colours. But 2018 has a surprise in store with a completely different colour direction. As already anticipated by trendsetters and trend scouts, the colour institute Pantone has now officially confirmed the news that 2018 will be violet. Or more precisely: The Color of the Year 2018 is going to be ultra violet. When choosing the colour, Pantone’s scouts analyse different facets of modern culture, reflected in e.g. the entertainment industry, art collections, catwalks, packaging, graphic and industrial design, as well as new technologies, popular travel destinations, and global sports events. All of these influences produce a ‘Colour of the Year’, which is also meant to convey the dominant attitudes and feelings of society.

2018 will be ultra violet - Pantone’s Colour of the Year

The dramatic purple shade, ultra violet, expresses originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking, while reminding us of the vast and limitless night sky. According to the colour institute, in a time that demands inventiveness and imagination, this very type of creative inspiration is inherent to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple shade. Another plus point is the versatility of the colour: Ultra violet can be combined with various colours. In combination with metallic or yellow tones, especially with gold, the dark colour has a particularly elegant effect. With yellowish green, bluish green, cappuccino, or copper, it radiates a natural sophistication. Pieces of furniture in this shade can be used to create a deliberate colour accent in your home.

Colours of the year, and how to make the most of them

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“Heart Wood” – The perfect match for any room

If you are not so keen on bold statements, you might be more at home with Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2018. The paint manufacturer’s pick for the year is called “Heart Wood”. Heart Wood is a purple shade too, but it’s lighter than ultra violet and almost moves in the direct of a pastel. Calming or cosy, energetic or relaxing – depending on the combination, Heart Wood can create various atmospheres in your home. The colour is suitable for any room and harmonises excellently with complementary colours. In combination with inky blue tones, for example, you can create a cosy, elegant ambience in your home.

Mix and match colour trends

For a perfectly coordinated interior, you can also match the design of your switches with the colours that are in vogue for 2018. With the Gira Design Configurator, you can get a realistic representation of how the various switch designs would look in your home. try out every combination with the help of augmented reality, and decide which design range and colour suit your home best.


What do you think of the trend colours for 2018? Or do you already have your own ideas for interesting colour combinations? We look forward to receiving your comments!

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