The Pantone Color Institute has announced Pantone 18-3838, Ultra Violet, “a blue-based purple” the color of 2018. The shade is described as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade,” suggesting “the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead.”
This purple is rather “dramatic” to work well as a design neutral, and “provocative” isn’t what most of us go for in choosing the colors around which we live our lives. Ultra Violet may be embraced as an interior accent or a wardrobe pick-me-up, but it may not be a color destined to take over homes and clothes in 2018.
In floral design, however, purple is a rock star, in all shades, forever popular with designers and customers. Decisions at Copper Penny Flowers about what flowers to order always include, “What do we have that’s purple?” or, more likely, “We need more purple!”
Brides agree. Last year, a trend for weddings was mauvy purples with sage green. And the purple trend continues into 2018, with brides requesting lighter shades like lilac and lavender, and purples with grey undertones accented with silvery Dusty Miller and succulents.
On trend roses popular at Copper Penny Flowers include Ocean Song, Grey Knights, and Amnesia. Other designer favorites include Panda anemones–white with a dark purple-hued center–and clematis.
Which purple is your passion?