09
Dec 17

7 Colors that SHOULD Have Been the Pantone Color of the Year

Don’t get me wrong: I think Ultra Violet, Pantone’s pick for color of the year in 2018, is a pretty color. It was my favorite color when I was five. But as a visionary color, or one that’s supposed to represent both the cultural zeitgeist and the future of design, it seems a bit…uninspired. Maybe I’m a little bitter because none of my predictions for COTY 2018 panned out, but I can’t help wishing that the color was something a little more nuanced. Here are seven colors that should have been color of the year, IMHO.

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08
Dec 17

The Hidden Meaning in Pantone’s Color of the Year

In these unpredictable times, Pantone delivered at least one certainty we can hold onto for 2018: their much-anticipated Color of the Year. And like it or not, the pick is Ultra Violet—an intense, bold shade of purple. At face value, the choice might seem like merely a design one that will influence everything from throw pillows to bridesmaid dresses in the coming year. But over time, these selections have come to take on a bit of a deeper meaning. Turns out, this unsubtle hue could be carrying some subtler messages—and its own social commentary on our times.

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08
Dec 17

The Most Approachable Way to Use Pantone's Color of the Year at Home

The news came this morning: Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet, a color that is nothing if not enthusiastic. If you’re anything like us, you may find yourself scratching your head as to how you could possibly incorporate this color into your home. I think the key, if you decide to go that route, is moderation. We’ve rounded up a few accessories in this bold purple, to add just a touch of ultra violet to your home. Any one of these is sure to take a neutral-toned room to the next level.

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07
Dec 17

This New App Makes It Easy To Pick a Color, Any Color

You never know when color inspiration will strike—and we can pretty much guarantee it won’t happen while you’re nervously sweating, staring down the paint chips in your local hardware store. Thankfully, there’s a new app, Swatches, that turns the gorgeous rainbow-filled world around you into your own personal color catalog.

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05
Dec 17

Here's Our Prediction for the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Every year since 2000, color giant Pantone has picked one shade (okay, in 2016 it was two shades) to be the Color of the Year. The announcement, which occurs in early December for the coming year, is a hotly anticipated event in the design world, and invariably produces a great deal of commentary and even controversy. Last year, resident seer Eleanor Busing was right on the money with a guess of leafy green, and this year, I’ve been tasked with predicting which way the design winds will blow. So of course I consulted the most design savvy people I know: my coworkers here at Apartment Therapy. Here’s what they had to say.

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01
Nov 17

A No-Fail Color Combo for Instant Drama

Black and white is classic. But what happens when you add a little bit of gold? Well, then you’ve really got something. The proportions might be a little different, but these nine spaces all work this color combo, guaranteed to add a little glamour and drama to even the humblest of spaces.

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23
Sep 17

Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Colors That Just Work

I’m beginning to think that Americans are a little too afraid of color. Basic white, black and blue predominate today’s kitchens, and it’s downright shocking and refreshing to find some rule breakers out there — people who aren’t afraid to grab a unique color with two hands and not let go. From purple (gasp!) to puce (gasp! gasp!), these cabinets run a gorgeous gamut. And it wasn’t until I assembled them all here in one place that I realized they are all international: there’s not one American kitchen in the entire bunch.

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20
Sep 17

2017's Most Popular Colors for Interiors (According to Instagram)

Color is having a moment. True, when it comes to our favorite interiors, eye-catching pigments have always been winners, but in 2017, it seems things have been kicked up a notch. To prove our point, we scoured Instagram, one of our favorite sources of decor inspiration, high and low looking for the most loved and shared (and re-shared) rooms and more importantly, what their color palettes seemed to be. After distilling down some of our findings, we found seven colors and combos that reign supreme, according to the ‘gram.

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19
Sep 17

Magnificently Moody Homes That Joined the Dark (Wall) Side

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11
Sep 17

Fun, Unexpected Ways to Add a Blast of Color To Your Bathroom

One of my favorite trends recently is the re-introduction of color to the bathroom. After so many years of white and beige, it’s about time. If you’d like to take baby steps, you can introduce color to your bathroom with art, or with paint, or maybe even with some nice towels — but if you’re ready to really commit, consider one of these unexpected (and unexpectedly delightful) ways to add color to your bathroom.

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