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Pantone announced their choice for Color of the Year 2018, and it is a rich, vibrant purple called Ultraviolet. According to their website Pantone’s Ultraviolet, “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Are you nervous about incorporating such a saturated color in your apartment? Don’t be. Purple is a flattering and forgiving color, and one that you will love to have in your home. Take a few cues from the color wheel when adding it into your decor.

Tone It Down with Navy

Bathrooms are a great place to experiment with color, since you don’t have to worry about the color clashing with any furniture you may already own. Replace your current shower curtain with a pretty pattern featuring ultraviolet to add an instant punch of color.

Since blue and purple are next to each other on the color wheel, you can tone down the intensity of ultraviolet with navy accents. You will still get the richness of Pantone’s color of the year, in a more subdued way.

Be Complementary with Yellow

For a lively take on ultraviolet, head to the opposite side of the color wheel. Purple’s complementary color (the color across from it on the wheel) is yellow. Now, I don’t suggest going full Minnesota Vikings in your decor (unless you are a diehard fan), but you can still work in yellow tones.

Look for artwork and throw pillows with both purple and yellow undertones to scatter around the room. Succulents are another great way to punch up any purple in your rental. You can create an arrangement with blue-violet sempervivum and yellow-green sedum for a vibrant accent on your coffee table.

Go Glam with Silver

Purple has long been associated with royalty, so play up the glamorous side of ultraviolet with silver metallics. Ultraviolet is a cool tone purple, so it plays very well with silver and pewter. This color combination works especially well in a bedroom, since it is a room where you want to pamper yourself a little. If you are worried about going overboard with the glitz, don’t worry. You can get away sparkly finishes as long as you keep the silhouettes simple.

Have we convinced you to add some touches of Ultraviolet into your apartment? If you do, snap a pic for Instagram and tag us in it. We’d love to see your space! For more decorating tips, these decor ideas will please the geek chic inside of you.

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I’m Jessica Hill, the slightly-unbalanced blogger of Mad in Crafts. I used to spend my days teaching Shakespeare and Longfellow to high school students, trying desperately to make the classics modern for my students… or at least to keep them awake for the 45 minute class period. Now, I teach readers how to combine classic style with modern trends in decorating, DIY, cooking, writing, and more! And hopefully you stay awake in the meantime! Visit Mad in Crafts

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