Pantone’s color of the year, ULTRA VIOLET! A very edgy choice, and challenging. Pantone’s executive director used terms like inventiveness, imagination and creative inspiration when describing the color. This is a color with a mysterious mystical character. A color which symbolizes originality and creativity. Bold colors can be demanding. We shouldn’t be afraid of them because they can give a room a much needed jolt! I love lavender all the way to the appropriate purple. There are several ways to use it. Violet works beautifully as an accent. Use purple flowers in your room. Iris, roses, allium or lilac. Perhaps some throw pillows that include the color would work well. In using a new color take baby steps. Amethyst geodes are very decorative and unusual as an accessory. If using in a big way, one can soften the strong color by using soft shades in the same color family. Such as lavender, blush, blues and pinks. To embolden the color even more use colors from the opposite side of the color wheel. For a library or study consider going all the way and embrace deep purple! Enhance it with other lush, deep, dark colors, velvet, jewel-toned fabrics, dark leather and dark wood. Try it in a powder room. What better place to use a wild splash of bold color. Wall paper or high-gloss lacquer finish. Think outside the box! Gray it down and it could be very romantic in the bedroom, casting a warm and soothing glow. Very enveloping. Try violet as an accent chair in the living room. Serves to unify the other colors in the room. This concept holds true in many of the decorative arts. For example, fine porcelain of the 17th and 18th centuries often employed purple in their design. Even a dot of purple served to intensify and unify the other colors. So we find that violet is more usable in our everyday decor than we thought. It’s also very royal!