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Princely Ultra Violet

Mon Jan 01 2018 | Author: Carol Olmstead
I look forward to the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year, and then I’m often disappointed because it doesn’t meet what I need for the coming year in Feng Shui terms.

Take Pantone’s decision in 2016 to choose not one, but two wimpy colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. They looked like baby blanket colors to me, and not at all what we needed to guide us through that year. Last year’s “Greenery” wasn’t much better, because it was a bit “limey,” when what we needed was a growth-inducing Forest or prosperous Emerald. Instead, we got a color that resembled a fruit. Fruits do work for some years, and in fact the choice of Tangerine Tango was so on-target for 2012 that I bought the Pantone mug in that color.

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For 2018, the color is Ultra Violet, which is a Feng Shui Fire Element deep purple, mixed with a Metal Element pastel. I would have preferred a deeper, bluer purple tipped toward the Water Element to represent flow, movement, and ease. In Feng Shui, shades of the color purple represent spirituality, mindfulness, things mystical, and royalty. Well, 2018 will certainly be the year of the British royals.

According to the Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, Ultra Violet is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Adds Laurie Pressman, Pantone’s Vice President, “It’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” Her comments suggest that Pantone is not just observing and predicting, it’s going proactive. Integrity, originality, and visionary are words I like for 2018, but I think we’ll do better if we skip things that are “provocative” this year.

How did Pantone, the self-proclaimed “color authorities,” come up with this choice? It seems they sent 10 people around the globe doing my dream job - searching for color in food, cars, cosmetics, clothes, and housewares. They got back together, compared their findings, did an analysis, and declared the color of 2018 to be Ultra Violet.

Leatrice says purple was the favorite color of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who used to wear a purple cape when he was trying to be creative. And since she’s the official color maven, she should know. “It’s also the most complex of all colors,” she says.

Then, there’s also the associate of Ultra Violet and shades of purple with celebrities, especially Prince. And that might be an even better observation of what we need in 2018:

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It's time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

You say you want a leader
But you can't seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain



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