2018 Color of The Year



What is Color?

Color is how we perceive an aspect of an element determined by how it interacts with light.   There are three properties which define color.  The hue which lets us identify red from blue and yellow from green, the intensity which allows us to interpret how vivid we see the color and lastly, the value helps us see shades and different versions of colors.  Colors make up the world around us and can strongly influence emotions, decisions, and how we perceived the environment but did you know there is a color of the year?

Who Decides the Color of The Year?

Leatrice Eiseman is the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and is highly recognized by those affiliated with the substantial brand fashion and marketing industry.  She has been put in charge of a committee of color experts which travel internationally to discover what the next years up and coming color will be.  When Eiseman and her committee determine the most important color of the year and announce it, many large industries like Ikea, Sephora, Microsoft, Banana Republic and others will release brands and trends capitalizing on this trend.

What is the Color of The Year?  

Pantone Color Institute is recognized as the foremost leading source of obtaining information on colors and forecasting color trends.  Pantone Color Institute has Eiseman travel the world to observe the latest fashion trends, celebrity wardrobes, and, marketing endeavors so she can determine what color will impact the upcoming color campaign.  Greenery strongly influenced last year’s color.  This year, however, is the year of UltraViolet.

Background on UltraViolet

Every color has a generally recognized feel to them.  Being on the farthest end of the color spectrum, UltraViolet has been linked to mysterious and spiritual feelings.  It is a vivid color that intrigues the use of our creative imagination.  With today’s world being so chaotic and pushing boundaries of social connections, this color hosts a mindful refuge with it cool, tranquil vibes.  Violet has been associated with dignity and wisdom and is a color which strongly suggests the vision of the future.

Now that you are familiar with the color of the year see if you see it in more marketing this year.  You will be surprised by how influential the color of the year really can be in today society.  UltraViolet shows the mystery but creativity of our world rapidly revolutionizing today.

Case Study

This room has the potential to be a beautiful bedroom. The architecture and lighting is interesting and inviting. The curved detail on the ceiling makes a wonderful architectural detail, especially since the recessed lights are following the curve. There is so much potential in this space. However the furniture placement completely throws the whole room off.

The bed is pushed into the corner. If it was centered under the window the balance would be better and the space would feel more open. Two night stands flanking the bed that is centered under the window is the optimal choice for this space. This space would be appealing to most if there were matching bed side table lamps that were on either side of the bed.

Drapery panels always add a cozy layer to a bedroom. Although in this space, the panels are not full enough for the length of the window. The sheers that are tied in between the panels look out of place. It would have been a better choice to leave them untied. The panels on the outside edge could be tied back or pushed back and held with a drapery hook.

This particular wall decal is attractive and fitting for the room. The problem is the bedding and drapery panels clash with the pink colors of the decal flowers. It could have been possible to pull this look off if there was an area rug, which had similar pinks and purples in order to tie all the color scheme together.

Overall the room has a custom look, architecturally speaking, but the furnishings make the décor look like an afterthought, or thrown together. Taking the time to plan your décor and furniture placement will make all the difference in any space. Balance is important and so is the color scheme. When trying to select décor and a color scheme, choose an item with a pattern (for example a rug or bedding) and work around that item to create a cohesive environment. 

Karastan Adds Metropolitan Collection

New Broadloom Series Features Contemporary Compositions,

Celebrated Craftsmanship


The Metropolitan Collection, Karastan’s new revved-up range of 18 broadloom designs, is making its debut. The series reflects the luxury brand’s dedication to artistry and craftsmanship, adding a chic flair to a flooring genre that is often thought of as a bland, neutralized background for interiors. The style options in this group include sophisticated striations, tonal textures and abstract patterns that live up to their “metropolitan” name and offer a contemporary yet classic look for any décor.


Striation Sensations

            Linear looks are perfect for livening up a living space with subtle sophistication, and Karastan is offering four new stria styles that achieve this effect. Chic Vibe, available in 18 color variations, features striking stripes that effortlessly exude a haute and hip attitude. Defining Design dances underfoot with a synchronized ribbon rhythm of soft tonal shades in 12 color options. Sleek Retreat engages with its field of color strias offered in an edgy palette of 12 hues. Timeless Heirloom honors yesterday’s elegance while adding a modern multicolored pop of pizzazz, in a choice of 12 earth-inspired shades.


Fair and Square

            A trio of marvelously modern Metropolitan Collection designs incorporates geometric patterns that are bursting with energy. Among them is Harmonious Balance, its fragmented geometric shapes sitting prettily atop a soothing striped background. It is available in 8 captivating colorways. Metro Zone zeroes in on understated urban elegance with its repetition of abstract rectangular forms on a tonal foreground, and is offered in 12 contemporary colors. Urban Landscape entrances the eye with its hypnotic sequence of overlapping squares, and comes in 10 chic shades.


Natural Selections

            Another trio of Metropolitan Collection designs is inspired by nature’s own artistry and kicked up with Karastan’s signature styling. Classic Icon qualifies as an organic pattern, its spinning shapes reminiscent of brocade; available in 10 classic colors. Most Inspiring comes to life in 12 hues featuring a flowing pattern of paisley and circles grounded on a monochromatic striped field. New Glamour boasts a vivacious paisley and circle print that elevates a classic to a contemporary creation. It is available in 10 stunning shades.


Attract with Abstracts 

            The beauty of the Metropolitan Collection styles, in addition to their good looks, is that they prove wall-to-wall carpet can be as decorative, dynamic and even as artful as an area rug or other flooring choices. Comfort Oasis creates a visual vibrancy with overlapping swirls and circles set against a variegated background. It is available in 8 alluring colors. Full Spectrum is reminiscent of handcrafted textiles, with juxtaposed striations adding texture and edge; it comes in a palette of 12 contemporary hues. The cross-hatch pattern of fine linen inspired the creation of Lino, which is available in 10 coloways. It’s a look that contributes a touch of casual elegance to any interior, as does Metro Center with its criss-cross motif, available in 10 modern shades. Modern Aesthetic is a collage of ovals and circles intertwined to achieve a playful pattern that pops on a pinpoint background; 12 tone-on-tone colors are offered. Serene Garden is a composition of circles that intriguingly combine to create a textural look and a calming aura. It is available in 10 soothing shades. Timeless Focus features a versatile look with a tonal and textured design that’s available in 20 colors. Its style is befitting any traditional or laidback interior. Its tonal and textured design is available in 20 colors. Finally, Variegato exhibits quiet glamour with a soft stria pattern evocative of mist on a mountain landscape. It is offered in 10 rich shades.


All of the Metropolitan Collection creations are cut and loop construction crafted of premium nylon fibers that are stain and soil resistant, making them particularly perfect for high-energy spaces such as family and entertainment rooms, home offices and gyms. Appealing, too, is that each offering features Karastan’s signature Ultra Performance System engineering tufting technology that eliminates edge ravel and keeps the floor covering chic and complete for a lifetime.


View Karastan’s website to to explore more of the fabulous new collection.