Each year, color experts and paint manufacturers name a color they feel will best represent the upcoming year. Color is more than a decoration; it influences how we feel and often how we act. Color has been proven to affect our emotions, and certain colors have even been associated with changes in health.

Color sets the tone for what furniture we buy, the decor we invest in and the overall design of a room. Oftentimes, people will be drawn to a color without knowing why. Other times, the colors we select for home décor are a conscious decision as part of an overall design plan.

Regardless, color is a powerful communication tool – and Pantone’s Color of the Year is the most highly anticipated color choice awaited by fashionistas and color enthusiasts around the world. Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, is a dramatic shade expressing originality and inspiring us to think beyond our world today.

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet “symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.” Because purple tends to occur rarely in nature, people view this color as rare and intriguing, soothing yet sensual, and often associated as a color of royalty.

Integrate Ultra Violet purple into the décor of your home

Ultra Violet adds energy and depth to any room. Try experimenting with home accessories first, if you’re hesitant to go all-in by painting. The living room of your new Florida home can hold a bold purple sofa, lamps, or accent rug with pride. Purple kitchen appliances, a purple glass doorknob, or even floral displays with ultra violet are ways to take baby steps and add intriguing touches of purple to any room.

If you’re ready to get out your paintbrush, select one wall in a room to paint as an accent wall. Rich and sensual purple sets a regal and romantic mood in the bedroom, and typically the wall behind your bed is the one to paint as an accent. Pair your accent wall with offsetting silver and grey to complete your regal bedroom. Or, create captivating accents with purple painted furniture!

Pantone isn’t the only company to choose a captivating Color of the Year for 2018. Paint companies like Sherwin Williams, Behr, and PPG also announced bold colors that can instantly transform a room.

Incorporate blue-green Oceanside in your new Florida home

Rich, deep and complex, Sherwin Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year is a color that evokes a multitude of moods. Oceanside is a collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a harmonious balance evoking both old and new. This beautiful color is universal when it comes to design and style whether you prefer mid-century modern or Mediterranean, traditional or contemporary.

Blue is named as a favorite color of many, and brings feelings of calmness and serenity. Often used to decorate offices, research has shown people are more productive in blue rooms, and the color blue can lower pulse rate and body temperature!

Perfect for Florida home decor and living near the water, Oceanside blue-green evokes gentle whispering waters and pairs well with everything from greys and greens, to yellows and browns, and even fuchsia and peach. Welcome guests at your front door with the lively multi-dimensional statement Oceanside gives. Inspire creative thinking in a home office or reading nook, invite relaxation into your bedroom, or brighten the kitchen.

Make your home In the Moment

Behr named In the Moment as its first-ever Color of the Year. This is another blue-green hue, similar to Sherwin Williams’ selection, but a more neutral tone. Inspired by nature, this blue, gray and green combination is soothing and increases the moments of joy in our lives.

An ideal coastal color, perfect for Florida home décor, it pairs well with other subdued colors or tones of blue. Neutral In the Moment can take on a different mood depending on the colors you pair it with. Pair it with light trim and light décor, the room will feel airy and calm. Paired with mostly darker tones, it feels formal and distinguished.

Creating the perfect backdrop with Black Flame

PPG went a different but equally bold direction, and selected what they term as a “new neutral” for your home, Black Flame. A fantastic blend of statement-making black with undertones of deep blue, the resulting color is a deep charcoal-grey with blue tones, creating a timeless look.

Black Flame would look stunning as an accent wall in an office, giving a distinguished and distraction-free look. In the kitchen, layered with deep grays, it would help create a dramatic and contemporary look. Grey cabinets are a popular décor trend, and you could consider painting yours this deep, rich color. On the exterior of your home, it’s a strong finish for exterior doors and accents.

Since Black Flame is so dark, our designers suggest using an accent wall, furniture, or cabinets, rather than overwhelming an entire room. Pair with light, neutrals and bright pops of color to complete the look. If you prefer not to paint, it’s a wonderful choice for sofas or works well for throw blankets, pillows or bedding on light colored furniture.

Gain more inspiration

…on decorating your new home in Florida with 2018’s Colors of the Year by visiting the Highland Homes Pinterest board. Here, you can see ideas on how to incorporate these on-trend colors into the décor of your home.

Color is a great way to express your unique personality and create inviting spaces to relax, entertain, and love living every day. That’s why when you build your new Florida home with Highland Homes, you will personalize your new home at the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio. Then, we will build your dream home with the colors and features you have selected, so you can love living in your personalized new home from the day you move in, without the need for costly renovations or updates.

To learn more about our new homes and communities, visit the Highland Homes website or call our Florida New Home Specialists at 863-797-4999 to tour a professionally designed and decorated model home today.