The Pantone Colour Institute have been selecting their Colour of the Year since the year 2000， so it’s safe to say they know what colour will be big in the coming year. The Pantone Colour of the Year is no longer just about trends， it’s about conveying a message or a feeling， showing people who you are， how you are feeling and what your home means to you. Pretty impressive work from just one shade.？？
Pantone 18-3838 or its slightly catchier namedecorative pillow shams， Ultra Violet， is 2018’；s colour of the year. As you can imagine it is a shade of purple， but more specifically a blue-based purple. According to Pantone the colour is “complex and contemplative” and “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos， the intrigue of what lies ahead， and the discoveries beyond where we are now.”sofa cushion covers
Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and rebellion， and has been used by musicians Prince， David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix to make their mark on the world. In contrast， Pantone have also linked the colour with mindfulness and meditation. It is a way to escape from the norms of society and truly be yourself.
How you choose to integrate Ultra Violet will depend on what the colour says to you.
For many of us， our bedroom is the calming place we look forward to after a busy day at work. To create the ultimate sanctuary away from the stresses of everyday life， try incorporating touches of Ultra Violet into your decor. The easiest way to give your bedroom a refresh is through changing your bed linen， and our new Botanical Meadow Bed Linen collection is the perfect way to add the calming properties of purple.
Plan your evening so you can head to bed an hour earlier than usual， then create a calm and peaceful environment to let yourself unwind fully before going to sleep. Light a lavender and chamomile candle and enjoy the naturally relaxing benefits these scents have to offer. For centuries lavender and chamomile have been used to aid sleep and relaxation， so sit back and enjoy them， or combine with a good book or practice mindfulness.
If candles aren’t your thing or you want the scent of lavender all day long， grow a lavender plant indoors or chop off a few stems from the garden and put in a beautiful vase. Or cheat a little with a faux lavender plant and a lavender scented reed diffuser –； we won’t tell if you don’t!
Ultra Violet doesn’t represent relaxation to everyone. Embrace your inner Prince or Bowie and use colour like they did –； as a vibrant expression of yourself and your home! In a world of magnolia painted walls， take a risk and paint all of your walls (or just the one if you fancy a feature wall) in a room a striking shade of purple. This will give your room a new lease of life without having to replace your neutral soft furnishings.
Don’t panic if you’re not that daring just yet， as there are hundreds of ways you can incorporate Ultra Violet into your home. Whether it’s a dash here or a splash there， small objects and accents can add a little zest to your decor. Ultra Violet should inspire you and push you to think further than where we are now.
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Saint Valentine's Day or, the Feast of Saint Valentine, now more commonly known as just Valentine's Day, is observed on February 14th each year. Today it is celebrated in many countries and Christian denominations around the world, although mostly in the West. In the UK for example, it is traditional to send cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts as a mark of affection for a loved one or special person in our lives, or to trigger a new romance.To keep it very simple, it began as a religious celebration of one (or more) early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most likely or popular belief is that Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers of the Roman Empire who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade soldiers to marry in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make good soldiers.According to legend (or popular belief), Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment and given them to the soldiers as a reminder of God's love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians. These parchment hearts are possibly the origin of the widespread use of heart symbols and motifs in current Valentine's Day 'correspondence'.During his imprisonment, Valentine is said to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend again says that before his execution he wrote her a farewell which read "from your Valentine". This expression was henceforth adopted and is still used today.The day first became associated with 'romantic love' by the legendary English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, during the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their feelings for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greetings cards (known as "valentines").The words 'Roses are Red' are traceable as far back in literary history as 1590 and the modern clichè Valentine's poem which begins with the same, can be found in a collection of English nursery rhymes dating back to 1784 and would have read as follows:Since the 19th century, handmade valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards and a much more commercial approach to the occasion.Today, Valentine's Day symbols also include doves, winged cupids, cute teddy bears and red roses as well as the traditional heart symbol. It has now become a day where the romantics amongst us mark the occasion in a number of ways. Everything from a simple, anonymous, greeting card, to a cosy, intimate, candle lit dinner or grand gestures like diamond rings, proposals and romantic weekends in Paris!We don't sell greetings cards or teddy bears at Terry's and we can't book you a romantic weekend in Paris or send you a diamond ring, but we can help you create a cosy room setting for a romantic night in with the special person in your life.So as usual, I've put together a few tips and some carefully selected product, to help you to create the look and the ambience you're after in your home, without breaking the banklet's face it, you never know, you might need that extra bit of cash to put towards the diamond ring?!
Floral no longer has to mean chintzy. Floral no longer has to mean drab. Floral is now in fact a very contemporary and fashionable addition to your design scheme. The key to introducing floral effectively however is placement and scale. From a small cushion to complete lounge suite this article takes you through when and how to fashionably flower your home.