9 kitchen accessories you need in Pantone's 2018 color of the year
Ultra Violet is everything
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Color is racing back into kitchens, after years of stark white and stainless. When Pantone named Ultra Violet as the color of the year for 2018, like you, I wondered where we would end up seeing it first. The answer is, everywhere—but especially in the kitchen.
If purple isn’t your (grape?) jam yet, give it a chance. A dash of violet is a delicious way to bring a pop of color to the blandest kitchen. So, put an African violet on the window sill, pour yourself a nice glass of Cabernet, and upcycle your kitchen with these accessories.
1. A set of shining amethyst pots and pans
Add a dash of purple to your cooking with this T-fal Color Luxe Amethyst set. The pans feature Thermo-Spot technology to show you when they are preheated to perfection.
Buy the set of T-fal Amethyst titanium nonstick cookware
2. This incredibly beautiful Lodge Dutch oven
Okay, it’s not a Le Creuset, but maybe you don't need one. This great looking Lodge Dutch oven is a well-priced alternative. And in this color, don't even think of hiding it away in a cabinet—display it on a back burner. Just seeing it there will be inspo enough for one-dish meals you can cook on your stovetop or in your oven.
Buy the Lodge enameled cast iron Dutch oven
3. The KitchenAid stand mixer in Artisan Violet
If you love to bake, you absolutely must find a place for this iconic mixer in your kitchen. The dramatic black violet color is perfectly on-trend and its tremendous versatility makes it worth its considerable price tag.
Buy the KitchenAid Artisan Black Violet Stand Mixer
4. This adorable toaster
Who doesn’t love toast? You pop in a couple of pale, limp slices of bread, and they come out crispy and nicely browned. When you finally get rid of your old toaster, you know, the one that burns the bread or always leaves one side underdone, treat yourself to a toaster in a pretty purple.
Buy the Oster Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster in purple
5. A compact canister vacuum cleaner
Purple vacuums have been a thing for a while now (looking at you, Dyson), but this budget-friendly purple Bissell Zing vac is a good value at under $50, and owners say it pulls up lots of crumbs, pet hair, and other debris from floors.
Buy the Bissell Zing canister vacuum in purple
6. These plummy dish towels
Kitchen textiles like dish towels are an economical way to add current color to a cooking space. You use dish towels every day, so why not dry your dishes with nice ones?
Buy All-Clad dish towels in plum
7. Purple drinking glasses
Ikea’s elegantly shaped lilac-colored glasses will look so pretty on the table that your family will think they're guests at a dinner party. Bought by the six pack, these glasses work out to under a dollar each, so don't worry if somebody drops one.
Buy the Ikea Torstig glasses
8. A set of purple Ginsu knives
Admit it, you’ve always wanted them. These knives have purple handles, and they come with a black block. Striking!
Buy the Ginsu Essential Series 14-piece stainless steel serrated knife set with block
9. A purple countertop
Okay, we know it's a big step, but if granite counters are old news (and we doubt that, because they last for 100 years), consider installing a purple plastic counter instead. The easy-to-maintain Durat solid surface material is sustainably made from 100% recycled acrylic filler. For Ultra Violet purists, Modern Surfaces will customize the color for no extra charge.
Get more info about Modern Surfaces Durat counters