2018’s Pantone Color of the Year in Belize

Manhattan was my home for almost 10 years.  It’s a place MADE to be photographed in black and white.  And during the winter, no photo-filters are needed, New York City is only shades of grey.

Belize is the complete opposite – a wave…an explosion of color.   Shocking, almost neon ocean blues, lush tropical greens, hot pink and eye popping yellow flowers…no color seems too outrageous.  Especially when you see a scarlet macaw fly through the jungle tree tops.

These babies are JUST about to fly.

So, when Pantone, THE authority in color, the company that has named and codified colors for decades, announced their much anticipated color of 2018…

…to let us know what shade we’d all be coveting, the color we would all want to decorate our homes with, the next wave down the runways of Milan and Paris…

I was ready to LOVE it.  2017’s color had been GREENERY after all…a color that was probably INVENTED in Belize.

2018 is the year of….

All I could think was BLECH.  And then I read the idea behind it.  The reasoning.

Blech x 100000.

Purple?  The fave color of every 8 year old “My Pretty Pony” owning girl who dreams of owning a unicorn?  Oy.

So…in an attempt to relate Ultra Violet 18-3838 to my life…to get more comfortable with the color, I shuffled through my pictures.

Beautiful lady in Punta Gorda.

This woman was ROCKING it in the Belize City Independence September Carnival.

Purple in Belize.

Elections are coming up – and in Belize, you vote with your finger print.  Voters emerge with this.

A beautiful door in Orange Walk town…

A doorway in San Pedro – this business has since moved up to Boca Del Rio by the bridge.  STILL the #1 spot to find books on the island.

It’s a good color for doors – I’ll give it that.

It’s a great color for flowers.

From the subtle purple of the wild or “stinking” passion fruit vine that grows in the lot next to us.  Note:  does not like to be transplanted!

To a water lily in Placencia…

To this beautiful entrance way.

There was a purple sign for the restroom at Blue Water Grill.

A cool piece of artwork I JUST got at Belizean Melody’s shop…it’s perfect in small doses.

Yes, that’s me.

A sign for the old bar at Ramon’s Village – The Purple Parrot.

A store in town…the tienda where I get all things that fit in the category “Other”.  Sewing needles, random glassware, plastic tubs, buttons…

Still not my favorite color.  I’m going to leave it for parades and fireworks…

And end this post with my favorite use of 2018’s color in the whole country…this mural in San Ignacio…and agree to disagree with Pantone (and Super Buy) on this one.

If you have a purple pic of Belize, please send it to me to share!  sanpedroscoop@hotmail.com #NotAFan







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  • May I tell you how much I love this post? I am a huge fan of color and the psychology of color. Our motorhome is heavy in the 2017 color of the year, strictly by coinkydinky, but I do love green. We have zip purple inside as it just doesn’t go with anything else we have.

    After living in a mid-century modern house decorated in shades of purple and pale gray (with bright splashes of other colors in artwork and pillows) for a year, I learned to appreciate it. The owners were Kansas State grads and huge fans of purple, and they used it tastefully. It really suited their space. My husband didn’t care for it, but it grew on me. I find it interesting that a different shade of purple was 2014’s color of the year as well.

    I love how you found purple all over the island to feature in your post. Lots of pretty examples!

    • Thanks! I love most colors…and I can imagine how someone with crazy style and talent make it look amazing but purple can be dangerous in decorating I think. That being said…I would paint every single wall PERIWINKLE if I could…and that really isn’t all that far off.

      • You’re right. Just make blue-ish purple a little lighter and you have periwinkle, a color I am particularly fond of too. Our bedroom in NC was that color, in fact.
        Very restful! But if I had to pick just one color, it’s hard to beat the turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. I love many colors, but there’s nothing prettier than that, to me!

  • Leonardo Staines Jr.

    Awesome post!

  • I LOVE this post! Purple is one of my least favorite colors as well but I love a good monochromatic post! Also, I remember seeing all the purple pinkies during my time in Venezuela and knew it has *something* to do with the elections but I didn’t quite get it. I imagine it’s for the same reason!