12 Ways to Decorate with Pantone's Colour of the Year Ultra Violet

The future is ultra-violet - the Pantone colour of 2018 is PANTONE 18-3838

The future is ultra-violet - the Pantone colour of 2018 is PANTONE 18-3838

By Jo Mccarthy - Interiors Editor

ITS A NEW YEAR AND WE HAVE A NEW DECOR TREND. 

Colour experts Pantone have announced that this year, purple reigns - Ultra Violet is the 2018 colour of the year and it’s a bold one. 

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” explains Pantone's Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman.

“There’s a creativity attached to this colour; people who love it are generally more creative themselves. It is thoughtful, but at the same time it’s provocative, because it’s made up of two diametrically opposed colours - blue and red. Blue, which is the more dominant colour in Ultra Violet, is the more meditative; yet there also an undertone of red, which brings excitement and drama. That’s an interesting dichotomy.”

Are you feeling creative? Ready to swap the gloomy London winter for some dramatic Ultra Violet? We have 12 ideas for you to use purple around your family home. 


USE IT AS AN ACCENT  - Pops of Ultra Violet around the home will add on-trend punches of colour without over-commitment. 

1. Designer Frances Merrill has expertly woven purple hues into her colourful home by using textiles and pillows - low commitment ideas that can be changed easily if it's not working for you or the family. 

2. If like me you normally choose neutral artwork for the home, maybe 2018 could be the year you break out into Ultra Violet? South London-based artist Alice Greaves painting (below left) has flashes of purple sneaking through, and if you want to go even bolder you can commission a piece. Designer Amelia Widells has layered artwork to leave an accent of Ultra Violet on show. This is a super easy way to get the 2018 colour into your home! 

3. Small accents around the home are affordable ways to experiment with the trend. Swap out your old bedside lamps for this bold purple number from Dunelm (who would have guessed?) or dot these gorgeous Kya London agate coasters around the living room for a bit of luxury. Be brave and scatter some cushions in Ultra Violet fabric to test out the trend. These bargains are from Red Bubble

4. The kitchen is a great place to be playful and experiment with colour. Le Creuset has a gorgeous range of Cassis purple (if not strictly Ultra Violet!) which will ease you into the trend. 

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GO DARK AND MOODY - Embrace the drama, luxury and mystery of Ultra Violet by using it with other jewel-like colours. Think of the subtle details and be bold with fabric, textiles, wallpaper and tiles. 

5. Sainsburys Home show us how the Ultra Violet trend can be affordable. Glossy surfaces keep the purple shades looking more resplendent than purple-rinse and using a mixture of patterns looks so modern. 

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6. UK-designer Matthew Williamson goes for luxury and glamour in this combination of purples and blues. This luxury look can be easily re-created on a budget. Check out the Instagram hashtag #luxuryinteriorsonabudget for some fantastic ideas on how to make high-street buys look more high-end. 

7. Decorating small spaces like the bathroom with Ultra Violet is a good way to dip your toes into using purple for the first time. If you paint the walls rather than tile you can easily change it back!

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8. Ultra Violet looks beautiful with heavy, dark wood. Not everyone has a room this grand to decorate but the principles of mixing antiques with modern colours can bring a formal room to life. The walls are painted Copenhagen Blue from DULUX. Experimenting with an Ultra Violet rug is a good way to test this 2018 trend. Vases, side tables and florals in various shades of purple help to keep the look cohesive. 

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MIX WITH NEUTRALS - Use Ultra Violet and other purples to warm up monochrome schemes. Your inner-scandi will rejoice!

9. This line-up of Habitat vases show how purple can complement neutrals whilst not being too overpowering. This is the HABITAT SS2018 collection purple AMEIXA vase, £45. 

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10. Ultra Violet can be soft, fresh shade when used against white, bright decor. Have a browse at London designers Att Pynta, who have a stunning selection of plush velvet furniture in pinks and purples to get you inspired about this look. 

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11. Be inspired by vintage Marimekko designs: use this fabulous fabric to make cushions or a table runner to complement your otherwise neutral colour scheme. Refinery29 show us how its done with sumptuous velvet cushions and gorgeous purple blooms. 

12. If you really aren't convinced about Pantone's choice for 218, and if subtle is your middle name, this is the answer to incorporating Ultra Violet into your home: draw from the colours of nature and combine beautiful, gentle artworks with neutral frames and furnishings. This is such a calm and peaceful look and no-one will ever know you are following a trend! 

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Will you be adding touches of Ultra Violet to your home this year?