Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Since 2000, the Pantone Colour Institute has declared a particular colour ‘Colour of the Year‘. The company secretly hosts a biannual meeting of representatives from various nations’ colour standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a colour for the following year. Published in Pantone View, fashion designers, interior design experts, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies use this choice to guide their designs and planning for future products.

The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018 is Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a dramatic and provocative shade of purple that communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.

Purple was the colour of the first dye made by man. It was called ‘Mauveine‘ and was made using coal tar. Combining the stability of blue and the energy of red, purple-toned lighting is often used in meditation spaces and other gathering places to energise the communities that meet there and inspire connection.

‘Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.’ – Pantone Color Institute

Lucy Victoria Designs Bespoke Interior Design Charcoal Grey and Soft Grape Living Room

A Luxurious Living Room Featuring Pantone Ultra Violet

When designing this family living room, I introduced a variant shade of Ultra Violet – Soft Grape. Luxurious velvet cushions with elegant piping from the Nigella Range at Laura Ashely sit beautifully alongside both a lighter shade of grey and a rich, dark charcoal. Dusty purples are opulent and indulgent, so they perfectly lend themselves to a super-luxe look.

The use of Pantone Ultra Violet in this living room creates an array of emotions and effects. The colour purple:

  • Uplifts
  • Calms the mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality
  • Encourages imagination and creativity
  • Symbolises power, nobility, luxury, and ambition
  • Conveys wealth and extravagance
  • Connotes wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic


How to Use the Colour Purple In Your Own Home

Almost every shade of purple will work in any room of your house as it is the colour of imagination and spirituality.

When choosing colours to match purple, the ‘temperature’ of the shade has just as much of an impact as the colour itself. As with any colour, purple can be cool or warm. The end result hinges on whether you decide to balance the temperature of the purple with a shade that leans the opposite direction or whether you decide to keep the colours all cool or all warm.

For example, a cool-tone purple coupled with a steel grey can look elegant with a modern edge. On the other hand, coupling that same cool-tone purple with a warm orange will create an eclectic, bohemian look, eliminating the ‘sharp’ feeling of a room decorated in all cool colours.

If you want to use variations of purple in your home and not to overpower your home, using these few tips can really help. By using purple accent pillows, chairs and rugs can be the perfect amount of purple without overpowering a room and not having to have every wall painted purple. You don’t have to make dramatic changes and paint your walls to add in purple to your interior design.


Pantone Colour Of The Year Mood Board


Variations Of The Colour Purple

Lavender: Lavender is a light purple colour with a blue tint. Lavender symbolizes purity, devotion and love. It is frequently seen at weddings as both a colour and a flower. Lavender encourages spiritual thinking, creativity and has calming and soothing influences.

Lilac: Lilac is a pale muted violet colour with a slightly pink tint. It implies immaturity, superficiality and youthfulness.

Amethyst: Amethyst is a gemstone, which comes from the quartz family and is known for its striking purple colour.

Plum: It is the deep red end of the colour chart; a grown-up set of colours suited to velvet drapes, study rooms and serious lounges. Plum is a wonderful colour for upholstery. It’s inherent darkness makes it practical, as well as a bold statement in any room.

Purple: This a versatile colour – one that symbolises elements of confidence, counterculture, unconventionality, mindfulness and mystical and spiritual qualities.


Using Purple Shades In Your Bedroom

Using purple in your bedroom can create a sense of calm and relaxation, whether it is a main bedroom or a guest bedroom, think about what mood you would like to create. Stronger shades such as aubergine and deep plum can create drama and stimulate the senses. As the colour purple is associated with wealth so when teamed with extravagant fabrics such as sumptuous velvet you can build up a luxurious scheme that makes an opulent, even exotic look and feel.

At the other end of the spectrum, the lighter shades of purple are more soothing and gentle. The tone is light enough to give walls interest while remaining fairly neutral and can look appealing in pretty florals and plain woven fabrics.


Using Purple Shades In Your Bathroom

Using the shade lavender in a bathroom looks lovely, lavender bathrooms are very relaxing and also beautifully feminine without being too girly.  Adding that shade to a bathroom with a fantastic bathtub says “yes you can totally spend hours relaxing in the tub with a good book without wanting to fall asleep.”

If you’re looking to completely re-design your bathroom, look into shades of lavender or even deeper purples. These different shades create mystery and royalty, which has to be inspiring while you are getting ready for the day ahead! Incorporating a pale lavender shade to balance out the deep eggplant of purple.


What do you think of the Pantone Colour of the Year and how could you use it in your home?


I hope you enjoyed reading my first ever blog and showing you my favourite ideas on the best ways to add purple to your interior design! I love how purple can make a space either super relaxing or super opulent, depending on the shade.

Finally, If you like these ideas and would like more information on adding painted walls of various colours to your homes, please feel free to contact me, this can completely change the look and feel of your entire home!


Lucy x




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