Pantone has designated Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple, as the 2018 Color of the Year. “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” According to the color experts at Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that point us toward the future. That may be true, but some may feel a little intimidated about adding this bold color to their home décor. Have no fear! With some expert advice, you’ll be ready to embrace this year’s Color of the Year!

The color purple has different connotations for different people. Some people correlate purple with royalty. Others see purple as a symbol of non-conformity and artistic expression, associating it with musical icons, such as Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix. Others attach a mystical or spiritual quality to purple hues.

Ultra violet is a versatile, gender-neutral color that works in any season and can be incorporated into any room! The designers at Architectural Digest recommend working with other shades in the same color family, such as lilac, blush, mauve, and blue, to soften the boldness of Ultra Violet. Here are some suggestions for using this year’s Color of the Year in your home:


Give your neutral kitchen a fun boost by adding bold purple island stools and a patterned rug. The unexpected pop of color gives the space visual interest and adds a funky vibe. A purple accent wall (especially in a kitchen with white cabinets and countertops) will energize the space.


Smaller spaces, such as a half bath, laundry room, or home office, can handle bold wall color. Ultra Violet will create an energizing and mood-boosting space! Don’t want to go all-out with this bold color? You can pair white and purple together to create a fresh look. Or try adding purple towels to your current décor. Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke of the interior design firm Madcap Cottage like the use of Ultra Violet in the bathroom because it “feels fresh in warm weather and optimistic in winter.”


Recover your headboard with a floral or geometric fabric that includes different violet shades. Carry out the different tones throughout the room with colorful linens, pillows, and wall paint. If you’re looking to create more of a dark, romantic ambiance in your bedroom, pair the deep purple hue with other dark colors and rich fabrics, such as leather, velvet, and dark-colored woods.

Living Rooms

Purple accent pillows, a floor rug, and a patterned accent wall can add brightness to your living room. According to Better Homes & Gardens, the variety of patterns in the sofa pillows shown here adds a fun, but cohesive look. To keep the space from becoming saturated with Ultra Violet, accompany the colorful accents with light furniture and neutral accents

Any Room

You can bring a few Ultra Violet accessories into any room of your home. Purple glass bottles, lamps, throw blankets, artwork, and vases can be used to bring new color into your space. Floral arrangements are another way to bring the bright purple hue into your home.  Hydrangeas, irises, and orchids are great options for bringing the Ultra Violet color indoors. And don’t forget about lighting fixtures! Lighting with purple glass or crystals may be the perfect way to bring the Color of the Year into your home. To browse our selection of lighting fixtures featuring purple glass, crystals, and shades, click here.

Are you wondering what colors coordinate with Ultra Violet, besides white and other neutrals?  Pantone has created eight different color palettes to help you bring this year’s color into your décor.  These palettes cover all shades from pastels to bright colors to metallics.  Here are a few of Pantone’s recommended color combinations:

Purple Haze

The “Purple Haze” palette embodies calmness with its hazy and smoky hues.  For those who don’t want to be too trendy, these subtle blends are timeless.


According to Pantone, “Intrigue” invokes a sense of mystery.  This palette pairs nature’s blues and greens with Ultra Violet, along with silver and pale gold metallic.


Looking for a palette that exudes energy?  The “Attitude” palette is for you!  This combination of bold colors is great for a kid’s bedroom or playroom.

Floral Fantasies

The “Floral Fantasies” palette is inspired by soft and sweet pastels.  Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy add richness to this lighter color combination.

To see all of Pantone’s Ultra Violet color palettes, click here.

Whichever palette you prefer, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. So, go ahead and make your own statement by experimenting and creating your own color palette — don’t feel locked-in to these color combinations!  After all, your home should reflect your style and personality.

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