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The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Wondering how to decorate with this polarising shade of purple?
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 06-01-2022 09:00am

Pantone Color Institute unveiled its ‘Color of the Year for 2018’ and it’s a bold, deep purple called Ultra Violet. It’s a colour that you either love or hate, and although it may be a hit in the fashion world, you may have to get those creative juices flowing when it comes to interior decorating.

Pantone says it chose this hue because it conveys “originality and ingenuity, [and] is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.” And as it is always good to have a little colour in your interiors, here are a few ways to work it into the mix.

Accent it
It is a high intensity hue – using it in smaller doses can still have a big impact. For instance, even though the purple accents are kept to a minimal in this primarily light-coloured living room, they make a big impression. The space looks bright and colourful, yet elegant.

Or use violet with a mix of metallics for a luxurious Mediterranean vibe.

Blend it
One way to go is to contrast it with lighter tones, but you can also soften it up by using it with hues from the same colour family. Mix it up with pinks, purples, lavender, mauve and even blues.

Embrace the dark side
Given this shade is thought to be calming, why not use it in the bathroom? It can add a splash of colour, whilst maintaining a relaxing ambiance. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by this calming colour, especially if you’re a fan of leisurely baths?

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Paired with rich fabrics, darker hues of the shade can set quite a soothing mood in the bedroom too. Go all out, or just use it on a headboard or feature wall, while keeping the remaining surfaces neutral.

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Also read: 
6 Colour Schemes to a Calm and Relaxing Bedroom
Children’s Bedroom Décor: Colour and Pattern

Tell us: 
What do you think of Pantone’s pick for 2018 Color of the Year? 

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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