Pantone’s Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It

So, last Friday, Pantone announced it’s ‘colour of the year’ for 2018. Ultra violet. And there were quite few sighs of dismay in the interiors community. Those of us old enough to remember this colour the last time it was popular, were adamant it would not figure in any of our plans for the new year. It’s too bright, too intense, too flippin’ shouty. Why couldn’t they have chosen a different shade? Darker? Lighter? Paler? A different colour altogether?!

Well, no one is forcing us to re-paint all of our walls in this attention grabbing shade, and no one is asking us to start wearing it. (Although you will start seeing more of it in the shops.) But if I did have a client who insisted it was the next best thing to add to an interior, I might have a few suggestions how best to use it.

Pantone's Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It - with paint

Image: DFS

Painting with Ultra Violet

It’s a tricky colour to get right but it can look amazing in the right setting. I’d be tempted to use it everywhere in the room. Walls, paintwork, skirtings, even the ceiling. Everywhere. It works beautifully with period features and will create a room that is enveloping and cosy. With the right accessories it can look downright glamorous. To counteract the darkness of the resulting scheme, add reflective materials. A crystal chandelier, a large mirror, and lots of glass.

Pantone's Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It - with other colours

Image: Debenhams

Ultra Violet and Other Colours

This is not a colour that can sit happily next to white. The contrast is too strong and jarring. If you are going to use violet in any of it’s stronger shades it’s best to sit it next to colours of the same jewel-like intensity. Strong teals, pinks and blues are best. Never has the sentiment ‘more is more’ been more true.

Pantone's Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It - fabric choices

Image: Designers Guild

Ultra Violet and Fabric Choices

Ultra violet and velvet is a match made in heaven. The lushness of the fabric creates a depth to the colour that nothing else will. Silk will also bring out the best of this colour. The sheen will complement it and add richness. I’m pretty sure that a heavy linen would work too. It would intensify the colour and be perfect in less glamorous situations such as a country cottage that relies on heathery shades to reflect the outside.

Pantone's Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It

Image: Amara

Ultra Violet as an Accent Colour

If painting every inch of the room and marrying your ultra violet with other strong colours scares the living daylights out of you, use it as an accent colour. One purple sofa in a room can look stunning. (Just have a look at this one in a previous post – it’s still available). Especially if it’s upholstered in velvet. You might want to restrict it to an armchair or even a footstool. That’s perfectly okay. Just don’t be tempted to add cushions, lampshades and rugs. One shot of colour is the best effect.

Pantone's Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It

Image: DFS

Ultra Violet as an Accessory

This doesn’t need an explanation. Add your shot of ultra violet in your choice of accessories. A cushion or two. Napkins for the table. Decorative glass. Even bedding. Things that are easily changed once you get tired of them. Or can be swapped out with the seasons or with a different choice of trends.

Pantone's Ultra Violet Colour of the Year 2018 and How to Use It

Image: Designers Guild

Ultra Violet in Pattern

This is the least scary option of all. If you cannot imagine any of the above scenarios in your home, but you would still like to experiment with the ‘colour of the year’ choose a pattern that incorporates it in small doses. For obvious reasons it suits floral patterns superbly, but stripes and geometrics would also work.

 

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Steph

    December 12, 2017

    I think this is such a fun colour to work with, in the right room! Some of these pics are really lovely and it works really well

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2017

      I think you’re right Steph. Soaring ceilings and period features always help of course. 🙂

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    Cate

    December 12, 2017

    I’m not a huge fan of the colour but can see how it can bring a vibrant pop with cushions, curtains and accessories. x

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2017

      Yes, I agree. I think we all come round to trends in the end 🙂

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    Geraldine

    December 12, 2017

    So interesting to see Pantone pick this colour. Will be interested to see how people embrace this in the new year.

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2017

      I agree. I wonder whether it actually will take off x

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    Stacey Sheppard

    December 11, 2017

    So many great tips here Carole. I must admit when I first heard that this was to be COTY 2018 I was a little shocked, then disappointed. Purple is not a colour I can get on board with and I’d never ever consider using this shade in my own home. However, after reading this I can totally see why some people would be excited about this colour. It really does come into its own when used alongside those jewel colours. Great post!

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2017

      Thanks Stacey xx

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    December 11, 2017

    I love the images you’ve used to illustrate how to use it because I think it’s such a tricky colour to decorate with. But agree, no one is forcing us to use it 😉 xxx

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2017

      You never know it might grow on us 🙂

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    Jen

    December 11, 2017

    I am not a fan of this choice at all, but in some of the images you’ve shared, it doesn’t look too bad. I guess it depends how it’s going to be used. As long as we don’t all start painting our walls in aubergine again I’ll be happy.

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2017

      Urghh, aubergine. It doesn’t bear thinking about. x

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    Karen

    December 11, 2017

    It’s definitely not a choice I’ve warmed to this year sadly, BUT like you said, you’re likely to be asked to use it, so you gotta work with it! And you’ve done so beautifully and love that you’ve given really practical ways not to use it, which is often just as important as where it complements. Lovely post hun x

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2017

      Aww, thanks Karen. x

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