Ultra violet 2018 Pantone color of the year

While for the two years prior, the Pantone chosen colors were all about serenity and relaxation, Ultra Violet was given the coveted title of 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. This time, the Pantone chromatic choice seemed to suggest that modern tastes were happy to embrace the daring nature of unconventional spirits, a trait captured in these deep tones of purple.

Picture above: Pantone Color of the Year 2018 via Pantone

Pantone described the color in terms that went from mysterious and contemplative to full of emotion and mystical – and this collection of adjectives was very fitting. The symbolic meaning given purple along human history is impressive. The color of royalty and the symbol of wealth, purple is also a symbol of creativity (artistic brilliance, as Pantone put it), and a color invested with magic power.

Purple is indeed a contemplative color. However, the contemplation it invites is not the daydreaming kind, easy and unchallenging, but the one that takes the mind into the dark mysteries of nature and the universe, and the secrets of the human spirit.

It was a suitable choice for a modern world where the deep interest in the seen and unseen world was only matched by the even deeper interest in what made us human beings. In terms of decor, violet talked of opulence and elegance, but also of a nature that takes risks.

So how can you use Ultra Violet in your designs today? Here are a few ideas to inspire you in taking full advantage of this fascinating color.

While a talented designer might be able to use purple as the main color in an interior space without overwhelming the eye, deep violet is often used as an accent color or to make a statement with one or a few large pieces that demand and get the attention. 

2018 Pantone color of the year used in accent pieces such as purple accent chairs

Photo: Last Detail Interior Design

However, if you have the courage, you can go bold by keeping your purple statement pieces, but also paint your walls the same color. In fact, you may discover that purple is surprisingly accommodating. Paired with vibrant colors, it creates a dynamic effect, very pleasing to the eye. Most of all, purple suggests luxury, so combined with richly textured fabrics, it makes a striking visual impact.

Pantone's color of the year 2018 as wall treatment

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Purple is definitely not for the shy at heart. A purple-centered decor suggests courage of expression and a creative spirit. Of course, the easiest and safest way to use violet tones in your decor is to concentrate them around a few accent pieces. Purple has an excellent ability to infuse even the simplest, most neutral spaces or chromatic palettes with energy. With violet tones, the eye never starves for color. 

2018 Pantone color in wall decor, carpets and bedding

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An accent wall is always a simple way to adopt new trends or quickly change the mood of a space. However, if you are not ready for a purple wall accent, you can make violet tones share the space with other colors, like in this example of dramatic intersecting lines. If you have already incorporated green into your decor following the trends from other years, here is your chance to update it with purple without much effort. The design below has the additional quality of bringing in not only vibrant colors, but also daring patterns.

Stripes of Pantone's Ultra Violet color reviving a large wall

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Violet tones are not only for living rooms and bedrooms, but can also turn on the fun in unexpected places. If you are undecided when it comes to the color of your kitchen cabinets, try the 2018 Pantone color of the year. Offset by a neutral background, the strong violet hues are toned down, yet they turn the kitchen into a stimulating and engaging place. 

Striking kitchen showing Pantone's Ultra Violet potential as a background color

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Finally, transforming your bathroom into a daily retreat with a royal feel may be as simple as applying a fresh coat of purple paint. Purple tile may give you an unequaled visual impact, but it is indeed for brave spirits. However, a combination of gold accents and purple paint may transform your bathroom into your favorite interior space. 

The 2018 Pantone Color of the year used as purple wall treatment in luxurious bathroom

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