We adore all things colour… so it goes without saying that we always get a little over-excited when Pantone announce their colour of the year. For 2018, it’s Ultra Violet.

We asked on social media how people feel when they see the colour. The responses included:

  • Relaxed
  • On-trend
  • Craving chocolate (Yes… like the Cadbury wrappers)
  • Angry
  • Unsettled
  • Like watching the sky just after sunset

What we like about Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet is a purple shade that has a lot of punch, without being too ostentatious. It’s a less feminine purple, with a blue base.

In terms of colour psychology, Ultra Violet is a spiritual & contemplative colour. It has associations with royalty and quality, making it feet quite luxurious.

Ultra Violet in your home

Unlike previous Pantone colours of the year (Greenery anyone?) Ultra Violet can be easily incorporated into a huge variety of design styles such as Contemporary, Modern Glam, French, and Traditional… This is because Violet has the shortest wavelength on the visible colour spectrum, it can sneak in ‘under the radar’ and harmonise almost as a neutral.

Since it’s such a spiritual and calming colour, it can be best used in areas of the home where you need to unwind and relax. This makes purple a great colour for bedrooms!

Start with a few small accessories such as cushions, quilt covers, placemats, etc. if you’re feeling adventurous, Ultra Violet on your walls will look magnificent when contrasted with lighter-coloured woodwork, but you may want to start small with a feature wall.

Ultra Violet window coverings

Pictured above is a selection of drapery fabrics we carry that have similar attributes to Ultra Violet. The colour is perfect for lush curtains (especially velvet in a home theatre!), or statement Roman blinds. If you just want a hint of Ultra Violet, why not try a contrast hem, leading edge, piping or tie backs for a pop of colour?