We adore all things colour; so it goes without saying that we always get a little over-excited when Pantone announces 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


It 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, violet is a spiritual & contemplative colour. It has associations with royalty and quality, making it feet quite luxurious.

Pantone Ultra Violet


Unlike previous Pantone colours of the year, 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!


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 the colour, why not try a contrast hem, leading-edge, piping or tie backs for a pop of colour?

Are you curious about Ultra Violet window coverings? Click here to book your free in-home measure and quote!