Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:18

Purple is the new black

The 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year has been revealed as a not-so-subtle shade of bluey-purple known as ‘Ultra violet’, or more precisely, Pantone 18-3838.

The 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year has been revealed as a not-so-subtle shade of bluey-purple known as ‘Ultra violet’, or more precisely, Pantone 18-3838.

Each year the colour experts select a new colour which they think reflects the current cultural climate. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet represents ‘originality’, ‘ingenuity’ and ‘visionary thinking’ with a strong emphasis on pointing us towards the future.

This enigmatic hue replaces 2017’s winner – Greenery – and tops the list for trending interior design themes for this coming spring.

The Pantone Colour of the Year is a key influencer for fashion and interior design for the seasons ahead.

Adding a little Ultra Violet throughout your home could bring you a welcome breath of spiritual and artistic influence (think of Prince and David Bowie expressing their individuality in bright shades of purple), and we have some great ideas for how to use this staple colour to brighten up your pad, so read on...


Ultra violet depicts a strong sense of mindfulness. It is a colour that has historically been associated with spirituality and thoughtful exploration of the wider universe. By combining the colour with more neutral tones, you can create the perfect reflection or meditation space, to help you unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

A bold statement

An alternative way to add this bold tone to your home is to use it as an ‘accent’ colour in statement flooring, an accent wall or in selected feature furniture to help break up a large or neutrally decorated space.


Whether you are looking to create a fearless centrepiece or a calming atmosphere, by complementing Ultra Violet with relaxing, pastel tones such as ‘Deauville Mauve’ and ‘Misty Lilac’ you can easily achieve your desired interior theme with this versatile and elegant shade.

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