Pantone Colour of the Year - Ultra Violet

February 15, 2018

Pantone Colour of the Year - Ultra Violet

We've hit peak purple: Here's how to work the colour of the year into your décor

Poised to be the standout colour of the year, interior designers everywhere are adding it to their trend predictions for 2018, including our very own Steven Sabados. Although this shade is not for the timid, it's surprisingly easy to work into your space because it can be incorporated into traditional, modern, and of course, bold designs. We've rounded up some high-impact options for those who want to go all-in, and some less-permanent options for those who aren't quite ready to commit to this dramatic colour.

On the walls


High impact: Wall colour

If you just cannot get enough of Ultra Violet, opt for all purple walls. This shade of purple is surprisingly glam and sophisticated, modern yet traditional. Depending on your style and how you choose to accessorize, this colour can work with your decor in so many ways.

Paint the moldings purple too, for an ultra modern, high impact look. It's a gorgeous colour for an office space, especially since Pantone says "the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets."

As pictured in this stunning Manhattan apartment featured in Elle Decor, moulding can be kept white, too. This vibrant hue pairs well with florals, blues, and rich, gold accents.

If the thought of just plain Ultra Violet on the walls doesn't quite do it for you, may we suggest a purple wallpaper? This tonal purple design plays up the palm leaf motif that's been trending for a while now and it's also evidence that this colour can be worked into a more boho aesthetic, combining with warm leather and macrame accents.

Justina Blakeney Aja (Periwinkle) Wallpaper, $190.00 per roll, Hygge & West

Less commitment: prints

If you're not quite ready to commit to full-fledged purple walls, prints featuring the regal shade are the answer.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the institute, believes that "Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality." Saatchi Art's curators have curated pieces from artists all over the world for their limited-edition Pantone Color of the Year collection. We're particularly infatuated with this Prince print in the artist's signature colour.

"Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here Today To Get Through This Thing Called Life" by Angie Jones, starting at $370, Limited x Saatchi Art


If you tend to favour photographic prints for your art collection, this stunning sunrise image was taken in Mississauga, Ontario and we're in love with the purple hues.

Mississauga Sunrise, $160, Etsy


The colour of geodes and jewels, this print from West Elm is such a pretty way to incorporate 2018's trendy tone into any room. We think this would make such a statement over a mantel.


Geode Royale print by Minted for West Elm, $99, West Elm


On the floors


High impact: flooring

Rarely seen outside of carpeted kids' rooms or not-so-aesthetically pleasing gyms, purple is now a completely viable — not to mention chic — colour choice when it comes to flooring. Available in laminates and carpets at your local reno stores.

Less commitment: rugs

If purple floors seem a little too permanent for your tastes, rugs are the (very pretty) solution.


Is it too much to say this rug is the Platonic ideal of Ultra Violet? Either way, this gorgeous rug from Elte is perfect, and pretty, and pretty much reason enough to redo a room to incorporate a little if 2018's Colour of the Year.

Qalam purple rug 8'10"x11'6", $6145,

Moroccan textiles are everywhere right now in the design world. This stunning vintage rug is sourced straight from Morocco and would be perfect in a living room or bedroom.

Vintage Moroccan Rug 5'7"x10'10", $3375, Mellah Rugs


Given the price of this rug, it's the ideal addition to your decor if you're in search of that low-cost high-impact Ultra Violet piece.

Vista Rug 5'x8', $129,


High impact: furniture

If you're not feeling Ultra Violet flooring or walls, perhaps furniture is the way to go.

Bestill our velvet-loving hearts — this sofa is what dreams are made of. This purple velvet sofa is so luxe, we totally get that regal association now.

Lyre Chesterfield Two-Cushion Sofa, $2298 USD, Anthropologie


This chaise is perfect for movie nights, or as an accent chair in a bedroom. It's made in Canada, and its a super pretty way to really make a statement in any room.

Crush Extended Chaise in Lana Dark Purple, $1099, EQ3


Speaking of making a statement, this diamond tufted bed is the ultimate luxe bedroom look. Since it's entirely customizable, you can even order the headboard in a taller size if you want a little extra purple on your walls.

Modena Diamond Tufted Extended Headboard & Fabric Platform Bed in Aubergine, starting at $4195, Restoration Hardware

Less commitment: textiles

If you can't envision committing to purple furniture, Steven Sabados says that textiles are the easiest way to incorporate Ultra Violet into your design scheme. It's a cost-effective but high-impact way to instantly make any room on-trend.

Add some glam to your bedroom, or even fold and drape it over the back of your couch, it'll look beautiful anywhere you put it.

Velvet bedspread, $179, H&M

Purple curtains instantly add some colour to your walls without the hassle of actually painting them purple. Ideal for a boho chic space, these ones are purple, velvet, and tye-dyed — check, check and check.

Eden Tie-Dyed Velvet Window Curtain, $94,

The beautiful thing about throws is that they instantly add a pop of colour to your neutral furniture. It's warm, perfect for movie nights, and according to Pantone, very trendy.

Lima Alpaca Wisteria Purple Throw Blanket, $199.41, Crate&Barrel


High impact: fixtures

Every space needs a little lighting and accent furniture. These purple pieces may be just what you're looking for.

Modern, regal and absolutely beautiful, this handcrafted chandelier belongs overtop your dinner table.

Purple chandelier, $1839.47,

Not a light fixture, but a fixture in design, a bench is the perfect piece of accent furniture. It works well at the end of the bed, for extra seating in a living room, or in an entryway. Plus, this retro design in a brass/purple combo is inspired by mid-century industrialism.

1960s Link Fabric Bench, starting at $1871, Restoration Hardware

If a handcrafted chandelier is not quite right for your space, Light Color Live paired with Pantone to create a series of very on-trend Edison bulbs that you can hang in just about any space. No electrical rewiring required.

Deneb Ultra Violet Pendant Light, $60,

Less commitment: decor accents

Small and purple, these accents are ideal if you want a small way to incorporate Ultra Violet into a room.

Entirely appropriate given Ultra Violet's cosmic connotations, this pretty little box belongs atop your dresser or coffee table.

Galactic box, $37.95, CB2

Purple and practical, these bookends are a small way to add a bit of Ultra Violet to your bookshelf or mantel without going full-purple — you don't even need to switch up your decor scheme.

Purple Agate Bookends, $58.30,


Simple, elegant and rather glam, this accent is begging to be styled into your mantel or coffee table.

Article courtesy of CBC