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Ultra Violet: Decorating with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018

A bluer shade in the purple family, Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018. While this intriguing hue has many possibilities in fashion and beauty, we’re excited about its potential in the realm of interior design. In fact, this color selection works on many levels. According to The Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination…From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018

In the past, we at Decoist have celebrated the return of galaxy- and moon phase-themed decor, and while colors such as Ultra Violet definitely played a role in these trends, there’s something undeniably exciting and sophisticated about the new possibilities the Color of the Year presents. Keep reading as we explore the many faces of Ultra Violet…

Little Things

Not sure if you’re ready to swim in a sea of violet? Start small! These Iridescent Globe String Lights from Urban Outfitters are festive and whimsical. Available in Lime and Purple, you can guess which hue we love best…

Violet string lights

CB2’s Galactic Jewelry Box channels the cosmos…with a hint of upscale glam!

Galactic jewelry box

How dreamy is this Chained Prisma Mirror in Violet from Anthropologie?! A range of tones can be seen on the surface, while a brass chain reminds us that this piece is perfectly on trend.

Modern mirror with violet tones

Also from Anthropologie is this Painted Range Lamp Shade in Violet, which showcases a wide array of the hue’s variations, from the blues to the reds. The landscape design is also undeniably amazing:

Lamp shade featuring shades of violet

Urban Outfitters’ Boho Glass Candle can be repurposed as a planter once the wax has long burned away. One violet treasure, 2 distinct uses! Bring on the blue-purple goodness…

Glass candleholder repurposed as a planter

Bring some violet style to the kitchen by combining Urban Outfitters’ Tinted Highball Glasses in shades of Teal and Lilac. Purple meets blue for an overall Ultra Violet feel:

Highball glasses in shades of indigo

Violet Statements

Ready to take the purple plunge? If you’re looking to introduce Ultra Violet in larger doses, there are more options than you might think. Surfaces ranging from rugs to bedding become canvases for this decadent, mysterious hue. First up: seating. While it might not be easy to find a violet sofa, there are options out there, like the set featured below:

Violet seating options

You don’t have to buy a violet couch, but it sure helps to add in some luxe pillows that feature shades of violet! Layer them with other rich, velvety selections for a lush look. These floral cushion covers are from H&M Home:

Decadent living room with velvet seating

Moving from seating to rugs, Anthropologie’s Gracia Rug in Lilac features a hint of violet. Tufting creates variation in pattern and depth:

Tufted rug with a hint of violet

For a more prominent violet statement, check out Anthropologie’s Overdyed Vedado Rug, which showcases a lovely pattern that’s at home in modern, eclectic and classic spaces alike:

Ornate rug in violet

Violet bedding can create a romantic, soothing ambience in your sleeping space. H&M’s Washed Cotton Duvet Cover Set in Purple adds a big splash of violet to the boudoir, and don’t be afraid to layer it with other hues, such as blue:

Violet bedding in creates layers of style

Sometimes just a dash of violet will do! The soft hues on this Dephine Dye Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters are soft yet striking:

Violet bedding in soft hues

A similar look can be found on this Unicorn Marble Shower Curtain, also from Urban Outfitters. Bring a little bit of soothing violet to the powder room:

Marbled violet shower curtain

Celebrating Ultra Violet

If you like what you’ve seen in today’s post, don’t forget that there are many ways to bring Ultra Violet home, including shopping the color via Pantone’s curated collection. And of course, Pantone has its own online shop, complete with beloved favorites like their annual Color of the Year Mug, shown below in this year’s hue of choice!

Pantone’s Ultra Violet mug

Happy New Year, happy shopping and happy decorating!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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