This year Pantone went bold with their 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet 18-3838.  It is a color that has been used mostly in high fashion interior design….the sort of design you would see in the likes of Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor to name a few.  This is not a color that is for the faint of heart or for the person without some major design skills to use it boldly, but it certainly isn’t a color that anyone should be afraid of in small doses. 

It reminds me of the LA skyline at dusk…when the sky is just about to turn black and resonates with that purplish navy color that has a thousand sparkling lights against it.  In a more urban sense, it makes me think of some of the beautiful graffiti art murals that you see throughout town.

 

Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

 

I am a girl who loves deep saturated color, as you saw in my office design and this vibrant blue purple reeks regality and fun.  It’s a color that inspires feelings of abundance when used right.   When paint companies choose a color, they are solely thinking about design. When Pantone chooses a color of the year, they are thinking of ALL of the artists who will be using the color and ALL of the media in which they will use it come into play. This year’s vibrant blue purple has a regal edge with a dose of fun and inspires feelings of abundance. It gives a sense hope and happiness along with a feeling of abundant luxury and couldn’t we all use a little ‘a’ that right now?

Pantone’s Ultra Violet in Interior Design

This is a color where creativity is a must, and really, sky is the limit.  For a homeowner who wants to try this color in their design without the help of a designer, try using it in accessories & art, or with paint.   You can still make a bold statement without a long term commitment.  If you are so bold, try it on your ceiling, with coordinating shades of it in pillows and art.  It will make a statement without a long term commitment.  If you want a dramatic space with large doses of this color, I recommend seeking out a designer who has a sophisticated and avant garde aesthetic, or someone who can lightly pepper it in to your design.

Ways to Use It

  • Use varying shades of it within the same room..
  • Pair it with muted shades of green and deep saturated royal blue or mustard yellow.
  • Ground it with with deeper, more solemn colors, black or muted earth tones, such as gray or putty.
  • Pair it with other jewel tones.

 

Here are some great examples of how it has been used in small and large doses.

 

Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

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dining room, vintage, black, baby blue, ceiling, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

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curtains, floral, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

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Magenta, white shelves, book shelves, TV, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

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Magenta, ceiling, paint, elephant, turquoise, mid century modern, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

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purple and green, emerald green, jewel tones, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

Architectural Digest

 

navy, magenta, jewel tones, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiors

Elle Decor

 

purple velvet, sofa, jewel tones, chaise, Marilyn Taylor, Marilynn Taylor, Mercedes, purple, art wall, Pantone, 2018, color of the year, purple, violet, interior design, interiorsvia JAC Interiors

 

How I can help

If you are a brave DIYer and want to venture out on your own and Pantone’s Ultra Violet or any other shade of purple in your design, let me coach you through.  We can start with a 1 hour consult via video conferencing and get you on your way.   CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment!
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