Styling Pantones colour of the year 2018

Every December the world of interiors eagerly wait to hear what Pantone will announce as its colour of the year.

When the colour experts at Pantone reveal what's going to be big the following year they don't just focus on interiors. They take a broad look at the way colour is being used in fashion, beauty, products, design... everything contributes.

This year was the turn of Ultra Violet. A bright shade of purple, which if we're being honest was a big of a shocker. It's a stark contrast to the vivid bright shade of Greenery from last year, or the soft pastel shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue from 2016.

The blue-based purple shade has divided opinion, as purple has never been the easiest shade to incorporate into interiors.

Purple symbolises spirituality, royalty, wealth, mindfulness and optimism. The meaning behind the colour can sometimes mean more than the actual colour itself.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” - Laurie Pressman, VP of the Pantone Colour Institute

You're not on your own if you haven't a clue where to start with using Ultra Violet in your home... purple is one of the hardest colours to decorate with.

The best approach to this colour is to use it as a statement, avoid going overboard and try first mixing it with your existing colour scheme. It's such an intense colour that it makes the perfect accent.

bringing some Ultra Violet into your home decor. The best way to approach this statement colour if to be careful not to go overboard. It's such an intense colour, so it makes a great choice as an accent colour.

Here's some of our suggestions for colours that we think look great alongside Ultra Violet...

Blues, greens and greys


Ultra violet is the perfect shade to add in to an existing grey colour scheme. Mixing in natural shades of blue and green that bring out the blue undertones of the purple.

Blue is shade that works well in every home, and it's near impossible to choose a shade of blue that doesn't look good with purple.

Every shade of pink

These colours sit perfectly alongside Ultra Violet. Choosing similar hues in varying shades of pink and purple means it effortlessly blends in.

We mixed together shades of purple with our Twill Rose bed linen that looked amazing. It sits perfectly alongside optic white and wooden accessories to create a scandi vibe. The mix of fresh shades of pink and purple are a great choice for you bedroom decor. They feel calming and serene... the best colours for relaxing before bed.

Dramatic Brights

These colour choices are for the brave. Exploding with energy, shameless colour and the perfect mix for creating a bold statement. These bright and bold colours could even make Ultra Violet look muted in comparison.

An easy way to add these into you home is through accessories. This makes a big impact, without investing in big furntiure pieces. we love the mix of this bright pink rug, yellow footstool and cushions against a dark grey wall.

When mixed with the right colours we think that Ultra Violet can be styled into any home. Whether that's into your bedroom, lounge, kitchen or bathroom.

What do you think of this bold colour from Pantone for 2018, love or loathe we'd love to hear from you.

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