According to Pantone the shade, 18-3838 Ultra Violet, is “complex and contemplative, suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.”

The colour of the year is announced annually in December by Pantone, based on its trend-forecasting research conducted by the Pantone Color Institute.

From a colour psychology perspective, violet is said to promote harmony of the mind and the emotions, contributing to mental balance and stability and peace of mind.  Violet is said to be unique, individual and independent. We are told that Artists, musicians, writers, poets and psychics are all inspired by violet and its’ magic and mystery.  Ultra Violet oozes originality.

How do we incorporate this “dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade” into our homes.

As with any intense colour, ultra violet makes a great accent. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for any existing grey scheme, for example, and sits well with darker shades such as navy or teal.

From a plain and simple feature wall to a bespoke piece of furniture, this velvety colour can be used to make your home stand out from the crowd.

As an accent you can pick it out on cushions, armchairs, lamps, accessories and artwork.

For any successful scheme it’s important to use many different tones, so indulge in every shade from the palest lilac through to the deepest plum to keep things interesting.

The key to getting this trend to feel fresh and modern is to make sure the colour really pops. Seek out the most intense hue you can find and let it take pride of place.

Whether you are going for a pop of colour or going all out Ultra Violet find some inspiration here:

Previous years’ colours of the year –


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