Ultra Violet has been chosen as the Color of the Year 2018 by Pantone. And since this is my first post in 2018, I thought it a fitting subject. If you ask me Ultra Violet is a bit of a déja-vu. I have already written some posts about Violet and Aubergine (same color family) here and here.
And I wonder how often we will see Ultra Violet in interiors next year. It is such a tough color to implement due to its brightness and dominance. Softer, paler tones in this color family are so much more accessible, non-assuming and easier to work with.
Ultra Violet, with its intense jewel-like color-intensity like amethyst, is best combined with other intense jewel-like colors such as a strong agate teal or bright sapphire blues or emerald greens. Use this color for rich materials such as deep velvets or lush silks. It will create dramatic, gloomy and mysterious interiors. But do add some reflective items such as mirrors, glass chandeliers and bronze decor to lighten up the deep color tones.
ULTRA VIOLET VS BLUSH PINK
To be honest, I had my doubts about Ultra Violet initially. But after some searching on the net, I found some gorgeous examples of how to suitably use this color. However, I do think that Blush Pink is a strong contender too. I have seen a lot of blush pinks on Insta and all the blogs I follow in the last few months. Not long ago I even wrote a post about it myself, which you can read here. I wouldn’t be surprised if thát is going to be the color of the year for 2018 instead of Ultra Violet. I’m afraid that the trendwatchers at Pantone might just be a bit off this time, but time will tell.
Would love to hear what your color-prediction is for 2018, will it be Ultra Violet, Blush Pink of something complete different?
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Thank you for this post. I found your blog after searching for Pantone Ultra-Violet decor. I want to paint my front door purple and was looking for ideas on shades. Pantone’s colors usually take a year or two to trickle down so I don’t think it is fair to say they chose incorrectly yet. They chose rose quartz 2 years ago so I think they were ahead of the ‘blush’ craze, not behind at all.
Hi Rachel, I guess the Pantone people are right after all 🙂 Blush Pink is passé (though I still love the color and would use is anyway). Violet has been around in the early, colder months over here in Europe, especially in lush velvets. Still, it’s all so personal, if it’s up to me you can use any color you like (as long as it’s not a drab brown ha ha)
Absolutely smitten with the bold ultraviolet, but not really sure where I should incorporate it into a simple suburban home. Nevertheless, I love the elegant and ethereal aesthetic it gives!