Katherine @ Pender & Peony
Pantone 2018 color of the year

What do Katy Perry, Saints and Vikings fans and Prince all have in common?  The color purple! When the Pantone Color of the Year choice for 2018 – Ultra Violet – was announced, it got us thinking.  No doubt this is a bold ‘color of the year’ choice.  People seem to either love purple or hate it.

This particular shade of Ultra Violet is very attractive with more blue, cool tones.  It will pair well with lots of varied colors, and create drama in your clothing or home decor choices.

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.” Well, we could all use a little bit more of that in our lives, so let’s get decorating with Ultra Violet!

Here are 5 tips to help you incorporate the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year into your home decor.

Mix Ultra Violet with Metallics for a Luxe Look

Ultra Violet looks stunning against silver, gold, and/or bronze – any metallic really.  You can play up the cool tones by only mixing in silver or create contrast by pairing Ultra Violet with gold.  Use Ultra Violet on lush fabrics like velvet for throw pillows or ottomans and then add in metallics with a metal coffee table or lamps.


Take a Cue from Nature and Add Ultra Violet with Floral Accents

This hue is rather rare in nature, but it does appear on lovely flowers like delphinium and herbs like lavender.  Bring these flowers indoors either through floral arrangements – dried, fresh, or faux – and with patterned fabrics.  This is a subtle way to use Ultra Violet with elegant accents.

Don’t Use Ultra Violet on Permanent Fixtures

No matter how much you love purple and this particular shade of Ultra Violet avoid choosing this color for permanent fixtures in your home like tile, flooring, or cabinetry.  Sure Ultra Violet on any of these items would look bold and dramatic, but chances are you will tire of this color and face more limitations on changing decor in the future.

Ultra Violet is the Perfect Choice for a Calming Retreat

Pair this hue with other pale violets and cool tones to create a calming vibe. Ultra Violet has a spiritual, mystical association and it is regularly used in meditation practices because of this, so adopt this palette in a bedroom, bathroom, or meditation zone to benefit from all its soothing, mystical qualities.

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Go Bohemian with Ultra Violet

For all this color’s calming attributes, it can also create drama when paired with the right jewel tones.  Think bright turquoise, burnt orange, and deep sage green.  This palette is perfect if you want a bohemian vibe.  You can find all of these colors on many Eastern fabrics and use them on floor pillows, curtains, and throw blankets.  Add some twinkle lights for a final touch.
However you choose to decorate with the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year, have fun with it!



About The Author

Katherine is an historian by trade who is passionate about art and antiques. By day she manages the treasures of an international auction house and by night she indulges in her love of writing and decorating with her Southern lifestyle blog Pender & Peony. At P&P, Katherine inspires readers to decorate, entertain and navigate the South with grace, charm and gumption.