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Pantone Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet 18-3838

It’s the time of year where the design industry awaits the announcement of ‘Colour of the Year’ from different industry leaders and Pantone delivered, recently revealing Ultra Violet [Pantone 18 – 3838] as their Colour of the Year 2018. Pantone define Ultra Violet as ‘Inventive and imaginative’ and credit the colour with lighting the way to what is yet to come in Interior Design.

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So, how might we use Ultra Violet within our interiors?

Used alone in its imposing state, it probably won’t be for everyone, however you can be sure that used decisively, it is a colour that will add intrigue and impact to any space. This boldness could be incorporated through a feature wall or a large piece of ultra violet furniture or even through more subtle approaches such as introducing the colour in soft furnishings or accessories.

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When used in a largely neutral room, greys and off whites can provide the perfect backdrop for bold Ultra Violet statement furnishings. This an excellent way to introduce the colour to a room scheme without overpowering the room. 

Ultra Violet could be a perfect wash in a contemporary sitting room with wonderful soft Ultra Violet lighting introducing the colour in such an elegant and subtle way.  Perfect for a modern living space where things are being kept simple. Clever lighting displays can add impact to a contemporary space, without a permanent commitment.

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Possibly the most popular way for people to introduce Pantone’s Colour of the Year into a room is home accessories. This is the most subtle and modest way to bring Ultra Violet tones to a colour scheme.  When carefully considered, the understated use of adding these objects, can bring just as much impact to a space as other methods.

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Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute states:

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

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Eiseman explains that the ethos behind choosing Ultra Violet as a “reflection of what is needed in our world today.”

Deep rich tones of violet and purple produce a dramatic and rich effect, complimenting warm tones of antique wood furniture. Layering colours with the same tonal properties can produce a very striking effect.  No one colour is the same as the other but pulled together they create an intense display.

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Ultra violet will transcend traditional and contemporary spaces, as well as working well in both commercial and residential sectors and is sure to make an impact in the year ahead. Cue all things with a blue based undertone, purple inflections, and a sense of depth, reflection, originality and drama as well as a sprinkle of magic.

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  1. Nice sofa from photos from Source: Bed, Bath & Beyond loved the sofa and purple seem nice colour will definitely use in living room Thanks for sharing your idea.

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