Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

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It’s that time of year again! Each year, the folks at Pantone release their Color of the Year (COTY) based on trends and future forecasting across a broad range of industries from housewares and design to fashion and product marketing. They’ve just announced the Ultra Violet is the 2018 color of the year.

Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet

Now, this is not a color that everyone will be on board with. I’ve noticed that there are those who a passionate about purple and those who absolutely abhor it, with a fairly small middle ground.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet

I actually love this color – it’s a great color to wear and is flattering to many skin tones. I haven’t ever done an interior design project with the color purple, but perhaps I should. Let’s take a walk through some beautiful rooms that make good use of this bluish purple tone.

We have modern and moody. The purple bedding warms up an otherwise stark and foreboding space.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet
via Marie Claire FR

Colorful and fun – hallmarks of Alexander Papachristidis‘s design style. You can really see the blue undertones in this color when paired with blue fabrics.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet
Alex Papachristidis design

Moody and romantic. As with the first image, this color works very well with great, but in this case, we have a romantic, chippy style that the color purple does so well.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet
via House Beautiful. Designer unknown, but let me know if you do!

And this shade of purple also works well when paired with teal blue.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet
Matthew Williamson furniture collection via

I kind of love this take on modern romanticism.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet
via AD Russia


Did you know that these vintage purple glass bottles and window panes we sometimes see in old buildings actually started off as clear? Manganese dioxide was added to glass to bleach it, but over time, the sun’s UV raised turned them purple. So cool, no?

Purple glass bottles vintage manganese
photo by Linda Merrill

Ultra Violet Boutique


And a little musical tribute to the Prince of purple himself!

Could you surround yourself with purple?

xoxo Linda

7 thoughts on “Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet”

  1. I’m a purple fan Linda. I don’t have loads of it in my wardrobe but I do wear it and our master bedroom has had three revamps of purple. I’m on board for Ultra Violet.

  2. I’m also a fab of purple Linda and feel even more motivated to present it as a color option to clients who traditionally lean towards reds and blues. It’s nice to shake things up even if it’s only accessories.


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