Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018
  • By Annabel
  • In Inspiration
  • Posted Jan 29 2018
Renowned colour experts Pantone have recently announced ultra violet as their 2018 colour of the year. Described as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful, PANTONE 18-3838 ultra violet communicated originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future."

Purple centric ideas

Ultra violet looks set to be a key colour in this year’s interior trends so we’ve put together a few ideas to help you incorporate it into your interior and exterior design.

  1. Bold feature walls
  2. This year’s colour of the year is big, bright and bold. We certainly wouldn’t recommend painting all four walls with it. However using it sparingly on one or two walls could create a cosmic feature wall which can be accented with silver or grey accessories.

  3. Year of lavender
  4. OK, a bit of a product plug here. If you’re not overly keen on painting a wall bright purple you could try adding accents of purple with plants. The most obvious option being one the UK’s favourite flowers - lavender. Whether you opt for real or artificial lavender, it’s a simple way to bring this year’s colour of the year into your design scheme.

  5. Accent
  6. Possibly the best and the simplest way to incorporate purple into your home and garden is to accent your existing design with accessories. Consider re-covering cushions with a purple fabric, replanting potted plants into purple pots or adding purple centric artwork to a neutral coloured wall.

  7. Purple everywhere
  8. Depending on just how keen on the colour ultra violet you are, there’s a purple version of everything. Pantone’s own website includes a list of products from chopping boards to nail polish all the way to a purple espresso machine. It’s not for us, but if you really love this year’s colour of the year then maybe this list is for you.

Complimentary colours

Pantone releases a number of other colour palette “stories” to compliment the colour of the year. These range from pastel shades to colour harmonies to vibrant bold colours. Pantone’s full range of palettes for 2018 can be seen on their site here.

2017s colour of the year

2017’s colour of the year (which happened to be our favourite to date) was greenery, which embraced nature’s natural hue and openly encouraged interior designers and individuals alike to include plants like the monstera, palms and gorgeous bamboo’s into their room designs.


We’re big fans of this year’s Pantone colour of the year, though we do wonder if it’s just a little too bold for general use. Still, there are plenty of ways you can integrate the colour into your scheme which won’t overwhelm your spaces.
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