Pantone's Color of The Year: Ultra Violet Will Light Our Way Through 2018
Pantone’s Color of The Year: Ultra Violet Will Light Our Way Through 2018

Pantone’s Color of The Year: Ultra Violet Will Light Our Way Through 2018

Written by –
Vanessa Louie
on January 12th 2018
Hygge is home for Vanessa. If you're wondering how she likes to keep her house, think tidy and uncluttered. She even has a personal Pinterest board featuring only white colored homes, appealing to her minimal design aesthetic.

Ultra Violet


Pantone Color of The Year 2018

Move over Greenery. 2018 is the year of Ultra Violet. Global color authority Pantone has declared this year’s color of the year and we are all for it. Aptly named, this mystic shade of the royal purple is set to take reign across fashion, decor and all things design.


Purple is known as a color associated with power and ambition, mystery and magic. Historically worn by Roman Magistrates, this color suggests a collective movement toward advancement, and naturally, the future. Developed into Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, a blue-based purple, Ultra Violet brings with it an energy that drives us forward and onward.

Unveiling Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet: Pantone's Color of The Year
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Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman describes Ultra Violet as a response to a time where inventiveness and imagination are required. Portrayed as a limitless night sky, Ultra Violet encourages us to contemplate and inspires us to pursue a greater galaxy, a world beyond what we know.

Ultra Violet and the World Today

Ultra Violet: Pantone's Color of The Year

The color of the year is said to be indicative of what we currently need in this day and age, and with the unpredictability of the world we live in, Ultra Violet aims to offer a higher ground people can seek refuge in. Whether in the form of artistic brilliance, personified by musical icons such as Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, or other forms of self-expression, Ultra Violet points to our potential to become exceptional.


Coming from the earthy shade of greenery that drew us to our roots, we’re excited to see how Ultra Violet will make its way into our interiors and inject new energy into our space this year.

Ultra Violet and Our Home

Peacock wallpaper and purple rose lamp shades in an Indian-inspire Manhattan penthouse |
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With such a vibrant shade of purple, we’re preparing to welcome the hue in grand fashion. Statement sofas in Ultra Violet are sure to transform the room’s energy and add boldness to the space.


Even in the form of pendant lamps and art prints, Ultra Violet will give the room a strong accent color and complement minimal decor pieces.

Home Decor Trends 2018: Lavender living room with teal and violet accents |
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Conversely, where bold Ultra Violet walls are too bold, the mystic blue-purple shade can bring meditative calm when paired strategically with soft yellow hues and gentle blues. 2018’s Pantone Color of the Year presents a healthy challenge of spicing interiors up with its lively shade, yet still recognizes the importance of staying in tune with our emotions.

Love it? Hate it? Are you planning to include purples into your decor this year? We’d love to hear about all your ideas in the comments below.


Ultra Violet not for you? Check out some of our other colors, including watercress, or how to satisfy your sweet tooth with powder pink.


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