Go Bold with Ultra Violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018

Violet Couch

By Bethany Adams

Since 2000, Pantone’s Color of the Year has been a source of inspiration for design enthusiasts everywhere. This year’s choice, Ultra Violet, has people excited for a year filled with regal hues and vibrant design choices.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the shade “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.” She notes that the choice is a reflection of the world today, adding that the institute “wanted to pick something that brings hope and an uplifting message.”

Considered a symbol of royalty throughout much of history, purple is already pervading homes nationwide and beyond. While Ultra Violet is a bolder shade of the versatile color, these eight spaces prove that, with a little creativity, it can be the perfect addition to any cottage-style home.

Violet Bedroom

Already brimming with bold style, this space is taken to the next level with a touch of purple. Throw pillows on the bed bring out the softer tones of the walls and drapes, calming the punch of teal found in the furniture. (Domino)

Violet Chair
Glitter Guide

A pop of purple is right at home in styles that lean toward the contemporary. The rich hue of this cozy chair becomes the focal point in a space full of daring accents and layered textures. (Glitter Guide)

Violet Outdoor Area

Carrying the trend outdoors, this outdoor space from Hayneedle uses elements like hanging lanterns, throw pillows, and drapes to create a vibrant oasis. Sun-drenched greenery and cream-colored cushions are the perfect backdrop for displaying this stately shade.

Violet Couch
Cowtan & Tout

This French cottage-inspired space introduces a vibrant hue to a classic design. Paired with neutral grays and creams, violet stands out as an adventurous choice while remaining soft and welcoming. (Sofa by Cowtan & Tout)