Decorating With Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

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Every year, we look forward to Pantone announcing its Color of the Year. It helps guide interior decorators, artists, and furniture and fashion designers alike on what trends we’ll see in the new year, and what styles consumers will gravitate towards.

In 2018, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Ultra Violet – a color that can be just as difficult to decorate with than last year’s bright yellow-green called Greenery.

Ultra Violet is described as “thoughtful”, “intriguing” and “unconventional” by Pantone, and we agree. It’s hard to decorate with purple, and if it’s something you want it incorporate into any room you need to be thoughtful about its placement. Purple is also intriguing because it’s an unconventional color to decorate with.

While Ultra Violet wasn’t our top choice for the Color of the Year, we do believe it can make a room look regal if done correctly. With the moody palettes and bold floral prints we see on the decorating forecast this year, adding a hint of purple can help your surrounding feel luxurious. Here are a few ways to work Ultra Violet into your decor, without going overboard.

Use it as an accent

Whether you end up with a jar filled with fresh lavender, buy a couple of throw pillows, a blanket, or inexpensive art prints, these are great ways to slowly incorporate this new color into your home. Just like any trend, it might not last, so using affordable pieces allows you to shuffle your decor around as styles shift or are removed altogether without a hit to your wallet.

Embrace your moody side

Purple is dark and romantic. Pair the color with dramatic and rich fabrics to make a statement – think velvet, leather, wood and stone accessories or accents. Table textiles are also an easy way to experiment with darker colors. A bold entryway moment could also be catchy.

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Decorate with natural stone

One trend we’re not ready to give up anytime soon is incorporating agate into our home decor. From coasters, to trays, bookends, paintings, and even wallpaper, you can add a variety of deep purple agate accents to any room.

Go bold with eye-catching furniture

We love incorporating statement pieces when we decorate, and a deep purple swivel chair or velvet couch is a great way to make any room look elegant. The bolder the piece, the more neutral its surrounds need to be to stand out, so pair purple accents with creams and warm wood accents.

Get splashy with wallpaper

If you really wanted to make a big statement with the color, look for richly patterned wallpaper and put it in the powder room.

Bita Khaleghi