Introducing Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

The wait is over: last month, Pantone chose the color of the year for 2018. The winner is Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a gutsy purple. Here we’ll discuss why Pantone selected Ultra Violet, give you a closer look at what it is, and a preview of where we’ll be seeing it in 2018.


What is Ultra Violet?

Ultra Violet is a deep, calming shade of purple with decidedly blue undertones that can be used in many striking ways. Next to a complementary yellow or even a yellow-y green such as Pantone’s 2017 color, Greenery, Ultra Violet offers up sharp contrasts and a weighty, interesting look. Teamed up with similar colors, of course you’ll get a smooth, harmonious result. Colder tints that share Ultra Violet’s bluish foundation can help the 2018 shade create a beautifully icy look. Or, for a warm, drenched sunset look, Pantone suggests harmonizing Ultra Violet with warm shades.

In short, this very versatile shade of violet works in so many ways, the possibilities are endless.

Why Pantone picked this color

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet points us toward the future by communicating ingenuity, originality, and visionary thinking. It is complex enough to hint at the mysteries of the cosmos and the pioneering thinking it takes to explore and discover what lies beyond the night sky. However, it’s not all business; it’s creative, artistic, and unconventional. Ultra Violet is filled with quirks and emotion, a non-conformist of the color universe. Pantone also points to the spirituality of the color, and the refuge from the madding world it suggests. In a frustrating or even scary world, Ultra Violet provides a mystical retreat.


Where we’ll see Ultra Violet in 2018

Obviously, it takes some time for Pantone’s annual shades to hit the furniture showrooms (although by chance you’ll see exceptions). But that doesn’t mean you can’t make Ultra Violet part of your interior look this year. Here are some of the most exciting ways to do that.

Ultra Violet is a vivid color, making it perfect for accents. Use it in ceramics, pillows, rugs, tableware, throws, wall art, or even purple flowers. Ultra Violet is ideal for shaking up an interior, and for contrasting with metallic accents and rich textiles like raw silk or plush velvet. It’s also a perfect accent wall color.

Let Ultra Violet shine among a room full of white or pearly gray; under these conditions it can speak its piece without competing against other colors. Looking for a simple splash somewhere? How about a fluffy Ultra Violet flokati rug, some sheer curtains turning the light in the room Ultra Violet, or some gorgeous amethyst-hued geodes or rocks on display?


The Year of the Violet

From brilliant, bold scenes filled with Ultra Violet to serene rooms with subtle hints of its cousins, this is the year of all things violet. There are endless ways to bring Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year to bear in your space. Hopefully, Ultra Violet’s creative vibe will inspire us all!


Design Trends 2018

Getting ready for a new look in 2018? An elegant, elevated design will be trending, and with it a high standard for contemporary looks. Sleeker lines of furniture will be front and center, but that modern edge will be balanced by warmer textures. Eclectic style is still going strong, too, so keep doing you.


Here are some more design trends for 2018:



  • Beige and brown will replace grey in neutral looks.


  • Geometric patterns, from wallpaper to upholstery, from backsplash tile to textured walls.


  • Colors return to the kitchen.


  • Softer, richer fabrics like velvet will be in.


  • Metallics like brass as accent pieces.


  • Black and white schemes will be tempered with warm caramels and browns, organic accents, and tribal patterns.


  • Typography statement pieces for smaller finishing touches.


  • Rich, intense colors and moodier, darker interiors will rule—no more white walls!


  • Iridescent accents, from luminescent tiles in the bathroom to pearlescent inlays in the coffee table.


  • Marble will be big, but remember to contrast it with things like reclaimed wood to maximize its impact.


  • Red, gold, and orange bright spots will add punch fearlessly.


  • Natural wood pieces will provide a harmonious contrast to our high-tech lives.


  • Sinks will move away from stainless and white, and toward materials like concrete, copper, granite, and stone.


  • Plants, succulents, and natural accents like bamboo, sisal, and jute will organic contrast to modern spaces.


  • Interesting, artistic tableware—even mismatched—will be the look at dinner.


  • Fringe comes back to throws, pillows, rugs, and curtains.


  • Floral patterns in contrasting colors.


  • Mirrors in unusual shapes.


  • Vintage and DIY lighting fixtures.


  • International décor will add a cosmopolitan feel and visual interest.


  • Concrete as a decorative element in floors and countertops.


  • Interesting, funky lanterns.


  • Minimalist bedrooms will offer a calm vibe.


Get the look that’s perfect for your life in 2018 at Fashion Furniture.



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