Ultra Violet: Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year

May 10, 2018

Every year, Pantone announces it’s “Colour of the Year” to help inspire designers with their interiors, as well as their fashion! This year, the colour chosen is something that is reminiscent of fantasy worlds and galaxies far away.

ultravioletWithout further ado, the 2018 Pannone Colour of the Year is . . . Ultra Violet!

This shade is a combination of psychedelic purple and electric blue, though it is officially described as a purple shade. Ultra Violet is being increasingly used in spaces to create just enough drama and flair and evoke a sense of originality and uniqueness.

As the name hints, Ultra Violet conjures up thoughts and feelings of the mysteries of far-away skies and galaxies. It also evokes wonderments of what may be lying ahead. The endless night sky symbolizes the unknown possibilities, offering up inspirations and desires to seek out something we don’t yet know is out there.

This colour is full of depth and symbolizes non-conformity, enticing people to push the envelope, both in their personal lives and with their interior design!

How to Incorporate Ultra Violet Into Your Home’s Design and Decor

At Hope Designs, we fully embrace Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year. If used correctly and with a bit of finesse, it can be quite striking. However, because it’s such a bold colour, we suggest using it sparingly for things such as an accent wall in a bedroom or a dining room.

Other possibilities might be to use Ultra Violet tones as accent colours in commissioned artwork, throw pillows, painted furniture such as small accent tables, or lifelike silk floral arrangements. Ultra Violet is also a colour that would work exceptionally well in any garden as it mimics many perennial and annual plantings. You may even want to consider painting a garden bench this colour, or an old watering can. The list literally goes on and on.

If you’re the bold type, you might want to try adding Ultra Violet to larger surfaces, including an accent wall or area rug. That said, you may find that using it in smaller, more subdued ways can work better, especially with a hue that’s so far out there and vibrant as this one.


As a professional designer, our advice is to have fun with Ultra Violet. It’s really not a colour to be taken too seriously – but that is half the fun!

For more design inspiration using Pantone’s 2018 colour of the year – or any other colour palette – call Hope Designs today!