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Give your home an Ultra Violet makeover

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If you enjoy following trends, you may have heard that colour giant Pantone has recently announced its much-anticipated 'Colour of the year' (COTY).

The colour they chose is Ultra Violet 18-3838, a saturated blue-based purple shade which, in their words, “symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

The reaction in the interior design community, however, hasn’t been quite as positive. While the colour is never specifically chosen in terms of interior design trends, Pantone’s predictions often do influence the colours we see in home décor. Greenery, last year’s choice, may not have seen an influx of rooms painted in luminous lime green but we did see house plants become not only a trend but a ‘must-have’ in styling.

And so, we can assume that variations on the purple theme are likely to be more widely used over the next year.

Using Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet has a strong blue undertone which means it will read quite cold in a room. It can, however, be warmed up with stronger shades of red, it’s opposite on the colour wheel for an intense contrast or combined with tonal shades of berries and pinks to soften it.

Used in smaller doses – a cushion here, a lampshade there – creates a punch of colour that’s easy to live with and combines well with other cooler shades like indigo and blue-based greys.

Going Paler

I would suggest, however, taking Pantone’s colour as a mere guide rather than following it too closely. After all, trends are meant to be personalised and interpreted in your own unique way so for me, I predict a paler shade of lilac could be how we see Pantone’s COTY played out in the year to come.

Much like blush pink (the Instagram darling of 2017), its softness carries with it a hint of femininity, but it can easily be used as an accent alongside other pastels.

I prefer it myself with a dollop of black which will ground a pale shade like this and create a wonderful tension in a room. Combine it with gold and brass finishes for an elegant look which will go far in warming up your space visually.

Going Warmer

If you prefer more saturated shades, then I’d suggest a dark plum or aubergine. These dark purple shades match the intensity of Ultra Violet but have a red undertone which creates more warmth in a room.

Go for a large sofa or chair in deep plum velvet for the ultimate in comfort and style or throw a pair of mulberry cushions on the bed to create a warm and cosy nest this winter.

Whatever you may think of Pantone’s choice, remember that trends can be fun to follow but there’s no need to slavishly follow them. I would always suggest surrounding yourself with the things you love and they’ll never go out of fashion!


Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.

Image credits: Pantone / Bo Concept / Photography by Melanie Acevedo for Domino /  Amelia Widell of MeliMeli via Elle Décor Sweden / Arlo & Jacob

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