Utopia    Focus 20 Dec 2017

This trend is Ultra Violet! Here’s how to work with Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018

The Pantone Colour Institute has announced its Colour of the Year 2018. Always a hotly anticipated announcement, the company’s annual reveal often marks a huge shift in interior trends and will be sure to inspire designers and homeowners alike through the coming year.

2018’s chosen shade, Ultra Violet, is a truly bold selection. Moving beyond previous years filled with perfect pastels and hints of lavender, this new hue evokes drama, mysticism and is visually reminiscent of the cosmos. But ‘how can such a bold and beautiful shade work in your kitchen or bathroom?’ you ask; well, here’s a few of our top tips…

  • Remember Ultra Violet is a statement shade, so use it sparingly. An entire scheme crafted of bright, bold violet furniture will be overwhelming and likely detract from its effect.
  • Consider combining Ultra Violet with other deep, rich shades. Jewel tones are still making a huge impact in interior trends and Ultra Violet furniture or accessories would make a great addition to a jewel-toned kitchen or bathroom.
  • A great practical and attractive addition to any kitchen is the Cooks Companion, by Sophie Conran, from Harvey Jones [featured]. This petite furniture piece offers additional prep space, a knife store and a bottle bank for holding your favourite tipples. With four discreet wheels and an additional storage drawer, this piece is the perfect choice for those who enjoy hosting, and looks fantastic in this Pantone-inspired purple.
  • Cabinetry can also be an ideal location for integrating the Ultra Violet colour. The Columbus sideboard [featured] is upholstered in a soft velvet, with a rich purple finish. The structure is crafted from brushed brass and features a Nero Marquina worktop, alongside plentiful storage space. Available from BySwans.
  • Leaning toward the more blue-based pigments of Pantone’s Ultra Violet, C.P. Hart’s Camden bath – which is shown here finished in the company’s Indigo colour – could provide the perfect solution for integrating Pantone inspired purples into a traditional bathroom suite. The freestanding model is beautifully simple, with its striking Indigo exterior set of by the pure white interior and simple chrome elements.
  • Don’t forget the tiles! Tiles in an ultra violet or similar hue could work well for a kitchen or bathroom splashback; while the bold colour could easily integrate into an encaustic patterned tile collection.
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