Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 – 5 Ways to Get the Ultra Violet Look


As the year drew to an end in 2017, we waited excitedly for the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 to be unveiled, the visionary colour that would shape interiors and designers across the globe. So much more than just a trendsetting shade, the Pantone Colour of the Year is a mode to convey a message and to inspire – a reflection on our world at this current time and where we should focus our aspirations of change for this year.

‘Ultra Violet’ takes up the mantle as 2018 as Pantone’s Colour of the Year!

“A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future” Pantone.

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018 Moodboard

This blue-based purple ignites the intuition and creativity within us, empowering us to explore new realms of possibility and innovation, from exploring new technologies to undiscovered galaxies, avant garde artistic imagination to revolutionary liberation from convention.

So how do we incorporate this compelling colour into our own interiors and begin to enjoy this powerful influence of limitless possibility in our lives?

Our Creative Director Stacey says,

“This bold Ultra Violet colour is dynamic, robust and vivid. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but paired with gold or copper accents, it is a rich and uplifting colour. Used subtly as a feature in a room, such as on a chair, cushion or rug, it can have a fun impact and add boldness to a design”. Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interiors

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018

Stacey has suggested 5 ways to help you instantly introduce the provocative Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 into your interiors.

1. A Powerful Impact

For those wishing to fully immerse themselves into the power of 2018’s Pantone Colour of the Year, there is little to replace a dramatic refresh of your walls with this impressive shade. Make a serious style statement by coating just one feature wall, and give Ultra Violet its rightful place as the focal point in your room.

 The Little Greene Paint Company offer both a magnificent imperial purplePantine and a classic 1970’s purple Purpleheart, said to have been used by 1970’s architects Pini and Zerbi in their design of several entrance hall ceilings.

Alternatively, you could opt for this beautiful Cocos wallpaper by catwalk designer Matthew Williamson, his silhouettes of swaying island palms in this lavender purple offering the perfect feature wall backdrop for further Ultra Violet accents throughout the room.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 Bedroom

2. Elegant Definitions

Create an alluring presence of Ultra Violet by replacing your chandelier or ceiling lamp shades, crowning your rooms with this inspiring colour.

We recommend: Heathfield & Co’s exquisite Czarina Clear 8 Arm with luxurious purple satin shades. Expertly crafted, this glass crystal pendant light takes a refined, elegant form with flowing glass arms – a stunning decorative feature.

3. Alluring Accents

Continue to tell the story of this compelling purple colour throughout your interiors, accenting in your cushions, throws, rugs and accessories to create a strong visual impact. Photo frames, vases and mirror frames are all excellent means of highlighting your accent colour and complete the colour’s story beautifully.

We recommend: LSA International offer glass vases in three purple shades, all handmade and very stylish.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 Gold Ultra Violet

4. Luxurious Impressions

Represent all that Ultra Violet means to you through a touch of luxury, allowing yourself to fully enjoy Pantone’s new colour of the year and observing the effect it may have on you!

We recommend: Designer’s Guild’s Varese Imperial cushion is lavish to the touch in its rich cotton velvet. The imperial purple reverses to amethyst and is finished with a Scala linen trim – stylish and indulgent.

Designer’s Guild also offer a Capisoli Aubergine rug, derived from their Capisoli weave, with a subtle shimmer to add depth to this luxurious floor rug. Said to be a ‘sophisticated graduation of colour from richest deep aubergine through to warm heather.’

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 Rug

5. Artistic Styling

Enliven yours interiors with a striking piece of artwork that heralds the new Ultra Violet design trend. A superb way of showcasing this bold shade, you can be as abstract and expressive as you wish – the more liberal you are, the more you embody the Ultra Violet message.

We recommend: Quintessa Art’s contemporary Tayo hand painted and leafed art on stretched canvas.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 Alexander James Interiors Moodboard

If we can assist you with introducing the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 into your home, please feel free to get in touch.