The colour of the upcoming year is announced each December by world-renowned authority Pantone. The United States-based colour institute looks at global trending patterns in everything from food to cosmetics before declaring the verdict.

“Complex and contemplative, ultra violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own,” stated a press release issued by the corporation.

Known officially as Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, this provocative purple shade is thought to communicate originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Violet is the combination of two popular, yet opposing, bold hues. Red plus blue equals something amazing. This spectacular colour will be everywhere this year and is sure to add a captivating quality to your home. Take your pick from a myriad of home accessories to transform your space into something truly special.

Colour has the ability to convey deep messages and meanings.  It can alter our mood, offer healing benefits, influence and inspire us.

Trends change constantly, so incorporate the colour gradually or even casually to see if it works for you.

Tips for Incorporating

A little or a lot of ultra violet, that is up to you.

  • Bold approach: a solid ultra violet wall, couch, rug, bedding or dinnerware set.
  • Subtle approach: accessorize with rugs, pillows, wallpaper, and a dish set that has ultra violet in the pattern.

Violet Pairings

  • Complementary colour schemes use two opposite shades on the colour wheel. This is yellow.
  • Monochromatic colour schemes use three different values of the same colour. Adding lighter and darker shades of violet.
  • Analogous colour schemes use three adjacent colours on the colour wheel. These pairings are violet/blue-violet/blue or violet/red-violet/red.
  • Or try one of these explorative schematic approaches:
  • Split complements use a colour and the two adjacent tertiary shades of its complement.
  • Triadic colour schemes use three evenly spaced shades on the colour wheel.
  • Tetradic colour schemes use two complementary pairs.