Ultra Violet – Pantone Color of 2018

Historically, Pantone has been about 50/50 with their colors of the year, at least to my eyes. I get a little leery every year when they’re about to announce, but this time I didn’t need to hesitate and I’m back in the fan club again. The color of 2018 is Ultra Violet, a dark and dramatic shade of purple!! Per the official site, “Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.” More of this, please!

Not since Emerald and Marsala have I been so on board with their pick. Like the Backstreet Boys, I have long nursed a soft spot for purple (my childhood bedroom was purple and green) and I’m glad it’s going to be All The Rage next year.

Look at this nursery! I believe I found the same wallpaper, which is linked in my shopping list below, and the good news for everyone is that it’s available as self-adhesive OR peek-and-stick. Boom!

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And here’s dramatic living room that I am imagining to be somewhere in Paris. (I couldn’t find a source for it, so if you know just leave a comment and I’ll update the post.) The room itself is rather majestic, so I like the be-purpled sofa acting as a cozy anchor.

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I was worried that there wouldn’t be a lot of reasonably priced Ultra Violet goodies on the market yet, since Pantone is generally a little ahead of the curve, but I was pleasantly surprised. LET US SHOP:

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rug // pillow // love seat // lamp // votive holders // wallpaper // artwork

They weren’t messing around with this one. It’s PURPLE. All caps. My favorite item here is the rug, not just for a kid’s space but in any less formal living area. The lamp and votive holders are pretty if your taste is a little fancier, and if you’re a believer in go-big-or-go-home, might I suggest that epic love seat? 

The nice thing about Ultra Violet is that it’s bold without being aggressive. It’s a very saturated color, but because it’s cool as opposed to warm (like red) it won’t feel overwhelming if you want to use it in larger doses. So! I almost never say this about any of their colors of the year, but go ahead and use it on your walls, you crazy kids!

Do you dig this color? How would you use it at home? (Or in your wardrobe?)

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