Home Styling with the Pantone Colour of 2018: Ultra Violet


At the end of every year, Pantone announces their colour for the next year. We now know that the colour of 2018 will be Ultra Violet – but how can we style it?

What is Ultra Violet?

Inspired by the light rays that we mere humans cannot see, Ultra Violet is a bold shade of purple that looks like the colour a very fashionable race of aliens would use for their space suits. The Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute calls it ‘a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.’

What we love about this colour is that it’s both vibrant and subtle at the same time. One moment you look at it and it’s a vivid jewel tone, while the next it’s a strong, but not too deep, purple. An almost candied colour. Something that isn’t too bold to be practical — perfect for interior décor.

How to use it

Ultra Violet is a solid colour with plenty of tones, hues, and tint variances. There’s no one way to incorporate the colour into your aesthetic.


This means you can use any version of Ultra Violet – maintaining your unique aesthetic as well as a trendy space! The lighter tones are perfect for more prominent elements of your home, while those bolder tones make great accents in kids’ rooms or even in your tableware! More on that in a little.

Go bold

Purple Rain Canvas Print

Just because you can utilise the softer side of Ultra Violet doesn’t mean you have to. This year’s colour is bold for a reason, so dare to be bold with it!

Barel Melamine Bowl, 15cm

Bright colours can really work in your kitchen and dining space. This is where we can all gather together, enjoy good food and good company. It’s a space of fun! So the fun Ultra Violet is amazing here. It’s a playful colour which makes creating a fun, vibrant, and energetic style easy.

Try a softer side

Partially Correct Square Canvas Print

Of course paint is always an option, but there are more subtle (and less permanent) ways to adorn your halls with this colour. Wall art is a great and stylish way to utilise colour at home. This piece here, the Partially Correct Canvas Print (available in a square or rectangular form) displays the softer side of Ultra Violet when it is mixed with delicate blue hues.


Carnivale Espresso Cup & Saucer

The way you use this colour will always depend on the setting, so the softer shades of Ultra Violet are ideal for a delicate tea party, or even just relaxing alone with a cup o’ joe. This can offer some contrast to the fun, party-like aesthetic to the bold look in a kitchen or dining space, as mentioned above.

Take it with you when you go

One of the most fun aspects of a new Pantone colour is all the ways we can utilise it in our day-to-day lives. It’s not exclusive to home décor. We’re in love with the way this colour looks in make-up, clothing, accessories, and anywhere else you want to use it.

If you’ve found the perfect balance of this colour or you have your own amazing ideas on how to use it let us know in the comments!

If you’ve missed the last few colours of the year, you can find 2017 here, 2016 here, and 2015 here.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.