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Purple Reign: How The Color Of The Year Looks In Interior Spaces

We've all been waiting for it. Finally, Pantone, the global authority on color, has released the Color of the Year for 2018. Last year, the soft shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity were the "It" colors. This year, it was the refreshing and revitalizing shade of Greenery (15-0343).

Next year, the color that is expected to influence interior design choices is Ultra Violet, described by Pantone as "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade."



Pantone Color Institute's Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman explains the characteristics of Ultra Violet that makes it deserving to be the Color of the Year: "We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, 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."

A mystical shade that also symbolizes "experimentation and non-conformity," it references the way musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix pushed boundaries in the name of artistic expression.

In an interview with Elle Decor, Eiseman also shared that the shade holds a lot of promise in terms of incorporating it into an interior space. "Because it has both warm and cool temperatures that are inherent in it, it has more versatility than people might think it has," she says. "There's enough blue there, that while it's provocative and stands out, there's still a stability, and there's such a versatility to this shade that it can go with so many other different colors. People are exploring and experimenting and looking for something that's original."

Here are some interior inspirations that make use of violet as its predominant shade:   


Living Room



Dining Room




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What do you think about the Color of the Year? Will you be using it if and when you redesign your home this coming 2018?


Photos from @houseandhomemag and Elle Decor