Ultraviolet - Colour Of The Year 2018



Every year, we take a look at the hottest tips from the design and interior world, from the colour schemes that will be highlighted in our homes this year, to the themes and detailing that we'll be trying to replicate in our styling choices!


Pantone, the world-renowned authority on all things colour related - and their team of design research experts in the dedicated colour institute hand-pick a colour to watch each year, and this year's selection is as striking as it is versatile. Sharing their top tips with professionals from the fashion, interior design, graphic arts and film industries, the colour of the year pick is a resource that many refer to when conceptualising new designs and creative products.


In 2018, the dramatically provocative purple shade of Ultraviolet communicates a sense of originality and vibrancy.  Pantone Shade 18-3838, or Ultra Violet as it is more softly named is an incredibly exciting colour choice for the year - the furthest away from muted neutrals and earthy tones that have been synonymous with simple interior decoration over the last decade. With connotations of complexity, inventiveness and the mysteries of the universe, the colour of the year for 2018 is definitely set to inspire some very unique design projects. When it comes to styling with Ultraviolet in your home, we've taken a look at some of the early uses of the colour to give you some inspiration as well as some extra advice on lighting with this colour from the product experts at Pagazzi Lighting...


As a trend to watch over the next twelve months, Ultraviolet and the blue-based purple tones, as well as the galactic properties of this colour of the year choice are symbolic of the limitless night sky. Historically, purple tones have been closely associated with royalty, luxury and artistic brilliance. Musicians, such as Prince and David Bowie have brought versions of this colour scheme into their own creative outlets, leaving their unique mark on future creativity. It is hoped that this colour will do the same for the creative industries more generally through the rest of the year.



Previous Pantone Colour of the Year picks have included Greenery, Rose Quartz, Serenity & Marsala and the announcement of the chosen hue has grown to mean much more than simply a fashionable trend - and is now recognised as a strategic asset for designers and artists alike. Forecasting the seasonal themes, and consumer psychology, the Pantone Colour Institute asses a range of data before choosing an overall winner.


Tips for Ultraviolet Interiors

A rich purple shade can be tough to get right in your home, but in the right setting, and with the right amount of thought, it can look amazing. In general,  we'd recommend styling this shade by applying it to the walls, and counteracting any darkness with reflective metallic accessories and lighting, crystal, chrome and chandeliers work really well against this base colour.

Although it is versatile as a colour on it's own, it's not the easiest to pair up with other colours around the home, it certainly won't sit comfortably next to plain white, it's a colour with character after all. Avoid contrasting colours and think about adding period accessories to bring the look to life.

Bedroom - Give the luxurious impression with golden fabrics against the opulent ultraviolet tones, think rich cottons and indulgent accessories to complete this look. Subtle shimmering details in your lighting and sophisticated gold or antique brass bedside lamps will help to add warmth to the room for those colder nights.


Living RoomGet expressive and liven up the living room with artwork and ultraviolet inspired glasswork and accessories like vases and fruit bowls. If you're not quite brave enough to showcase the colour of the year on your entire walls, then this is a great alternative to inject the feel of the trend without breaking the bank. Be bold, add a stylish floor lamp or ceiling pendant that highlights the colour.

Kitchen -  Give your kitchen an ultraviolet re-design by painting your cabinets with a chalk based paint. This simple trick will give you a rustic french cottage or lavender feel, a soft and subtle way to make use of ultraviolet this year. Make a style statement and make the kitchen the heart of your home this year.


If you're inspired by the the colour of the year for 2018, then why not get involved on social media. Join the Pagazzi Lighting Community and share your own photos with #Pagazzi - got any tips for the colour of the year? Leave us a comment below...






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