Inventive and Imaginative, Ultra Violet Lights our Color Path

| February 1, 2018

Pier One Verse Plum Velvet Chair

Pier One Verse Plum Velvet Chair

Ultra Violet 18-3838 is the Pantone® Color of the Year 2018

Pantone has made its yearly pronouncement: the dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, is the Color of the Year 2018. According to this color standardization company, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nu­anced and full of emotion, the depth of Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and nonconformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, a mystical or spiritual quality has been attached to Ultra Violet. It is often associated with mindful practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspires connection.

Ultra Violet in Home Décor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take center stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

Home Furnishings

Furniture manufacturer Hancock & Moore displays its royal side with chairs in different shades of violets and purples.

Two different shades of purple are used on the Tibbie Sofa: Tortuga Plum pebbled leather exterior and Kiki Plum smooth leather interior. A bisque cream-colored wood finish offsets the vibrant colors.
The Serpentine Chair’s elegantly curved silhouette gets dressed in a myriad of violet coverings, from the croc-embossed leather exterior to glittered leather seat to the striped fabric back.
The Twist Chair and Ottoman incorporate a mod element into a transitional design with lilac fabric that infuses sophisticated fun into its look.
Stylish furniture from Jessica Charles also matches the color of the year.

The Jansen Chair is dressed up in Tortuga Plum leather, an embossed leather with a subtle metallic sheen. The chair also comes with a button-tufted seat back and Ebony wood finish.
Combining form and function, the Dare Ottoman in violet suede with nickel nail heads has spacious storage inside.
The Estate Settee features button tufting across the seat back and an overstuffed seat cushion for extra comfort. Its graceful back juxtaposed with the low minimalist arms creates a striking look.
Pier 1 Imports offers the Verse Plum Velvet Chair from its Colette collection in luxurious velvet. Raised rolled arms, deep button tufting combine with a gently curved back, coil-spring seat and well-turned legs. The company’s ottoman is hand-upholstered in a sumptuous merlot velvet. Add a tray on top and it works as a coffee table for cocktails just as easily as it does as compact, portable seating.

Bradburn Home’s Ultra Violet collection can shed some light on all your colorful furnishings.

Designed by Melea Markell for Bradburn Home, the Amelie Lamp has refined details: a modified ginger jar in rich violet that tapers upward, a shallow mounting in gold leaf and an acorn-shaped gold finial.
The Astor Park Lamp features a gourd-shaped base made from clay in Nove, Italy with a modified empire lamp shade in cream chintz fabric. The lamp sits on a crystal base and is finished with a matching crystal sphere finial.
Resembling a delicate flower in bloom, the Rosalia Lamp blends citrus and violet in its swirled glass vase. The blooming design also comes with a crystal base for added lift.
Times Two Design’s Amethyst Crystal Table Lamp offers a modern statement piece of compelling amethyst crystal atop a square acrylic base.

What Pairs with Ultra Violet?

Pantone has created eight different color palettes to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs. All color bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. With Ultra Violet as a versatile trans-seasonal anchor in every palette, each conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood and can coordinate with your home interior needs. Look for Tools for Designers on for inspiration on how to make color harmony in your home!


Hancock & Moore’s Tibbie Sofa

Jessica Charles Dare Ottoman

Jessica Charles Dare Ottoman


Jessica Charles Estate Settee


Jessica Charles Jansen Chair


Times Two Design’s Amethyst Crystal Table Lamp.


Hancock & Moore’s Twist Chair and Ottoman





Hancock & Moore’s Twist Chair and Ottoman


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