Every year, new colour schemes come into fashion, and the world of design looks ahead to the next new theme. In 2018, the colour of the year is Ultraviolet. Handpicked by the colour experts and pantone, we’re taking 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.

Pantone Colour Code for Ultraviolet 18-3838 which is the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018

About The Colour of the Year

Pantone, the world-renowned authority on all things colour – and their team of design research experts from the colour institute hand-pick a colour to watch each year, and this year’s selection is as striking as it is versatile.

In 2018, the dramatic purple hues of Ultraviolet have already made an impact on the design community. The colour is said to communicates a sense of originality and vibrancy. Pantone Shade 18-3838, or “Ultraviolet” is a far cry from the muted neutrals and earthy tones that have been synonymous with interior decoration over the last decade. With connotations of complexity, inventiveness and the mysteries of the universe, ultraviolet, the colour of the year for 2018 is definitely set to inspire some very unique design projects.

As a trend to watch over the next twelve months, Ultraviolet and its blue-based purple tones, as a 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, 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.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

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

Interior Design using the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 - Ultraviolet 18-3838 including a bedroom with ultraviolet cushions, a living room with ultraviolet chairs and painted walls and a kitchen with ultraviolet cabinets

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.


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 Room

Get 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.


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.

What do you think of the colour of the year for 2018? We’re sure Ultraviolet will be a hit with homeware stores across the globe. Keep an eye out and share your uses of the colour in your home with #relativeluxury.

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