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Ultra Violet in Real Life: Decorating with Pantone’s Top Color of the Year for 2018

Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, celebrates the artistic/boho vibe of a new generation. Photos: Macy’s bedding; Shag rug by Safavieh for Overstock. Sectional and chair: Sam Moore Furniture.

It’s the new year, and you want to refresh your decor with Pantone’s latest “it” color, but its an offbeat hue like 2018’s Ultra Violet. What to do?

Sensuous and elegant, velvet is another important look for 2018. Bring it home in regal violet, updated with modern black base and legs in the Cheekie Chair. Sam Moore Furniture.

Make it familiar and livable for every day: Ground violet accents with your investment furnishings in classic gold, gray or blue — or go with a statement piece or two in regal purple. Use each color three times in a room and you’re all set.

Violet in all its variations look great with gray. Here, a deep plum warms up light gray and silver of the Sage Sectional without sacrificing the modern, urbane scheme. Sam Moore Furniture

Gray is a top trend with staying power, perfect for our modern, urban lifestyle. Add a punch (or pinch) of violet in an accent pillow, cuddly throw, vase, lamp or artwork, and gray goes to the next level fast! Curata Bench by Hooker Furniture

You don’t need sequins to highlight upholstery with a silvery gleam. Elegant yet imaginative, the silver-patterned fabric on the Carney Club Chair works anywhere when grounded with sensuous velvet in a darker gray. Take it to the next level with a punch of violet accent. Sam Moore Furniture.

Violet, in shades from aubergine to eggplant to plum, can make a spectacular and romantic wall color, especially for an accent wall. Photo: vkvvisuals.com/blog.

Sleek grays make a cool backdrop to a surprising rose-and-purple global pattern and warm modern wood in the Easy Breezy Chair from Sam Moore.

One of the easiest ways to pull a challenging color into a real-life scheme is to start with a pattern that brings together your desired hues. Textiles like this chevron-patterned rug weave their arty spell and show how seemingly unrelated hues can blend with elegance. Photo: Overstock.com

 Ultra Violet celebrates the mystical, spiritual and artistic/boho vibe of a new generation open to diverse and global inspirations; a vibe last felt in the late 1960s. 

Here’s Ultra Violet and a few of its classic friends: Gold, yellow-green and gray-green — plus a jolt of analogous berry blue-red. Designer lampshades offer another opportunity to recreate a color scheme without breaking the bank. LampsPlus.

Accents made of geodes (or just copying the pattern) are part of a mystical, earth-loving trend that’s big for 2018. In rough-cut amethyst, the violet is both edgy and timeless. Photo: Etsy

Conserve heat as you hit the fashion hot spot with a luxurious woven throw in mohair, cotton, silk, wool or even practical fleece. Add braid trim of your own in the same or contrasting color for a custom look. It’s perhaps the easiest way to add a touch of violet to any room. Photo: Wayfair

So let the sun shine in, welcome creative connections, and let Ultra Violet refresh your decor and your mood.

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  • Shop Five January 10, 2018, 5:22 am

    Really Violet is the color of elegance , it reflects the timeless beauty. Especially the colour and design for the sofa. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kim D. Shaver January 10, 2018, 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much for your feedback, and for reading!

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