When Pantone announced their Colour of the Year as Ultra Violet, we could hear the gasps of surprise from this crazy and bold choice from the industry. For many, purple isn’t a go-to colour for most things, let alone interiors, and too much of it anywhere can be overwhelming, so it's a real challenge to explore how this colour can look appealing in a room. We wanted to explore the options to see how this statement colour can be used without it looking like the inside of the Teletubby, Tinky-Winky. So, if you want to embrace this year's colour trend, how do you incorporate Ultra Violet into your home?
It may be bold to most, but what Ultra Violet certainly adds is warmth. With this in mind, this colour is perfect for furnishings like sofas, headboards or curtains. The ideal way to compliment these cold Winter we're having at the moment, and going big on statement pieces like an armchair or sofa can be quite beautiful if you select the right material. This colour works well with velvet and other textural fabrics like suede and knitted wool.
If you want to introduce Ultra Violet as a room colour, we suggest using it sparingly as a feature wall or component to a patterned wallpaper. It can be somewhat imposing and make a room unnecessarily dark but used correctly it can bring a calming atmosphere to a bedroom or living room. Again, think of textures or patterns when it comes to wallpaper to prevent your space looking flat and like a child's bedroom like this design from Scandinavian Wallpaper.
If you’re not confident enough to make a definitive commitment to this year's colour trend, then perhaps introducing purple accessories and ornaments throughout the home is a subtle way of seeing if Ultra Violet suits your home. High street stores are even categorising their products by this colour like House of Fraser. We love these leather wine coaster set, along with napkins or even dinnerware, this striking colour can make a real talking point across the dinner table.
As you become more confident introducing violet into your home, go the extra mile and change up your cushions, throws and bed linen. Again, like furniture fabric, go with rich textures again to ensure this colour remains modern and eye-catching. Jewel tone cushions, in particular, can add much-needed personality to your home and at a reasonable price too.
Violets and purples are probably the last choices when it comes to the bathroom, but this colour can work incredibly well against white when used in a minimalistic way through floor and wall tiles, turning a very dull, clinical space into something with oodles of personality. Offset this design with indoor plants, and your bathroom is set for 2018.
Don't forget you can show us how you use Ultra Violet in your home by tagging your Instagram posts with #myspaceshack.
Love Omar x