It’s that time again! The new colors of the year have arrived. This time, we're going to look at Pantone Color of the Year 2018: ultra violet!

Hello again, lovely readers! Can you believe it’s that time again? Pantone has released their newest color of the year and can I just say that I am in LOVE with this color! I can’t wait to see how it works out in the home decor world. I am also looking into the paint color of the year from other companies so I can really start to plan some fun decor posts! In the meantime, we have this gorgeous purple here called Ultra Violet. It’s vibrant, but not too bright, and bold as heck. I have many ideas on how you can use this paint color in your home, so let’s check it out.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Tools for Designers Home Decor

As always, Pantone gives us a set of swatches of the colors they recommend pairing with their color of the year. I love these designer paint swatch sets and kind of want one in my life. You can tone ultra violet down with blues, deep grays, and purples, or brighten it up with bold greens, oranges, and pinks. Really, I don’t think there is a wrong way to use this color, but I’m going to stick with some more subtle ideas today.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Bunk Beds Wall Art Interior Design

Okay, I said ‘more’ subtle, but come on this room is awesome. It would be perfect for a kid’s room or, dare I say, even my room. I love the idea of an ombré wall. It really plays off of the blue/purple tone of ultra violet. Gray is an A+ choice to add with this bold shade, and can I just say that whoever thought to add the black and white chevron curtains had the right idea. This room is fun and bright, and definitely has a lot of personality.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Purple Walls Wall Art Couch Armchair Bookshelves Interior Design

Even though this choice is pretty bold, it’s not overwhelming. At least, I don’t think so, but purple is one of my favorite colors, and I may be a bit biased. I love the idea of toning down the brightness by adding blues and deeper purples. Is that maybe Benjamin Moore’s Shadow from last year I see in there? I bet those two would make a killer combination! I am totally seeing ultra violet as a bold and fantastic accent wall, like it is here.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Living Room Purple Velvet Couch Chandelier Flowers Pink Curtains

Here’s some subtlety for you. I love the idea of adding the color of the year into your decor in an easy way. How about a couch? Or a chair? Maybe even just the cushions? You can totally add some vibrancy into your home by bringing even the smallest bit of this color into your rooms. Because this color is so bright, it will always make a statement. I think an ultra violet couch or even chaise lounge in a neutral living room (maybe in grays or creams) would be a fantastic color scheme! Add in touches of pastel pink too, because let’s be honest, this space here looks pretty cool!

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Living Room Area Rug Marble Fireplace Tall Flowers White Couch

Another great way to add this color in would be an even smaller piece you can change out. This rug is pretty fun, and I love how there are other colors within this space that make the ultra violet pop. I told you oranges and pinks would totally work, especially in smaller doses like this. Gray and white are the perfect backdrop for these bold and bright colors. Don’t want the rug? Try cushions, ottomans, or even lamps or artwork instead. There’s bound to be some way you can bring this shade into your current decor with minimal effort!

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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Kitchen Wine Glasses Pantry Cactus Artwork Sculptures

Maybe you like to be subtle with your decor and you’re itching for a good project. This cabinet may be the thing for you! I absolutely love how this cabinet looks unassuming from the outside, and you open it to get a dish and bam your eyes are full of this gorgeous purple shade. Honestly I think this is one of my favorite ways to incorporate a new color into your home. You don’t have to change anything else anywhere. Just a few coats of paint inside a cabinet, or dresser even, and every time you open it you are welcomed by this vibrant and pretty shade. I think this would be fun even on a gray or black cabinet or dresser. I may look into painting the sides of my dresser drawers in ultra violet.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Curtains Drapes Hanging Lamp Bazaar Cushion Bench

One of the best things about this color is that it’s totally perfect for Moroccan or bohemian decor. Look at all the gorgeous textiles, and how ultra violet elevates the rest of the colors. I would totally love to add stuff like this into a bedroom and make it a textile wonderland. Drapes, curtains, textile wall hangings, and even runners across dressers in ultra violet and shades of blue, pink, and purple in various patterns would look absolutely fantastic.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet Amethyst Crystals Succulents Hand Sculptures

Not into changing your decor that much? Well, conveniently ultra violet is also the shade of amethyst gemstones! Instead of incorporating this shade in textiles or paint, take the opportunity to go out and buy the gemstone decor of your dreams and add it to your home. Really, stones like this would go with any decor, especially if you have indoor plants or succulents around! I love the way this set-up here looks. I may pull out some of my amethyst chunks and place them around some of my indoor potted plants to mimic this. Plus, it’s another great example of boho decor, and I did say this shade lends itself to boho style!

And that’s a wrap! What do you think of Pantone’s Color of the Year? I think this shade will bring about some awesome styles this year, like more boho and even sleek jewel tone decor. What is your favorite style for this color? Let me know in the comments below, and share this post with your decor lovers! Stay creative, my friends.

**Featured image via Pantone