Sweet Violet

By January 2, 2018Features-Manchester
FC ultra violet wall

Ultra violet has been named as Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018. So JLife turned to an interior design expert to find out how best to bring the bold shade of purple into your home.

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 has been announced as ultra violet or, to be exact, Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet.
The expert colour printing and matching company made the decision to highlight ultra violet, a deep purple hue, and stated on its website: “Complex and contemplative, ultra violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.”

Having linked pop music icons such as Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix to its chosen shade and conjured up imagery of galaxies and dark, starry nights, Pantone has selected a rich, bold colour that will be tough to ignore. But, how do you integrate such a punchy pick into your home colour scheme?

Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at Furniture Choice, a leading furniture retailer, told JLife: “At first glance this shade can feel overwhelming and perhaps a little challenging to match, but adding a splash into an otherwise neutral space allows the colour to shine without taking over. Team ultra violet coloured chairs with a white high gloss table, for a very modern feel.

“If you’re feeling bold and decide to opt for ultra violet as a feature on your wall, it’s a good idea not to introduce too many other colours. Instead, accessorise with monochrome hues in black, white and grey for a look that packs a style punch.”

Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor

Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor

Running with Violet
Where should you start when trying to integrate ultra violet and strong purples into your home? JLife recommends a selection of accessories and products close to the shade of Pantone’s chosen colour of 2018, to provide a little inspiration…

Take a Seat
Perth Purple dining chairs from Furniture Choice provide a stylish example of how to include the colour of the moment in your kitchen or dining room. The sleek, deep purple seats, which come in a range of styles, catch the eye without dominating the room, and provide a perfect contrast for neutral backgrounds.
From £69.99 per chair.

FC ultra violet chairs (2)

Throw Caution to the Wind
Annabel James, a luxury gift retailer, also offers an on-trend option with its purple alpaca throw. Ideal for accessorising neutral sofas and beds, or just to wrap up with in an armchair, the vibrant throw is crafted by Bronte by Moon, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of woollen blankets and fine wools.

Alpaca Throw 149.95 annabeljames.co.uk 2 (2)

Paint a Picture
If it’s a feature wall you’re thinking of, Sandtex, a leading masonry paints brand, already has a paint option on the market that’s uncannily close to Pantone’s pick. Purple Frenzy has a smooth matt finish, and the paint’s microseal technology makes surfaces durable, dirt resistant and waterproof – all of which means it’s great for gardens and outdoor spaces.
From £17.99 for 750ml.

Sandtex Purple Frenzy hi res

In the Tub
Adding en vogue ultra violet to your home doesn’t have to end with the bedroom, lounge and kitchen. To give your bathroom a splash of character too, why not update your washroom with a luxurious centrepiece? The Albion Bath Company’s Victorian-inspired Solus Freestanding Bath can be ordered in a variety of colours, including this almost regal aubergine purple.
From £1,407.

Solus Bath Purple