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Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

From lavender to plum I am smitten with purple and am thrilled to see Pantone’s 2018 color of the year pick:

18-3838 Ultra Violet

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.  Purple has also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.   Ultra Violet has a mystical, spiritual quality attached to it as it is often associated with mindfulness practices such as meditation.

photo by Chris Ensey

In today’s interiors, purple is a surprisingly versatile hue.  It can be read as either warm or cool depending on the formula of red and blue.


Build a room around an area rug in shades of purple.


A statement maker: ultraviolet crystal chandelier

Bella Vetro

Declare a party with a an elegant purple table top

photo by Sofy43

Accents are an easy way to incorporate the Color of the Year into your home

Curated Kravet

Of course, if you use ultra violet the dog be will need to coordinate…

Mr. H says: A garden in purple is always in bloom-Enjoy!

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Design School: Color Purple

No not the movie-but the gorgeous color you get when you mix stimulative red and calming blue together.  Purple has royal and spiritual qualities and is usually liked by eccentric and creative people. Young girls often name it their favorite color.  Rarely found in nature, purple seems both exotic and artificial.

A purple accent wall allows you to use the color in moderation

Purple accent wall J. Rhodes Interior Design

Purple walls provide a relaxing space to work

Photo by Jason Jones Photography 

Lavender, eggplant, plum.  Purple may seem a bit schizophrenic with so many design monikers.  Color that work with purple are grey, red and gold.

Photo by studiovert design 

Lamps, pillows, and accessories can add a lively touch of purple to any room



Mr. H says: It would make God mad if you walked by a field of purple flowers and didn’t notice it-Enjoy!