Cosmic and dramatic, meet Pantone’s color of the year, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet.


With its bold blue-base tone, this vivid shade of purple emits a complex feeling of the cosmos. Purples have always had a mystical element to them, but they have also been emblematic for artistry, individuality and brilliance. It is near impossible to think of Ultra Violet and not be reminded of the musical icon Prince, who has his own official Pantone purple named after him. The High Priest of Pop, Prince broke societal boundaries through his shocking lyrics and unapologetic refusal to be anyone besides himself, all the while playing an Ultra Violet guitar and wearing purple head to toe. His manifestation of Ultra Violet reveals how this daring color spurs individuals to discover their own uniqueness and inspire them to never stop pushing forward.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet inspiration


This bold and emotional shade of purple embodies the deep feelings of individuality, but also epitomizes questions regarding what comes next. Similar to the galaxy, Ultra Violet’s connection to the future and the unknown is undeniable. “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,”explains Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Its dreamy and daring shade makes one fill with longing for both answers and desire. Ultra Violet is the color of dreamers, doers, and thinkers.

We hope you’re as thrilled as we are about the adventure of incorporating Ultra Violet into your home decor. With these dazzling interior inspirations, you’ll be floating in purple heaven, right next to Prince himself.

Ultra Violet purples - eclectic living room with lots of texture and pattern

Source: Elle Decor

Bright and bold, this ultra violet living room proves you can never have too much purple. By incorporating different textures and patterns, this dazzling room doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the daring hue.

Ultra Violet purple adds dramatic wainscoting to a dining room

Source: Domino

Demure but still bold, this dining room reveals ultra violet’s versatility. With white and cream accents, this bold purple wall isn’t overbearing or demanding; instead it adds a whimsical and regal feel to the room.

Ultra Violet couch in swanky modern living room

Source: W Magazine

Ultra Violet and Scandinavian design go hand-in-hand in this charming family room. The purple chair adds a sense of eclecticism without dominating the charming feel of the room.


 Looking to just add a touch of Ultra Violet? These wallpapers have it as a punchy accent color.

Source: Elle Decor

Even though one might think it is too bold of a color to go with other bright hues, this ultra violet coach pairs seamlessly with the vibrant yellow pillows and funky throw.



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    January 8, 2018

    Awesome article!

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    Sean Mahan

    January 9, 2018

    I love the post! The color looks lovely, and I think it can look good in basically any room of the house.

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      January 10, 2018

      Thank you Sean! We agree, we can’t be more excited about this color!