February 2018

The Top Five Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year in Your Interior Design Projects

By Candon Michelle Murphy


There is no doubt that every year, the defined ‘color of the year’ leaves a lasting impression on the design world and this year is no different with the recent unveiling of Ultra Violet.


It is widely known that Pantone’s color forecast is the industry leader, and for good reason. They repeatedly hit the nail on the head as they take into account political and societal factors in their research.

There is no doubt that every year, the defined ‘color of the year’ leaves a lasting impression on the design world and this year is no different with the recent unveiling of Ultra Violet. Some colors are more of a challenge than others when it comes to incorporating them into interior design. There is always the fine line of creating a space that feels timeless and can serve your client well for years to come, and giving them something that is exciting and on trend.

As a material specialist, I often suggest to designers how they can add colors they might not usually consider dropping into a space. Here are a few ways I suggest using Ultra Violet this year:

A Subtle Stripe

  • The easiest way to bring a saturated color into a space is with a gentle accent to activate. For those of us living in Seattle, we are heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest style with its strong, warm neutrals that surround us. This year, we have the opportunity to liven up our usual palettes with a pinstripe in a plaid or strategically placed piping on a chair.
  • This will add visual interest in a neutral palette without being so apparent that is assaulting to the eye because it is so subtly saturated.
  • Your clients may not even immediately notice it…it will be the perfect ‘je ne sais quoi.’

  The Perfect Pop

  • Speak with your client about investing in an accent chair or two, they will thank you later. Ultra Violet is a really perfect blend of red and blue, which allows it to live harmoniously with almost every hue on the spectrum. You do not have to worry about this clashing with your client’s brand colors or becoming a quickly-dated eyesore in the space.
  • With this color, you can make this technique work equally effectively for a bank, a restaurant or a funky retail space. With the right pairings, it can almost act as a neutral…just like your favorite denim.

Add to Your ‘Maximalism’

  • The Maximalism trend is not going anywhere so let’s embrace it! Forecasts predict an onslaught of saturated color is coming quickly and Ultra Violet is a great compliment to your soft Millennial Pink, luxurious Deep Turquoise or energetic Mustard.
  • Maximalism would say, “Better yet, do them all.”

Tone it Down

  • You don’t need to go full ‘Ultra’ with this color – consider using current fashion trends as inspiration and latch onto the beautiful lavender currently dominating award season. This is a perfect segue from the expansive popularity of Blush and a natural next step.

Embrace the Luxury

  • Traditionally, purples have been the color of royalty and riches and this color is the perfect way to bring an updated feeling of decadence into a room. It will feel more refined and less feminine than your standard purple and that is appealing across many sectors of design.
  • And hey, if the queen loves it, we should too!

I hope everyone can find creative ways to implement Pantone’s color of year in their designs as it is a bold color meant to inspire inventiveness and imagination. Happy designing!


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