How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year Into Your Aesthetic

minimalist living room
credit: Nexus Designs

If you've been following Pantone's color picks in recent years, then you already know that they have a history of choosing some bold, surprising hues for their Color of the Year. Last year's winner, a vibrant, granny-smith-apple green, sent trend enthusiasts into a tizzy about how to incorporate the unconventional color, and this year is no different. Pantone continues to keep us on our toes in 2018, choosing a similarly bold hue, aptly named Ultra Violet. At first thought, integrating such a statement color into your home might seem overwhelming, if not impossible. But it's actually a lot easier than you might think. The following ideas will show you how to incorporate this jewel-tone hue into virtually any space with high-style and sophistication.

1. You can never go wrong with fresh blooms.

purple fresh flowers in bedroom
credit: Nina Struve

If you're feeling a little skeptical of this year's Color of the Year, try incorporating it in a less permanent way. Fresh flowers are an easy way to add the violet hue without having to commit to any big design transformations. So run out to your local florist, or nursery, and grab a bundle of intoxicating lavender or a pot of lovely hyacinths.

2. You'll be sitting pretty with some purple upholstery.

Purple tufted ottoman used as coffee table
credit: Nexus Designs

Poufs and seat cushions are not only stellar for setting an inviting tone, but they're also great for playing with different textures and bold hues without overwhelming a design. Especially if that design is dominated by a neutral gray color palette like this one.

3. Invest in an inspiring piece of artwork.

If purple furniture is not really your thing, then consider a dreamy piece of artwork like this Alexander Jowett print from Saatchi Limited ( $155 ), which is actually straight from their collaboration with Pantone. It'll bring all of the benefits of this color trend to your home in an artistically moving way.

4. Gold and purple make a glamorous duo.

Tufted velvet purple chair in room with white color palette and brass accents
credit: Homepolish

If you have a glamorous sense of style, then this idea was made for you. Try a purple accent — like a plush area rug or a luxurious side chair — and mix it with gilded mirrors, mohair pillows, and marble details for a vibe that is definitely lavish.

5. Pair with farmhouse chic aesthetics for a picture perfect combo.

Raw wood kitchen table surrounded by bright purple metal dining chairs
credit: Greige Design

If you have any metal chairs that could use a makeover, consider giving them a fresh coat of paint. Pops of color might seem misplaced in industrial or farmhouse rooms, but this picture perfect scene is proof that it works.

6. Play hide and seek with your new favorite color.

White cabinet with purple painted interior
credit: Home Adore

If you prefer to take a quieter approach, then you can't go wrong with this idea. Give your favorite cabinet or closet the purple treatment by adding a secret splash of color to the interior.

7. Make a bold statement with wallpaper.

Wallpaper is a great way to make a bold statement, so why not make it in Ultra Violet? And if you're still a little nervous about the purple hue, limit your experimentation to a smaller space like a powder room.

8. Heat things up with jewel-tone cookware.

Le Creuset cookware
credit: Amazon

Just in the nick of time! The dreamy French brand Le Creuset has released a new collection of cookware decked out in the trendy purple hue, and it's already heating things up. Consider embracing the Color of the Year in style as you showcase your culinary wizardry.

9. Purple bedding is what dreams are made of.

purple bedding in bedroom
credit: Nina Struve

Give your bed a berry-hued makeover with a new and luxurious bedding set. You'll be amazed at how different your boudoir looks and feels after you change up your duvet cover and pillow shams. Sweet dreams!

10. Make purple the unexpected accent in a minimalist design.

minimalist living room
credit: Nexus Designs

Bold colors have a knack for increasing our energy levels, so they're the perfect addition to any home, especially one that relies on a minimalist aesthetic.


Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric pu... more