You’ll be seeing a lot of purple everywhere next year. Global color authority Pantone just announced its 2018 Color of the Year Pantone 18-3838, also known as Ultra Violet. The color is not just a trending hue, but according to Pantone, it also “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”
The color experts cite innovative music legends Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix as using the color to express individuality. The color also has a spiritual connotation—purple-toned lighting is often used in meditation spaces. While 2017’s color, Greenery, was all about hope and renewal, this year’s hue has a similar optimistic, yet mystic message.
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“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,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Eiseman said the hue suggests the mysteries of the cosmos as well as the intrigue of the future. Its evocation of the night also symbolizes what is possible beyond our own world.
1. Velvet Tufted Storage Settee Bench
This striking and glamorous piece will look good wherever you place it—whether it’s at the foot of your bed or in your entryway. It doesn’t hurt that the velvet material is a trend of the moment, too.
HomePop | $150
2. Evanie Dessert Plate
You’ll want to put almost too-pretty-to-eat desserts on these equally gorgeous plates. The floral design is inspired by ornate vintage barware. Pair it with your existing solid-colored dinnerware for a striking contrast.
Anthropologie | $16
3. LSA Flower Color Bud Vase
Pour some color into your home with a beautiful arrangement in this purple glass vase. Just add flowers for an instantly incredible hostess gift.
LSA | $25
4. Signature Petite Cocotte
If you’re already a Le Creuset fan, this mini vessel will be the perfect complement to your existing pieces. Collect a set and serve individual servings of soup, casseroles, or desserts.
Le Creuset | $20
5. Agate Coaster Set
These beautiful natural coasters protect your surfaces with style. Plus, each one is different, so everyone can effortlessly keep tabs on his or her drink.
Lulu & Georgia | $45
6. Izmir Purple Apothecary Table Lamp
Lighting can really change the look of a room. Swap out an outdated lamp for this glass table lamp with its interesting, unique base.
Lamps Plus | $100
7. “Neva” Decorative Pillow
If you’re not sold on going full-out purple with your decor, opt for this pillow. Its ombré accent is a subtle way to take part in the trend.
Villa Home Collection | $59