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10 ways to decorate with ‘Ultra Violet,’ Pantone’s Color of the Year

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From textiles and rugs to entire walls

Today, Pantone announced its selection for the 2018 Color of the Year: “Ultra Violet,” a blue-based purple shade that’s supposed to evoke “mindfulness, spirituality, creativity, experimentation, and non-conformity.”

Whatever you think of that assessment, get ready for a deluge of purply items from home decor to fashion and beyond—either developed just for this Pantone announcement or will now be marketed as such. But it’s not like Pantone invented the color.

Call it purple or violet, this eye-catching hue existing somewhere red or blue isn’t the easiest to work with around the home. But a little goes a long way, and the result can be oh so sumptuous. Below, check out some of the fabulous ways this color has been deployed in homes featured in our House Calls home tour series so far, from subtle touches to serious statements.

A black and white photo hangs over a bed with white linens.
Blue and red blend to “ultra violet” effect on the bed in interior designer Tim Campbell’s NYC apartment.
Gieves Anderson
Designer Alicia Cheung’s San Francisco home offers another example of violet in bedding.
Carlos Chavarría
There’s some lovely and very subtle purple coordination going on between the rug and wall art in this 500-square-foot Harlem apartment.
Winnie Au
The living room has a concrete floor with several colorful, patterned rugs.
The patterned rug in this Joshua Tree midcentury home adds cozy textures and vibrant (violet!) colors to cool concrete floors.
Liz Kuball
The delightful purple accent in this L.A. midcentury home comes from a vintage jukebox given pride of place in the kitchen.
Laure Joliet
How’s that for a statement sofa? Tour the rest of this classic Philadelphia row house here.
Heidi's Bridge
Speaking of statement purply seating, this ranch house, belonging to John and Linda Meyers of soap and candle company Wary Meyers, really goes for it.
Tony Luong
The blue-purple tones of this guest room were inspired by the tiles and lighting in the bathroom of the Nashville Tudor bungalow shown in the lead photo.
Gieves Anderson
Last but certainly not least, the ceiling’s the limit for violet love, as demonstrated by this colorful artist commune in Chicago.