So this is Pantone colour for 2018!

‘A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.’

What do you think? I personally love this rich and mysterious colour and particularly appreciate how adaptable it is. It works with muted tones in a vintage setting, looks great as a bold pop of colour with contemporary styles, is fabulous when used in geometric patterns and can be utilised in dark moody interiors as well as in fresh light rooms.

I decided to strip out the blush accessories in our living room in favour of this colour and not only was it really easy but I love how impactful it is too.

Here is our living room before:

You’ll see there’s only a subtle change but rather than playing on the warm tones of my neutral palette, the purple brings out the cooler tones and adds a different dimension to it.

I’ve discovered that I have Transitional Style (read more here) so keeping the palette of my home neutral and adding colour into the accessories is definitely more up my street. It also allows more flexibility when I want to introduce new colours and textures as the seasons and my moods change, without breaking the bank. I have cushions similar to the Bloom cushion from Graham & Brown, which inspired me to bring a pop of purple into my living room through the cushions, candles and flowers. It was as simple as that! No paint or new furniture required.

I simply added a plain purple velvet cushion to the centre and broke up the tones with a couple of gorgeous

Dalmatian print cushions (this print is my current obsession and will share pics of it in our bathroom soon. I’d have it in every room if I could!).

There’s a great selection of purple cushions here and you can get Dalmatian print cushions here and here.

I bought my artificial peonies from here and cut each stem away from the bouquet and discarded the green foliage. I already had the mirrored vase, but these beautiful hydrangea from Not on the High Street include the vase too:

I found the candle in Homsense and it came in a gorgeous box with the same colour label so I placed it on the shelf below the mirrors to continue the theme.

I also switch my display of books around and chose covers that picked up the new colour theme. Zero cost!

Here is a round up of some more beautiful perfectly purple accessories that would easily introduce the on-trend colour of 2018 into your home:

1. Bloom cushion // 2. Pair tumblers // 3. Geometric rug // 4. Spa candle //

5. Sheepskin cushion

If you really want to be bold, add purple to your walls as shown here by Graham and Brown, then mix in some textures and wood to soften the look:

If that’s one step too far, keep the rest of your palette neutral and simply add a few pops of the colour into your furniture or soft furnishings:

This bedding would easily change up the mood of a bedroom:

If you’re after a more subtle touch in the bedroom or if florals aren’t your thing, I completely and utterly adore the simple stripe on this crisp white linen:

If you don’t want to commit to such a large spend you could simply purchase the pillowcases and a purple blanket then add to plain white bedding.

My Pinterest board has oodles more ‘Ultra Violet’ decor examples if you’re taken with the colour of 2018:


Please tag @ohsokel and use #OSKinspired on Instagram if you create something after seeing this post. I’d love to see the results!

Until next time,

OSK xx

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