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The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute, which is an organization that predicts color trends, has recently announced that their color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet, a shade of purple.


When I think of purple, I think of its historical assocations with royalty and power. Purple also has spiritual and celestial qualities and is often used in mindfulness practices.  Perhaps adding a little purple to our homes will make us calmer and more mindful!

Purple isn’t a color that I normally would choose in decorating my home, but I have found some examples of rooms that make wonderful use of purple.  In fact, I have discovered that purple can look beautiful with blue and white. I favor spaces that use purple as an accent color rather than the dominant color.

For today’s post, I have collected images of blue and white rooms that incorporate the 2018 color of the year (ultra violet) or other varieties of purple.

Designer Lee Ann Thornton did a masterful job adding purple accents to this Greenwich, Connecticut home, which is decorated largely in blue and white:

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Interior designer Ashley Whittaker introduces purple into blue and white spaces to beautiful effect:

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Ashley Whittaker Design
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Ashley Whittaker Design
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Ashley Whittaker Design

Although there is no blue and white in this purple living room that Whittaker designed, it is absolutely stunning:

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Ashley Whittaker Design

A room in the Manhattan apartment of designer Alex Papachristidis:

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via Pinterest

Purple flowers look great in these blue and white rooms by Mark D. Sikes:

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Mark D. Sikes

More from the purple palette of Mark D. Sikes:

Mark D. Sikes via House Beautiful
Mark D. Sikes via House Beautiful

A few other blue and white rooms with purple accents:

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Summer Thornton via Pinterest

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Here is a Christmas table that I did for a luncheon last year that featured purple with blue and white. You can read more about it here.


What do you think of the 2018 color of the year? Would you be willing to give it a try in your home?



16 thoughts on “The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

  1. i did a purple accent wall in my dining room like seven years ago! i loved it! especially with some sunflowers on the table. i am a big fan of purple; but i agree that it makes a better accent color.

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  2. It is a gorgeous color and it pairs beautifully with the pictures you have shown! I did a Pantone post for 2017 and will be doing one soon for 2018’s Ultra Violet as well.

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  3. You are quick! I’m still sitting around thinking, “oh yeah, they chose purple.” 🙂 I do love my purple-y blue hydrangeas in my blue and white chinoiserie all Summer long. Mollie loves lavender/purple and we pulled it out of Neo Toile as an accent color in her bathroom makeover a couple of years ago. I don’t think about using purple personally but I have had both of the mark Sikes images pinned for ages so I guess it catches my eye!

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    1. Marcie, I just love purple flowers in blue and white vases and purple hydrangeas are a favorite! I have never thought about using purple in my home decor, but after doing this post I am more favorably inclined to try adding a throw blanket or pillow and see what I think. Thanks so much for visiting today!


  4. Hi, Elizabeth! Great post, I love purple and for the first time I like Pantone’s choice!! 🙂 It’s a trickster color, not so easy to pull-off I think because it’s powerful and demands all the attention. Some rooms with lots of purple can look busy and overwhelming but I like what Alex Papachristidis did in his New York apartment. It’s bold and beautiful. All images are really good but my favorites are the ones that use purple as an accent, like Lee Ann Thornton and Mark Sikes did. Thanks for sharing this! xo, Eva

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