When Pantone announced their colour of the year as Ultraviolet, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek Instagram post about where I have this colour incorporated in my home and categorically stated that I wouldn’t be writing a post about this colour, because do posts about colour really matter? I mean, if you love a colour, you’ll already be rocking it, right? Would a post about a particular colour convince you to embrace it, when you already know what colours you prefer in your home?
Pantone’s 2018 colour of the year is ultraviolet (violet / purple) so I’ve been looking around my home to see where I have incorporated it. There! See it? If you look really reeeeally closely at the #Liberty fabric of my bolster cushion, you’ll see it definitely has a bit of purple 😀. . If you are a blog reader, you can expect to see a lot of “how to decorate with ultraviolet” type of posts being published in the next few days, but I won’t be writing one. Because, who cares? If you love it, you’ll already be rocking it (like @amotherdesigner, @empemma and my 3 year old – see my stories for that last one). . #pantone2018 #ultraviolet #OrJustViolet #OrJustPurple
But then I saw a lot of distaste being expressed for the colour, which has really surprised me. As a colour lover, I really think that there are no bad colours (except landlord-magnolia 😝), only bad colour combinations. Every colour can work, if you know how to make it work.
For people who love purple and would like to see ideas on how to make it work in their home, seeing posts slating the colour isn’t very helpful, hence me writing this post. 🙂
Purple is a mix of red (warm) and blue (cool), so the purple spectrum ranges from warm red-purples to cool blue-purples. Pantone’s Ultraviolet is a blue-purple (cooler side of the spectrum), but my personal preference is towards the warmer side of the spectrum (the kind of colours that are called magenta, plum, aubergine or violet). I think we can safely exercise a bit of creative freedom when choosing what kind of purple we want to go with. For example, 2017’s colour of the year was Greenery (which isn’t too dissimilar to lime green), but our walls didn’t turn lime green this year. We brought in that colour mostly through plants. Dark greens and softer muted greens continue to be favoured for walls, furniture and homewares. So with that in mind, I’ve gathered some stunning examples of interiors rocking the most regal of colour spectrums. Feast your eyes…
I used this image in my post about bold upholstery and I’m using it again because it is so relevant to this post. For colour lovers, this is such a swoonworthy combination of pale pink and deep purple in the home of Amelia Widell (founder of MeliMeli). It is bold, and it may not be what you’d have in your own home, but there’s no denying this room is absolutely gorgeous!
The same living room looks even more beautiful framed by the blue hallway. Blue, pink and purple is a lovely colour palette.
Instagrammer Anna (@amotherdesigner on Instagram) loves this colour and uses it so confidently and beautifully in her modern home.
Instagrammer Emma Robertson (@empemma) went with her heart when choosing her gorgeous violet sofa colour and she shows us how beautifully it works with greens. Trends come and go, but when you decorate your home with what you really love, it will always be beautiful.
I’m trying very hard not to look at the freaky macabre art here, but otherwise how gorgeous and regal does this purple tufted sofa look in this faded grandeur setting? Image: Deavita
The chairs here are very much a red-violet colour but that’s still a kind of purple so I’m including this image. I adore the eclectic travelled look of this room and the bold colour of the chairs takes this room well away from ordinary. Image: Humbert & Poyet
The colours and patterns in this cool loft family living room designed by Frampton Co make it a very inviting space. The purple border on the rug ties in really beautifully with the large pouffe.
This sophisticated eclectic living space designed by Frampton Co brings in purple accents through art and gorgeous flowers.
Isn’t this Parisian living room soooo beautiful? 😍 The purple in the art and vase is such a gorgeous accent with the dark blue and mustard. Image: Agence Véronique Cotrel
Bold art in hot pink and purple makes a cool impact in this home. Image: Ideal Home
Indian photography art bringing turquoise, purple and yellow into an interior.
The botanical pattern of this wallpaper in the hall connects the eye to the plants in the terrace and beyond, and the colours work beautifully with the cool greys in the adjoining living room. Image: Elle Decor
If you’re unsure about purple but want to try it out without significant outlay, home accessories (cushions, vases, little lamps etc), plants and flowers (real or faux) are a great non-committal way to enjoy and explore this colour in your home.
I love the dark purple lamp in this glamorous and otherwise neutral dressing room. Image: Ideal Home
Even a small touch of this strong colour can do so much to lift a simple space. Image: Wall Street Journal.
An all-white bathroom livened up with a beautiful bunch of purple flowers. Image: House Beautiful
A gorgeous, moody bar accessorised with gorgeous purple flowers. Image: House Beautiful
What do you think of purple now? Is it a colour you already have in your home or want to incorporate? Or does it still just make you think of Cadburys? 😄