Color of the Year Series Part 5: Ultra Violet by Pantone


Ultra Violet by Pantone (18-3838)

"Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.  A dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.  Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.  The vast and limitless sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own"

*Source: Pantone, LLC


Color Theory

Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

Purple is associated spirituality, the sacred, higher self, passion, third eye, fulfillment, and vitality. Purple helps align oneself with the whole of the universe. Different shades, tints, and hues of purple have different meanings. Light purple hues represent feminine energy and delicacy, as well as romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty.

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How To Use Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet is a color that demands attention.  The space, intensity, and quantity with which you choose to use it will determine just how much.


Ultra Violet Main Wall Color

*Source: Birmingham Home and Garden

The strength of Ultra Violet does well balanced with light bright textiles and furnishings, rendering this gutsy shade surprisingly livable.


Ultra Violet Accent Wall Color

*Source: House and Home

As an accent wall color, Ultra Violet works particularly well in the bedroom, providing a deep enveloping backdrop against which to relax.

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Ultra Violet Front Door Color

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Ultra Violet is an eclectic choice for a front door that offers the boldness of red, paired with the steady influence of blue, and strengthened with the depth of black.

Final Thoughts...

Ultra Violet is not a choice for the faint of heart.  It commands attention, invites opinion, and stands out in a way that is not soon forgotten

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