How To Use Ultra Violet, the Pantone® 2018 Color of the Year, In Your Bathroom

Each year, the Pantone® Color Institute – recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts — selects a color it thinks best represents the times we are living in. “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. And this year’s color, Ultra Violet, is turning out to be one of the most fashionable and on-trend colors.  

While this stunning blue-purple shade would be perfect for any room in your home, we see a lot of opportunity for experimentation in the bathroom. Since it is a rather bold and masterful hue, choosing to use it in your bathroom keeps the risks low; it’s not in one of your more public rooms, so you can play around a little bit.

According to the Pantone experts, “Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.” Evoking the “mysteries of the cosmos” might not be your first goal, but let’s have a look at how you can use this color in your bathroom.

In this bathroom, the designer chose to use the color judiciously, yet prominently, both on as the wall color and with accessories like towels and bathmats. Instead of painting every wall, the designer kept the color as just one accent wall, a popular technique when you just want a splash of color, and not to overwhelm the senses.

You can see how well the gray tiles complement the nuances of this smoky, cosmic shade. If you’re looking for that spa-like getaway in your home, Pantone has a great suggestion for a color palette to bring that dream to reality. This palette is called “Quietude”, and you can see why: it’s a subtle palette with natural and organic shades to inspire calm, quiet and hope. 

Even if you decide not to go a more permanent route of painting your bathroom, you can liven up almost any style with just a few carefully selected accessories. Most retailers have picked up on what is trending by now, so there are an abundance of stores carrying accessories in this color (like these, at Bed, Bath & Beyond!).

This year, you’ll see candles, shower curtains, bathmats, and decor in this color. Another easy thing you can do is by a small paint sample or a pint of paint and do any number of DIY crafts, such as painting a shelf or small boxes in a color similar to Ultra Violet. Sherwin Williams makes a suitable proximity called Wood Violet that could easily be used for either small craft projects or a larger bathroom painting project.

Have you used Ultra Violet in your home? Tell us, or better yet — send us some pics! We love to see how people are using on-trend colors in their home.


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