Decorating with Pantone Color of the Year

Violet Chair for Inspiration
Allison Z of Rockwood

As a Rockwood designer, I am thinking about Pantone’s new color of the year and how to use it! A color of the year can provide a meaning, message, or direction for the world of trends and design. It’s a snapshot of what’s going on in the world for one year.

This year’s color is PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Pantone goes on to describe Ultra Violet as:

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 night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art, or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take center stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to use this color in a client’s dining room window treatment. Being a trendsetter this client had some existing upholstered dining room chairs in a lighter shade of purple from Z Gallerie and wanted to use them as inspiration for the rest of the room and use purple as an accent color to complement their grey and white walls and trim.

They already knew they wanted modern looking roller shades. Hunter Douglas has the largest selection of roller shade and screen shade fabrics and several different purple options.

Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades


We looked at all our choices and used the Hunter Douglas app  “The Art of Window Dressing” feature called “Dress a Window” to see what each fabric would look like in their window. Here are a few of the customer’s top choices.

They ended up choosing a Hunter Douglas Designer Roller shade with fabric Alexander in Aubergine.

I couldn’t be more excited about this look.

I hope this inspires you to use Ultraviolet in your décor.


Allison has been a Rockwood Design Consultant for four years. She studied design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has a love for architecture, interior design, mid-century modern furniture, and professional organizing.

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