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Achieving “Ultra Violet” in your workplace. Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018.

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

At the end of each year, Pantone Colour Institute, announce the ‘Colour of the Year’ - their forecast for a shade that will be favoured throughout the following year. After researching design, film, food, fashion, art and entertainment as well as travel, sports and technology, Pantone have announced that 2018’s Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet.


This announcement got us thinking, how can we incorporate this colour concept into what we do? So here’s our suggestions on what you can do to bring Ultra Violet into your workplace.

Create colour palettes

There’s a wide variety of tools available online to help create colour palettes. You can create your own selection of preferred tones which you can then use as a guide for styling. If you’re struggling to pair colours and find something you like, there’s often a wide selection of palettes made by others.

Try the Adobe palette creator here:


Once you’ve worked out the colours you’d like to incorporate into your environment, you can start planning how and where to use the colour. As it’s such a bold colour it needs to be approached with a little caution!

Create an Ultra Violet accent

A wall colour or single statement furniture item is an easy way to incorporate Ultra Violet. To ensure the accent stands out, keep the rest of the room neutral. Grey tones and wooden elements will pair well while also adding warmth to the room.


Gilbert Sofa by Sixteen3 - part of our recent installation at Connaught Halls, University of Southampton


The products we supply can be upholstered in a wide variety of fabrics and finishes. There’s many to choose from, so we’ve put together a selection of fabrics and finishes to help you achieve Ultra Violet - whether that's with the colour of the laminate top of bench desking or the fabric for a statement armchair.

  1. Abstracta - Airflake
  2. Kvadrat Coda 2 - 232
  3. Camira Synergy - Fellowship
  4. Camira Syngery - Together
  5. Camira Synergy - Warmth
  6. James Burleigh - ABET
  7. Frovi - Sawn Wood
  8. Frovi – Natural Wood
  9. Imperial – Mocha
  10. Imperial – Grey
  11. Patternistas – Highland Chorus
  12. Camira Blazer Lite - Faith
  13. Frovi - Laminate

A close match to Ultra Violet:

  • Camira Hemp - Heath/Hedgerow
  • Camira Blazer - Exeter
  • Camira Synergy – Warmth/Together/Fellowship
  • Frovi – Lilac
  • KI – Mardi Gras / Sugar Plum
  • Abet (James Burleigh) – Viola Madras
  • Gabriel Europost 2 – 64045/65069/65071/65070
  • Kvadrat Canvas – 684
  • Kvadrat Colline – 668
  • Kvadrat Davina MD – 683

Pair with:

  • Camira Craggan – Fell
  • Camira Synergy - Partner/Chemistry
  • Camira Blazer - Nottingham
  • Camira Hebden - Hawes
  • Kvadrat Coda 2 – 232
  • Gabriel Europost 2 – 61108
  • Imperial - Mocha/Grey
  • Frovi - Weathered Oak/Natural Oak
  • Camira Hemp - Root
  • Abet (James Burleigh) - Fossil/Folkstone
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King - Diving Kingfisher pattern by Patternistas

If Pantone’s Ultra Violet is too much for you, Dulux’s Colour of the Year, Heartwood, a soft taupe/pink colour could be more your thing. If you’re a fan of the Scandinavian concept of Hygge, this colour could help you create a cosy, calm and warming environment.


With both influential colour specialists predicting a pinky-purple hue, its almost certain that we’re going to see more and more of it popping up over the coming year, filtering down through the creative industries.

If you’re interested in incorporating it into your next environment, our online product configurator tool can help or if you’re looking for fabric options, pop into our Showroom and have a look through our extensive swatches library.