Ul­tra Vi­o­let, right!

With the colour pur­ple set to rule,

Rochdale Observer - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

GABRIELLE FA­GAN asks three decor ex­perts how to make best use of this dar­ing shade

Surely one of the grand­est hues on the colour wheel, with its as­so­ci­a­tions with roy­alty, wiz­ardry and lux­ury, pur­ple is the hot shade for 2018.

Ever since colour gu­rus Pan­tone an­nounced Ul­tra Vi­o­let – their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the shade made from a com­bi­na­tion of blue and red tones – as their new Colour of the Year, there’s been a vir­tual avalanche of home­ware and ac­ces­sories in plummy shades.

This pow­er­ful colour is def­i­nitely not for faint-hearted decoris­tas, or those who think dar­ing is mov­ing from white to a pale shade of grey.

Even Leatrice Eise­man, Pan­tone’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, de­scribes Ul­tra Vi­o­let as a “dra­mat­i­cally provoca­tive and thought­ful pur­ple shade”.

But used clev­erly, it can look pretty as well as punchy – you just need to get the dose right!

Here, three decor ex­perts re­veal how to en­joy a full-blown pur­ple pas­sion, ‘flirt’ with quirky pur­ple ac­cents, or ‘dou­ble date’ by blend­ing blue and pur­ple...


“Ul­tra Vi­o­let has al­ready sent shock waves through the in­te­rior de­sign fra­ter­nity,” says So­phie Robin­son, in­te­rior de­signer and for­mer judge on BBC’s The Great In­te­rior De­sign Chal­lenge, whose liv­ing room re­flects her en­thu­si­asm for pur­ple.

“It’s a real Mar­mite colour, peo­ple ei­ther love it or hate it, but I’m a pur­ple lover. I adore its in­ten­sity and vi­brancy. It’s a re­ally up­lift­ing, feel-good colour and I can’t wait to see it pop­ping up in the best dressed in­te­ri­ors.

“My ad­vice,” So­phie adds, “leave be­hind all thoughts of Cad­bury Cream Eggs, Bar­ney the Di­nosaur and Lau­rence Llewe­lyn-Bowen in all his pur­ple vel­vet suited glory, and em­brace the new power of pur­ple.

“Don’t be tempted to sim­ply paint a fea­ture wall in Ul­tra Vi­o­let and leave it at that.

“In­stead, keep walls neu­tral and let soft fur­nish­ings do the work for you.

“If you’re us­ing flo­rals, mix them with geo­met­rics for a more in­ter­est­ing look and do some­thing un­ex­pected.

“For me, a pop of neon colour for a cush­ion and can­dles lifted my liv­ing room scheme.

“The great thing about Ul­tra Vi­o­let is that it can hold its own with a di­verse range of colours.

“It can act as a dark foil for acid brights, a cool part­ner for hot hues, and a safe an­chor for del­i­cate pas­tels.”


“This ex­cit­ing choice for Colour of the Year works bril­liantly in many dif­fer­ent ways, for all dif­fer­ent in­te­rior schemes,” en­thuses Brian Woulfe, founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, De­signed By Woulfe.

“If you’re brave, go hard on block colours and mix this vi­brant hue with other vis­ceral and stim­u­lat­ing colours in your home in a Mon­drian style. This will give your space a stylish edge be­cause this is a heady cock­tail of punk­ish re­bel­lion and re­gal op­u­lence.

“Al­ter­na­tively, in­tox­i­cat­ing pur­ple sits won­der­fully with the pop­u­lar grey, earthy tones which have dom­i­nated the in­te­ri­ors scene for so long. “Along­side greys and ochre, pur­ple tones are soft­ened and can be seam­lessly in­te­grated to a pre-ex­ist­ing scheme,” Brian con­tin­ues.

“Another great way to in­tro­duce a softer ver­sion of Ul­tra Vi­o­let is to opt for cash­mere or wool soft fur­nish­ings in this punchy tone, or use the shade for silk or satin pip­ing for an on-trend trim for cush­ions, cur­tains or arm­chairs.”


“Pur­ple’s long been as­so­ci­ated with spir­i­tu­al­ity, mys­tery and con­tem­pla­tion, and Ul­tra Vi­o­let is no ex­cep­tion,” says Han­nah Thistleth­waite, tex­tiles buyer, Heal’s.

“In­spired by the night sky, it’s full of pos­si­bil­i­ties. Pair­ing Ul­tra Vi­o­let with serene shades of blue could have an ethe­real ef­fect. For a lux­u­ri­ous take on the trend, I’d rec­om­mend so­fas and arm­chairs in inky navy or mid­night black, with amethyst cush­ions and throws to pro­vide sub­tle pops of colour from the same pal­ette,” Han­nah adds.

“Fi­nally, add a pen­dant light or a ta­ble lamp in soft cop­per to catch the light and add bright­ness to the over­all look. So, while the psy­che­delic hue is cer­tainly a state­ment, be bold, and you’ll reap the ben­e­fits of a space that is al­to­gether other-worldly.”

Lu­nar black glass din­ing ta­ble with four Pica chairs (also avail­able in pur­ple), re­duced to £199.99 from £299.99, Fur­ni­ture Choice (fur­ni­ture choice.co.uk)

Three pho­to­graphic ‘Vi­o­let’ prints, £58 each, Pix­ers (pix­ers.uk)

Pur­ple FTT-019 paint from the Film, Television & The­atre Col­lec­tion, from £27 per litre in a wood & metal matt, gloss or eggshell fin­ish, My­lands Paint (my­lands.com)

De­signer So­phie Robin­son in her liv­ing room. Win­dows dressed with So­rana vi­o­let cur­tain fab­ric from the Indigo Gar­den col­lec­tion, from £180, Hil­larys (hil­larys.co.uk)

Essence vel­vet cush­ion in Re­gal Pur­ple & Moss, £34, The French Bed­room Com­pany (frenchbed­room­com­pany.co.uk)

Mar­ble vel­vet cush­ion, £95, Heal’s (heals.com)

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