Blog 19: What’s your 2018 Colour of the Year?!?

“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky


Well, we have been officially told what the two main colour’s of 2018 are. It’s like being back at school again. The teacher walks in and says “these are the two things you are going to learn about next year” – you have no choice.

However, we as interior design lovers eventually grow to love these colours (or do we?) and become so amazed by them – but I am not a fan of one of these for 2018.

Shall I tell you what they are?


Ultra Violet 18 – 3838 

On 7th December 2017 Pantone released after great suspense their 2018 Colour of the Year.  Drum roll please….. and out came Ultra Violet.



Pic: Pantone


Pantone describe their colour of the year 2018 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.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. 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.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.”


After reading this from Pantone, I remembered that they recently released a colour – naturally a shade of purple with the Prince estate “Love symbol #2“. Don’t you all think that they could have come up with a different colour for 2018 and not a different shade of the same colour? After all, such a big deal was made about this and now the 2018 colour – it doesn’t feel like anything new and exciting. Or does it just show that 2018 is the year for Purple? What are your thoughts on this?


Pic: Pantone / Prince Estate


Lastly Pantone’s main quote about Ultra Violet is this – do you agree?

“A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”


Heartwood 10YR 28/072

On 12 September 2017, Dulux released their 2018 Colour of the Year.  And along came Heartwood.


Pic: Dulux


This is what Dulux say on their website regarding Heartwood –  “It’s the 15th year of Colour Futures – the trend research where we identify one hero paint colour that is relevant in homes around the world. This year’s colour is Heart Wood, a beautiful warm pink chosen by the colour specialists at Dulux Global Aesthetic Centre. Calm or cosy, energetic or relaxed – the feel of your home can be transformed by Heart Wood in different ways. Dive deeper into Dulux Colour of the Year’s four complementary colour palettes for 2018 to find the mood and style that suits you.”



Pic: Trendmonitor


When reading this all I got from it, is that Heartwood is “a beautiful warm pink” – nothing else. Pantone gave so much more insite into Ultra Violet and what they thought about it and what it symbolises.

This isn’t enough I don’t think – what’s your thoughts?

Here are the other 9 colours that Dulux recommends to use with Heartwood  – what do you think of them? Are they too similar – do you want something to clash or are you happy with this?



Pic: Dulux


Will you be using these? I’d love to know your thoughts.

How to incorporate it into your home

Here are some ideas for your home on how to incorporate Ultra Violet and Heartwood if you don’t want to paint the whole damn thing in that colour.


Pantone – Ultra Violet



Pic: Pinterest






Pic: Ideal Home




Pic: Yes please Blog


Dulux – Heartwood



Pic: Dulux / Pinterest




Pic: Pinterest




Pic: Goldvibesonly


Round Up

So, when 2018 comes and the clock strikes 12 – what will you be choosing? The bright and mysterious Ultra Violet? Or the warm pink Heartwood?

However, you don’t have to choose just one – “YES”, I hear you cry… “I love them both” – why don’t you use them together. Have Heartwood as your main colour and use splashes of Ultra Violet around to stand out. Now there’s a thought!


If you have really enjoyed this blog, take a look at my Pinterest page it will have more pictures to inspire you and hopefully give you the nudge to redecorate one or more of your rooms in your home in either of these colours.

If you go for the plunge for any of the above, please share your photos with us on or on Instagram at Charlottebothaminteriors #charlottebothaminteriors and tag us in your pictures.


Charlotte x

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