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10 Ideas for Using Pantone’s Ultra-Violet 2018 Color of the Year in Your House

If you're looking for an inexpensive way to liven up a tired room, ultra-violet is a dramatic and complex choice. As Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year, ultra-violet is a bold color that is often associated with mindfulness and is full of emotion. Here are 10 ideas for using ultra-violet in your home without going overboard.

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Use as an Accent

Due to its boldness, ultra-violet may not be a color you want to use throughout your entire living room. Instead, try using the hue on an accent wall for a dramatic burst of color.

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On Frames

If you have a gallery wall, try using ultra-violet to add some color to the space. Paint old picture or mirror frames ultra-violet for an unexpected twist.

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Your Bedroom


Purple is full of drama, so spice up your bedroom walls with ultra-violet. A rich purple works well with white linens and the deep color is stunning with dim lighting.

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Pair with Pinks, Blues


If you’re looking to pair ultra-violet with other colors, look for shades in the same color family. Ultra-violet pairs well with pinks and blues, but can also work with some oranges for a dramatic twist.

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Add Jewel Tones


Ultra-violet is a jacked-up amethyst color that can work well with an unexpected pop of ruby red. Then add brightness and elegance to your space with a mirror in a dusty-gold frame.

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Add Some Black


Black, another dramatic color, pairs well with ultra-violet. Try mixing an ultra-violet wall with a black fireplace and dark wood or black furniture.

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Ultra-Violet Accessories


Not ready for ultra-violet on your walls? Try adding some purple accent pillows, a blanket or a rug to liven up the space and make it feel cozy and inviting.

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Purple Furniture


Go bold with a purple couch or purple chairs. You can also refinish those old dining chairs and paint them ultra-violet.

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Update Your Window Treatments


For an instant update to a room, add some deep purple curtains. Curtains can also help you save energy and cut costs on your utility bills.

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Paint the Front Door


Up your home’s curb appeal with a stylish hue on your front door. Purple will work well on gray-, white- and charcoal-colored homes, and is stunning when paired with brick.

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