Decorate Your Home With 2018’s Color of the Year

Forget ordinary and go bold with your home decor this year. Pantone named ultraviolet the color of the year meaning it’s OK to stop playing it safe with white. The shade of purple, which “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking,” is undoubtedly daring. But that’s no excuse to avoid it. New York-based interior designer Sasha Bikoff offered striking and subtle ways to sneak the color into your home.

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Focus on details

Truth is, a hue like this may be difficult to blend with other colors in your home. “If your space is relatively neutral or even chock-full of other colors, adding too much of one shade can be overpowering,” Bikoff said. Opt to bring a little pop to a small accent instead. Glassware, doorknobs or floral arrangements are an ideal place to start.

Draw attention to the floor

A bright color rug like ultraviolet can add personality and vibrancy to any room without being too loud. “Because [rugs are] not at eye level, the room does not feel aggressively bright or too purple,” she said.

Bring it into the bedroom

Bedding is an easy way to play with ultraviolet. “It completely changes the feel of the room without forcing you to commit to something you may want to change later on,” she said. Make sure to tone down an ultraviolet duvet with paler purple items like throw pillows, blankets and linens.

ultraviolet room

image: patrick cline

Change the walls

“Accent walls are a trend that are on their way out, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a room’s walls should be stark white,” Bikoff said. Paint all the walls ultraviolet or get creative by just painting the ceiling. Either way, the warm shade will create a welcoming environment. If painting is too intimidating, go for patterned wallpaper instead. The walls will be “brought to life with pops of ultraviolet against whatever background color suits your space best.” Bikoff recommended pairing ultraviolet patterns with muted silver, pale pink or bright red.

Make a statement 

A statement piece like a sofa, headboard or armchair is a smart way to bring excitement to a room that isn’t loaded with color. “Bright colors look best on rich textures like velvet and silk as these materials add dimension and depth to the purple,” she added.

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at or on Twitter @annahalkidis.