diy tips


Pantone has just announced its color of the year: Ultra Violet. The deep bluish purple is going to be big in 2018, but who knows how to use it?

Most people are always in awe of the difference a little colour can make, but have no idea how to implement it in their own home. If you have zero confidence with color and pattern and always wish you could be braver or get involved with the latest trend, don’t worry this is a go-to guide dedicated to you.

Used Ultra Violet already? Or had success with another show-stopping tone? Share your comments! We’d love to hear your top tips too.


Ultra Violet is a tone associated 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.

It can look boho and 1960s or it can look quite majestic. It’s no coincidence that Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech in 2016 wearing the tone- it packs a punch.

As Pantone itself says said: “The depth of 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.”

You can see this from how it is used in the latest hip design hotels. The new Dream Hotel in Hollywood,  which aims to be the hottest new hotel in town, uses bold Ultra Violet toned lights outside to add to the excitement of the arrival experience. While the perennially chic Sixty Hotel, in Soho NYC, has a few Ultra Violet pillows in the lobby – which make it look flamboyant, in the most appealing of ways.


The key to making it look cool is to mix color into a room well. Even expert color mavens can appreciate that some tones (yes, we are looking at you Ultra Violet) are a little tricky to work with. How do you know what goes with what?!

It is actually easy though, when you have a few simple designer tricks up your sleeve to quickly inform your choices. Let’s break it down…


Chili pepper red, botanical greens, whites, neutrals, browns, and we love it against slate gray.


You have to give the color you are using presence! The first trick I ever learned in interior design school was to go for tones that are similar but not the same. For example, if I was using Ultra Violet for coffee table accessories, I’d use lighter and darker purple shades for cushions, throws, lamps etc (you can see this illustrated in some of the Pinterest images above). Or say, instead, you were using a sky blue, you’d use both deeper and lighter of the color the sky blue for a beautiful tonal effect.

This trick creates visual harmony and instant sophistication – once you know it, you’ll start seeing in the work of top designers everywhere. It creates a very unified look and sophisticated palette.


Don’t, like most people, be fooled into thinking you need to start painting or papering walls for an overhaul. In fact, changing accents around the house (color, pillows, nicknacks) is enough to quickly regenerate and refresh a room…. As you can see in some of our Pinterest images, sometimes the tiniest accessory is enough to make a point.

White color and neutral shades always remain popular and come alive against an impactful tone like Ultra Violet.  Adding the bold tone will warm-up the space by giving it character. This works well especially well with purple shades as they are calm and tranquil colors, but have lots more personality than sedate pastels etc. 


Every room comes alive with a little whimsy! If your color scheme looks a little flat, it just means you’re crying out for contrast.

Need a foolproof way to find the perfect tone to bring your look to life? Look at what is opposite the color you are using on the color wheel. For instance, Ultra Violet will be beautifully offset by anything yellow.

But don’t go crazy. It’s important to understand when you use this trick that a little contrast looks fabulous- use both opposite colors in equal amounts and the room will feel uncomfortable and garish.

To finish of your Ultra Violet look, use one accessory that has yellow tones in it- a gleaming gold vase, or mustard toned cushion will take it to the next level. Just try it and see!

Suzi Boyle Suzi Boyle

Suzi is Editor-In-Chief of The Chosen Club and Executive Coach at She Chose Love. She works with high-achieving females to help them focus and achieve their biggest life goals. Suzi lives in LA but works and travels globally.