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On trend: perfecting purple in home design

Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2018, Ultra Violet, in interior design
The styling and balance is perfect in this look from Melanie Lissack Interiors. Follow her on Instagram.

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On trend: perfecting purple in home design

Stylists, fashion designers and interior gurus declared 2018 the year of purple.

The highly-anticipated release of Pantone’s Colour of the Year sets the style for the 12 months ahead and we are sure that this year will be no different.

The Pantone Color Institute – the worldwide authority on colour – revealed the Ultra Violet hue at the close of 2017.

Stylists, fashion designers and interior gurus have applauded the colour, which is described as “inventive and imaginative”.

What Pantone says
“A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. 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. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

Colour fusion
Geometric lines and fluidity meet in this pastel fusion of colour entitled Amethyst Mine. It’s from Urban Road.


Vintage find
Purple has been used frequently in homes during the decades thanks to its ability to conjure thoughts of luxury, royalty and timelessness. Scour vintage stores to dig up unique pieces such as jewellery boxes, glasses, mirrors and lanterns.


This royal purple works beautifully when matched with soft greys and jewel tones such as blue, pink and emerald.


Subtle touches
Purple is bold, bright and can make a big statement. Introducing the hue into the home can be done in various ways. It doesn’t have to have a strong presence – add a subtle purple weave with a floor rug or throw, a decorative vintage vase, or beautify a room with pretty flowers strategically placed in a jar or quirky vase.


Local buy
We found the stylish Quebec recliner with footstool at Domayne. Visit




Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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