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Ultra Violet – Our thoughts on this year’s Pantone colour of the year

Ultra Violet – Our thoughts on this year’s Pantone colour of the year

By Eleanor Goddard

Pantone’s choice of colour of the year for this year isn’t as easy to accept this year as last.  Whilst Greenery brought us a freshness to work with Ultra Violet brings to mind the chocolate brands that most of us are trying forget about come January!

However love it or loathe it purple in some form or another will be a key feature of the trends in interiors.  Now as much as we always advise that you stick with what you love rather than following a trend, there is no denying that when we start to be exposed to a particular trend in magazines and on social media we start to feel familiar with it and might even start to like it!  And indeed we have had lot’s of clients already expressing an intention to include purples in their schemes.

Luckily we feel that the industry, like us, is not a massive fan of Ultra Violet so is likely to interpret it is as purples in their warmer tones and the softer lilac hues for those not brave enough to embrace the proper in your face Milk Tray version.

Here are some of our thoughts on how to incorporate the new in colour into your interiors – and it will require some inventiveness and imagination!


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Going the whole hog and painting a wall purple might feel like a step too far but when choosing the right shades it can achieve stunning results (and our team of professional interior designers are always on hand in our showrooms to help with this).

At Furnish & Fettle we have embraced the new Paint and Paper Library range as our go to range of paint colours. Accredited by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects their palette of “Architectural Colours” is a proven range of stepped shades that has been specifically designed to bring subtle depth to neutal schemes, while the “Original Colours”  are inspired by traditional, historical and comptemporay interiors.

We love this combination of Plum Brandy, which is a deep brownish-purple by day whilst transforming into a dark aubergine at night.  Rich, regal and mysterious, it gives an instant feeling of luxury – more boutique chocolatier than Cadburys!



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If you are looking for a more traditional look this Classic Damask wallpaper from Zoffany’s earliest collections is beautiful and has a local Yorkshire connection – the first three designs in this collection originate from Temple Newsam, just down the road from us on the edge of Leeds! The original design team at Zoffany was commissioned to reproduce some of the precious and stunning wallpapers from the interior of the house in the 1980s. The Temple Newsam collection became the foundation upon which the company built its future collections.





Most of the designer fabric brands have purples in their plains collections so an easy way for those determined to be on trend is to add in a cushion – and purples can sit well with a wide range of different colours.

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camengoPurple is often a favourite colour of little girls and this scheme from French brand Camengo is a stylish way to use the colour which pleases both Mummies and Daughters alike.

This collection includes a range of co-ordinating bedding with beautiful detail in the trim and having been road tested by my own daughter Hattie for the last 2 years I can recommend it with confidence!

I had hoped that with a beautiful bedroom my daughter would put on a beautiful white dress and play with a vintage telephone – but no such luck! And sadly now things have moved on and we have a minion poster stuck to the wall as well as the obligatory flooredrobe!

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Ultra Violet Furnish and FettleFor a more grown up space where you are wanting to bring a touch of the outdoors inside this spring,  the Waterperry collection by Sanderson is a good starting point.    Their nature-inspired colour palettes include exquisite wisteria lilacs (so that’s the nod to purple covered!) cool indigo blues and soft sage greens.

Our team of interior designers will be able to help you create a scheme that works for you and your home and translate your fabric choices into bespoke curtains, blinds, upholstery or just cushions as required.

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Adding a coloured throw to a neutral sofa or chair is another easy way to introduce a new trend and what better way than with a pure new wool Bronte by Moon throw made by Yorkshire based company Abraham Moon & Sons.

They were ahead of the trend (as we often are in Yorkshire!) introducing this new colour way in Autumn 2017.  Opting for the more subtle tones their heather throws combine with subtle splashes of cool grey and aqua in their Melbourne check, Rome block, Chicago spot and the ever popular geometric Milan.

Throws by Abraham Moon £75 – £89.95 available from both our showrooms.  Also available in colours other than purples!

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