I clearly remember where I have been every time, for the last five years, when I found out what the colour of the upcoming year was. That’s how obsessed I am with the Pantone colour of the year releases.

Last year I found out about 2018’s colour choice while sitting in art caffe in Westgate going through the Pantone website. I kid you not when i tell you that I let out a loud sigh of disbelief.  Purple…really! A fancy name like ultra violet wasn’t going to impress me. This was plain and simple purple to me, and if you know me you know how much I hate purple, so you can understand how disappointed I was about this colour choice.

In typical Jordan dramatic style I was literally in despair and from the compassionate looks the people at the table next to me were giving me, I think they thought I’d either been dumped or lost millions of dollars. But thirty minutes later the mature me came back to the surface and I decided to read up more on Ultra Violet 18-3838 to find out why Pantone chose it.

Here’s a look at how I went from hating to understanding, and miraculously, to loving Pantone’s 2018 colour of the year.

Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Colour Institute, said that “The Pantone colour of the year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” and here’s what this dramatically provocative and thoughtful colour represents:

That is beautiful, right?

It goes without saying that last year was a tough time for most of the world, Kenya included. With that said it is brilliant that an element of design, colour, whose main purpose is considered to just be aesthetic, has been given such a huge responsibility. As a beacon of hope and a better year ahead, ultra violet has automatically become one of my favourite colours.

Now don’t you dare label me a hypocrite! It did take more than a month for the colour to warm up to me, thus my writing about it in February, but the more I read about why Pantone chose it, and I allowed myself to be open enough to consider designing a space with it, the more I feel in love.

It’s like it moved its way from the enemy-zone to the friend-zone and now we’re planning our wedding.

If you’re still not convinced by the provocative Ultraviolet then let me try my best to defend it in this post, and if by the end of it you’re still not convinced then I would have failed as a designer, writer, friend and daughter (okay Im only joking, but do try and keep an open mind at least for yours truly)

In regards to the field of Interiors, Pantone states that:

Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art, or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take center stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

When one is learning how to construct a sentence they have to first understand and appreciate its elements (letters and words) right? Well in that respect, it makes sense that you begin by gaining appreciation of individual pieces of furniture and accessories before getting into how whole spaces can be styled with them.

Depending on the type of finish (lacquer or matt) or what materials it’s paired with (black, gold or silver) Ultra Violet turns a product from regal to casual to masculine to feminine. There’s nothing this colour can’t accomplish.

But as we all know, a piece of furniture/accessory is only as good as how it’s styled in a room, so here’s a look at my favourite Ultra Violet themed spaces. Let the record show that I’m still surprised that I can look at a space with a purple theme and have a positive opinion, 2018 is definitely the year of new beginnings.



If you’re scared of implementing such a small space with dark and intense colour, then the two bathrooms below will show you that the best way to do it is by pairing it with touches of a brighter more welcoming neutral colour, such as white. So don’t be scared to have all your walls submerged in this dark shade as proper styling allows you to create a regal space.


If intensity isn’t your thing in the bathroom, and you prefer a more light and airy feel, then this lighter tone Ultra Violet might just work for you. Oh, and it would be a crime not to appreciate the use of texture and pattern in these two bathrooms because they enable the colour to shine even more.


This is definitely the way I’d go when styling a bathroom using ultra violet. Its fun, its stylish, its welcoming and it’s undoubtedly unforgettable. These two very different spaces show that whether you choose to use it on all the walls or just the ceiling, by styling the space with items that have an artistic edge one is able to elevate the colour to greater heights.



As was the case with ‘the sweet’ bathroom theme above, these two bedrooms below have used patterns and texture brilliantly which accentuates our main colour. What I love is how the use of a darker tone here gives a very different effect than in the light bathrooms. If you were to go for this style, that uses either patterns or texture, which tone would you prefer, he softer lighter one or the darker dramatic colour?


Maintaining a neutral colour pallet then disrupting the peace with a touch of Ultra Violet is a genius way of introducing this colour into a space. And what better way to do so than through beddings that can be changed at any moment if you ever get tired of the colour.

Oh, and Ultra Violet looks amazing surrounded by greenery, doesn’t it? 


The headboard wall is the bedroom’s most important decorative area because this is usually where ones eye first falls on. With this said, having our colour only present on that wall, either through the headboard or artwork, lets the Ultra Violet colour shine without making it all about it.



A touch of imperfection, quirkiness and playfulness is what these two dining areas are all about and adding a touch of this statement Ultra Violet colour gives the spaces that extra oomph. Take a look at what I’m talking about:


Whether on the wall or on the furniture having the Ultra Violet paired with metallics, specifically gold and/or silver, creates that regal space perfect for royalty.



Choosing a more subtle Ultra Violet hue allows you to use it in this very public area. If you don’t want it to bombard you when you walk in think subtle, but remember that subtle doesn’t mean boring so you can still incorporate prints and accessories like the image on the left.


You know what? I think ultra violet works best when paired with metallics. It creates such a statement especially when you incorporate dramatic prints and patterns. I’d definitely love to be bombarded by this everyday as I walk into my home.



The ultra violet is intense but the styling in the room, with all the numerous items, allows it to blend into the rest of the space creating a welcoming and comfortable feel.


I’m actually so inspired by the living room below that’s on the right, that I’m thinking of proposing a similar style for a client I have who really loves purple and has a small cozy living area. This would create the perfect look to match her fierce meets boho personality. But if that space is too dominating for you then why not have the colour on the sofa and art piece only like the space on the left which lets ones gaze run vertically down the space.


Here I go again with the ultra violet and gold combination!!! I wont say much about it other than to ask y’all what you honestly think of it because at this point I’m hoping that I’ve convinced some of you to love this combination as much as I do.



With home office spaces you can either go casual, with the colour only present on one piece of furniture, or go full-force with it on all the walls. Depending on your personality you can choose between the two. Personally, I would prefer the former for my office because I work better in a simpler working area.

What about you, what would be your preferred office space option between the two?

So what do y’all think? For those of you who are purple haters like my former self, have I managed to convert you to loving the colour of 2018 or should I just give up for the sake of our relationship? And for you who already loved purple what’s your take on ultra violet as a shade? Be sure to leave me a comment below, right after subscribing, to let me know what you think.

If you’re part of the bandwagon and you’d like to incorporate Ultra Violet on your walls here are the CROWN PAINTS KENYA and DURACOAT PAINTS paint codes for all its various shades.

Now that you’re armed with inspiration and the proper paint codes to incorporate the Pantone colour of 2018, Ultra Violet, into your life remember that you should not conform to any rules and you should stay true to yourself because as Pantone states

Ultra Violet symbolises experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Till then Be Inspired…Be you!


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