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The Colour Of The Cosmos

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 has been announced and it is Ultra Violet! The Woman’s World Team tells you how to add this mysterious colour to your décor and wardrobe

When we think of the galaxy, the first thing that comes to our mind is the bright violet sky, speckled with hues of blue, black and purple, and the bright glowing stars. The colours of the cosmos are truly mesmerising and an ombre of ultraviolet shades stands out in the unique blend of colours that dominate the cosmic world. And this shade is the colour of the year, as announced by Pantone, the world famous colour institute.

We spoke with Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, who says, “The Pantone Color 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.” An intriguing shade, this colour, in all its sense, depicts the mysteries that lie beyond. Adding this colour to your home and your wardrobe through wall motifs or with the perfect pair of Ultra Violet shoes is a great way to create an artistic effect. We tell you how you can incorporate this gorgeous colour in your home and talk about some of our favourite products in this intriguing shade.


2018 has begun on a high note and if there’s one thing that we can predict about the year, it is that it’s going to be a year filled with bold colours... That’s what Pantone is saying. Although a dramatic colour, Ultra Violet can leave a lasting impression, even in small doses.

A dynamic shade, incorporating purple and other hues of this colour into your home can instil a sense of warmth and calmness. Adding Ultra Violet to your home décor is a bold choice, but if you do mange to pull it off, then it can bring confidence and an array of originality to your home. The soothing colour can make you feel calm and lift the vibe of your space. From sofa sets and beds to cushions and coasters, let your home shimmer with this shade of purple!

Acing Ultra violet

Whether you want a bold new look or small pops of colour in the form of cushions, pillows and curtains, we’ve got some creative suggestions that you can use.

  • You can use shades of Ultra Violet in a glass door knob. This is elegant and striking and it should impress one and all even before they enter your home! It’s so beautiful that we can imagine it shimmering and sparkling when the sun hits it!
  • Complement your living room by giving the walls and other décor items a makeover with other shades in the same colour family — lilac, blush, mauve and lavender. Let the sofa set shimmer in purple and allow your walls to shine with shades of blue and blush.
  • Be brave and opt for a purple carpet. A lush woven carpet in a deep purple tone can lift the spirit of your room and set the mood right from the word go!
  • How about sprucing up your king-size bed with a deep shade of purple? Not only will your bed look traditional and royal, but this will also add a sense of comfort and luxury to your nights!
  • Another interesting way to inculcate the colour in your décor is with a purple lampshade, which will add vibrancy. You can also make a bold statement with Ultra Violet shutters that will go well with funky bedrooms.
  • To make it more romantic, complement your bathtub with a shade of deep purple. It will make your bathing experience luxurious and will be the perfect on-trend bathroom piece that you have been looking for.


We pick our favourite home décor products that fall in this bold and striking colour scheme, so that you can add a pop of colour to your home.

The classical promise

A distinctly classic French design, this chair embodies sophistication with a regal elegance. In a very Parisian shade of purple, this chair would be the perfect addition to the Ultra Violet colour scheme you are looking to add to your home.

Order it from: for Rs 64,400.

Hanging purple

Light up your home with this shaded hanging lamp, which will add that touch of colour while emitting a warm glow. Resembling an inverted glass, this modern-style lamp will fit in perfectly if the interiors of your home have a contemporary edge.

Order it from: for Rs 5,499.

Shades of a dream

Keep away those nightmares as you hang this feathered dreamcatcher above your bed. With violet coloured feathers and an intricate pattern, this would make a beautiful and simple addition to your home, incorporating the colour of the year!

Order it from: for about Rs 340 (shipping extra).


The Pantone Color of the Year is one with which you could go horribly wrong if you don’t style it appropriately. Ultra Violet is a complex colour that can be worn with subtlety, but it can also jazz up boring outfits. Since it is a vibrant colour, you may struggle when trying to include it in your wardrobe, but it’s actually much simpler than you might think.

A versatile colour, shades and hues of Ultra Violet can easily make their way into your wardrobe, whether in dresses or skirts, scarves or shirts, bags or shoes. The colour flows freely and will up the ante of your fashion game this season.

Cracking the colour code

Don’t panic when adding the colour to your wardrobe. We have a few easy tips to help you incorporate this enigmatic shade of purple.

  • Symbolic of unconventionality, counter culture and artistic brilliance, this shade of purple will give your wardrobe a bold and brilliant look, standing out amidst blacks and greys, and adding a pop of colour that your outfit may be missing. 
  • Use this shade to express your individuality by wearing a simple A-line dress in this hue. Or pair a pastel shade of ultra violet with a black skirt for a meeting or a conference and stand out in a sea of black and white.
  • Since Ultra Violet is a royal colour, it is more suitable for night-time wear and will give you a mystical and regal feeling, especially if you opt for long gowns or maxi dresses in this colour.
  • To be conservative yet chic, match a pastel-coloured outfit with a pair of Ultra Violet heels or earrings.
  • It’s important not to go over the top, given that the colour does stand out. However, a small pair of earrings or a scarf in this shade would match almost every outfit.
  • Use accessories such as bags, sunglasses and jewellery to jazz up your outfit and to live up to the trendy colour of the year.
  • Makeup hasn’t been left behind in this colour craze, and violet lipsticks are a thing of the present, something you can wear on all-black attire to smoothly jazz up your look. It’s time to showcase your non-confirmative, unique style.


Here are a few trendy wardrobe essentials with which you can enjoy the colour of the year, without a hassle!  

The flower effect

In yet another trend that hasn’t died down, this floral dress is perfect for those who like subtlety in their fashion, yet experiment with the latest styles. Simple and elegant, the floral pattern adds that touch of fun and enhances the vibrancy of the purple in the dress.

Pick it up from: Mango stores across the city for Rs 4,590.

Ruffling it out

It may be a trend that is currently fading, but these ruffled leather high heel sandals are too cute to resist! We suggest grabbing them before the whole ruffled trend has blown over. Pair these heels with a dainty white dress and you’ll be good to go for just about any formal party.

Pick them up from: Zara stores across the city for Rs 5,990.

Paper bag trousers

A trend that never went out of style, these paper bag trousers will flatter your figure and are best suited for semi-formal events and meetings. Pair these Ultra Violet trousers with a white shirt for formal occasions or with a casual white tee for not-so-formal meetings. Pair the outfit with tasselled purple earrings for an extra dose of the colour of the year!

Order it from: for about Rs 4,311 (shipping extra).

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