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Ultra Violet, the new plus ultra of purples

By: Megan McDonough The Washington Post
February 3, 2018 Updated: February 3, 2018 at 4:10 am
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Kathryn McCoy Design large amethyst votive (bergdorfgoodman.com), left; amethyst tealight  (zgallerie.com). (MUST CREDIT: Bergdorf Goodman; Z Gallerie)

Infuse your home decor with Ultra Violet, an intense purple that the Pantone Color Institute has dubbed the "it" color of 2018.

Describing it as "dramatically provocative and thoughtful," Pantone says the color communicates "originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future."

Design duo Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson offered some suggestions on using the rich, vibrant shade at home.

"Ultra Violet is a dynamic, bold hue, and we suggest going bold with its application," Drake and Anderson said in an email. "Use it on the walls for drama, or upholster a sofa in the rich color."

Even if you'd prefer it in smaller doses, "there isn't a combination Ultra Violet won't work with," they said. "It all depends on how you play with the shade, tone and quantity."

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