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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Tools for Designers I Ultra Violet 18-3838

PANTONE Color Institute

PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 18-3838 Ultra Violet Pantone Color of the Year 2018 18-3838 Ultra Violet

Tools for Designers


Each day, over 10 million designers and manufacturers work with Pantone to select, communicate and approve colour in design. We organise nearly 5,000 Pantone Colours into two Systems, one for print and packaging and the other for fashion & product design. Want to learn which Pantone products are right for your next project? Learn more about our Colour Systems here.

ULTRA VIOLET in Graphics Design and Packaging

ULTRA VIOLET in Graphics Design and Packaging
As packaging design becomes more sophisticated, Ultra Violet offers complexity and nuance that appeals to our desire for originality in all that we touch. Similarly, in graphic design, Ultra Violet resonates with this dynamic medium through its multi-dimensional feeling. Shades of Ultra Violet are increasingly used in packaging and graphic design by forward-looking brands in the CPG, luxury, and beauty worlds as well as by personalities and artists seeking to stand out.

 
ULTRA VIOLET in Fashion

ULTRA VIOLET in Fashion
On the runway or the streets, Ultra Violet is an enchanting purple that provides a theatrical linkage for both men’s and women’s styles. True to the coupled nature of Ultra Violet, created by combining red and blue, Ultra Violet lends itself to unique colour combinations in fashion and is easier to pair with all colours on the spectrum than one might think. With golds or other metallics, Ultra Violet becomes luxurious and dazzling; with greens or greys it evokes natural elegance. Similarly, Ultra Violet takes on distinct appearances with different materials. Lush velvets in the colour suggest intrigue for evening, but are also unexpectedly modern in athleisure or sneakers. In accessories, jewelry, and eyewear, Ultra Violet suggests the complexities of natural gems, textures, and florals.

 
ULTRA VIOLET in Beauty

ULTRA VIOLET in Beauty
Ultra Violet becomes spell-binding and steeped in spirituality in beauty to create expressive looks for all. The complex and deep nature of the colour is well-suited for beauty looks created by combinations, blends, and ombres. A singular matte purple on the lips or nails makes a bold statement of non-conformity, while softly blended metallics and shimmers in Ultra Violet transform the eyes into windows to the cosmos. Purple shades in hair continue to elevate street styles as a symbol of creative expression. On the palette for every beauty medium, Ultra Violet complements and emboldens every other colour, adding complexity and mystery.

 
ULTRA VIOLET in Home Décor

ULTRA VIOLET in Home Décor
In interiors, 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 colour 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 colour and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

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Color Formula & Guides


PANTONE Color of the Year 2018 can be found in the following colour systems:

FASHION, HOME + INTERIORS (COTTON)
PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET TCX
CMYK for PANTONE 18-3838 TCX simulation*:
C
M
Y
K
71
73
7
8
sRGB under D65 for PANTONE 18-3838 TCX simulation:
 
sR
sG
sB
 
95
75
139
HTML for PANTONE 18-3838 TCX: 5F4B8B
PLUS SERIES (INK)
PANTONE 2096 C
CMYK for PANTONE 2096 C simulation*:
C
M
Y
K
76
75
0
0
sRGB under D65 for PANTONE 2096 C simulation*:
 
sR
sG
sB
 
101
78
163
HTML for PANTONE 2096 C: 654EA3
FASHION, HOME + INTERIORS (PLASTIC)
PQ-18-3838TCX

*CMYK values are approximate and were established under specific criteria. To be used as a starting point only. When reproducing these colours in CMYK, please have the printer adjust them visually on the specific substrate and within your printing parameters so that the best possible simulation to the colour is achieved.

*We also recommend PANTONE 7670 C and 3574 C as close approximations to PANTONE 18-3838 TCX

How to Use PANTONE Color of the Year 2018


We have created eight different colour palettes that feature PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet to help you bring this year's special shade into your designs. All colour bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. A versatile trans-seasonal and gender-neutral colour, each of the eight palettes conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood and can easily cross-over fashion and accessories, beauty, home interiors, and graphic design applications.

To further inspire your creative juices, within each of these eight colour stories we have also included three suggested colour harmonies. The colour harmonies provide you with examples of how individual colours in the palette can be mixed together and in what proportion or measure. The uniquely developed colour bars which make up the colour harmony accompany each highlighted colour story.

We also strongly encourage you to explore each of these eight palettes on your own. Create your own combinations. Develop your own individualized colour mixes. Imagine and invent. Experiment and express. And most importantly, have fun. There has never been a better time to be original and leave your very own colourful mark on the world.

Purple Haze Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Purple Haze
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Purple Haze Harmonies

Embodying calmness, a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly commingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and time honored.


Kindred Spirits Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Kindred Spirits
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Kindred Spirits Harmonies

Sitting side by side on the colour wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humor and playful exuberance makes for easy and engaging colour mixes.


Drama Queen Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Drama Queen
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Drama Queen Harmonies

An unusual combination of show-stopping saturated colour with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.


Intrigue Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Intrigue
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Intrigue Harmonies

Invoking a sense of mystery, a palette of nature's blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic, exudes a quiet strength.


Quietude Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Quietude
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Quietude Harmonies

Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accented by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.


Attitude Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Quietude
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Attitude Harmonies

Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated colour which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.


Desert Sunset Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Desert Sunset
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Desert Sunset Harmonies

Emulating a desert sunset, a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the early evening sky.


Floral Fantasies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Floral Fantasies
Colour Harmonies Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Color Palette Floral Fantasies Harmonies

Inspired by the colours we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.

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