Purple Rain: Violet is Pantone’s Color of the Year

Each year I usually touch on what is purported to be the “Color of the Year” as seen by Pantone. And this year that color is violet. I have to admit, purple of any shade is not something I’ve decorated with since I had a room that color when I was ten!

However, I really wanted to challenge myself and see if I could come up with ways that it works, and that are realistic for the average homeowner. Because obviously, we aren’t all changing our color schemes every year to match what’s “in” or “out”!


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 And I have to admit, once I really started looking for it, it grew on me. I gravitate towards the softer sides of violet; shades of lavender and lilac, as opposed to the deeper shade they’re showing.

It’s a truly lovely color. Universally liked, and universally flattering. And if you’re a fan of blue and green as I am, it mixes with those very well. And it’s amazing with grey!

So  if you are looking for a change, want to brighten up your accessories, or add a punch to some rooms, maybe violet is the color for you! Let’s take a look….


Adding Violet in Furniture



violet pantone color of the year sofas pillows john saladino

Design by John Saladino via Veranda magazine.


violet pantone color of the year chairs artwork neutral living room decorDesign by Wendy Labrum via Luxe.


violet pantone color of the year barstools white kitchen suzanne kaslerOne of my all-time favorite kitchens by Suzanne Kasler! I don’t think this space would be nearly as pretty without those gorgeous lavender barstools! Via One Kings Lane.


violet dining chairs elegant gorgeous room white walls chandelier

A gorgeous dining room! I pinned this years ago and it’s still a favorite! Design by Marshall Watson via Traditional Home.


violet pantone color of the year tufted velvet sofa antiques gorgeous decorThis sofa is stunning! And I love the mix against all the neutrals in the room. Via Deaveta.


Adding Violet with Wallpaper


violet pantone color of the year bathroom wallpaper gorgeousOkay, I love this wallpaper! It’s definitely out of my wheelhouse, but I love what a statement it makes in this traditional bathroom! Via This Old House.


Adding Violet with Bedding


violet pantone color of the year headboard bedding elegant bedroomLove this bedroom so much! I think the touches of purple are just right! Design by Suzanne Kasler.

violet pantone color of the year pillows gorgeous bedroom purple decorHere the violet is paired with grey, a natural combination.  Designer Suzanne Kasler is clearly a lover of purple! Via Decorpad.



Adding Violet in Artwork

One of the easiest ways to add a touch of this color, without making a huge commitment.

violet pantone color of the year artwork elegant decor white walls decorPainting by Robert Rea via Veranda magazine.


Adding Violet in Pillows & Accessories

Again, a subtle nod is wonderful! Especially if you just want to change the accent color and not spend a lot, pillows are the natural choice.

violet pantone color of the year pillows purple pop in neutral room decorDesign by Sarah Richardson.


violet pantone color of the year purple pillows white couch sofa chair french antiquesPerfect pop of soft lavender Via Wisteria.



Adding Violet with Florals

And of course, the easiest way (and least expensive!) is just to add a punch with nature’s version!


violet pantone color of the year hydrangeas vase gold mirrorFrom Style at Home magazine.

violet flowers white bathroom stunning

By Designer Sara Story via House Beautiful.


So, what do you think? Is violet a yay or a nay for you? For me it’s a definite yes, but in small (and soft) doses. I would definitely do pillows or accessories, or a door!


violet pantone color of the year charming gorgeous purple door vinesVia House Beautiful.


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  1. I must say that I LOVE this year’s color of the year….last Fall I decorated my sunroom in the plum colors and was hooked….I am now moving forward to adding accents of these colors in another room…I remember long ago that Sarah Richardson did a living room in beautiful shades of violet/purples and loved it….oh and she also did a living room with pink accents…and loved it too…oh how I miss her shows!!!

    1. You’re so right Shirley – her violet room is one of the examples here and it’s gorgeous! I too love the color, and I have to say after doing this post, I’m feeling like some plum or lavender in my living room would be so pretty! I might be biting the bullet:)

      Have a great week!