Bell of Northampton introduces a shock of colour to wake up the senses and welcome in the New Year

It’s that time of the year again; the sales are in full swing, New Year’s resolutions have been made (and promptly broken!) and you’re looking around your home, now bereft of cosy fairy lights and brightly-coloured baubles, wondering how to put the sparkle back into your interiors!

To kick 2018 off with the burst of colour and inspiration you may be looking for, we’ve teamed up with lifestyle store, Bell of Northampton, to explore Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018 and see how it can inject life back into your home this year!

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018; a vivid purple described by them as, “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, [it] communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” This colour is bold and daring, perfect for people who want to stand out from the crowd, or follow in the footsteps of the King of Purple, Prince.

Historically, purple has been used by the aristocracy to reflect wealth and opulence, and it retains this luxurious status. As such, it is best used sparingly, and in accents, to really make your interiors pop! Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and, if you feel particularly audacious, you can go all-out with this colour to great effect. Just make sure to pair Ultra Violet with subtler shades, such as pale lavender, or dusty mauve, to ground your theme and avoid overwhelming your senses.

Ultra Violet is a blue-based purple so it is best used in rooms with lots of natural light, to avoid it feeling cold. You can warm it up still further by contrasting it with a muted mustard for a put-together look that oozes sophistication and grandeur. If, on the other hand, you love the shade but err on the side of caution, introduce it to your home gradually, in cushions and throws, or as an accent colour in a floral wallpaper.

Ultra Violet also makes the perfect colour for a small cloakroom or WC; you can afford to be bold here as it’s a room you won’t spend long in at one time so you won’t become overwhelmed or burnt out by the colour. As it is a small space, you can also splurge on an expensive wallpaper you wouldn’t choose elsewhere, because you won’t need as many rolls. It’s a brave choice but, when done well, it can give your home a real wow-factor. Alternatively, if your budget won’t stretch to a full room make-over, look out for toiletries and towels in bright purple and top the whole look off with a vase of fresh flowers.

If you need to breathe the life back into your home and are struggling for inspiration, you can visit Bell’s showroom on Kingsthorpe Road or speak to their interior design team on 01604 777504.

With stunning room sets and an extensive collection of fabric and wallpaper samples they have everything you need to spruce up your home this Spring. You can also find them online at: