Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Pantone’s Ultra Violet is a strong and intense colour; Sloan has toned it down to inky midnight purple

Known as the worldwide authority on colour, Pantone announced Ultra Violet as the Colour of the Year for 2018.

“The name Ultra Violet gives the impression of a very strong and intense colour. I’ve mixed a slightly toned down version of it using my paint, Chalk Paint in Burgundy and Napoleonic Blue,” says paint guru and world-renowned colour expert Annie Sloan. “I think this colour looks absolutely beautiful, especially when it’s finished with Dark or Black Chalk Paint Wax, which will give it an inky midnight purple colour.

“I always think about colours as combinations, so one of the first things I asked myself about this colour is ‘what colours will work with it?’ My answer is to go for natural tones, as the purple is so rich, deep and intense. Earthy greens will look lovely. From my palette I’d team Ultra Violet with Chateau Grey, Old Ochre and Versailles.”

More purple hues in the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan palette (shown below from left to right) — range from Emile, a warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones; Henrietta, a beautifully rich and complex pink with a hint of lilac; and Old Violet, which is nearer to the blues than Emile. The pigments in Chalk Paint are very pure, and as there is no black included in the mix, it’s easy to obtain the shade you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for the perfect purple hued fabric for your soft furnishings then Annie has got just the thing. Her Emile & Graphite (photo below) from her Coloured Linen Collection looks fresh and modern and the tumbled cotton and linen mix is suitable for all types of upholstery.

The Chalk Paint Decorative Paint range comprises 36 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette, making it easy to find just the right shade. Chalk Paint offers the simple way to transform furniture, walls and floors and absolutely anyone can achieve great results — from the novice to the experienced upcycler. The Chalk Paint formula offers excellent coverage, with only one coat often needed for a great finish, and it even covers minor flaws effortlessly.

Chalk Paint comes in quart cans (946ml) priced at approximately $45 and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $14.99 (regional price variations and shipping charges apply). It can be purchased from over 60 Annie Sloan stockists and online. For a full list of locations, please visit


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