We are nearly halfway through 2018 (no, we can’t believe it either!) and those clever cookies at Pantone have hit the mark again as this year’s Colour of the Year – the subtle yet sassy Ultra Violet 18-3838 - continues to prove itself as an ultra popular source of inspiration.

Traditionally purple is a colour that represents luxury and royalty. At Lombok we are always looking to learn, so this week we thought we’d take a look at the origins of the colour of the moment. 
The word ‘purple’ first makes a recorded appearance in the English language in 975 AD but its physical appearance in art has been seen in pieces dating as far back as the prehistoric era. The Old Testament records Roman Emperors using thousands of tiny snail shells to make “Tyrian Purple”, and this is where purple’s royal connotations began. Even today purple is still used as a ceremonial colour by British and European royals on special occasions, and it features heavily in the Crown Jewels.
In the West, the colour also has links with religion, being worn by senior pastors in the Protestant Church and bishops of Anglican Communion, whilst also symbolising penitence in Catholicism. It’s association with royalty in Christianity is assumed to be a result of the Roman use and association.

Above: Helena Bonham Carter wears the suffragette colours purple, green, and white whilst filming for Suffragette (2015). Source: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe


With 2018 marking the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage it is a great year to be showcasing and celebrating a colour that has also become synonymous with women’s rights and the suffragette movement. This too was apparently chosen due to the Royal association, symbolising the “instinct of freedom and dignity” women hold, a perfect compliment to the peace and hope symbolised, for the Suffragettes, by white and green. 


Back to the modern day and the Spring/Summer catwalks were peppered with shades of violet and purple; from Victoria Beckham to Tibi, Michael Kors to Pamela Roland, designers across the world of fashion have used the colour in pieces across their collections. Houses such as Missoni, Gucci, and Balenciaga have also taken inspiration into their catwalk make up looks for a fresh and bright vibe.


It has also proved popular with worldwide celebrities, featuring in Poppy Delevigne’s dress for this year’s Met Ball as well as Priyanka Chopra and Countess Spencer’s outfits as the Royal Wedding. It has also helped other colours such as yellow (its perfect pairing and colour wheel opposite) make its own comeback so is also to thank for Amal Clooney’s stunning Royal Wedding ensemble.

Above: Victoria Beckham uses this year’s hottest colour as a stunning feature of this catwalk look. Source: Getty

Our mission is to deliver designs that work with your lifestyle but also look and feel fresh, exciting and – above all – fashionable! So we are excited to be offering our purple velvet fabric on any made to order sofa or chair in our collections. We tried it on our Karlsson sofa and, if we may say so ourselves, it looks magnificent. Pop in store or online today to see how we can help you create a stylish, practical, and comfortable home that compliments your tastes, with a fresh look ready for summer. 

Above: Our sleek Karlsson sofa in purple velvet is an iconic combination and would help brighten any living room.

Did you know?

Violet and purple are actually completely different colours, despite being commonly grouped together (yes, we know we followed the trend here) Purple is a combination of the colours red and blue, whereas violet is actually a spectral colour with its own wavelength.

If you’d like to hear more about this year's trends or you'd like help creating a home unique to your style, please email our interior design team for an appointment: interiordesign@lombok.co.uk.