Pantone 2022 color of the year: Very Peri - a rich yet relaxing purple/blue

Pantone color of the year 2022 in interior design: Very Peri

It’s our favorite time of the year: Pantone unveiled their 2022 color of the year! This year it’s a calming yet bright purple called “Very Peri.” If you were to pick a color to represent this moment in time – and generation coming of age right now – this would be it.

Pantone describes this color as a “dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone.”

Overall, especially in the younger generations, self love and relaxation have been huge. And this manifests itself in design. People are looking for ways to introduce calm into their homes, and color is one of the best ways to make this happen.

Pantone's 2022 color of the year - Very Peri 17-3938
Source: Pantone

This color has a soothing blue tone, but the subtle red undertones also give it a pinch of energy. This lines right up with a generation that’s grappling to balance their mental health with their bigger-than life aspirations and the hustle that it takes to achieve that.

Another trend this year was iridescence. The underlying purple/blue color scheme is what really drove this futuristic yet dreamy trend. Think Zenon meets wabi sabi. That’s the style I think we’re moving towards in 2022. So, Very Peri seems like a logical choice.

iridescent interior design trend
Iridescent side tables
Source: Litelamps

Overall, Pantone’s choice seems to support a very forward-looking optimism, creativity, and intentional energy that Gen Z has had this past year.

how will Very Peri look in interior design this year?

We’ve already begun to see this energetic pastel’s influence in art. Especially with a big focus on the future. This subtly colorful surrealist style will only get more and more popular this year.

surrealist art using pantone 2022 color of the year very peri
Source: @aeforia
surrealist art using pantone 2022 color of the year very peri
Source: Blake Kathryn
Nike advertisement - purple undertones with green/blue iridescent accents

Very Peri will also likely manifest itself not only in corporate branding, but also in commercial interiors/exteriors. Brands will be drawn to incorporate this color in spaces to give it a futuristic and peaceful yet inspiring vibe. This will likely show up in companies that specialize in self care, retail brands, creative boutiques, and more.

Commercial interior design - ice cream shop with pastel purple walls and floors
Source: Design-Milk
Commercial interior space with soft purple suede walls and pale plywood furniture accents
Source: Dezeen

In the same vein, we may also see the color popping up in residential interiors in rooms like home offices or bathrooms. In home offices, people will want to extract the inspirational energy form Very Peri. While in bathrooms or vanity areas, the calming nature will be an asset.

Curious what kind of color palette Very Peri could fit into? Check out Pantone’s suggested schemes.

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