In ringing in the new year, we celebrate the past and make new goals for the future. We also welcome the new year’s “it” color. For over 20 years, The Pantone Color Institute has been responsible for choosing the annual color that will influence product development and purchasing decisions in many industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design.
But this year they didn’t just choose the Pantone Color of the Year, they did something they’ve never done and created it. Presented as “a new Pantone color whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity”, there is no doubt you’ll be seeing this fresh new hue everywhere.
The color created for 2022’s Pantone’s Color of the Year is Very Peri. It “…brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time with its violet red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions,” says Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
“The pandemic has changed the way we live, and we are all unified in our transformation together,” says Gena Kirk, vice president of KB Design Studio. “Very Peri is bold, yet joyful and truly represents a carefree confidence that we all need as we progress forward, together. As our digital and physical lives merge, and we continue to rewrite our story, Very Peri – a flawless mix of red-violet and blue – is the perfect color to represent 2022. Innovative and transformative, it lets us break free and dream of unlimited possibilities of the future, especially in our homes.”
Pantone’s color experts meticulously search the world for new color influences to come up with their selection every year. “The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that color can hope to answer,” adds Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.
There has already been a swift embrace of this new shade by Microsoft, who adopted the color in all of its platforms. In addition, Legrand and RoomMates have introduced peri-hued items for the home, like light switch wall plates and peel-and-stick wallpaper. In the upcoming year, Very Peri will undoubtedly grace the cover of every home decorating magazine. Looks like it’s time to head to your local hardware store and update that accent wall to this year’s must-have color!