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Pantone Names ‘Very Peri’ as 2022’s Color of the Year

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Every year, Pantone names a color it believes will be prominent in that year’s design trends. For 2022, that color is called ‘Very Peri.’

You should see a good deal of Very Peri in the coming year. That’s according to Pantone, the company who developed the Pantone Matching System used in design.

Every year, Pantone chooses a color it thinks will lead new fashion, home decor and design trends. This year, Very Peri, a variant of the blue-violet hue of periwinkle, is that color, the company says.

Looking back over the previous 21 years, you can see two other occasions when a light blue or blue-violent color tripped Pantone’s fancy. Back in 2000, it chose Cerulean Blue for its very first color of the year. Though similar to periwinkle, Cerulean is more of a pale cobalt blue with less violet. In 2016, it chose two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. I would call Serenity something along the lines of baby blue.

Pantone announced its selection of Very Peri in December:

It also released a color design guide suggesting various color combinations that can be successfully used with the hue. Very Peri, it says works with greens, browns and even some autumn colors.

Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Wiseman says the shade brings “a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family.” It displays “a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.”

Therefore, you can expect — at least according to Pantone — to see more periwinkle.

Do you feel the color inspires creativity?

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