Introducing Pantone’s Color of the Year 2022

Pantone’s color of the year for 2022 is Pantone 17-3938, otherwise known as Very Peri! This unmistakable shade of periwinkle with “vivifying violet, red” undertones is the first color of the year ever to be entirely created by Pantone. According to Pantone, Very Peri displays confidence and sparks curiosity that lends itself to a creative spirit. Ultimately, Pantone chose Very Peri for its ability to “help us embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives.” In other words, as we begin to emerge from a global pandemic, we must have the optimism and creativity to create a new normal in a world forever marked by social, political, and technological change. Companies like Microsoft have already embraced Very Peri, incorporating the cool yet luminous tone as a theme to put in your browser. Get ready for this mindful, warm, calming, and powerful hue to be everywhere this 2022. But just how significant is periwinkle? Keep reading to find out.

The History and Significance of Periwinkle

As described by author Katy Kelleher, periwinkle is the color of poison, modernism, and dusk. In her piece for The Paris Review, Kelleher writes about the origins of periwinkle and how a plant, characterized by a pale lilac color, once thought to be rejected for its poison became a beloved hue for impressionist and symbolist painters of the 19th century.

In 1922, periwinkle first appeared in English as a color-word. According to Kelleher, “It’s a nature word for a color most often found in nature,” which is poetic when you stop to think about it. Nature is truth, and art imitates nature, which can be said for today’s technology. However, it’s pertinent to point out that periwinkle has resided in painters’ toolboxes for much longer than 1922. Periwinkle made its most well-known debut in impressionist paintings, nestled under the violet umbrella. Artists like Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro utilized this dreamy color to evoke a sense of fantasy among the truth we see in everyday nature. Despite the critics’ disapproval of these “periwinkle monstrosities,” artists continued to paint their visions with periwinkle, a graceful and joyous violet-blue hue.

We look at the art of the impressionist and find it beautiful, thought-provoking, and refreshing. We don’t see what Monet’s critics did long ago. We see the fantastical representation of the beauty and creativity that exists in our nature. Today, instead of impressionists, we have social media and technology gurus that create impressions of life as we know it. Very Peri is a representation of that evolution from one medium to another. We are still the same fantasy-seeking artists of the past, but with technology that allows us to reach heights never before seen. That’s why, when we look at a color like Very Peri, we fill with wonder and optimism at the possibilities that the future holds. It’s a light in the darkness, and we’re so glad to see it.

How to Incorporate Very Peri in Your Home

Very Peri was born to make a statement, and its gender-neutral qualities make it fit for any room. From bedrooms and nurseries to kitchens and living rooms, Very Peri is sure to help you feel mindful, warm, and productive. Here are some ways to incorporate Very Peri in your home:

  • Accent walls are a great way to add a pop of color to the room. It helps draw the eye to a focal point while also telling a story. While the cooling effect of the blue calms us, the vibrant violet and red undertones add a little pep into the atmosphere.
  • Accessories help you add a pop of color without the commitment of paint. Buy some artwork or add throws and pillows to chairs and couches. Perhaps a rug with Very Peri accents is exactly what you need to brighten up the room.
  • Statement furniture is very in this year. People want to make an impression with their décor. Gone are the days of dull neutrals. Instead, incorporate a bold color in trending fabrics like velvet, linen, and jacquard.
  • Wallpaper is a great way to express creativity. Find intricate and fantastical wallpapers with touches of Very Peri. You don’t have to go overboard and cover an entire room, but people have started to accent their cabinet doors, entryways, and even ceilings with amazing wallpaper.

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The Top 6 Interior Design Trends of 2022

Every new year brings exciting new trends that dictate how we exercise, eat, dress, and decorate our homes. Various styles have gone in and out of fashion, but people always seem to find a way to make history chic and seemingly new again. That’s the theme for 2022’s interior design trends. While we are seeing a revival in vintage aesthetics, there are pops of color and other design tropes that are distinctly contemporary. Keep reading for the top six interior design trends of 2022.

Rounded Shapes

Taking inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s, are rounded finishes on furniture and décor alike. This feminine and classy look brings a particular softness to a room. Gone are the days of sharp edges and angles. We want our spaces to feel cozy and welcoming, especially since most of us still spend most of our time at home. Whether it’s with your lighting or with your couch, give your space a more soothing ambiance this year.

Embracing Nature

Yes, we’re spending more time in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we miss the outdoors—quite the opposite. Designers are expecting people to bring the outdoors in. Yes, expect to see plants galore this year. The lemon and olive trees seem to have made quite an impact already as the indoor trees of the year. However, don’t just expect to get your fill from a little bit of greenery.

Expect to see many nature-inspired surfaces like stoneware, terracotta, marble, and travertine. From backsplashes to bathtubs, these materials can be used for anything. These materials offer depth, soul, and visual intrigue while simultaneously providing soothing sensations synonymous with the outdoors.

Multifunctional Spaces

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve had to learn how to carry out all our everyday functions throughout our homes. Whether it’s turning the dining room into a makeshift office, the living room into a library, or the bedroom into your cycling studio, there’s no shortage of the need for more space.

When redesigning your rooms to fit your needs, remember that you shouldn’t be thinking about how the room should look but, instead, how it feels. The goal is to create the most comfortable home that suites our personal needs rather than try and fit a mold. Spaces are becoming more unique by the day. It’s time we embrace the multifunctional room because it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

Vintage and Sustainable Décor

Sustainability is a key feature people are trying to incorporate into their homes. But did you know that your home doesn’t have to run on solar panels for it to be sustainable? That’s right! There are other ways to be sustainable. This includes embracing vintage décor. People have been taking old pieces and upcycling them for years, but this trend has officially hit the mainstream. It’s been proven that people like a little touch of vintage in a contemporary space. It makes a look classic and ultimately timeless. You can use vintage touches to tell a story or to bring a rich sense of history into a space, all while reducing your carbon footprint. What isn’t there to like about that?

The Five Senses

Spending more time at home means we have more time to think about how we want to experience each room. Whether with scent, sound, or touch, people incorporate accents that appeal directly to the five senses. Vibrant colors bring in the eye while essential oils set the tone, and who doesn’t love a touch of velvet?

Textiles are playing a significant role in this. Whether it’s elevating some statement wallpaper or warming up the room with a velvet couch, there are countless ways that textiles can be used to create the ultimate experience for you or any guests you might be entertaining.

Minimalism To the Max

If done right, minimalism enhances the livability of a space despite not featuring more creature comforts. Minimalism and its centralizing characteristics are for you if you’re looking for space that will help focus on day-to-day needs and chores. If you want to try and pull off the ultimate minimalist’s dream, try and stick one or two primary materials for furniture and limit how much other décor you place in your space. Are you worried about your living room feeling cold? Well, don’t! You can create visual interest by introducing contrasting textures and surfaces to any room.

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

We know what it takes to make a house a home. With just a bit of personal and stylish touches, you can transform any room into a heaven on earth. This is essential, especially since we spend so much more time at home.

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