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.

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties wants you to enter the new year feeling hopeful for what the future holds. We are here to help you find what that future may look like with our dedicated team of realtors and wide selection of properties. If you are looking to take that step this 2022, you can contact one of our team members at (618) 791-5024 & (618) 791-9298 or visit our website at

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