Pantone Announces 2022 Color of the Year: Very Peri

periwinkle interior design

For the new year, Pantone has selected its new Color of the Year to represent transition, hope, and possibilities — “Very Peri.” Whether livening up neutral spaces, splashed as an unexpected vibrant surprise, or boldly dressing the backdrop of your room, Very Peri will surely serve you as more than just a color for decor, but as a fresh perspective for 2022.

Very Peri is a periwinkle, described as “a warm blue with a violet-red undertone.”

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, shared her perspective for honoring Very Peri:

“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.”

Industry designers weighed in on the new year’s color of hope and the best ways to include it in your future interior design plans.

Periwinkle Fabrics, Rugs, and Wall Coverings

Judy Pricket, Founder of Design Lines Signature in Raleigh, NC shares the magic of pairing periwinkle with color schemes inspired by nature:

“Periwinkle is one of those colors that is rich enough to stand on its own paired with creamy neutrals or rich gold leaf. Taking inspiration from nature, you can see it in color pairings of brilliant sunsets with corals, pinks, light blue, and turquoise, or you can see it in the garden paired with any shade of green, from sage to emerald.

“This color is fresh, uplifting, and regal. It is embracing and comforting. It can be serious and formal, or bright, playful, and casual. I see this color used in a traditional home in gorgeous fabrics, rugs, and wallcoverings, or contemporary settings as a color block accent wall.”

Pop of Color in Furniture

Tracey Morris, a Designer in McLean, VA shares how painting pieces of furniture can add a powerful splash to an entire room in your home:

“This new color can be used in a variety of ways. The first that comes to mind is painting a small living room drinks table to bring a dreamy color to a space. Also, this color would look beautiful on the backs of cabinets or bookshelves.

“It can be used as a splash of color or to coat an entire room. If coating the room, pair with high-contrast black and white for an incredible statement. There are so many tones that pair well with Very Peri.”

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Periwinkle Accents

If you’re looking for a relaxing vibe for your bedroom or bathroom, periwinkle is the perfect paint for the job according to Nina Grauer, Founder, and Principal of Dekay & Tate Interiors in Palm Beach, FL.

She states, “We love using a color like this in a serene space, like a bed or bath. It packs a punch but still feels relatively relaxing and moody, which is the perfect vibe for a bedroom. It’s probably best to use this as an accent wall, even on the ceiling.”

“It is a more fun, playful color, but it can work in minimal style homes as well as maximalist — it’s all in the way you use it. For us, this is a very calming and soothing color but still has some energy, so it should put you in a happy and inspired mood.”

A Glossy Periwinkle Finish

Cindy Rinfret, Designer in Greenwich, CT, raves about the depth a periwinkle lacquer brings to your space:

“The color is very moody and mysterious. The depth of color in it will add a lot of interest to a space. It has a lot of layers, and that depth gives off a serene but sexy vibe. It’s similar to the colors you see at [dusk] right before the sun sets. I think there is something extremely calming about this color. You can use it as an accent on pillows or art with light fabrics to give a fantastic pop to any space.“

“Although it’s a strong color, the tones work with a lot of different pairings. It would be gorgeous lacquered in a dining room or powder room as a big statement — the depth of tone would be fantastic in a glossy sheen.”

A “Very Peri” Kids’ Room

A gender-neutral color that inspires imagination as well as peaceful sleep, periwinkle is a fantastic color for the walls and furniture of a child’s room.

Designer Georgia Zikas in West Hartford, CT, states:

“I adore this color for kids’ rooms. I think it is such a fun, engaging, yet gender-neutral shade that could work well. It has a certain curiosity to it; I feel like it would spark imaginations and bring playtime to life.”

“In a boys’ room, I would pair it with navy or darker blue for an almost tonal feel. In a girls’ room, perhaps silvers, grays, and whites to create a whimsical environment.”

“This color transcends style, and it’s all in the way you use it. Hopefully, if you’re using it in your kids’ rooms, it will inspire creativity but also help them sleep.”

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