Pantone names ‘Very Peri’ 2022 Color of the Year

Neutral green-grays also popular for 2022

By: Sarah Wojcik | Metro | Published January 12, 2022

 Laurie Glass, co-founder of Cooper Glass Homes with Max Broock Realtors in Birmingham,  says that Very Peri can make an excellent accent color.

Laurie Glass, co-founder of Cooper Glass Homes with Max Broock Realtors in Birmingham, says that Very Peri can make an excellent accent color.

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METRO DETROIT — The Pantone Color Institute recently announced “Very Peri” as its 2022 Color of the Year, marking the first time that the institute created a new color for the program.

The color’s “courageous presence” supposedly “encourages personal inventiveness and creativity” as the world moves into unprecedented change, according to Pantone.com.

The Pantone Color Institute, a consulting service that forecasts global color trends for brand identity and product development, has chosen a color of the year that it believes mirrors the culture and mood of the world every year since 1999.

“Very Peri 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, (it) displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions,” Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman said in a prepared statement.

She added that creating a new color for the first time reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place in the modern world.

“As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and engage and connect, the complexity of this new red violet-infused blue highlights the expansive possibilities that lay before us,” Eiseman said in a prepared statement.

As society emerges from isolation, Very Peri represents its changing notions and standards, as well as the merging of individuals’ physical and digital lives, as exemplified in the rising popularity of gaming, the metaverse and digital art, according to Pantone.com.

C & G Newspapers spoke to two experts in color — a Realtor experienced with staging homes for sale and a fine artist who founded Articipate, a place for artists of all levels to explore a range of mediums, in Berkley — to learn more about Very Peri and three other colors forecasted to represent 2022 and to learn how to use them in a home.

Laurie Glass, co-founder of Cooper Glass Homes with Max Broock Realtors in Birmingham, said Very Peri is a unique hue in the blue family that bucks the trend of traditional grays and beiges.

While she would advise against using the color alone or painting a whole room Very Peri, Glass said it could be outstanding if used as an accent wall in a master bedroom or in a bedroom for a teen; as a backdrop behind a wooden bar for a mid-century feel; or in a sofa or accent pillows.

“In terms of Very Peri, if you infuse it correctly, you can have a knockout,” she said. “I think it’s a cool color to mix with a mustard for a ’70s vibe. By infusing a lot of blues, like blue pillows, it becomes a bold backdrop, but the rest of the room stays soft.”

Fine artist Debby Kobayashi said Very Peri might attract people who want to stand out from the crowd. She likened the forecasted color to the modern acceptance of greens and blacks in nail and lip colors, when for years the norm was to stick to red and purple shades.

“It’s an odd color,” Kobayashi said. “It’s quirky and it’s fun and it calls attention. It’s unique.”

Paint companies Behr, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams named “Breezeway,” “October Mist” and “Evergreen Fog” as their colors of the year, respectively.

Breezeway is a “relaxed and uplifting sea glass green expressing peace and tranquility for forward movement” that serves as “the physical passageway to spiritual reemergence,” according to Behr.com.

Glass said she would use Breezeway in a front door to add a pop of color to a white farmhouse-style home with black accents, like black shutters.

“This is a really pretty standout color that’s soft enough but makes enough of a statement for these white farmhouse homes,” she said. “It would also go well in an actual breezeway with white painted furniture, or in any room with a beach feel to infuse some color with whites, tans and beiges.”

Kobayashi said Breezeway is a good hue to use for a refreshing and light feel to a room, but she advised against using too much to avoid overpowering a space.

October Mist evokes the “silver-green stem of a flower” and is a “gently shaded sage” that “quietly anchors a space, while encouraging individual expression through color,” according to BenjaminMoore.com.

Glass said October Mist would look great in a vintage bathroom with black and white tile to imbue some earthy color. She recommended pairing the color with silvers or gentle greens, blues or grays for a “really rich look.”

“I think it would be a really pretty backdrop for a bedroom against some crisp white moldings and deep gray silvery pillows,” she said.

Kobayashi described October Mist as a “very stable” neutral mid-tone.

“When I think about colors and putting them in a painting, it’s always the colors you put beside it that define a basic color like this,” she said. “You could warm up a space by pairing it with warm colors, or put it with a nice cool blue to take on a whole other feel. I think it’s the quietest of all the colors.”

Evergreen Fog is “a versatile and calming hue, a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue,” according to Sherwin-Williams.com.

Glass said Evergreen Fog is an “inviting” and “earthy” color that evokes the modern feel of Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware. She added that it would be appealing in a foyer with crisp white accents and some “really colorful modern art.”

“It looks really nice with a nice trim and brown accents, like a camel leather sofa,” she said. “We’re calling it a nature-inspired neutral.”

Kobayashi said Evergreen Fog, a neutral tone that is darker than October Mist, is “very soothing,” “updated” and “fresh.”

When looking for inspiration for which colors to use in interior design, Kobayashi said she prefers to match colors to a particular painting. Such a method can be utilized with Very Peri, Breezeway, October Mist and Evergreen Fog.

“Looking at paint chips is really quite a lot of work. I find it so much more fun to look at paintings. It’s like a color vacation,” she said.

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