It’s the future but we’re suddenly back in the Nineties.
The location? The lilac-wallpapered lounge of Sis' May in 'Sgudi Snaysi' or the purple living room of the flat Rachel and Monica shared in Friends – because that is the vibe Pantone’s 2022 colour of the year gives.
It’s like violet, lilac and midnight blue had a baby – and it’s exactly the kind of soothing periwinkle hue that many décor, beauty and fashion lovers are embracing for the third year of the pandemic.
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The new colour shade that Pantone has named Very Peri is the “happiest and warmest of all the blue hues with a palette of classics and neutrals whose essence of elegance and understated stylishness convey a message of timeless sophistication”, the colour standards and trends forecasting institution says.
“It is a colour that really places the future ahead in a new light,” Pantone Colour Institute Vice President Laurie Pressman told Vogue earlier this week. “We feel this was the perfect colour to get those feelings about the future across.”
The brand-new colour is also a sign of the times, as Vogue’s Steff Yotka observes, because it embraces uncertainty about the future, saying that “as many continue to battle the Omicron variant and the world enters yet another phase of uncertainty . . . well, can Very Peri save us”?
She reflects on the novelty of the warm hue being something to look forward to. “After two years of sameness and struggle, we are all feeling for something new.”
“It was really important for us to come up with a new colour, because we have a very new vision of the world now,” Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman told CNN.
Whether it's a fresh lick of Very Peri paint that you're thinking of giving your front door, or maybe getting a few décor pieces in this periwinkle shade, here are seven inspiring ways to do it for each room of your home.