Pantone unveils 2022 colour of the year
13 Dec 2021 11:35

The organisation described the colour as a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone.

Blending the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red, this happiest and warmest of all the blue hues introduces an empowering mix of newness, it added.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, said: As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue colour family.

Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.

Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute, added: The Pantone Colour of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that colour can hope to answer.

Creating a new colour for the first time in the history of our Pantone Colour of the Year educational colour program reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place.

As society continues to recognise colour as a critical form of communication and as a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and engage and connect, the complexity of this new red-violet-infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lie before us.

Recent Pantone colours of the year:

  • 2021 Ultimate Grey (Pantone 17-5104) and Illuminating (Pantone 13-0647) An enduring grey and a vibrant yellow were both selected
  • 2020 Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052) A timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity
  • 2019 Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone
  • 2018 Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade
  • 2017 Greenery (Pantone 15-0343) A refreshing and revitalising shade
  • 2016 Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 15-3919) A blending of two shades was chosen for the first time
  • 2015 Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) A naturally robust and earthy wine red 
  • 2014 Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224) An expressive, creative and embracing purple
  • 2013 Emerald (Pantone 17-5641) A colour of elegance and beauty, most often associated with gemstones
  • 2012 Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463) Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset
  • 2011 Honeysuckle (Pantone 18-2120) A dynamic reddish pink

Prepared on the basis of information from Print Week