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2022 Color Trends for Closets & Home Interiors

Custom home office storage system decorated with 2022 color trends.
Pantone predicts that we'll all see a lot more of this deep periwinkle color called "Very Peri" throughout 2022.

Every new year the Pantone institute comes up with predictions on what color schemes will dominate throughout the upcoming year. There are several trends predicted. Some are just updated hues from the previous year. But deep Periwinkle is the big new winner for 2022 color trends according to Pantone. This cool color is supported by a host of warm neutrals and complementary hues expected to quietly make their way into our homes and lives this year.

The 2022 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone color of the year for 2022 is Very Peri.
The Pantone color of the year for 2022 is "Very Peri," a deep shade of periwinkle.

Rather than nominate something from their extensive palette, Pantone created a new hue for 2022. Very Peri, or PANTONE 17-3938 is the Pantone color of the year. Stradling the gap between blue and purple, Very Peri is a deep periwinkle color. According to Pantone, this courageous color is intended to inspire personal inventiveness and creativity. Very Peri was selected to represent the transitions our society is currently experiencing online and at home.

We are living in transformative times. Very Peri is a color to encourage new ways of thinking and doing. Pantone got its inspiration from the video gaming pallet — a dynamic virtual world where we can explore and create new color possibilities. Very Peri illustrates the fusion of modern life and how color trends in the digital world are being manifested in the physical world and vice versa. Veri Peri is a cool color. This differentiates it from 2018's Ultra Violet Pantone color of the year. Ultra Violet is a deep purple with more red undertones.

The Psychology of Color & Periwinkle

2022 color trends with Very Peri color swatches for textiles and print
Pantone® Very Peri color swatches are available for textiles with equivalents for print and web applications.

Periwinkle is a cool, edgy color, sitting on the border between blue and purple. According to ColorPsychology.org, even though periwinkle trends towards purple, it is still considered to be part of the blue family. As such, it has the overall calming, positive effect on the human mind suggested by all blues.

However, periwinkle, including Very Peri, is not your tried-and-true blue. Personalities who favor this color are often less conventional or conservative than people who like pure blue, being somewhat open and generally more creative in their thinking. It tends to attract those who are intuitive, spiritual, emotional, and have a desire for uniqueness. A periwinkle personality is not afraid to be different or to speak up when needed. These are all qualities that we, as a society, are encouraged to celebrate and embrace this coming year.

How to use the New Pantone Colors at Home

Ivory sofa against a periwinkle accent wall shows 2022 color trends
This living room uses Very Peri for an accent wall. The dramatic color is paired with a neutral bone color sofa and green foliage.

All hues that lean towards purple tend to be dramatic. That's why they are sometimes controversial colors. They can upset the status quo. If you're feeling a bit timid when it comes to adding this vibrant hue to your home, start with something simple and easy to change. Use accent pillows, throws, and potted plants to add a spot of this trending color.

2022 Pantone® Color Palettes

Pantone provides four suggested color pallets with eight colors each for 2022. They all include Very Peri as one of the colors. However, seven other hues are provided in each pallet that all coordinates. Use them together to set a specific mood. Or pick your own pallet. Greens are featured in two of Pantones color pallets. You'll also notice a lot of beiges or "mushrooms" as neutrals. Pantone provides a description of each pallet:

Pantone 2022 color pallete called Wellspring which includes the Very Peri hue.
Wellspring: A holistic and harmonious blend of nature infused shades, Wellspring highlights the compatibility of the greens with good-natured PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, and the health-giving properties of these deliciously subtle and nourishing hues.
Pantone 2022 color pallete called Balancing Act which includes Very Peri hue.
Balancing Act: Balancing Act is a complementary palette of color whose natural balance of warm and cool tones support and enhance one other. The brilliance of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is intensified within this artfully calibrated palette, injecting a feeling of liveliness and visual vibration.
Pantone 2022 color pallete called Amusements which includes the Very Peri hue.
Amusements: A joyous and whimsical color story of irrepressible fun and spontaneity is amplified by the carefree confidence and joyful attitude of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, a twinkling blue hue whose playfulness emboldens uninhibited expression and experimentation.
Pantone 2022 color pallete called The Star of the Show.
Star of the Show: The dynamic presence of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri comes through in The Star of the Show, as we surround this 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.

Need more ideas on how to use Very Peri and the 2022 color trends?

Each year the major paint companies also come out with their top color predictions for the coming year. Better Homes & Gardens Paints, Valspar, Benjamin Moore, Behr, Glidden, PPG, and Sherwin Williams have overwhelmingly selected various muted shades of green as their top picks for 2022. And green works with periwinkle! It's a classic combination. Pair them with more neutrals to use as accents or go dramatic with a big splash of color. However you do it, Very Peri looks great with green.

Close-up of periwinkle flowers and leaves
Leafy green pairs naturally with periwinkle. The colors always look right together.
Open floor plan with kitchen and living room in 2022 color trends
This living room and kitchen open floor plan combines the 2022 Very Peri with a granite green accent wall and some of the neutrals from the Pantone 2022 color trends.

Be the Inspiration!

Are you ready to make some simple updates to your own rooms? Use these 2022 colors to fill your home with creativity and inventiveness! Periwinkle is a dynamic color for people who aren't afraid of change. Ground it with an organic green or one of the other colors from the suggested 2022 color trends pallets. Use warm neutrals and wood tones in your furnishings (and closet systems) to bring it all together for a home that inspires!