Have you ever noticed that some colors seem to appear everywhere for a season and then fade away? There is a reason for this.
Over two decades ago, Pantone’s Color of the Year first appeared, and it became a pop culture phenomenon, influencing decisions in many industries including home furnishings, fashion, and graphic design. It even inspired other companies to release their own color of the year.
As 2021 moves away, what colors will take the stage in 2022?
An article in the Washington post last month revealed a strange trend. Journalist Megan Buerger wrote that while in recent years a rainbow of colors has been announced as companies reveal their color of the year, this year several companies have independently chosen a green-gray in mute.
“Commonly associated with healing and serenity, the gender-neutral blended hue relies on natural elements such as pebbles, herbs, succulents and sea glass to achieve a certain restorative balance,” he said. she wrote. “While there are always some common thematic elements – most of the 2021 colors shared a certain reserved optimism, for example – there is rarely any real overlap. So, what has inspired so many companies to Going green for 2022? The dominant theory is that an extended period in which we all went through similar routines – working from home, eating out, swapping long-distance vacations for long scenic drives – triggered a global conversation about the importance of mental health.
Many companies have chosen colors that reflect this. Behr chose Breezeway, a refreshing mint representing spiritual re-emergence. Glidden opted for Guacamole, a dense, slightly retro shade chosen for its calming qualities that can turn a bedroom into a hideaway. PPG’s Olive Sprig is a soft shade symbolizing new beginnings in a post-pandemic era. Farrow & Ball chose a Breakfast Room Green palette and Valspar chose Whited Thyme.
Justin Myers of Heartland Paint in St. Joseph said that Benjamin Moore’s Color Pick of the Year, October Mist, is a pale blue green. The selections for 2022 appear to be heading for a pastel blue or a soft green. Using softer, more subtle colors is a trend that Myers says will emerge in the next few years.
“I think we’ll see more colors and less gray,” he said. “Pastels, muted colors, muted blues and greens and not-so-bright yellows. I think we’ll see more of it in the next year or two.
When the highly anticipated Pantone Color of the Year for 2022 was announced, it stood out with the creation of a new color. While other companies have looked at more earthy tones, Pantone has announced a color that represents the fusion of our physical and digital lives. Pantone.com says Very Peri is a color that encourages personal inventiveness and creativity.
“The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what’s happening in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for and this color can hope to respond,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “Creating a new color for the first time in the history of our Pantone Color of the Year educational color program reflects on-going global innovation and transformation. As society continues to recognize color as a form of critical communication and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and to engage and connect, the complexity of this new red-infused blue hue -purple highlights the vast possibilities available to us.
If you’re excited to turn things around as we move into a new year, find ways to add some color that will make it easy for you to make changes in the future. Use pillows, curtains, and other decorations for the home. Covering your entire house with the color of the year might not be the best idea, but if that’s what you want, go for it. The possibilities are limitless.