What is the hottest colour trend for interiors in 2022?
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Spring is here. The perfect time of year to overhaul our interiors and give our homes a possibly much-needed makeover.
With many of us still working out of the office, we’ve become very acquainted with our humble abodes over the past couple of years, and it’s important to love the spaces we live in and work in.
This year’s Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Very Peri’ - a ‘periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone’.
Described by the colour experts as a shade ‘whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity’, it’s the ideal hue for anyone looking to be daring and bold with their design choices this year.
“I think this year’s Pantone colour is fun, exciting and bold,” says Helen Moss, design consultant at Glasswells. “It can be added to other vibrant colours to make a maximalist statement, or stand-alone to create a harmonious space.”
With all things big, bold and bright on this year’s agenda, Helen thinks the perfect place to showcase Very Peri is in your living room. She says: “Maximalism trends are becoming a hot topic for 2022, and what better space to add this statement colour than your lounge? By adding complimenting vibrant colours against neutral backdrops, this will really make it a perfect social space and give it that wow factor.
“One approach is to introduce an accent velvet sofa or chair. If you feel this is way too much out of your comfort zone however, get creative and accessorise. Simple changes in soft furnishings, such as adding scatter cushions in Very Peri complimented by a Prussian blue or vibrant green piping can completely change the look of a space. Incorporating a nice throw over or accent pieces like a statement lamp can help you to introduce this vibrant, yet exciting colour into your room.”
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Alternatively, why not inject some life into your bedroom with this fun shade of purple?
“You could also consider adding this colour to a bedroom by painting a feature wall and matching bedding. To lessen the intensity, keep it simple in the bedroom and use fresh white tones on the rest of walls. You could always add in some of the colour tone into a pair of curtains with a small floral motif,” she adds.
Norfolk-based interior designer Lauren Collins-Hines is particularly fond of this shade thanks to its uniqueness and versatility. “I really like the new Pantone colour – it's something we haven’t seen before as it’s so unique, and you won’t find this colour very easily in fabric books or paint charts. It’s vibrant yet subtle and can be used in many room settings,” she says.
“There are many ways you can introduce this colour into your homes. Firstly, I would suggest art work with hints of Veri Peri, or alternatively you can introduce the colour with a feature wallpaper. If you’re going to bring this colour into a wallpaper, I would also incorporate it within your cushions or accessories to really tie in and bring it to life.”
If you're looking to stay on-trend but not overhaul your home entirely, small touches here and there will ensure you’re still part of the Pantone club and make all the difference.
“If a more neutral base interior suits your style, I would introduce this new colour through faux flowers or real flowers, especially in a bedroom setting, which creates a fresh and relaxing feel. I would pick up on this colour through accents such as a mug, books or even your front door if you’re feeling brave! It’s all about how you introduce colour into the scheme rather than the room itself.”
For director of Risby Taylor Interiors, Paige Risby, furnishings such as curtains and blinds are the way to go. They’re not as big and expensive as a sofa or armchairs, and they’re not as much of a commitment as a feature wall or wallpapering an entire room.
“It’s a refreshing colour which can also be used in a daring and bold way, or even in a beautiful piece of artwork. I’d therefore suggest a curtain or Roman blind using a fabric in this colour, and I’d advise accompanying this with other colour work in the room on the cooler colour scales.”
Think deeper and lighter variations of purple and blue.
“This colour would be best used in a communal room, such as a living area or dining room – and ideally it would be used in a south facing room as blue and purple to balance the intensity of the light.”
Tami Collins, resident interior designer at John Doe Carpets & Furniture, is all about this colour due to its royal lineage, and thinks it can turn your abode from a home into a palace.
“In the year of the Platinum Jubilee, the Pantone Colour of the Year is appropriately a rich and royal periwinkle blue-purple which is both soft yet vibrant. While not always an obvious choice in interiors, it can blend beautifully into many schemes.”
So how do you go about creating a space fit for a monarch?
“For a dramatic and decadent look, mix Very Peri with its opposite on the colour wheel by using mustard yellows and gold accessories. Truly palatial. Think of a dining room with walls painted in Very Peri, and use lamps with mustard shades and dot gold accessories around the room. The table can be dressed with a dark tablecloth, and gold charger plates with purple napkins.
“Or how about a child’s bedroom? This colour lends itself perfectly to other tonal colours in the huge variety of choices available to us - think a warm, muted orange and emerald green on a neutral background as a wallpaper or even a mural. The options are endless.”