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Purple power: Pantone names the colour of the year for 2022

14 Dec 2021

In 2022 it's time for purple blue to reign supreme. Following a year uncertainty, the international colour institute, Pantone has chosen a colour that symbolises expansive possibilities as the colour of the year for 2022. The colour, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri, a periwinkle purple blue, has been created especially for the Colour of the Year programme for the first time.

This home has a fresh South Pacifica vibe with Resene Chetwode Blue and bold green and pink accessories.  Image by Nicola Edmonds.

Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

“As we move into a world of unprecedented change Very Peri (is a colour) encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone,” says Eiseman.

Try bold periwinkles such as Resene Chetwode Blue, Resene Portage or Resene Zephyr or grey purple mauves such as Resene Memory Lane or Resene Santas Grey.

“Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”


Pantone’s colour of the year is about looking to the future but for a little violet inspiration take a trip down Resene Memory Lane.  Centre wall in Resene Memory Lane, left wall in Resene RSVP and right-side wall in Resene Noir. Floor in Resene Elderflower with geometric pattern in Resene Black and Table in Resene Blackjack.Project by Kate Alexander, image by Bryce Carleton.

“As society continues to recognise colour as a critical form of communication, and 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 lay before us”.


The colour periwinkle is on the horizon for 2022. This mural uses a spectrum of Resene colours including Resene Spindle (sky), Resene Half Mischka and Resene Mischka (left hills), Resene Freestyling (right hill), Resene Santas Grey (right), Resene Mamba (right), Resene Hammerhead (left, behind sofa), Resene Casper (sea) and floor in Resene Ivanhoe. Project by Megan Harrison Turner, image by Melanie Jenkins.

Published: 14 Dec 2021