The reveal of colour of the year is hotly anticipated in design calendars. This year, a variety of new colours made the popular list: from purple and green to blue. There are colours that designers have been embracing for many years and there are new tones and hues which add a fresh feel.
Embracing new designs in commercial spaces
Natalie Makowski, Product Design Manager for EMEA, shares her take on the colours of the year and explores how best to embrace the latest shades in commercial environments.
Pantone: Very Peri
Pantone’s colour of the year, Very Peri, is a vibrant purple shade that displays carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates creative spirit and inquisitiveness. The colour symbolises “transformative times” and adds a playful twist to 2022’s palette.
It may be difficult to imagine such a bold colour integrated into an office environment, but pairing it with other colours to calm the vibrant tones could work to give it a commercial edge. One palette that Pantone presented was The Star of the Show. Here the neutral, warm tones create a sense of grounding that prevents it from being overwhelming.
Interface has been inspired by the Very Peri palette. They mixed and matched standard and customised products to create 2 tabletops.
PPG: Olive Sprig
Paint brand PPG revealed its colour of the year as Olive Sprig, a soothing grey-green shade. It is described as “elegant, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable, representing regrowth and mimicking nature’s resiliency.”
The colour is based on the concept of a horizon and symbolises reflection and looking forward to what might change over the next 12 months.
Green has slowly gained popularity in commercial and residential spaces. It works as a neutral and Olive Sprig is a flexible hue that can be adapted to most environments, styles and usages. This is proof that green can balance out warm, neutral products. The pairings of products are soft in texture and pattern and must be subtle and create a sense of sophistication.
Sherwin Williams: Evergreen Fog
With strong similarities to PPG’s Olive Sprig, Sherwin Williams has chosen a very calming, versatile green shade with grey and blue undertones, called Evergreen Fog. The colour complements neutrals very well and was chosen to help designers create a “modern, organic” feel within the spaces they create. It can easily be used as an overall tone in an interior space or paired with a palette of homely colours.
The colours from PPG and Sherwin Williams resemble Dulux’s colour of the year for 2020, Tranquil Dawn, that reflects a shared desire to embrace nature. It also represents the growth in the use of sage and olive tones.
Dulux: Bright Skies
Dulux with its sky blue shade named Bright Skies was the winner of colour of the year for 2022. It is a fresh and airy colour and ideal to introduce subtle hints of colour into commercial spaces.
Similar to PPG and Sherwin Williams’ choices, Bright Skies is an uplifting shade that supports biophilic design and can be easily woven into a space to create a sense of positivity.
Another firm favourite is the mix of blue tones here to create a soft and relaxing feel of the product mixes.
2022 and beyond
Looking at the favourite colours this year, the trend leans towards earthy, soft, versatile shades connecting us to nature – a trend that is here to stay.