While a shadowy cabal of paint companies was away on an annual retreat deciding on the colours of the year for 2022 (green, green and more green), Pantone skipped the whole affair, refused to bow to peer pressure, and happily decreed that 2022 is all about the periwinkle, baby.
Meet ‘Veri Peri,’ your reigning queen of colour for the next year, according to the Pantone powers that be. “Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities,” the colour experts crowed in their press release announcing Very Peri’s victory. (For the record, they also go on to call it a “symbol of the global zeitgeist.” Who knew!)
As with any sweeping declaration, the selection of Very Peri has proved polarizing with the design community (as Interior Designer of the Year Amanda Hamilton put it on her studio’s Instagram: “Honestly, we are not here for this”) but here at Western Living HQ, we love this annual tradition of arbitrary hue selection. What better excuse to window-shop for colourful furniture and accessories to share with our readers who are either delighted or horrified at the idea of a mauve sofa?
Presenting, our favourite periwinkle picks.
The Perfect Purple Sofa
We’re already obsessed with the low-slung, down-stuffed Replay sofa from EQ3. Deck it out in a soft Lana Light Purple fabric, and you’ll be lounging in periwinkle paradise. (Price on request.)
The Perfect Periwinkle Sheets
What better way to embrace the global zeitgeist than to literally wrap yourself in it? Cozy up in a set of these linen Orchid sheets from Cb2. (On sale: $280 for a queen set.)
The Perfect Periwinkle Serving Dish
Okay, we’re having a hard time thinking of purple foods that you could put in this pretty purple Low bowl from West Elm, but maybe just stock up on a few and figure that out later. (Grapes?) ($17).
The Perfect Periwinkle Vase
The Iittala vase from Vancouver Special is a classic modernist design piece, so even if this periwinkle trend is a flash in the pan (gasp!) you’re sure to get style points for this one for years to come. ($509)
The Perfect Periwinkle Parrot Pièce de Résistance
What is art? Is it this beaded wall hanging from Jonathan Adler of two tropical parrots? Yes. We think yes. ($1,750)
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The Perfect Periwinkle Pan
The Perfect Periwinkle Pouf
Somewhere between a coffee table and a stool; somewhere between purple and blue. This Normann Copenhagen Circus pouf is everything to everyone in this periwinkle era. ($865 USD)
The Perfect Periwinkle Armchair
Inspired by a traditional Japanese hand fan, the Hay Uchiwa lounge chair is pretty in purple. ($1696)
The Perfect Periwinkle Paranoid Poster
Affordable and chilling, this print from Douglas Coupland’s Slogans for the 21st Century project is paranoid perfection. Available from Inform Interiors. ($25).