Pantone chose Very Peri as the color to represent 2022. It’s a blue hue with red-violet undertones according to Pantone, a color that they felt was fitting for the times when we need “courageous creativity and imaginative expression”. Boysen’s close color match to Very Peri is Medieval | BCP-1263.
Four years prior, in 2018, Pantone chose Ultra Violet, a color which is described by Pantone as a blue-based purple that is “intuitive” and “encourages inventiveness and inspiration”. Our closest color match to Ultra Violet is When Red Met Blue | BCP-1243.
Violet and Her Cousins
Colors belong to families. The same is true for violet. In the color wheel, violet is a secondary color that is created when the primary colors red and blue are combined.
Violet is a spectral or a rainbow color. Remember the anagram ROYGBIV? V stands for violet. This means that in the visible spectrum of light, violet exists.
Violet is a calming color. In color psychology, it symbolizes unconditional love and compassion, and considered a color of spirituality and meditation. Even the crystal amethyst is known as the stone of peace, to have soothing dreams that bring the dreamer more in harmony with the Divine. The clarity and peacefulness do not occur only during sleeping but also during a person’s waking hours.
It is not surprising, therefore, that violet is considered a good color for bedrooms. Boysen offers so many shades of violet—from the palest lavender to the deepest, darkest violet.
In the color wheel, violet has more blue tones and sits between blue and purple. Purple is a combination of equal parts of red and blue. The paint color Purple Power Revolution | BCT21-7740S, which belongs to the Move palette of Boysen Color Trend 2022/23, clearly shows more red tones.
Purple is not a spectral color. It does not have its own wavelength of light. Instead, when we see purple, we see a combination of two different wave lengths of electromagnetic radiation—red and blue.
Purple is a royal color, and has been since ancient times. An ordinary citizen was forbidden to wear it. If they did, the penalty was death. Now, we not only wear the color, we also can paint our homes with it.
Indigo is also a spectral (rainbow) color like violet, and is the “I” in Isaac Newton’s ROYGBIV. It is more blue than purple. In the color wheel, it sits halfway between blue and violet.
Did you read about how the color blue was considered a color for the noblemen because it was so hard to create the first blue pigments, which came from the crystal lapiz lazuli?
The color indigo comes from a shrub in Asia, and creating the pigment may have been easier than making blue pigment from lapis lazuli, but the process was still a painstaking and difficult one. That changed in 1865 when a German chemist named Adolf von Baeyer was able to produce the indigo dye synthetically. The color indigo gained popularity and demand exceeded supply when Levi Strauss used the color to dye his jeans in the early 20th century.
Indigo is a beautiful color and is often used by interior designers. Depending on the mood you want to achieve in the room, you can paint your surfaces with this powerful color, or scatter the color around the room by using indigo-colored home accessories, or big items like a sofa.
Other Colors in the Violet Family
Color choices have increased over the years, and we are faced with an excess of choices. For violet alone, we have colors like a pale, soft violet shade called lilac, a pale indigo called periwinkle, lavender that is lightly pinkish purple, mauve that sits between violet and pink in the color wheel, aubergine which does not need to be described since we know what talong looks like, the purple of grape, the bright rich purple of orchid… The shades of violet go on and on.
If you want to see the violet colors of Boysen, go visit a Mix and Match Station and ask to see the Boysen Color Palette fan deck. Click on this link to look for a location nearest you. Designers and homeowners who want their own fan deck can buy it online on this link.