Pantone’s Colour of the Year: 2015 to 2022

3rd December 2021

Since 2007 Pantone has been providing inspiration through their colour of the year. Their choices are reflected in fashion, homewares, technology and product design.

Each year a team of colour experts carries out scrupulous trend analysis to arrive at their Colour of the Year. This includes looking at fashion home interiors, industrial design, product design, packaging and graphic design. For the last 20 years the Color of the Year has influenced our purchase decisions and product development across sectors. For more information visit

Here’s a look back over some of the recent colours, from 2015 to 2022.

Very Peri, Pantone Colour of the Year 2022

2022: Very Peri

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2022 has been announced and it is PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri. This is the first time that Pantone has created a new colour from scratch for their Colour of the Year.

According to the website, Very Peri “illustrates the fusion of modern life and how color trends in the digital world are being manifested in the physical world and vice versa.” It is a nod to the transformational times we are living through as we emerge from long periods of isolation.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director says:

“As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues yet at the same time with its violet red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions.”

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

Pantone has launched its Color of the Year for 2021. There are two colours, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, which Pantone descries as, “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

Colour References: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

After a very challenging 2020, the new Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are ‘message of happiness supported by fortitude’.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Color Institute, says of the colours:

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

Classic Blue

2020: Classic Blue

2019 has seen a lot of turmoil, in terms of political, social and economic uncertainty at home and internationally. With the general election looming in the UK and a lack of clarity on Brexit, this looks set to continue into the New Year. In the US the impeachment hearing continues to dominate headlines. It is perhaps not surprising then that The Color Institute has selected Classic Blue 19-4052 as its 2020 Colour of the Year.

The Color Institute explain their choice as follows:

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman states:

“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of conversation.”

We look forward to see how this is interpreted by designers, creatives, and the wider population in 2020.

Living Coral

2019: Living Coral

Described as an ‘animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge’, Living Coral or PANTONE 16-1546 is the current colour of the year.

2018: Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet

PANTONE 18-3838 or Ultra Violet is described as ‘inventive’ and ‘imaginative’. Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman said:

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Ultra Violet suggests intrigue and mystery and evokes images of faraway galaxies and worlds still to be discovered. It reminds us to keep on striving, to push the boundaries of our imagination and creativity.

Purple is also associated with spirituality and mindfulness, something that is much needed in a hectic and ever-moving world. It suggests vitality and energy.

2017: Greenery


When Pantone announced its Colour of the Year for 2017 it was widely felt that this was a reference to the social and political environment and the need to regroup and refresh at that time. Greenery (Pantone Ref 15-0343) was a welcome choice.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

In 2016 Pantone blended two colours for the first time. Pantone said of the pairing:

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfil our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

2015: Marsala


Pantone’s Marsala was described as a ‘tasteful hue’ appealing to both men and women, which embodied ‘the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.’

The warm earthy shade worked well with neutrals and Pantone recommended pairings with ‘amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range’.

Colour is important. It impacts on everything from buying decisions, to how we furnish our homes, right down to our mood. That’s why brands agonise over the precise shade and hue to represent them.

All of our promotional products can be customised with your choice of colour. Ensuring we represent you brand identity is our priority. We can match any Pantone colour or colour mix. Ask Carrie for details. Phone 01524 230 300 or email

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