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Designers are experimenting with a new set of colour trends as we move deeper into this new decade while continuing to navigate a planet that has learned to cope with a global pandemic. We all need a visual treat for all that we have gone through in the last two years, right?

It is the time for a breath of fresh air. Colours that make us feel centred are expected to dominate across design landscapes in 2022, according to industry experts.

Interiors will be floored with some soothing blues, delicate greens, and grounded earth tones, which point us toward an optimistic world. We have seen the unveiling of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2022 and it is very exciting. A completely new colour produced specifically for the Color of the Year for the first time ever. The colour trends of 2022 are on the lookout for some simplicity. Instead of the bright hues that dominated 2020’s designs, we’re going for muted, toned-down colours that feel softer and closer to home.

One may not mistake these colour trends for being boring or washed-out—most of them are modern and innovative reinterpretations of previous colour trends. They have a new face for the new year now. Read this article to check out the next colour trends for the new year 2022.

1. Neutrals

Neutrals like beige, ivory, taupe, black, grey, and shades of white appear colourless, yet they often have undertones in various applications. One can never go wrong with a neutral colour palette, but it is most difficult to make the right choice of neutrals that would go well together.

Choosing a neutral colour palette might help you in a variety of ways. They can serve as a colour canvas, allowing you to experiment more freely with brighter, more vibrant additions. Alternatively, using brighter neutrals gives a more open, clean, and airy feel. Muted or darker neutrals can give a cosy feeling while yet maintaining a streamlined appearance.

2. Pastels

Pastels are attractive. They’re gentle and sweet, and they’re the ideal palette for spring. Pastel gradients bring out colour, depth, and texture to simple designs. Pastels lend a dreamy background to everything. Designers are using pastels in unusual and imaginative ways to create various kinds of vibes. It’s a great way to recreate classic hues while also pushing the envelope by reimagining something we all thought we knew.

Solid pastels give a light dimension, while gradients give it a good quirk. Experimenting with saturation lead to creating bolder pastels, or mixing neons and intricate patterns with them that suit the Gen Z vibe. The outcome is a pastel with a lively sense thanks to the more bright colours and patterns. Being soft and subtle, it is unusual, but not out of the ordinary.

3. Earthy tones

Earthy neutral colours, which range from rich browns, creamy beiges, and terracotta reds to greens, ochres, and greys, have been popular in recent days. This is in stark contrast to the neons and bright hues that dominated previous years’ designs. With trying times, we choose things that are closer to comfort.

Earthy neutrals and nature-inspired greens will be the colours of the year in 2022. Green tones are becoming more popular, ranging from sage to darker hues. Rustic shades give a soothing and refreshing back-to-nature sense. The rising interest in sustainability and environmentalism around the world, as well as a desire to get back to basics, have fueled the usage of natural colours in numerous design disciplines.

4. Airy, Sunny Shades

Airy tones are light tones that are, well, airy. Airy blues, like butter yellow and cotton candy pink, are some colours that are trending right now and being used in unexpected ways that defy preconceived notions about how these colours function and what they imply. Soft, yet bright tones like yellow on green give us a sense of optimism and positivity. With the upcoming new year, these summery tones are also expected to have a great appeal ranging from bright, soft tones to airy, muted tones.

5. Vintage Floral tones

Floral colours in toned-down, desaturated colour palettes, commonly employed in floral patterns, are one of the colour trends expected to take centre stage in 2022. Designers create flower designs that feel rustic, old-school, and comfortable worn in by using these colour palettes. Designers give these floral arrangements a retro vibe by desaturating and toning down the colours and showing retro in the sense that time has passed and the blossoms have dried out. The message is clear: these blossoms are delicate and exquisite, so treat them as such.

6. Deep Royal Tones

Deep royal tones involve colours like violet, aubergine, dark blues, and solid olive greens. The plain colours can be used for colour blocking, as well as to place ornamental pieces against. These colours give a very royal and bold look, a feeling that 2022 is ready to embrace.

What you can take away

Take inspiration from the top colour trends of 2022 if you’re working on a new design for 2022. Colourful abstracts and jewel tones with neutrals, hyper-saturated colour combinations and retro colour schemes, light and airy hues and adventurous pastels.

There are many ways to incorporate these colour trends into your designs, from cutting edge to traditional, or anywhere in between, whether you are searching for a design that will remain forever or want to renew your brand.

Are you ready to witness the hues that will be all over the place in 2022 and beyond?



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Visualize a monochrome world and the phase of ‘black and white’ movies and songs. Many of you must have been transitioned back to the times of Raj Kapoor or Elvis Presley, right? Surely, it was a mesmerizing era but nobody can deny that our world would be dull and boring without the beautiful combinations, shades and hues of colours around.


Colour often relates to memories; like having mango ice-cream on a sunny morning or having hot tomato soup in the cold winter nights. From the romantic red of a rose to the intriguing red that agitates a bull, every being reacts differently to each colour. Ever wondered why? The energy produced by the light that colours emit, is capable of inspiring, energizing, healing, exciting or soothing a person.

Colour Psychology and Kids

A child in a mother’s womb is confined and protected in a space that is isolated from the real world full of colours and sounds. Imagine the peace that the baby is at! Hence after birth, babies experience discomfort when they are exposed to sudden bursts of colours. To replicate that feeling of the comfort of the womb, many designers use shades of peach in a newborn’s nursery to imitate the colour of light penetrating through the mother’s skin.

As toddlers are not accustomed to reading or writing in their childhood days, they rely more upon the visual medium they are surrounded in. The colours of the walls and floors of a kid’s bedroom must secure the child’s sight, physical and mental health and provide an environment leading to a good sleep. Each kid reacts differently to colours, and keeping the psychological and design considerations as a priority, the kid’s bedroom can be transformed into a space full of positivity.


Parents know their kid’s personality and mood more than anyone else. Is your little one hyper-active and requires a calming environment around? Does he/she lose concentration quick and easy? Maybe they require a colour that does not cause exhaustion of the eyes. Children are emotional and are generally quite attached to a space they spend their maximum time in- be it playing, studying or even cuddling with mom! Thus, a good blend of colour plays an important role as it enhances the ambience and vibe of the space.

Warm v/s Cool

The broad range of colours can be classified into warm and cool. Shades of red, orange and yellow fall in the category of warm colours which are known to provide a cozy and comfortable feeling. Used in excess, these colours can cause the reverse reaction, making it difficult for the child to sleep or concentrate. Blue and purple are cool, which have a calming effect in the room. As the name suggests, cool colours soothe the environment and make the room feel more spacious and lighter.


Let’s talk about the general colours that parents opt for their kids’ bedrooms, play rooms or nurseries:


Known to be a stimulating colour that can increase heart rate and ignite aggression. For kids showing high signs of hyper-activity, red is probably not the best option as it might aggravate this behavior more. It is better to use red as an accent colour that can be used in smaller portions, for contrast.


People generally equate the qualities of red and orange as they lie closely in the spectrum of colours but orange is known to increase confidence, and communication. With that being said, orange being a warm colour should not be used extensively in a kid’s room as it can cause irritation.


We associate yellow with happiness and summers; everything positive! It is known to create a cheery atmosphere and boosts concentration. On the contrary, yellow used in abundance can cause anger.


The most neural colour as it lies in the center of the spectrum, is known to have the best effect on child as it soothing and increases reading speed as well as concentration.



Known to have qualities exactly the opposite of red, blue can decrease levels of anxiety and improves heart rate. Preferably better for kids with mental discomfort and tantrums.


Impact of Colour on Behavioral Disorders

There has been a growth in the rate of children with autism, ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and learning dishabilles like dyslexia. The kids in this spectrum usually experience a distortion of colour leading to anxiety and hyper-activity. Learning disabilities can even lead to a kid being an introvert, which means that colours like yellow and orange will lead to higher energy levels and a kid with already higher energy can utilize calming colours like blue and green for a peaceful environment.

Combinations of duller colours like shades of white and grey are known to have a calming effect and out of all, pale pink has been voted as the most pristine and favored colour for kids with autism. While just plain white walls can lead to monotony and depression of kids with behavioral disorder, combining white appropriate warm and cool colors would be the best. Warm colours like red and yellow should be avoided in large areas as it can increase the hyperactivity and thus cool colours are more preferred.

Vastu and Colours

While vastu enables us to study the best suitable directions for the spaces in our homes, the correct combination of colour and direction for kids’ bedroom will lead to positive influences on the mind. As per vastu, bright colours like blue, orange and yellow are much better than dark colours like black and dark blue/grey. Green lies at the center of the colour spectrum and is said to have the best soothing effect, helps concentration and is relatable to the natural surroundings.

Vastu experts strongly believe that bright colours should be avoided in the walls, doors and windows facing south and west direction to avoid a negative impact on children. If the room gets direct sunlight from windows, bright colours like yellow and orange should be avoided to not let bright colours overpower the subtlety of the room.

A little thought into the colour scheme for kid’s bedroom can yield drastic results in the overall development of the child’s personality. While it is no rocket science, a good colour combination in the bedroom, play area or study room can benefit the kid in the early years of development.



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Designs can make use of various modes of expression to meet desired results. Some are simple and minimal whereas some can be loud and boisterous. The latter is a path that visualizer Jalpa Shah takes on her designs. Using loud colour combinations, fun elements and some bit of humour, her designs are a perfect recipe for a memorable design experience. More on how she achieves what she plans.

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Doing it the bold and quirky way!

The way a designer designs isn’t their style, but rather their intention; their intention to get the message across in the most effective and entertaining manner. For some it might be simple and soft and for some designers, the bold and quirky route might be the shortcut to their viewer’s hearts. For most designers, this happens autonomously without having to put much force into it. Bright stark colours, shapes and geometric patterns help attract attention and are eye catching. Such can be a sigh of relief, a stressbuster, especially in the world like today’s where everything is so busy and monotonous.

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MONDAY BLUDLE - TERI MAA KAA. Inspired by daily experiences

Perfection lies in the hands of the beholder!

Even though technology has conquered the thoughts and imagination of many designers, the use of pencil and paper, the traditional tools of the trade, are signs of a perfectionist. One has to master the art of drawing on paper because that’s how it is transferred onto a digital platform for enhancements and drama. The feeling of pencil hitting paper is like liberation for many, and inspires great imaginations to take raw shape. That goes in saying that versatility is highly important. Don’t get distracted by learning about technology on its own, there’s no point if you’re not learning about the world around you.

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First comes ‘what’, then ‘how’!

Try and focus your designs on the end result. That will give you direction to achieve what it is you want. Whether it’s a smile on the viewer’s face or a brief for a client, when you can visualise the final expectations and reactions, the journey to achieve that becomes easier. Vibrant elements work to achieve that as they serve as eye candy and bring about a sense of understanding and content to the audience.

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Whatever pressures you may have in life, release them to relieve yourself!

Word art is a complete picture.

Typography is a type of design that is gaining huge momentum and appreciation by people. Many designers are creating display fonts in unique styles and using traditional and modern inspirations. The aim is to illustrate type form which makes a complete visual when seen as a whole. These days, type is also a visual and when illustration and design are infused together with letterforms, the outcome is a beautiful narrative

Published in Issue 29

As the growth of a tree can be determined by the strength of its roots, in the same way, we can try to presume the growth of design by the quality of fresh talent. So we dedicated this issue to all the Design Graduates of 2015. It includes all the young talent from last year graduates to recent graduates and students who will be graduating in next few years. We also tried to understand the impact of digital medium on our design education and Ms. Deepti Pant, Heads – School of Communication, Media and Films at Pearl Academy shared her thoughts on the same in Vantage View section. We have featured design graduates from varied fields of design from most of the top colleges and institutes like MEER s MIT Institute of Design, DJ Academy, Pearl Academy, Symbiosis Institute of Design, Wigan & Leigh India and many more.


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