shutterstock has unveiled its annual color trends report, identifying the top key color shades for the year ahead. after analyzing millions of image downloads and pixel data, the global creative platform has determined that shades of green are predicated to be the most clickable color scheme for marketers and advertisers.


this year’s color trends report show a more muted, minimalist and soft approach compared to previous years. no flashy standouts, no neon highlights, nothing artificial — just simplicity and subtle elegance.

shutterstock identifies the top key color shades for 2022




thanks to artificial intelligence, shutterstock was able to determine the performance pattern and success rate of ads employing specific colors. this year’s data shows that shades of green dominated in click-through rates and conversions. from extraterrestrial neon to tropical plant life, green is the core color associated with leading a healthy lifestyle — often included in fresh food marketing materials and to promote environmental efforts. downloads on shutterstock of nature scenes, where green influences the visual palette, have increased year on year, with mountain aerial shots, for example, increasing in popularity by 1,396%.


the results say that serenity is the key in 2022 when it comes to selecting colors. the data highlights that designers are gravitating toward inner calmer tints and away from intense tones. calming coral, velvet violet and pacific pink are the trio of serene colors that shutterstock thinks will set the aesthetic for 2022.

shutterstock identifies the top key color shades for 2022




calming coral (#E9967A) is a faintly fading peach that evokes a rusting, toned-down shade. its warmth brings feelings of comfort and peace while depicting health and happiness. it works well with dusty yellows and pinks and can be contrasted with a sky blue to create a comforting natural palette.

shutterstock identifies the top key color shades for 2022




exuding the lasting luxury and elegance of the royal orchid is velvet violet (#800080), a vibrant shade of purple with green undertones. its natural complement is a contrasting shade of green, and its darker placement on the color spectrum serves as a base for flashy accents of the neon-electric sort.

shutterstock identifies the top key color shades for 2022




pacific pink (#DB7093), a cotton candy pink, represents the perfect mix of vitality and tranquility. it looks great when paired with other pink and peachy tones and when applied to a complementary light teal, it can evoke the sun setting over a beach.


‘2021 has been a year of reckoning with the aftermath of the year that was. now, brands and agencies around the world are adapting their color palettes to soothe, and evoke stability and balance,’ said flo lau, creative director at shutterstock. ‘we’re excited to be taking our creative insights to the next level for this year’s report with the inclusion of the AI identified color, helping creatives confidently optimize the impact of their work. with this report, we want to provide creatives with indispensable knowledge to make considered and impactful choices in whatever they are creating. we’re fortunate to have access to the content decisions of nearly two million creators on our platform, which allows us to predict where shifts are happening. these colors tell us that people are looking for tones that are natural, earthy, and calming.’


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