Colour Trends of 2022

We kick start the new year with a look at the different colour trends to look out for in interior decorations. As we look to move beyond a life of isolation and restrictions, and yearn for a return to social interaction, this year’s colours are ones that blend nature, serenity and hope in hues that are soothing, yet adventurous.

Pantone introduced a new blue shade, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone as the Pantone Colour of the Year selection for 2022. Blending the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red, this happiest and warmest of all the blue hues introduces an empowering mix of newness.

Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.

We are living in transformative times. PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing, and our physical and digital lives have merged in new ways. 

Digital design helps us to stretch the limits of reality, opening the door to a dynamic virtual world where we can explore and create new colour possibilities. With trends in gaming, the expanding popularity of the metaverse and rising artistic community in the digital space, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri illustrates the fusion of modern life and how colour trends in the digital world are being manifested in the physical world and vice versa.

After a spell of feeling shut in, people are craving expansion. Extensive global trend research conducted by a team of in-house paints and coatings colour experts and international design professionals reveals that we want open air, connections to the great outdoors and a fresh approach to everything.

Many events over the past two years have thrown the social, economic and environmental aspects of our lives into sharper focus. We’re reassessing what really matters: family, friends, home and the world around us.

“In 2022, Bright Skies will help us embrace new ideas and shape a new future,” says Heleen van Gent, Creative Director of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center. “The colour reflects the limitless skies above us, giving us the space to redefine the role of our homes, nature, the arts and new voices in our lives. As consumers look to express themselves and transform their spaces, our aim as colour experts is to inspire their colour confidence.”

Behr Paint Company announced Breezeway MQ3-21, an approachable but noticeable colour as its 2022 Colour of the Year. The silvery green shade with cool undertones, part of the BEHR 2022 Colour Trends Palette, is inspired by the earth's beauty and mimics naturally stunning sea glass found on the shore of salty beaches.

Breezeway evokes feelings of coolness and peace while representing a desire to move forward and discover newfound passions. Leading you from one place to the next, the colour catches your attention and is an open invitation to experience the world with a fresh perspective, both within the home and beyond your front door.  

"A new year brings the opportunity to embrace a sense of renewal and pursue untapped passions," says Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative services at Behr Paint Company. "Whether it's lacing up our hiking boots, or breaking out the gardening tools, Breezeway inspires us to fully embrace the hobbies or adventures, both near and far, that excite us. We look forward to a colour that welcomes a hopeful sense of renewal, restoration and healing."

Benjamin Moore announced its Colour of the Year 2022 as October Mist 1495—a gently shaded sage that quietly anchors while encouraging creative expression through colour. Much like the green stem of a flower, October Mist creates a canvas for the Colour Trends 2022 palette—and the imagination—to blossom.

From refreshed primary colours to luminous pales and botanical hues, the Colour Trends 2022 palette invigorates the senses and gives root to personal style. The palette is harmonious yet diverse, reliable yet whimsical and meditative yet eclectic—illustrating the endless number of combinations that can be created with just 14 colours.

“As the spaces in our homes continue to evolve, we uncover more opportunities to express our individuality and leverage the power of colour to design environments that serve different functions and styles,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Colour Marketing & Development. “October Mist 1495 and the corresponding Colour Trends 2022 palette reflects an effortless harmony of colours, while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project.”

Dunn-Edwards 2022 Colour of the Year—Art and Craft—is a timeless, versatile hue that beckons us to revisit the classics. It evokes an earthy, sophisticated quality—the perfect backdrop for showcasing handmade objects and works of art. Inspired by academia, 17th-century painters, cottagecore and artisans everywhere, Art and Craft infuses any space with effortless opulence.

Art and Craft features the need for experimentation in handicrafts—the rethinking of design skills through a prism of technological development and upcycling to develop a new experimental style. An appreciation for nature brings with it a newfound desire to know where our products come from, and the processes used to make them.

Art and Craft is a new take on traditional colours—a nature-based hue that is moody and complex. The sophisticated darkness of this colour is destined to make it become a new classic; a foundation colour that ties other colours together. Comfortable, cosy, calming and versatile, as a warm and welcoming colour, it makes us feel tied to the earth and nature’s seasons, evoking another era that highlighted arts and crafts.

PPG introduced its 2022 Colour of the Year: Olive Sprig (PPG1125-4)—an elegant, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable grey-green, this colour represents regrowth in a post-pandemic world, mimicking nature’s resiliency.

Olive Sprig is a relaxed, but enticing green that emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant—brightening any space with organic liveliness. A versatile colour that lives well inside or outside, Olive Sprig blends in with nearly any environment.

“As many of us know following a year of lockdown, the easiest way to shift your mindset is to change your environment. While we begin to trade sweatpants for strappy shoes, recipes for reservations, and a night in for a night out, our paint colour preferences are shifting too, in both residential and commercial spaces,” said Amy Donato, senior colour marketing manager, PPG paint. “DIYers, property managers, designers and architects are shifting away from the stark, neutral palettes of yesterday and opting for colour in all forms. Call it rebellion, but we are certainly here for the resurgence of optimistic colours to guide us into a new era of home design.”

Let’s be real: Everyone loves guac—and we’re not afraid to pay extra for it. But, our attraction for green isn’t limited to our food choices, as this beloved shade is single-handedly infiltrating interior design in the form of kitchen cabinetry, tiles, décor and—you guessed it—paint! GLIDDEN paint by PPG took its green- and guac-loving affinity to a whole new level by announcing its hand-picked 2022 Colour of the Year: Guacamole (PPG1121-5).

According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Glidden paint by PPG, over three in five (62%) Americans would be willing to use green paint somewhere in their home, and luckily, they have plenty of options to do so. 

The colour complements a variety of spaces and styles, including kitchens with glossy white subway tiles, furniture with blonde wood tones, and the ever-present gold and matte black accents that millennials can’t get enough of. 

“We’ve all saved beautiful green kitchens and earthy-inspired bedrooms on our Pinterest boards and TikToks over the past year and a half, driven by our need for calm, regrowth and rejuvenation after living through these ‘unprecedented times,’” said Kim Perry, Glidden paint colour guru. “Now, with a little elbow grease and Glidden paint, DIYers and procrastipainters everywhere can make their social screenshots a reality and hopefully gear up for some ‘precedented’ times in the future.”

 

Sherwin-Williams welcomes new beginnings with its 2022 Colour of the Year Evergreen Fog SW 9130, a nourishing and sophisticated gray-green. After years of cool neutrals and bold jewel tones, Evergreen Fog ushers in a new era of nostalgic mid-tones.

"Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of colour for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade," said Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing at Sherwin-Williams. "Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors."

Evergreen Fog is a soothing, subtle shade that is easy to use in every part of the home, indoors or out.

"The familiar, comfortable nature of Evergreen Fog shines as a reassuring backdrop and freshens up any space," Wadden said. "Create depth and texture with a mix of natural-looking textiles. Add a little gleam with a fusion of metals — champagne gold, warm brass, or inky black."

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