The new year is almost upon us, and once again, our homes are more important than ever. But after spending more time than ever at home, many of us are looking forward to a design refresh for our interior spaces. And there’s no easier way to make your home feel new for a new year than a fresh coat of paint. Here are some paint and color trends to watch for in 2022.
Soothing Natural Greens
Over the past year and a half, our homes have become more than just a home. Many of us spent a great deal of the past year working, living, and even attending school from home, and relaxing colors drawn from nature are a great way to bring the outdoors inside. These organic colors can transform a home office or game room into a calming, serene space that can enhance productivity and make us feel grounded.
Greens, grays, and blue tones are among the most popular as we ring in the new year. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, PPG, Dutch Boy, and Behr have all chosen muted neutral green tones as their 2022 colors of the year. Benjamin Moore describes its October Mist as “a gently shaded sage that quietly anchors while encouraging creative expression through color.” Sherwin-Williams similarly tells us that the company’s Evergreen Fog is “a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue.” On the more vibrant side, PPG’s Olive Sprig maintains a neutral feel while bringing in a strong gray-green tone that pairs well with organic, elemental design. The brighter Cypress Garden color of the year from Dutch Boy rounds out the group with an organic feel and a stronger, but still muted green tone. Rounding out the group, Behr has chosen the seaglass-inspired Breezeway as its color of the year, a calming green hue with hints of blue that adds a bright, summery feel even to winter spaces.
Green tones symbolize rejuvenation and prosperity, so perhaps it’s no surprise that many of us are choosing to revitalize our interior spaces with these natural, organic color palettes. Neutral greens pair well with other tones from across the color spectrum, opening up a wealth of design and accent choices without feeling overwhelming or intrusive.
Warm-Hued Blues And Purples
Purple and lilac tones are having a moment, particularly as accent colors. Pantone describes its color of the year, Very Peri, as “encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone,” and a “spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”
Warmer violet and purple tones invite unexpected color combinations and design choices. While bold, these colors can suit a wide variety of applications, from an accent wall in a bedroom to a colorful statement sofa or chair in a more neutral room. These playful design options can help to create a sense of fun and versatility, allowing homeowners to follow another 2022 design trend, multi-functional spaces.
Neutral Colors Still Rule The Day
Most designers agree that neutrals won’t be disappearing from the design and paint landscape anytime soon. Warm neutral colors with yellow undertones like Valspar’s Gilded Linen make spaces feel large and airy, and pair well with other neutral tones to create a sense of calm and order. Especially for homeowners embracing the trend toward minimalist, zen spaces, neutral tones can offer a sense of expansiveness and calm that can help to make your home feel like a retreat at the end of a long day.
Deep, Bold Statement Colors Can Create A Sense Of Drama
Even as many embrace the trend toward neutral and organic colors, bolder homeowners may find that they can transform a room and create an arresting statement with deep purple or even black wall colors. Dark colors can help to break up large spaces or create a moody atmosphere in a bedroom or office space. Pairing dark wall colors with neutral furniture can help to set a room apart from the rest of the home, and can create a unique contrast that makes even familiar spaces feel completely new. While certainly not for the faint of heart, these color palettes can be a fun way to stand out from the more neutral crowd.
Calming Blues Remain A Staple
In a chaotic world, it’s no surprise that calming, grounding blues have remained a classic color choice for homeowners looking to create an oasis within their homes. 2022 will be no exception, as light, neutral blue colors are likely to remain popular with homeowners and designers alike. Neutral blues that incorporate gray or green tones can be calming, rejuvenating, and vibrant, and can provide a palette that allows for diversity of expression in furniture, decor, and accent choices.
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