Whether you’re finally giving your kitchen that long overdue makeover, finishing a year-long bedroom renovation, or refreshing your kids’ spaces, choosing a paint color that brings your vision to life can be a daunting process.
Colors resonate differently for different people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some people gravitated toward soothing neutrals, while others immersed themselves in bright, uplifting colors. The colors that fill our homes and lives will again vary widely in the post-pandemic world, but certain trends are beginning to emerge.
Did you know that each year, paint companies and color experts reveal their picks for the shade that best encapsulates the current period? Their choices for the color of the year are often influenced by trends in pop culture, fashion, technology, and design from around the world.
That’s why we’ll go through the most popular colors of 2022 to help you narrow down your options.
Benjamin Moore puts out more than one trending color every year, their palette for 2022 is filled with 14 hues, but the color October Mist has taken center stage. CC-550 is harmonious yet diverse, reliable yet whimsical, and meditative yet eclectic.
October Mist makes room for creativity by evoking the silver-green stem of a flower, creating a canvas for other colors—and your imagination—to blossom.
Other colors from their palette include:
- Wild Flower 2090-40
- Pale Moon OC-108
- Steam AF-15
- Morning Dew OC-140
- Collector’s Item AF-45
- Hint of Violet 2114-60
- Mysterious AF-565
- Smoky Green CC-700
- Fernwood Green 2145-40
- Natural Linen CC-90
- Venetian Portico AF-185
- High Park CC-620
- Gloucester Stage HC-1
PPG’s latest color of the year, Olive Sprig PPG1125-4, is a sophisticated grey-green that represents healing, regrowth, and resilience in the post-pandemic world.
PPG chose PPG1125-4 with relaxation in mind, picking a color that emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant. The idea was to brighten up any space with an organic liveliness that looks lovely inside and outside, so you can even use it to decorate an outdoor space to get away from two years of living primarily in a digital world.
That’s right, Sherwin-Williams followed the same color scheme as Benjamin Moore and PPG, and chose a soothing, subtle, and perfect shade that can freshen up any space.
Known as a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, Evergreen Fog SW 9130 is a versatile and calming hue with just a bit of blue. This is a simple but sophisticated wash of beautiful organic color for spaces in need of a subtle yet statement-making shade.
Don’t forget to check out their website to see the colors they believe work best with Evergreen Fog.
Pantone takes a step away from the grassy hues of our previous selections and offers us 17-3938 Very Peri, a new Pantone color whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity.
We are living in a time of transformative change, which is why Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we’re going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing, and we are merging our physical and digital lives in interesting ways.
Through digital design, we can expand the boundaries of reality, exploring new color possibilities in a dynamic virtual world. Game trends, the growing popularity of the metaverse, and the emergence of artistic communities in the digital world allow 17-3938 Very Peri to portray the fusion of modern life and how color trends in the digital world are being manifested in the physical world as well as vice versa.
In the wake of an introspective year, we look outward. Bring the feel of the sea to your home with Breezeway MQ3-21 from Behr.
Shades of white, gray, and natural wood tones blend effortlessly with Breezeway for a timeless look. Whether you’re in search of soft moments or adventures that await you, the sight of Breezeway will always awaken your senses.
While you’re looking at the ways you can incorporate Breezeway into your home’s color palette, don’t forget to check out the other 20 inspirational hues Behr introduced that will ignite newfound passion and enhance every corner of your home.
- Whisper White HDC-MD-08
- Sunwashed Brick S180-2
- Etched Glass MQ3-27
- Lunar Surface N460-3
- Nightingale Gray N200-3
- Studio Clay MQ2-27
- Corn Stalk M290-3
- Wave Top M450-3
- After Rain M520-2
- Perfect Penny S180-6
- Basswood MQ2-46
- Sustainable S350-4
- Explorer Blue M470-5
- Dark Cobalt Blue PPU15-03
- Lingonberry Punch M150-6
- Wild Mustang N240-6
- Laurel Tree S390-5
- Ocean Abyss MQ6-01
- Cracked Pepper PPU18-01
Dulux must have taken a page out of PPG’s book, or vice versa, or maybe they both understand how Olive Sprig can soften your home.
Olive Sprig DLX1125-4 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 paint color that lives well inside or outside, Olive Sprig blends in with nearly any environment.
After painting your favorite room a relaxing Olive Sprig, why not use one of Dulux’s other colors to spruce up the rest of your space?
- Lotus Petal DLX1073-1
- Pine Wisper DLX1134-4
- Lucky DLX1118-7
- Carrot Cake DLX 1198-5
- Tea Time DLX1054-4
- Edamame DLX1030-4
- Imagine DLX1094-6
- Burnt Red DLX 1188-7
- Dresden Dream DLX 1155-5
- Magic Wand DLX1158-2
- Silver Service DLX1004-4
- Yellow Coneflower DLX1209-5
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And with so many options to pick from this year’s most popular colors, choosing one, or a few, for your home can be overwhelming. If the task of choosing a color is getting in the way of setting a painting start date, we are here to help! Our color consultants have knowledge in interior design and color trends, which could end up being of great value should you decide to put your home on the market. Even if you are not into trends, you can work with our color consultants to select colors that are up to date yet easily match your personal style.
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