Paint colors are powerful communication tools that quietly convey information and evoke a wide range of emotions. We interact with a multitude of colors in our daily lives and naturally gravitate to a few rays along the spectrum.
For most homeowners, too many color choices complicate the decision-making process. A calming shade of blue may create a serene atmosphere in the master bedroom and even make it appear larger. However, it may have a different effect in another room if there’s a major difference in the amount of natural light.
For an easy fix, some opt to paint every room a crisp neutral beige. While it is easier and less expensive to cover every wall in your new home with one color, you may tire of it before the paint dries.
If you’re stuck in a color rut, seeking guidance from experts to learn what paint shades best express personality in the new home is a great way to go. The pros in the business provide inspiration and present tantalizing showrooms as they introduce new colors to a room, making it more livable, vintage, luxurious—the possibilities are endless.
Forecasting a Shade of Optimism
Design experts don’t rely on a crystal ball when predicting which hue will win the coveted color of the year award. Their choices are made after long months of traveling, collaborating, and scrutinizing trends in pop culture and fashion, and examining consumer insight reports. Marketers, psychologists, and paint manufacturers work tirelessly, experimenting with different blends to invent new shades; they take the colors of the rainbow spectrum to a whole new level. Now that 2021 is drawing to a close, the leading brands have finally revealed their colors and palettes for 2022.
If you have been daydreaming about colors that have the power to lift your spirits and transform a room, read on and we’ll help you connect the color dots.
2022 Paint Colors of the Year
Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams
A titan in the paint industry, Sherwin-Williams selected the subdued Evergreen Fog as its 2022 color of the year. It is a stunning, sophisticated shade ideal for rooms that need a splash of subtlety. This chameleon color is infused with a hint of blue and harmonizes well with a nature-inspired beige or tan. Evergreen Fog allows homeowners to bring a bit of nature and serenity indoors for an added layer of comfort.
Breezeway by BEHR®
The free-spirited may hear whispers of the coast when gliding through an entryway lathered with the pastel and elegant Breezeway. The awe-inspiring sea glass green awakens a positive mindset and coordinates with bold accent colors for an extra pop. Greet guests with the charming color in your entryway or saturate your kitchen with its luscious glow. It will be a breeze to pair this shade with rich contrasting colors.
Olive Sprig by PPG
This grey-green tone stirs up thoughts of plants like Aloe vera and blends effortlessly with bold colors in most spaces. PPG has the pulse of the nation and believes there’s an optimistic rebellion brewing in consumers as they express a heightened interest in self-care. The versatile color represents resiliency and regrowth but is also elegant and glamorous. Add some zing and zest to your space with Olive Sprig, available at Home Depot.
Guacamole by Glidden
In 2021, homeowners left a breadcrumb trail online; their searches for green paint spiked 100 percent over 2020. Glidden picked up the scent and knows Guacamole will satisfy their craving. Evidently, people are in pursuit of refreshment and growth, and this vibrant shade of green gives a room a cohesive look. If green is all the rage in 2022, you may want to dip your brush into a bucket of Guacamole.
October Mist by Benjamin Moore
You may have noticed these four powerhouse brands agree that the color scheme of 2022 is green. Make that five: Benjamin Moore concurs. In October, appropriately enough, it announced October Mist as its color of the year for 2022. It serves as a neutral, soft tone color that anchors any room. Create a meditative, uplifting atmosphere by bringing October Mist into your personal space.
Breaking Away from the Green Scene
Aleutian by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams
Thinking of creating an indulgent refuge in your new home? Consider HGTV’s prime pick, Aleutian, a soothing washed indigo. Its hues provide the perfect room-brightening backdrop when you bring in your favorite accent furniture. Aleutian’s subtle undertones radiate good vibes and infuse the room with warmth. You can take home a sample from any Sherwin-Williams store from coast to coast.
Breathe by Graham & Brown
Ready to rediscover nature, peace, and tranquility? Breathe is a soft, pale shade of blue that adds a bit of zest and inspires enthusiasm. While calming, this inviting tone still adds flair and sophistication to your home. Discover for yourself if it is truly a breath of fresh air.
Art and Craft by Dunn-Edwards
According to Dunn-Edwards, a new generation of designers is revisiting classic colors. Art and Craft is a whimsical autumnal hue that awakens feelings of optimism and excitement about the future. After enduring lockdowns over the last 18 months, people are expressing a new appreciation for natural colors. The earthy Arts and Craft adds a modern twist to your room as a stand-alone color or makes a dramatic statement on an accent wall.
Peri by Pantone Color Institute
Representing unprecedented transition and the beginnings of emersion from intense isolation, Pantone Color Institute debuts Peri as their color of the year. This stunning shade of blue is ideal for a variety of materials, textures, and finishes. If you’re looking for a modern pop of color Peri is a great option.
Color Palettes of the Year
Farrow & Ball
The curator has named five simple and familiar colors that will define and dominate 2022. Cheerful Babouche brims with rays of sunshine and combines nicely with off-white School House White. If you want to stick with green shades, Breakfast Room Green is lively and casts a spell on any room. The warmer Stone Blue is a timeless shade that adds excitement to a room, or go bold with the striking crimson Incarnadine to electrify any wall (or ceiling!). Your imagination may whisk you away when you select any one of these eclectic colors by Farrow & Ball.
This year, Valspar has announced a kaleidoscope of 12 trending colors for its pick for 2022. These cozy shades, such as the soft-white Gilded Linen or the dark-brown Fired earth, evoke a sense of calmness and security. LilacLane stirs up soothing emotions, and the dark blue hues of the Mountain River give an aura of stability. If you are somewhere in the middle of this color wheel, consider playful Subtle Peach or nostalgic Rustic Oak, or any of the other colors from Valspar’s Colors of the Year Collection.
Paint a Brighter Tomorrow
The expectations are high that 2022 will mark a welcomed focus on peace and comfort. Whether you are leaning toward dazzling pastels or majestic sea tones, these new trends will help you select the colors to turn your new home into a sanctuary.