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2022 Color Trends

It's January which means it is time for the 2022 Color of the Year Round Up.

I have chosen a few of the more popular names in paint to show you their color forecasts for 2022 and how you can incorporate them into your home.

Pantone's Very Peri 17-3938

Not so much a name is paint as it is THE name in color Pantone was the last to announce their color of the year and with good reason. The boldest color of the year by far it is actually an entirely new hue for 2022, a first in the 23-year history of the program. “Creating a new color for the first time in the history of our Pantone Color of the Year educational color program reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “The complexity of this new red-violet-infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lie before us.”

So how do you use it? Pantone is always nice enough to create different color pallets with their color of the year to see what colors coordinate with it's chosen color. This year they have 4 different pallets for you to pull inspiration from: Balancing Act, Wellspring, Star of the Show, and Amusements.

As this is a bold color unless you are super confident using it for an all over wall color we would recommend sprinkling it into your décor with pillows, art, or small pieces of furniture. We really like their Balancing Act color palette for adult spaces while the Amusements color palette lends itself well to children's spaces.

Benjamin Moore October Mist 1495

Benjamin Moore's pick for 2022 color of the year is a soft, silvery green called October Mist. This botanical shade mimics the pale green of a flower stem and serves as the foundation for the brand's larger 2022 color trends palette.

"October Mist 1495 and the corresponding color trends 2022 palette reflects an effortless harmony of colors while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project," said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore's director of color marketing and development.

This has to be one of my favorite color palettes this year. Stand out colors for me would be Natural Linen 966, Gloucester Sage HC-100, and Mysterious AF-565. Since the whole palette is very nature inspired using this color in a bedroom or bathroom would be very calming and give you a spa like quality. Combining it with Natural Linen and Gloucester Sage will warm up your space but still give you a very monochromatic look. Want to add in a bit of a crisp, moody vibe pair it with Mysterious and Quiet Moments. This color would be great for pillows, bedding, throws, accent furniture, and in art if you don't want to go full wall color.

Sherwin-Williams Evergreen Fog SW 9130

Sherwin-Williams selected the subtly soothing gray green Evergreen Fog as its 2022 color of the year. "Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade," said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

Out of all of the green colors for 2022 this is my favorite hands down. It is great for modern interiors that want a little punch of color and it looks stunning with rich, earthy neutrals like camels and coffees. Sherwin created a little palette of coordinating colors which consist of Shoji White, Accessible Beige, Woven Wicker, Bakelite Gold, Uber Umber and Urbane Bronze (2020 COTY).

If you are using this color on walls bring in those layers. Textures, natural woods, leathers, jute, and the oh so trendy rattan or wicker soften and cozy up those spaces. Looking to go a little more polished and less cozy bring in metal finishes like warm brass, light gold, or matte black to amp it up especially if you are using it on kitchen or bathroom cabinetry.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Aleutian HGSW3355

This washed-out indigo Aleutian serves as the foundation of a larger 2022 color collection called Softened Refuge. Combining soft neutrals with muted earth tones, the mix of 10 complementary hues is intended to create "a sense of comfort and calmness with color." "This palette is designed to simplify color selection for a perfectly coordinated home design." said Ashley Banbury, senior color designer for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. This color is unique in that it is a cool color with a red undertone so it will create a bridge between cool and warm colors.

Natural to medium wood tones along with soft neutrals are going to be your friend if you want to paint your walls this color. Don't forget to add in lots of textures to give your space that comforting vibe.

Behr Breezeway MQ3-21

Behr's choice for color of the year is also a shade of green (there is definitely a theme here this year with all of the green choices) called Breezeway. This soft, silvery blue-green gives me major beach/sea glass vibes. “Breezeway’s hue serves as the foundation for a variety of design styles, moving easily from casual to coastal and modern to vintage styling perfect for home offices and living rooms,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr Paint Company. Breezeway is one of a 20 hue color Color Trends 2022 Palette that is sub divided into 3 distinct color themes-Flexible Spaces, Serene Sanctuary, and Natural Influences.

Mixed with a crisp white and jet-black accents Breezeway would be great in a kitchen. Looking to lean into that relaxing spa feel pair it with soft creams, warm taupe and natural wood tones to make any space feel like a vacation.

Valspar Colors of the Year

Instead of naming a singular color of the year, Valspar curated a palette of 12 nature-inspired hues. "Colors can power moods, energizing us with confidence, strength, and curiosity—allowing us to express ourselves with color anywhere—whether it be a full room, an accent wall, trim or furniture," said Sue Kim, Valspar color marketing manager. "Valspar's 2022 Colors of the Year provide consumers a wide range of naturally based warm colors that will not only help calm the nerves and boost the mood but also provide a confidence in what the future may hold."

Highlights from the palette for me would be Grey Suit 4004-2A, Gilded Linen 6002-1A, and Fire Earth 6011-1 (pictured above in that order).

So after doing a bit of research on Grey Suit Valspar's image verses the paint chip looked like two completely different colors to me I think the wall color in the photo may be Gray Flannel Suit T695 as it is very green what do you think? Goes to show you always need to look at the samples in your home in the room you are thinking of using them.

How to use a Color of the Year in your home

Just because you like a color does not mean that it has to go on the walls. There are many ways to incorporate color into your space. a front door, cabinetry, a kitchen island, shelves or a bookcase, wallcoverings, furniture, ceilings, trim and baseboards, accessories, fabrics, or in a rug.

If you are nervous about trying a new color test it in small doses with things like accessories, art, or pillows before you go all in with larger areas or pieces. In the end the colors that you choose should not be anything someone tells you to use because they are currently the trendy color. They should be colors YOU enjoy and bring YOU happiness every time you look at them. Making a color change in your home is the biggest change you can make for your decorating budget.

Here are some of our top tips for creating a new color palette:

Color don’ts

• Rush to make a decision

• Pick color from a tiny swatch at the paint store

• Think only about the room that you are painting. Color needs to flow in order to work

Color do's

• Create a color palette and work from there. Think about everything in your room currently, what you want to keep vs replace

• Test the color on your own walls in at least a 12x12 swatch in various parts of the room as lighting is everything for paint colors

• Buy the best quality paint you can afford. Our preferred paint for the average home owner is Dutch Boy Platinum Plus it is affordable and has a ton of pigment making the application one and done. (remember you can always match colors to whatever paint you want to use)

• Can't decide on a color? Look at magazines, Pinterest and your own wardrobe for inspiration

When all else fails, call a professional. Our job is to keep you from making mistakes and help you find a color palette that you absolutely love.


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