Interior paint color trends you’ll see in 2022

Every year around September, we look forward to the following year’s color trends being announced by Australian paint experts. And so, as spring blows into our homes, the time has come!

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If you’ve been wanting to undertake an interior makeover, nothing beats a fresh coat of paint – and now is the time. Dulux, Wattyl and Porter’s Paints just released their 2022 color predictions to feast your eyes on; and believe us when we say they’re sure to please, no matter your style or taste. Gone are the days of bland black and white, it’s time to welcome color and texture back.

Despite the varying tones and hues, one thing remains in common within these palettes: they stem from our desire for new freedoms and change, and our determination to be bold and expressive as we embrace a “new normal.” “The desire to create beautiful spaces grows stronger as the world becomes more unpredictable – colors can calm and soothe us, just as colors can make us restless or uncomfortable,” says Melanie Stevenson, Chef branded at Porter’s Paints.

So, without further ado, here are the colors that will grace our walls, doors, furniture and homewares in 2022 – according to the experts.

Neutral shades

As seems to be the general theme of the year, the interior palettes are rooted in a desire for simplicity, warmth and calm. Because of this, we’re seeing harsh, cool grays and neutrals being phased out, in favor of soft neutrals.

“Having spent so much time on our devices, we yearn for tactile experiences and connection with our loved ones as well as with nature, seeking natural fibers and materials, such as raw wood, unstructured linen and textured stone,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Color and Communication Manager.

The sentiment is shared by Marylou Cafaro, color and design expert at Wattyl: “Serene colors and subtle tactile surfaces, influenced by nature, invite us to slow down, purify ourselves and live in the moment.”


Neutral Paint Shades You Should Try

  • Rice cultivation – Dulux
  • White Storage – Dulux
  • Driftwood – Wattyl
  • Velocity – Wattyl
  • New Penny – Dulux
  • Half Pork Bristle – Dulux
  • Dhimba–Wattyl
  • Signaling station – Wattyl


Inspired by nature

The tones we see in our environment are ready to make themselves known within. These nature-inspired hues inspire nostalgia for our outdoor surroundings, with a definite Aussie flair; soft, earthy neutrals meet more rugged, rugged tones of clay, rich forest green, and moss. It asks us to move away from beige and boring, inviting us to celebrate clean, soft colors.

“Green-infused colors, textured walls, wood and stone elements, lots of planting and nourishing daylight, all combine to embrace the innate need to bathe in nature,” says Cafaro.



Nature-Inspired Paint Shades You Should Try

  • Anse Shelter – Wattyl
  • Olive Grove – Porter Paintings
  • Colourbond Mangrove – Wattyl
  • Natural Flora – Dulux
  • New Penny – Dulux
  • Highland Gray – Porter Paints
  • Opononi Double – Dulux
  • Beach life – Wattyl
  • Billy the Kid – Wattyl
  • Red Ocher – Porter’s Paintings
  • Hailstorm – Porter’s Paintings
  • Desiccated peat – Wattyl


Rich and luxurious

We collectively embrace life after 2020 and 2021; things that were once mundane and unspectacular have suddenly sparked inspiration and a renewed sense of adventure and wonder. These are reflected in our interiors with bold contrasts in a celebration of resilience, passion, expression, diversity and strength.

“The interiors are layered, expressive and decidedly individual, with decadent fabrics such as velvet, silk and natural leather, paired with unique vintage finds, such as an original 1960s lamp or an authentic 1940s mirror”, explains Lucena-Orr.



Rich and luxurious paint shades you should try

  • Dragon’s Eye – Porter’s Paintings
  • Sumptuous tan – Wattyl
  • Excalibur–Wattyl
  • Red Earth – Dulux
  • Turmeric – Porter’s Paintings
  • Deep Leather – Dulux
  • Sundance – Porter Paintings
  • Wool – Dulux
  • Murray Red – Dulux
  • Golden Vintage – Dulux


A touch of color

As 2021 draws to a close, there’s an undeniable sense of celebration, excitement and revival in the air – and that should be reflected in our interiors. We are ready to welcome fun and playfulness back into our lives as we view the world with a childlike sense of wonder, as if for the very first time. We long for days when things were simpler and less serious, and as such we see bright, vivid colors coming together in unexpected ways.

“The colors are playful, summery and 80s inspired – think cornflower blue, lilac, lemon, green quartz and rose gold. Together they create a dreamy, sentimental feel that evokes memories of carefree days and helps us imagine possibilities for the future,” says Lucena-Orr.



Bright and colorful shades of paint you should try

  • Rock Salt – Porter’s Paintings
  • Pinkham–Dulux
  • Pax-Dulux
  • Yellow sun – Wattyl
  • Osiris–Wattyl
  • Rousillon – Paintings by Porter
  • Edvard Dulux
  • Harmonious – Dulux
  • Lavender Splash – Wattyl
  • Sandpaper – Dulux
  • Pink Papaya – Dulux
  • Sassy – Dulux

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