In 2021, the paint colors of the year named by top brands spanned the spectrum: there was orange, green, blue, red and even a bronze hue. And while most of them were meant to mean similar themes – ease, comfort, calm, peace – it turned out that no one really agreed on which hues got those feelings. This year, that is no longer the case. As the 2022 paint colors of the year started arriving earlier this fall, it quickly became clear that the world (and the paint industry) has come to a consensus on what people will be looking for. In the coming months. And this time around, it’s all about the green.
In fact, many colors are almost the same. Picks include shades like Behr Paint’s silver-green Breezeway, Benjamin Moore’s sage-hued October Mist, and Sherwin-Williams’ grey-green Evergreen Fog, with very few outliers breaking the nature-inspired mold. Clearly, consumers are always looking to infuse serenity into their spaces. Now it’s just in a more obvious way.
Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color & Creative Services at Behr, confirms this. “For our 2022 color of the year, we wanted a hue that embodies our enthusiasm for a sense of renewal, restoration and rediscovery of the outside world through color,” she told TZR in a E-mail. “We selected Breezeway MQ3-21 because of its sense of peace and tranquility as well as the physical and metaphorical breath of fresh air it provides in your home.”
However, there seems to be another reason why greens are trending for the coming year. For many brands, this feels like a time to look to the future. They wanted their picks to represent that optimism as well. “We spent more time than ever inside our homes,” says Woelfel. “For this reason, we have selected a color that is both soothing and representative of the intention to move forward in 2022. Similar to a physical architectural breezeway, the soft silvery green hue moves you forward from place to place. to another while acting as the link between your home and the outside world.
Amy Donato, Senior Color Marketing Manager at PPG paint, echoed a similar idea in a press release about its 2022 color of the year, Olive Sprig. “As many of us know after a year of lockdown, the easiest way to change our mindset is to change our surroundings. As we start to swap sweatpants for strappy shoes , revenue for reservations and a night out for a night out, our paint color preferences are also changing, in residential and commercial spaces,” she said. “Call it rebellion, but we’re definitely here to the resurgence of optimistic colors to guide us into a new era of home design.”
“Nature has been a comfort to many over the past year and will continue to play a key role in design and color inspiration in 2022,” continues Woelfel. See how it will play out with some of the colors of the year for 2022, ahead.
Behr Paint: Breezeway
Behr’s 2022 color of the year is Breezeway, which the brand describes as a “relaxed and uplifting sea glass green.” Woelfel says the brand chose it not only because it promotes a sense of tranquility, but also because it’s so versatile. “Breezeway MQ3-21 pairs perfectly with the colors in our 2022 trend palette, allowing DIYers to create unique looks that appeal to any decorating style or create different moods, from peaceful to uplifting,” shares- she.
Sherwin-Williams: Persistent Fog
Sherwin-Williams’ 2022 color of the year follows years of neutrals and jewels with a “nourishing and sophisticated” gray-green hue, Evergreen Fog. “Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated color wash for spaces seeking a subtle yet stunning hue,” said Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams, in a press release. “[It] inspires us to start over and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors.
Benjamin Moore: October Mist
For its Color of the Year 2022, Benjamin Moore has chosen a “lightly shaded sage” called October Mist. “As the spaces in our homes continue to evolve, we are discovering more and more opportunities to express our individuality and harness the power of color to design environments that serve different functions and styles,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Color Marketing & Development, in a press release. “October Mist 1495 and matching Color Trends 2022 palette reflect effortless color harmony, while inspiring unique combinations for any painting project.”
Glidden’s color of the year for 2022 is guacamole — which, you guessed it, is a cheery green that the brand describes as both fiery and soothing. “We’ve all saved beautiful green kitchens and earthy-inspired bedrooms to our Pinterest and TikToks boards over the past year and a half, driven by our need for calm, regeneration and rejuvenation after experiencing these ‘times without. previous,” Glidden paint color guru Kim Perry said in a press release. “Now, with a little elbow grease and Glidden paint, DIYers and procrastipainters everywhere can make their catch social screens a reality and hopefully prepare for “previous” times in the future.”
PPG: Olive sprig
PPG’s 2022 Color of the Year is another grey-green hue named Olive Sprig, dubbed “elegant, grounded, versatile and highly adaptable.” It’s meant to represent “regrowth in a post-pandemic world” by mimicking nature’s resilience, and it’s said to blend into almost any setting.