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The colour trends for 2022: bright, hopeful and nostalgic

Last modified: 2021-10-21 | Approximate reading time 4 mins

Christime Simard

You might have noticed a steady stream in paint colour trends in 2020 and 2021. Like we talked about in our article Design trend 2021: curves, shapes and squiggles, the past 2 years had their fair share of ups and downs, with a lot of us stuck at home, probably stuck staring at the same home decor.

This created a shift in the way we see our home decor, leaving behind the clean and minimalistic designs for more lived-in, cozy and feel-good decors. From organic shapes and earthy paint colours to bold, bright hues paired with statement pieces, here is what the coming year has in store for us.

Here are the predictions for the  colour trends in 2022

Sherwin-Williams’ colour predictions

For the brand, the coming year seems filled with nostalgic, warm and bright colours. With 4 unique palettes consisting of 40 hues, Sherwin-Williams came up with the acronym MODE, representing each of these palettes (Method, Opus, Dreamland and Ephemera). 

While Method and Dreamland are consisted of soft, earthy and muted colours, Opus and Ephemera give us bold, darker and brighter colours, giving us that retro nostalgia people have been craving lately! 

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From left to right: Method, Opus, Dreamland and Ephemera, photo from Sherwin-Williams

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Sherwin-Williams colour of the year 2022

Through all these shades, one stands out and its name is Evergreen Fog. The brand describes: “Embrace a new beginning with a cool and soothing grey-green hue.”

"New beginnings" is something they quote often when talking about their colour forecast and it’s essentially what it’s all about. A breath of fresh air.

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Source: Sherwin-Williams

The colour trends for Farrow & Ball

Rather than settling for one specific colour, Farrow & Ball narrowed it down to 5 different hues, all of which represent the company’s trend predictions for 2022. This colour palette, similar to Sherwin-Williams’ selection, features bright, primary colours with a retro feel to them. 

The selections consist of colours Babouche No.223 (a bright sunny yellow), Breakfast Room Green No.81 (a pale emerald-like green, almost turquoise), Stone Blue No.86 (a beautiful and fun blue), Incarnadine No.248 (a rich crimson red) and School House White No.291 (a classic off-white). 

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Pictured on the left: Stone Blue No.86, School House White No.291 and Breakfast Room Green No.81. On the right: Babouche No.223 and School House White No.291 

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Pictured on the left: Stone Blue No.86, School House White No.291 and Breakfast Room Green No.81. On the right: Incarnadine No.248, Breakfast Room Green No.81 and School House White No.291 

Dulux’s colour of the year 2022

There’s no doubt that the past 2 years have greatly influenced these different colour choices, whatever the brand. For Dulux, it’s their colour Bright Skies™ that will define 2022. In a similar symbolism to Sherwin-Williams’ Evergreen Fog, Dulux mentions that the colour is supposed to symbolize the return to freedom, as well as optimism. Dulux UK’s creative director says: 

Right now, people want to feel revitalized and enjoy the freedoms that are returning to them, to look out and bring in new ideas. What better inspiration can we take than the endless skies around us?

Biophilic design, which embraces design cues inspired by nature, is entering the mainstream, and it is now widely known that nature makes us feel better and taking steps to bring the outside in enhances our sense of well-being.

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Source: Dulux

Colour of the year 2022 with Behr

Very close to Dulux’s choice, Behr’s colour selection to represent the coming year is Breezeway, a cool, refreshing sea glass green. Part of a selection of 3 curated palettes of 20 hues, Breezway is meant to inspire you for new adventures and newfound passions. 

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Source: Behr

The colour can be easily matched with the rest of Behr’s curated palette and naturally harmonizes with shades of white, gray and natural wood tones for effortless style in any room”.

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Source: Behr

So what about Benjamin Moore?

The beloved paint company has yet to reveal their picks for Colour of the Year 2022, and plans to announce their selections for Colour of the Year and the Colour Trends palette on October 13th at 2 pm ET! 

You can even sign up for their online event here.

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Source: Benjamin Moore

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