It’s that time of year. As the weather turns cooler, and the days grow shorter, we are getting ready to put 2021 to bed and wake up to a fresh start. 2022 color trends represent a rich spectrum of hues that evoke hope, comfort, warmth, welcome, inspiration, and introspection.
Top manufacturers like Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and PPG have released their color trend forecasts for the coming year. Which color stories will help you tell your story?
For designers and style-savvy homeowners, learning the Color of the Year is better than hearing who was nominated for an Oscar or who gets first round draft picks. Color experts and forecasters scour the globe, taking inspiration from nature, fashion, entertainment, art, diverse cultures and lifestyles, current events, technology, social media, industrial, home, and graphic design… and more.
We can leverage the color trends they identify to enhance our homes, as well as our sense of comfort, contentment, and wellbeing.
We are taking a look at top color trends from three top manufacturers — Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and PPG.
The Sherwin-Williams 2022 Colormix Forecast (MODE) is all about balance. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, says, “We told a story of balance and rhythm through color last year as we transitioned into a time of stillness. We are holding that balance in one hand and embracing growth and adaptability in the other as we move toward a new vision and discovery of our world.”
MODE includes 40 colors in four unique palettes. The hues range from warm, soft neutrals to bold, luxurious metallics, reflecting that sense of striving towards balance.
Method: This color story emphasizes the restorative warmth of the natural world and is heavy on organic neutrals.
Opus: Opus is an opulent palette, full of rich, deep tones and metallics with a few surprising accents (like bold Red Bay).
Dreamland: Think spring in beautiful bloom. Dreamland is a vision in organic greens, berries, pinks, and neutrals.
Ephemera: This story is sleek, clean, and crisp; it plays on primary colors while giving each new life.
MODE certainly captures the mood of 2022.
Behr also focuses on a sense of balance and transition. In fact, it announced its Color of the Year is Breezeway, describing the sea glass green hue as “the link between home and the action that awaits you.” It evokes a sense of peace and tranquility while also emphasizing “forward movement.”
Breezeway is part of Behr’s Color Trends 2022 Palette, which includes 19 other colors. While Breezeway has cool, refreshing undertones, other colors in the palette, such as Perfect Penny and Lingonberry Punch, infuse the story with plenty of warmth.
Behr’s palette features cool and crisp tones, warm mid-tones, light tones, and bold accents that can transform any (and every!) room in your home.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that PPG’s palette also explores the theme of hope and new beginnings. As with Behr, PPG went with a natural green for their Color of the Year. Olive Sprig is soothing and subtle, while at the same time livening up any space.
PPG’s 2022 color trends are told through three color stories: Invaluable, Introspective, and Inspired.
Invaluable: This color story focuses on deep, saturated colors, like Oceania and Gooseberry. They are dark, layered, and refined, with some carefully curated neutrals for balance. Olive Sprg is part of the Invaluable family.
Introspective: The Introspective story is softer and warmer with pops of joyous color. Its well-rounded neutrals provide space for contemplation and reflection with their simplicity.
Inspired: A mood-boosting story, Inspired features optimistic and playful hues, such as Calypso Berry and Paris Pink. It’s intended to motivate, energize, and, of course, inspire.
2022 color trends are meant to inspire; if your home — and your mindset! — could use a refresh, these palettes and color stories can deliver the transformation you want. The coming year’s themes are centered around balance, transition, and hope. They are about moving forward. Introducing beautiful change into your living space is an ideal place to start.