Reno of the Month: Paint inspiration has landed — color trends and colors of the year 2022

Photo courtesy Glidden

By Nicola Caul Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction

Nothing gives your home personality or creates a mood more than paint. Last year’s trends were all about colors inspired by nature to help calm and soothe after the stresses of lockdown and our need to leave 2020 behind us. With many of us still working from home and spending time in our nests, paint remains high on the priority list of changes homeowners want to make in their space. This year, it’s all about renewal but keeping a sense of warmth and home as the central focal point. So, grab a coffee and let’s take a look at what some of the biggest names in the industry have chosen as their color and/or color trends for 2022.

Benjamin Moore

We love Benjamin Moore paint and use it in most of our home remodels, so they get our first color shout out for 2022! This year, they’ve named October Mist (1495) as their top pick. We like the delicacy of the description, “Evocative of the stem of a flower, this gently shaded sage anchors and uplifts.”

According to Nivara Xaykao, Associate Manager of Color Marketing and Development at Benjamin Moore, “We homed in on October Mist because it felt so fresh in the moment, but it also has a timeless quality. It’s distinct enough to make an impression on its own, but then it’s subtle enough to pair with so many other colors.”

Photo courtesy Benjamin Moore

Farrow & Ball

For their 2022 picks, Farrow & Ball have chosen five different colors: Breakfast Room Green, Stone Blue, School House White, Babouche and Incarnadine. We never get bored of their creativity when it comes to naming paint!

According to the company’s long-serving color curator, Joa Studholme, “There is something inherently human in the colors that we are attracted to for 2022 as well as in the way we use them. They are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today. Function goes hand in hand with ornament, using colors and finishes in unusual ways to celebrate the principles of utility, kindness and honesty.”

In simple terms, that means they are scaling things back to a simpler time but with a fresh twist that celebrates present times.

(from left to right) Breakfast Room Green, Stone Blue, School House White, Babouche, Incarnadine. Photo courtesy Farrow & Ball.

Sherwin-Williams

In keeping with the botanical inspired tones, Sherwin-Williams has chosen Evergreen Fog (SW 9130) as their Color of the Year. According to the company, Evergreen Fog is “soothing, subtle and a perfect shade to freshen up any space” that is “a versatile and calming hue, a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue. It’s a simple but sophisticated wash of beautiful, organic color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade.”

We say, “Yes, please!”

Photo courtesy Sherwin-Williams

BEHR®

According to BEHR®, “Looking ahead to 2022, we have a desire to embrace a sense of renewal and to explore new hobbies or adventures, both near and far, that excite us. The BEHR® 2022 Color of the Year, Breezeway MQ3-21, evokes feelings of coolness and peace while representing a desire to move forward and discover newfound passions. A silvery green shade with cool undertones. The color is inspired by naturally stunning sea glass found on the shore of salty beaches.”

Breezeway is one of a number of colors BEHR® has chosen as part of its Color Trends Palette for 2022. All are soothing shades and warmer tones. The company’s intent is to “inspire us to enter the new year on a hopeful note, while still centering the home as an ultimate oasis.”

Photo courtesy BEHR

Glidden

Last, but by no means least, on our list is Glidden. This one just shouts, “HOME” to us and we love, love the warmth and feeling of joy this one provides. The name just makes us smile, too: Guacamole!

According to the color pros as Glidden, “We have taken our green- and guac-loving affinity to a whole new level. Our 2022 Color of the Year is not only named after our fav food, but is also one of our fav greens to use on any wall or accent. This spirited yet soothing green brings an organic energy to any space, which is needed because we all know you’ve probably killed at least three plants this year.”

Guilty as charged on the plant killing front, so we’ll happily make up for it with this lush color!

Photo courtesy Glidden

We don’t provide painting as a standalone service, but it is part of the scope of every project we work on. We believe home remodeling should be a turnkey experience, so our Interior Designers work with clients to help them select the perfect paint colors for their home. Pro Tip: Not every company includes painting as part of their service, so be sure to ask the question before you sign on the dotted line with any home remodeling company or general contractor.

Thinking it’s time to freshen up your home with some new paint colors but not sure where to start? Download our free “Guide to Paint Finishes” to get you started here!

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