Let's Talk 2022 Colors of the Year!
2022 is here and we are happily looking around and soaking in all the inspiration from the color and trend forecasts related to all things interior design! Last year, as we compiled the color trends for 2021 we couldn't help but think about how different everyone's color of the year selection was. This year, as we gathered the color of the year from these same sources, the human behind this post (hi, I'm Wendy!) giggled all the way as the colors from each of these color experts seemed to fall into two different color families: periwinkle and grey-green. To even further our amazement, it makes sense that these two categories were so similar in their hues with the periwinkle selections coming from global color experts whose product lines range in everything from electronics, fashion, industrial and product design, home accents, etc., and the gray-green selections coming from color experts with paint manufacturers which are widely used in a home.
Evoking feelings of relaxation, restoration, nature and freshness, gray-green helps us feel grounded while setting a soothing yet lively mood in interiors. We're loving gray-green for its versatility which allows it to be at home indoors and out, as well as its connection to nature, its natural elegance, as well as how it evokes a sense of organic playfulness in a room.
Periwinkle on the other hand, introduces a bolder color for these times of transition in 2022. Inspiring creativity, optimism, growth, courage, new beginnings and perseverance, periwinkle both calms and stimulates in a variety of applications, having a versatility that allows for a welcoming and energized feel that still has a connection to nature, echoes friendliness and hope.
Let's dive in and take a closer look at six of the color experts we constantly turn to for color wisdom, as well as get inspired and learn how we can easily incorporate these colors into our own homes and workplaces!
PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE: Very Peri 17-3938
“The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that color can hope to answer. Creating a new color for the first time in the history of our Pantone Color of the Year educational color program reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place. As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and engage and connect, the complexity of this new red violet infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lay before us”. -Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute
COLOR MARKETING GROUP: New Day #96a0c5 HEX
"Transition, evolution, and moving forward will continue to define the world and its population as 2022 emerges. Questions of trust and truth have been debated with many answered, but still more to come. Color Marketing Group’s North America 2022 Key Color, New Day, is the color response for a time still in transition. New Day suggests confidence and familiarity to greet 2022 with a sense of comfort. A light, fresh blue with red influences, New Day is an inspiring color designed to convey the classic connotation of hope and new beginnings." -Color Marketing Group
BENJAMIN MOORE: October Mist 1495
"Make room for creativity. Evoking the silver-green stem of a flower, October Mist creates a canvas for other colors—and your imagination—to blossom." -Benjamin Moore Paints
SHERWIN WILLIMAS: Evergreen Fog SW 9130
"Evergreen Fog SW 9130 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." -Sherwin Williams Paints
PPG: Olive Sprig PPG1125-4
"Olive Sprig is a relaxed, but enticing green that emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant – brightening any space with organic liveliness. A versatile color that lives well inside or outside, Olive Sprig blends in with nearly any environment." "Elegant, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable, the grey-green color represents regrowth, mimicking nature’s resiliency." -PPG Paints
Pratt & Lambert: Gray Mist 419B
"Gray Mist, our 2022 Color of the Year, is a soft sage with a gray undertone. It’s the perfect shade as we look for calm in an ever-evolving world and a beautiful choice for any room or décor style." -Pratt & Lambert
Expanding on the Color of the Year
Forecasting color trends is a very thought-out process. Teams of color experts who are industry leaders take inspiration from a variety of trades and regions, traveling the world looking for new color influences. Their color exploration takes cues from a variety of trades, looking to not just home design, but also to cultural and environmental influences, fashion, art, and all kinds of design influences to inspire their work.
Here's a quick and handy listing of the 2022 colors of the year!
Put Color Trends Into Practice : 60-30-10 Style
Not sure where, or how, to start incorporating color trends into your home? Try starting by using the 60-30-10 Design Rule for creating a color palette for your home. The 60-30-10 rule is a design principle that calls for 60% of a room to be the dominant color, 30% the secondary color, and 10% the accent color. The idea is to help you create and maintain a sense of balance through your interior color palette, and help the eye take in the space more comfortably as it looks from one focal point to the next. The 60-30-10 rule is simple to use, and factors in all your architectural and decor elements like your walls, draperies, furniture, furnishings and home accents.
We put this on video for you!
To help you brainstorm (and get excited about!) incorporating these color trends into your home, we've created an inspirational video montage that showcases 2022's color trends. Head on over to YouTube, Vimeo or any of our social media channels (links posted below) to view it and get inspired!
Which of these colors is your favorite?
Now that you've immersed yourself in these colors, let us know which are your favorite colors or color palettes and how you're planning on incorporating them into your home this year in the comments below! We'd love to see what you create with these colors, tag us on social media so we can cheer on your amazing designs!
-by Wendy Gonzalez for Modern Ornament