With a New Year comes the impetus for change, and what better way to add a bit of spice to your life – especially in these pandemic times – than sprucing up your home?
Decorating or redecorating rooms is a wonderful way to exercise your creativity, and it all starts with a coat or two of paint. A change in wall colour lays the foundation for a whole new look, something that paint companies understand instinctively. As a result, each year, they unveil a new palette of colours created specifically to spark your imagination and spruce up your interiors. Whether you’re revitalizing a bath, bedroom, or kitchen, there are co-ordinated colours from which to choose – hues and tones that will allow your vision free rein.
The Benjamin Moore colour of the year for 2022 is October Mist, a silver-green shade that evokes the stem of a flower and allows your imagination to blossom. The 13 other colours in the palette co-ordinate with it beautifully, bringing the serenity of the outdoors into your home. Sherwin-Williams has chosen Evergreen Fog for its 2022 colour of the year, a simple, but sophisticated green-meets-gray with a touch of blue added. Six co-ordinating, nature-inspired paint colours help you give a modern, organic feel to your rooms.
The 2022 colours of the year, Evergreen Fog and October Mist, combine the benefits of green and gray. They can act as neutrals, while conveying the feeling of the outdoors in an interior space. Greens are calming colours and can have a cooling effect on sunny spaces.
These top 2022 home painting colours mix very well with other colours reminiscent of nature.
Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing for Sherwin-Williams, noted online that in choosing the right green as colour of the year, “We didn’t want it to be too dark or something you’d necessarily relegate to a cabinet or a piece of furniture or an accent wall. We wanted it to be a color you could put on all four walls — and have it look really beautiful.”
Evergreen Fog is more subtle and relatable than many other green hues and pairs well with the hues in the company’s Method palette for 2022, colours that offer earthiness and rich warmth.
Colour specialist Nicole Pivorotto calls October Mist “a gorgeous soft and earthy shade of green” that connotes restoration, relaxation, and peace.” It has what she calls “a balanced and restorative vibe.” It works beautifully with the other 13 colours in Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Colour Trends palette.
Before you rush out to purchase paint, brushes and rollers, give some thought to the rooms you’ll be refreshing and how you use them. This will help you choose the perfect shades for your home. Also consider the effect you’d like to achieve for each space. Perhaps you want to convey warmth or drama or calm. This, too, will inform your colour choices. How does each colour make you feel? How would you like it to affect others? Here are a few additional questions about the spaces where you eat, sleep and soak that you should consider when choosing colours and accents:
Do you zip in for a quick shower or brush your teeth quickly, before rushing off to start your day? Or, do you enjoy soaking in the tub, relaxing and enjoying an escape from the hustle-bustle of daily life? Is the bathroom a private space or one used by guests?
Does this space cater to adults, children or teens? Is it someplace they like to spend free time, or is it really just a place to sleep? Do friends or partners join them in using the space?
Is this a utilitarian, task-oriented room or is it somewhere you linger? Do you spend time sitting with family or friends at a table or an island? Are younger feet wandering in and out in search of snacks? Do you envision a formal or informal atmosphere?
Once you have a sense of the vibe you’d like a room to convey, think about the effects you’ll get from using some of this year’s colours, whether paired with Evergreen Fog or October Mist or on their own. Consider accent walls, painted “backsplashes” on shelving units or alcoves in complementary colours. Make your ceiling a colour other than the standard white.
You can use this year’s pale colours to invigorate your senses and turn to botanicals for warmth and comfort. Add the new twists on primary colours to express your creativity.
The 2022 palettes work well with the trend in “barely there” wood finishes, rougher tile and stone surfaces and warmer metallics that are popping up everywhere as accents.
So, now that you know the basics about this year’s colours, don’t wait – it’s time to start planning your home’s new look.