Colour Trends for 2022

Published on
November 26, 2021

New paint for a new year - that's the kind of fresh start we like!

Looking for a fresh start in 2022? After a rough couple of years, a lot of people are looking at 2022 as a chance for new beginnings, new outlooks, new fashions…and new paint colours.

If you’re considering changing up your interior to match your new mindset for 2022, then you’re in luck. Paint companies and decorators everywhere have been busily releasing their predicted colour trends for next year, and there are some truly beautiful picks that will suit just about any interior or personal style.

Need some inspiration? Here are some of the top colour trends for 2022.

Grey Green

A few different paint companies have chosen a grey-green shade as their colour of the year, such as October Mist by Benjamin Moore. Their top picks for 2022 were largely influenced by botanicals, especially by the almost silver-green colour of a flower’s stem.

Shades of grey-green certainly evoke a sense of the natural world, giving them an almost calming nature and making them an ideal choice for bedrooms, bathrooms, and studies. If that’s too much grey-green for you, then consider using it for millwork or cabinetry, as it is neutral enough to pair with many other colours.

Buttery and Citron Yellows

While shades of yellow haven’t always been a favourite among design experts, they are expected to make a comeback. Just take a look at one of Farrow & Ball’s top picks for 2022, Babouche.  While their particular tone of yellow was inspired by the leather slippers worn by Moroccan men, it is also reminiscent of sunshine and sunflowers, making it perfect for those looking to really add some warmth and brightness to a room.

Consider using these yellows in large rooms like family rooms and kitchens, and anywhere else that could benefit from a bright and cheery atmosphere.

Elemental Blues

In keeping with the theme of colours you may find in nature, elemental blues are predicted to be trending in 2022, like Breathe from Graham & Brown. These cool blues may remind you of a clear sky on a summer’s day, providing you with a sense of peace and tranquillity.

These blues are so subtle that they are perfect for colour drenching, where you paint over the entire wall and woodwork with the same colour. If the monochromatic look isn’t for you, however, then try it on natural materials such as sisal and rattan, or even minimally treated floorboards and shelves.

Warm Neutrals

Warm neutrals are not only versatile, but they can bring a sense of coziness to just about any room in your home. If you like the idea of a neutral shade with a hint of warmth, then check out Subtle Peach, one of Valpar’s picks for the colour of the year. This shade compliments most skin tones, so it really shines in places where you’re preparing to get yourself ready for the day, like in walk-in closets, bathrooms, and bedrooms. You’ll love the way the colour seems to make your skin glow, making it the perfect backdrop for fresh-faced selfies.