Walk into a kitchen that’s decked out in avocado green and orange, and you’re immediately transported back in time. You may love it, or you may wonder what in the world were these people thinking?! While neutral shades tend to be evergreen, popular paint colors change throughout time. With the new year just beginning, it’s a great time for predictions. In this post, we’ll discuss the most popular paint colors for 2022.
The term “popular” is relative, and what’s deemed popular is often the collective personal tastes of the companies tasked with moving products off the shelves. And, just because a color is popular doesn’t mean it’s going to be right for you. For example, if you’re selling your home, you might limit your color palette to just a few colors, and the colors you choose might be more neutral. These “toned-down” choices allow the potential buyer to imagine their belongings in the home and won’t scare them away at the thought of having to repaint the house immediately.
The fact of the matter is that the colors we choose to paint inside and outside of our homes often reflect our needs. They make us happy, relaxed, inspired, and so on. The paint color of the year emanates from something called the “zeitgeist.” It is the spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. Let’s break down how 2022 paint colors make us feel.
What is the color of the year 2022 feng shui?
Practitioners of the Chinese art of feng shui, which links “lucky” colors of the year to astrology and the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Cerulean blue, fiery red, mint green and imperial yellow are the lucky colors for 2022. According to digital magazine, Lifestyle Asia, cerulean blue brings forth appeasement, liberty and serenity. Mint green represents healing, growth and inventiveness. Fiery red symbolizes movement, vitality, passion and love. Imperial yellow stands for foreknowledge, wisdom and organisation.
What will be the color for 2022?
If you ask the respected color authority, Pantone, they’ll give you a single color with dual tones. Their color of 2022 is Very Peri, and the Executive Director at Pantone describes it saying, “Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression” With an opportunity to renew, reset and be daring, we can see splashes of this color in accents.
Whether you are looking for exterior house colors for 2022 or interior house colors, Sherwin Williams’ color of the year is a great choice. The paint manufacturer says its Evergreen Fog (SW9130), is “a versatile and calming hue, a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue.” The color conjures up feelings of peace and renewal. It promises to awaken our senses and give us the confidence to “begin again.” Evergreen Fog pairs well with natural stone and wood colors such as Neutral Ground, Dried Edamame, and Ethereal White, among others.
Architectural Digest analyzed the choice of Evergreen Fog along with Behr color of the year 2022, “Breezeway” and PPG color of the year 2022, “Olive Sprig” and noted some overlapping themes of rebirth and renewal. Saying that these colors also tend to “play nice” with current trends like cottagecore and farmhouse designs, Architectural Digest noted that this trend away from overly neutral whites and grays reflects an impulse for homeowners to add more color to doors, cabinets, and walls. Color enthusiasts seem to approve of the shift.
As Southern Living notes, neutrals, greens (like Evergreen Fog), slightly darker “moody tones,” and earth tones will likely be popular on the outside of our homes. Exterior house colors for 2022 will not only increase curb appeal, but they will also blend in with the environment and landscape surrounding.
Is it time for a new coat of paint?
In 2021, colors like Urbane Bronze sought to comfort us and permitted us to cocoon at home. Perhaps now, it’s time to turn the page with a new color. Pick the color you want. Whatever your goal for painting, whether it is to freshen up and restore your paint to its original glory or to blend in or stand out, to create energy, or soften a landing, let your color choices reflect your personality.
Choosing paint colors can be a source of contention, so to make this process less stressful, ONiT offers personalized color consultations to ensure that you are happy with your paint choices. Contact us today to get a free estimate.