Living in the same environment 24/7 can exacerbate even the smallest complaints about esthetics, comfort and functionality. As many transition from being forced to work at home to actually preferring it, design trends are undergoing a paradigm shift to keep pace — starting with color! 

THE GREEN MACHINE

All aboard! We’ve always been a big fan of green, and it looks like most of the paint companies are agreeing with us as they each announce their Color of the Year for 2022. Ranging in hues from dusty to vibrant, almost every color expert has come to the same conclusion: Whether nurturing or energetic, these shades will add organic overtones to every room.

BEHR

Where a breath of fresh air meets a coat of fresh paint, relaxed and uplifting sea-glass-green Breezeway expresses peace and tranquility for forward movement. View video here.
(Photo credit: Behr)

BENJAMIN MOORE

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. View video here.
(Photo credit: Benjamin Moore)

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS

The first-ever paint Color of the Year from the BH&G collection, Laurel Leaf is a rejuvenating shade that mimics the soothing, dusty green hues found in nature, such as eucalyptus.
(Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

GLIDDEN

Spirited yet soothing Guacamole “brings an organic energy to any space — which Glidden feels is needed because “we all know you’ve probably killed at least three plants this year.”
(Photo credit: Glidden)

PPG

A relaxed, but enticing green, Olive Sprig emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera. Elegant, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable, the grey-green color represents regrowth, mimicking nature’s resiliency. View more about 2022 color forecasting at PPG’s annual Global Color Workshop.
(Photo credit: PPG)

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

The color of new beginnings and fresh starts, Evergreen Fog 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. View video here.
(Photo credit: Sherwin-Williams)

Read more at House Beautiful about the rationale that inspired these choices.

ADDITIONAL HOMEBUILDING & DESIGN INSIGHTS FOR 2022

According to DesignWell, look for the following trends in the upcoming year…

CURVES: Arched openings and windows, barre-vaulted ceilings, curvy furniture and winding walkways will connect home occupants with nature.

WOOD: Lighter colors will be preferred to brighten and enlarge, with reclaimed materials helping to alleviate supply chain shortages.

DETAILS: Old World craftsmanship will gain prominence, combining patterns, two-tone inlays and nontraditional hues.

ORGANICS: Local sourcing of natural elements that promote light and fresh air will increase, and more attention will be paid to creating relationships between inner and outer spaces.

COLOR: Although black accents will remain popular, kitchens will become warmer and more colorful. Painted or wood cabinets and a mixture of surface materials — for example, granite countertops with a hardwood island — will offer opportunities for creative expression.

ACCESSORIES: As supplies of new furniture decreases, antiques will become more popular, and money previously spent on travel will be applied to art, rugs and decor.

CONCRETE & METAL: High lumber prices will lead to an appreciation for the energy efficiency, flexibility and strength of concrete in home construction, while eco-friendly metal will be embraced for its durability as an accentual awning or an entire roof.

Photos courtesy of Shaw Floors. For more inspiration, download their latest Lookbook, and craft your perfect space with the six coziest design trends of the season.