Colours of the Year for 2022

Colour will evoke different feelings in every person. Some people are more inclined to bold colours, while others resonate more with neutral hues. Regardless of your favourite colour this year, we stand firm during these rollercoaster moments where every person is afraid of what to expect next.

Major paint brands have released the much-anticipated list of colours likely to make a splash in 2022. What’s notable about this release is the hues of green chosen for 2022. Dulux claims that light tones are re-emerging, which could reflect our need for a fresh approach, and Pantone created a new colour for the first time in the history of their Pantone Color of the Year.

Moodboard inspired by PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri. Photo courtesy of Future.


Below we go through some of the colours chosen for the year 2022.


PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri

Pantone has revealed its Color of the Year for 202217-3938 Very Peri, a brand new colour "whose courageous presence encourages personal inventiveness and creativity". The shade falls under the blue colour family but with violet-red undertones, illustrating the fusion of our modern times and how the digital world has morphed with our physical one.

"Creating a new colour for the first time in the history of our Pantone Color of the Year educational colour program reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place. As society continues to recognize colour 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," said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri. Photo courtesy of the Pantone Color Institute.


Evergreen Fog SW 9130 by Sherwin Williams

This paint brand has been releasing bright jewel tones and chic neutral hues for many years, but their pick for 2022 is Evergreen Fog. This pacifying and subtle shade is perfect for transforming your space to next-level gorgeous.

“Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of colour for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade,” said Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors."

This subtle and welcoming shade represents so much more in terms of sustainability and organic living. With the need to achieve sustainability, different paint brands listen to their customers. More people nowadays are going for organic textiles and natural materials.

“Specifically, there’s been rising interest in greens. The green colour family is so diverse, from calming rich sages like Evergreen Fog to earthier tones and more dramatic emeralds,” Wadden told Forbes Home. “All of our research and these trends helped Evergreen Fog emerge as a clear choice for the 2022 colour of the year.”

Evergreen Fog encourages creativity and the need to discover more, and you can create exciting spaces with this shade. To create a chic and welcoming space, you can pair this shade with metallics such as champagne gold, brass, and matte black accessories.

Evergreen Fog SW 9130 by Sherwin Williams. Photo courtesy of the Sherwin Williams.


October Mist 1495 by Benjamin Moore

The famous brand selected October Mist 1495 as the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year 2022. "This gently shaded sage quietly anchors a space, while encouraging individual expression through colour,” said the brand on a press release. 

You can reimagine spaces in your home with this shaded sage to create a more intimate feel that brings out your individuality. It’s so exciting to have a backdrop paint that will not go out of style as you can create a fun yet inspiring space that evokes how you feel.

Their 2022 palette reflects a harmony of colours that will take your paint project to the next level. “As the spaces in our homes continue to evolve, we uncover more opportunities to express our individuality and leverage the power of colour to design environments that serve different functions and styles,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Colour Marketing and Development. “October Mist 1495, and the corresponding Colour Trends 2022 palette, reflects an effortless harmony of colours while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project.”

Benjamin Moore’s team drew inspiration from “everyday observations, hobbies, personal rituals, and cultural influences” within day-to-day life. The October Mist is a backdrop you should try in your next paint project!

October Mist 1495 by Benjamin Moore. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore.


Dulux - Bright Skies

A cool blue paint colour called Bright Skies has been named Colour of the Year 2022 by paint brand Dulux. Described by Dulux as "an airy, light blue" the colour was chosen as it "perfectly captures the optimism and desire for a fresh start that is the mood of the moment".

"The shared experience of feeling trapped inside and a growing concern for the future of our beautiful yet fragile planet are linked closely to Bright Skies," said Marianne Shilingford, creative director at Dulux UK.

Bright Skies was selected by a range of experts within the design, fashion, interiors, social economics and architecture industries for its "soulful" qualities. This colour was also recognised for its flexibility, especially when people navigate hybrid workspaces and adapt to new conditions of travel.

According to the panel, the colour choice is part of a trend towards vibrant colours and light tones. "This year, vibrant colours and light tones are re-emerging – a reflection, perhaps of our need for positivity and a fresh approach," explained Heleen van Gent, head of Dulux's parent company AkzoNobel's Global Aesthetics Centre.

Bright Skies™ by Dulux. Photo courtesy of Dulux.


While these trends will prove to be influential in 2022, colour remains a subjective part of the design process.

Which colour do you prefer? Will you be using these in your designs in 2021? Let us know what you think.


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Written by: Ines Tome

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