The New Year brings new beginnings and nothing says “fresh start” like a new coat of paint and updated décor. As 2022 rolls out, our team loves studying the hot colors for the New Year and discussing where it makes most sense to incorporate these in our ongoing design projects. Color certainly influences our mood so integrating the right hues is important in homes and offices. We’re energized by the bright outlook of this year’s forecast.
According to Veranda, expect to see “earthy tones evoking the natural world, warm neutrals ushering in calmness, and golden yellows brightening every environment. Plus, vivacious green shades along with sultry hues are also predicted to make a bold impact as the year’s go-to accent shades.”
As we mentioned in our “Décor Trends for 2022” blog post, green continues to trend in the New Year. Sherwin-Williams named Evergreen Fog its color of the year, while Benjamin Moore announced October Mist as its 2022 hue. Perhaps the growing interest in incorporating these soft greens into interior design is based on the popularity of gardening coming out of the pandemic. The intrigue with these green hues is likely also due to the calm feeling that they evoke. With everyone spending more time at home, many have paid closer attention to home décor and are updating it to best reflect their personalities and interests. Both greens invite nature indoors and pair well with whites and creams for a crisp yet refreshing mood.
Speaking of nature, we expect to see more natural elements incorporated into décor this year. This includes natural materials like rattan (shown below) being used in everything from seating to light fixtures. The sturdy material wins points for sustainability, earth tones and texture. Plus, rattan can easily cross styles from modern to traditional.
Nature-inspired patterns in fabric and other materials will grow in popularity. Abbas Youssefi, director of Porcelain Superstore, said in The Spruce, “Advances in tile technology means different reliefs—such as a matte glaze, metallic lines, and embossed features—can be printed on to tiles without the need for costly ‘extra firing.’ This means intricate and detailed patterns, like those expected on a wallpaper, can now be achieved on a tile. Combine this with the appetite for biophilia—where homeowners seek to re-establish their connection with nature—and vibrant, floral tiles are going to be the talking point for 2022.”
We agree. We’re crushing on this gorgeous bathroom with subdued blue-gray and garden-themed tiles that create a magical getaway. We also love the color of the sink that further emphasizes Mother Nature.
Let the sun in no matter the weather or time of day. Incorporating sunny yellows into décor is sure to lift spirits. After social distancing for two years, we’re ready for a splash of cheerfulness. Softer buttery tones are another way to warm up your walls with a sunny disposition.
We believe the attraction to white will continue in interiors and exterior facades. Inside, we’re moving more toward creamy whites that create a serene setting like the one shown below. This keeps the room light and airy while still comforting.
We’ve seen white and black coupled frequently over the last few years, especially with black-framed windows against white exterior façades. We think this trend will continue in 2022, although an expansion to other deep hues will likely come indoors. Almost black tones can add a sophisticated look to a room without the starkness that solid black can invite.
“The trend for dark shades in the kitchen shows no signs of waning. Contrasting black or deep grey with white is the most effective way to create impact in a predominantly white kitchen,” according to Homes & Gardens. We still love the dramatic kitchen that we unfolded for a Houston family. While stunning, the dark blue of the island cabinets gives a grounding effect to the otherwise light and bright kitchen.
We anticipate seeing dark hues like this blue balanced with whites throughout other areas of the home. In this next photo, we carried this gorgeous deep blue into the powder bath with a decorative wallpaper from Fabricut. The geometric design in the wallcovering adds a bit of shimmer and elegance as well.
Other deep hues that are likely to see prime time this year are deep purples that look great when mixed with neutral furnishings. We love the eggplant hue as a nice departure from black, dark gray and deep blues.
Look at the soothing scene below that features the back wall in Pelt from Farrow&Ball as a backdrop to the credenza in light wood tones with plenty of texture. The nicely sized floral arrangement coupled with the accessories in lighter tones gives a balanced look that beckons the room’s visitors.
This is a great time to introduce a fresh color palette to your decor. Of course, you’ll want to choose shades that you won’t quickly tire of as well. Are you ready to get inspired by the hot colors for 2022? Contact us for a fresh look in your home or office. We’d love to hear from you.