Earthy shades of brown, beige and greige, as well as complementary accent colours of light blue and yellow, were popular in 2021, signalling the need for grounded colours with the side of positivity. This year, the colour trend looks to be the natural continuation of that, with gentle shades of green and blue reigning supreme, expressing hope, growth and desire to be closer to nature.
The Trend Forecast team at AkzoNobel, Dulux’s parent company, distilled the insights gathered across industries into four key trends: the reinvention of our home as a multifunctional space, the necessity of integrating nature into our lives, the power of the arts to bring us comfort and inspiration, and the need for us to break out of our social bubbles as we try to shape the world for the better.
The team distilled these into an overriding theme: a breath of fresh air, which conveys the universal need for reinvention and revitalisation. Then it translated it into colours and set about to identify the Colour of the Year – Bright Skies, described as “an airy, light blue that’s fresh, open and good for the soul”, which brings a hint of the natural world (the skies) inside and pairs well with a host of other shades, from soft neutrals to cheerful colours.
American paint company Sherwin-Williams’ 2022 Colour of the Year is Evergreen Fog, a soothing green suitable for indoors and out.
“Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors,” says Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing at Sherwin-Williams.
Sue recommends pairing the shade with organic neutrals like beige, cream, greige, bronze, copper and burnished gold. Evergreen Fog also captures the resurgence of nostalgic mid-tone colours and pairs well with retro-inspired palettes like matte orange and cobalt.
Nippon Paint’s Colour of Fortune
“The year of the water tiger marks a challenging and competitive landscape that can be visualised as a training ground in a dense forest,” says the Way Fengshui team, the brain behind Nippon Paint’s Colours of Fortune Calendar 2022. “Stay positive and be resourceful in dealing with challenges.”
Nippon Paint has declared a warm beige called Vintage Vase for its Colour of the Year. It has also curated three lucky colours for each zodiac in the calendar. This year’s selection is also populated by shades of green and blue, complemented by soft yellow, brown-toned red, and soft creamy neutrals.
The lucky colours for the tiger itself, for example, are green, blue and black. Start small by incorporating these shades through details or go big with a full wall.
Pantone Fashion Colour Trend Core Classics
Pantone recently announced Very Peri as its colour of the year. It works well as an eye-catching accent to natural colours.
Ahead of that, Pantone also released its Fashion Colour Trend Report for the Spring/Summer 2022 Fashion Weeks in London and New York, which would influence the colour trends worldwide.
The FCTRs comprise a trendy Colour Palette of 10 shades and a complementary Core Classics of five shades. “Colours for Spring/Summer 2022 bring together our competing desires for comforting familiarity and joyful adventure through
a range of soothing and timeless colours, along with joyous hues that celebrate playfulness,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
The Spring/Summer 2022 Core Classics for both LFW and NYFW showcase a strong preference for pastel greens (16-6216 Basil and 15- 6316 Fair Green), whites and nourishing browns (11-1001 White Alyssum, 11-0602 Snow White, 13-0003 Perfectly Pale and 15-1304 Humus) and greys (14-4104 Northern Droplet and 18-4004 Poppy Seed), all of which pair well with each other.
Change up the ratio of the colour combinations to create different impressions.
This article was first published in Home and Decor.