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2022 interior color trends to consider before choosing your color

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When you’re moving into a new home, renovating a room, or just looking to freshen up a room, chances are you’re thinking of paint colors – and comparing no small collection of paint chips! Finding just the right shade for your walls can be fun, especially when you know what you want or like to turn to social media for inspiration. But it can also be difficult to choose from a confusing selection.

It can be helpful to look at the colors that many are currently attracted to. We asked two pros – Tommy Smythe, co-founder of the interior design studio Tomand Sharon Grecheto Canadian color and design expert Benjamin Moore to share the most popular colors and what to consider when deciding on a colour.

According to Grech, colors that feel calm have been trending for over a year, and there’s also been a shift towards cheerful hues. “We want colors that make us feel comfortable in our space,” she said. She’s seen plenty of “nature-inspired” blues and greens this year, and warmer options like terracotta and other earth tones.

Before you decide on your color, here are some trends and tips to consider.

Warm neutrals

Both Grech and Smythe said there has been a move away from the shades of gray. “We see a reaction against gray walls,” Smythe said. “Many customers, and most designers in particular, are fed up with gray walls and interiors. So all the gray will shift towards warmer neutral tones. And by warmer neutrals, I actually mean beige.” However, the beige tones his team uses are more interesting: flax, linen and limestone, paired with a bright white for contrast.

Go green

Both experts agreed that green is a key color for 2022 and can be used in any space. “There’s a big… movement toward greenery in the kitchen space and it’s even creeping into bathrooms,” Smythe said. “I like to call [it] the fourth neutral… There’s no color that looks bad with green, so it gives you a lot of freedom for the other elements you use in a space.” And the possibilities are huge. “It’s everywhere from sage-pistachio tones to what I call green-black, which is like a version of black with green undertones,” he said. “And we really see it almost everywhere.”

Grech cited October Mist as an example of Benjamin Moore’s line, but noted that all major color brands emphasized a soft and muted green this year. She suggested looking for a muted mid-tone green, like a pale sage.

Today’s Peach

“[Peach] It’s a huge, huge color that we’re seeing in all sorts of things right now,” Smythe said. The ’80s peach was a little more orange.” It’s a flattering color that’s ideal for a bedroom or any living space you find yourself in, he said, “if you’re brave enough to dip back into the peach hue. “

“The clay and earth tones seem to have really gotten quite popular with the younger crowd, dare I say,” Grech said. “Persons [are] I’m interested in the desert sunset aesthetic.” Dusty pink tones offer a fresh update to Millennial pinkthat was part of the zeitgeist since the mid-2010s. “It’s just a little more subdued, a little more livable for everyone, for every space,” Grech said. “But it still has that pink tinge to it, which is nice.”

She is also enthusiastic about bright, energetic colors such as red, pink and orange. She mentioned Benjamin Moore’s Wild Flower, which she described as “a dusty red with hints of orange-pink” that pairs well with cool blues. She suggested using the bold color as an accent or on a wall. “It’s a nice transition color, but it’s a great pop,” she said.

nominate navy

Navy blue kitchens have been everywhere in recent years, Grech said. But if you want to go further, she suggested using the color to create a “more moody and dramatic” effect in a dining room or bedroom, or on an accent wall.

Smythe also recommended navy as a chic neutral, a less harsh alternative to black. “Navy is a softer color that has almost the same impact as black, as opposed to white or cream or lighter colors,” he said.

Crucial Factors

“I like to think that any color can work in any space,” Grech said, adding that you just have to find the right intensity for the space. For example, you could use a lighter pink with yellow in it to work with the undertones in your hardwood floor.

Grech said when you’re starting out it’s good to consider the vibe you want for the space. “How do you want to feel when you’re in this room?” She said. The function of the space, how and when you intend to use it, and the fixtures and fittings (e.g. floors and counters) are also important considerations.

If you want to see people applying popular colors in their homes, turn to social media. “You can type in the hashtag, maybe #bluekitchen, and hundreds and hundreds of pictures of other people’s kitchens with navy blue cabinets will pop up,” Smythe said. “And that might give you a kind of permission that didn’t exist before.”

In addition to social media, both experts noted this Color visualization tools can be a helpful starting point – but they definitely advise you to apply a paint sample to your wall to see how the color will really look in your space. “There’s no such thing as registering true color on any screen,” Smythe said. When you look at a photo of a room, the lighting, the atmosphere, even the time of day and year can affect how that color is read, he said — and it doesn’t translate in the same way in your room.

Finally, Grech said that you should consider the finish, as colors can look different depending on whether it’s matte or glossy. While she saw a lot of high gloss a few years ago, that’s not the case today. “Eggshell and matte,” she said, “are probably the most popular wall glosses.”


Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and stylist. Follow her at @trucnguyen.

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