2022’s go-to hues

Every year, a handful of industry execs and trend experts choose a color to represent — and, in many ways, to forecast — the next 365 days. Quite a few companies in the design space announce their own Color of the Year (or COTY, to those in the know), so while there’s no one definitive hue, an overarching trend often emerges on the color wheel. As we look ahead to 2022, here are the shades you’ll be seeing everywhere.


Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has named a ‘Color of the Year’ to reflect the global zeitgeist of the moment. The hue is influenced by a myriad of factors — fashion runways, foreign films, weather patterns, even news headlines and socio-economic shifts — and is carefully selected based on years of trend analysis. This year, Pantone’s chosen hue is “Very Peri,” a periwinkle blue with violet-red undertones that blends the “faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red, this happiest and warmest of all the blue hues introduces an empowering mix of newness.” In fact, for the first time in history, the company developed a new color of the moment rather than selecting an existing one from the Pantone color chart as a way of highlighting the innovation and transformation happening across the globe.


Pantone, of course, is not the only authority on COTYs. Major paint companies anoint an ‘it’ hue annually, and no fewer than five have dubbed various shades of green as this year’s color of the year. Behr selected a blue-green called “Breezeway”; Benjamin Moore’s pick is “October Mist,” a soft sage green; and Sherwin Williams chose a similarly mellow shade called “Evergreen Fog,” described as a “cool and soothing gray-green hue.” It’s not hard to see why color experts are leaning towards green at the moment — in color psychology, not only is the color associated with rebirth and wealth, it also serves as a symbol of prosperity and progress, all things we would love to see in 2022.


Global paint brand Valspar does things a little differently. Each year, they announce not one but twelve colors of the year, and the latest lineup includes a dozen nature-inspired hues, ranging from "lilac lane" to "mountain river” to "blanched thyme" (that’s right — more green!). To help consumers zero in on the right hue from this year’s roster, Valspar partnered with the Astro Twins, a famous astrology duo, to curate specific color recommendations based on star signs. We look forward to seeing our Pisces friends paint their kitchen walls a soft and happy Lilac Lane!