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Paint trends 2022 – the 10 colors you need for the ultimate wonder walls

by Monika Bürger
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The best paint trends for 2022 will inspire your decorating scheme for New Year and beyond. 

Applying a new lick of paint to your walls is an excellent way to give your interiors a fresh-faced makeover. But which color sample pots should you be buying, and what are the biggest paint trends for 2022?

We’ve teamed up with a host of color experts to bring you the most exciting paint trends in the year ahead. Brushes at the ready…

Paint trends 2022 orange paint
(Image credit: Davide Lovatti)

Vibrant and inviting, deep orange packs a punch and is full of optimism and hope. 

For me, the home should be filled with bright color trends and bold patterns as they add personality to a space,’ says Emma Deterding, founder, Kelling Designs. ‘Orange shades are a great choice – they bring an uplifting feel during the day and can help create a cozy, relaxed atmosphere in the evening, showing how versatile this color is in a different light.’

An orange entrance hall is a wonderful way to welcome people to a home. Here, the interior of the client’s antique Chinese lacquered cabinet inspired the glossy walls of this apartment. A strong sense of orange was carried throughout the scheme.

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2. WARM UP WITH MID-BROWN TAUPE

Paint trends 2022 taupe color
(Image credit: Edward Bulmer Paint / Paul Whitbread)

Reminiscent of velvety cocoa, this mid-brown taupe is a striking color for any room. Depending on the furniture and accent color ideas introduced alongside, it has the flexibility to range from looking neat and tailored to soft and welcoming. Insiders reveal how to use it to the best effect.

Timeless neutrals lend themselves to historic properties, creating warm backgrounds for original features,’ says Louise Wicksteed, design director, Sims Hilditch. ‘When opting for a neutral shade on the walls and ceiling, be playful with your soft furnishings and consider threading splashes of color and pattern through the fabric used for your scatter cushions.’

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3. ESCAPE WITH AN OCEAN-INSPIRED PALETTE

Paint trends 2022 ocean hue
(Image credit: Designers Guild)

Instantly energizing, an ocean hue offers a mental escape route from busy schedules and looming deadlines. It’s versatile, too: turn up the intensity with a gloss finish or subdue it in a flat matt.

Reminiscent of endless tropical skies and oceans, this color is full of vitality even on a grey day,’ says Tricia Guild, founder, and creative director, Designers Guild. 

‘Some consider blue room ideas to be cold (and it can be sometimes) but this powerful, punchy shade is anything but; rather it is enlivening in its strength. Use it with a white for crisp simplicity, make it dramatic with darker hues, or take it to the Caribbean with pastel tones. It responds beautifully to sunlit rooms but looks equally stunning with low lighting and candlelight.’

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Paint trends 2022 yellow color
(Image credit: Paint & Paper Library)

An earthy tobacco shade, this golden hue creates rooms that are rich, warm, and inviting throughout the year – and it also allows the artwork to pop out from the walls.

Yellow is a color that evokes happiness and provides a sense of positivity,’ says Andy Greenall, head of design, Paint & Paper Library. ‘It is perfect for areas of the home where there is much activity and socializing, such as the kitchen and dining room, where it adds energy and vitality.

It’s easier to incorporate this color into a scheme if you’re slightly put off by bright yellow paint in your home – and is particularly effective in darker, moodier spaces as it creates a feeling of warmth.

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5. GROUND YOUR SPACE WITH AN EARTHY BROWN

Paint trends 2022 brown color paint
(Image credit: Francesca’s Paint)

Considered a dark neutral, earthy brown living room ideas are grounding but also has an elegance that is truly sophisticated. Versatile, it can be striking on its own or allow other hues to stand proud. 

Don’t be scared to use dark colors in a small, gloomy room,’ says Natalie Forbes and Louisa Rix, co-founders, Forbes Rix Design. ‘It’s never going to look light, so choose a rich color and the effect can be truly transformative.’ 

Mike Fisher, creative director, and founder, Studio Indigo agrees: ‘We believe north-facing rooms should be painted a dark or strong color, like brown, to make it more cocooning and those on the south side in lighter colors. The thinking is where you have darkness you should bring color, warmth, and joy.’.

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6. DECORATE WITH AN EASY TO LIVE WITH GREY

Paint trends 2022 grey
(Image credit: Andrew Steel)

A grey that straddles the boundaries between blue, green, and grey can be many things: front and center or background to show off art and objects. Easy to live with, it looks beautiful in the west- or south-facing rooms while being suitably moody in spaces with less light. 

‘I love using this sort of color on walls as it allows paintings and portraits to really sing out,’ says Anna Haines, founder, Anna Haines Design. ‘It feels both calming and quiet and also works as the ideal backdrop for a range of rich textiles, decorative antique rugs, and furniture.’

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7. EXUDE CONFIDENCE WITH COLOR

Paint trends 2022 yellow color
(Image credit: Little Greene)

Mood-lifting and warm, yellow room ideas bring energy, confidence, and optimism to a space. It can be used anywhere in the home but is particularly effective in busy spaces, such as hallways and kitchens, or north-facing rooms that lack light.

The kitchen, often seen as the heart of the home, is the perfect space to use bolder colors, such as Little Greene’s Giallo, reminiscent of golden sun, which will bring joy and create an energetic scheme,’ says Ruth Mottershead, creative director, Little Greene. 

You can use this to highlight architectural details or pair it with soft greens and whites, such as the new shades Garden and Silent White, both by Little Greene, in the rest of the space, for a more elegant and pared-back scheme.’

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8. BE INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL WORLD

Paint trends 2022 olive green
(Image credit: Neptune)

Green room ideas, inspired by the natural world, olive is restful with a touch of heritage. Strong yet soothing, it brings an enveloping feel but can also sit quietly and allow bold furniture to shine.

This is a wonderful color that works well all through the year and is ideal if you are trying to bring an element of nature or a heritage feel into a more contemporary city home,’ says Emma Sims-Hilditch, founder and creative director, Sims Hilditch. ‘It’s a restful and calming shade which not only works well on cabinetry but also looks great on walls.

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9. BE DRAWN TO THE QUITE SOPHISTICATION OF PINK

Paint trends pink color
(Image credit: Dulux)

Pink room ideas the new decorating neutral – it has a natural ability to deliver warmth and interest without overwhelming a space. But choosing the right shade can be a thorny task when you’re faced with everything from soft rose pinks to peachy tones. The key is to pick a serene hue. Enter Potters Pink from Heritage by Dulux, a soft, clay-like shade that brings sophistication to a living space but is subtle enough for a calming bedroom. It complements most colors, but olive greens, rich browns, and deep burgundy will truly make it sing.

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10. ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY WITH PURPLE

Pantone's Color of the Year, Very Peri
(Image credit: Pantone)

Purple room ideas are having something of a moment. Pantone, the global color authority for the design community, has announced a new blue shade, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2022. 

Blending 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.

As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family,’ says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute. 

Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.’

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WHAT COLORS WILL TREND IN 2022?

The colors that will trend in 2022 are noted to create calm and serenity – or evoke creativity and optimism. Pantone, the global color authority for the design community, has announced that purple and blue paint will play a huge role in our decorating choices. But while this vivid color is set to be pivotal, we also noticed many paint companies opting for more subdued neutral color palettes. Think taupes, beige and soft pinks.

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