This year, I’m predicting some playful colours being used to bring more charm to our interiors. And I’m so excited! These are the colour trends to keep your eye on in 2022.
2022 Trending Colours
My TOP pick for the colour of the year for 2022 is Lavender.
And this umbrella includes all shades of mauve.
Those of you who are my age will remember this shade from the 80s.
Lavender, mauve and a return to charm
Tones of lavender and mauve are for those who embrace colour. So they are the perfect fresh and slightly-eccentric response to the desaturated grey, black and white interiors we’ve already seen too much of.
These colours are feminine and run into the traditional floral motifs that are also trending. It takes us back to a time when interiors were more charming and homey. Think chintz and chinoiserie.
There is nothing safe and conservative about lavender. It makes a refreshingly bold statement: Hello, I embrace the joy of colour!
And you know I do 😉
Unexpected hues are popping up everywhere. In addition to plum, lavender and mauve, I’m also seeing muted blues, greens and rust shades adding a moody vibe to interiors all over my feed. Leading designers and influencers are turning away from safe desaturated grey, white and black towards cozier, more personal, even eccentric colour choices.
And I can certainly get on board with that!
Everything is warming up, especially colour and wood tones
In general, everything is warming up. Grey floors are OUT. Thank goodness, because they never should have been IN, to begin with. Anyone who didn’t replace their honey oak floors will be thankful they kept them. Stained woods are warming up.
For a long time now (say like 20 years), warm wood took a backseat to the neutral almost black espresso finishes of the brown trend and the weathered woods of the grey trend.
First, we had the ‘espresso brown’ trend of the 2000s. Let’s face it, no one needed to coordinate wood stains in those days because espresso brown (shown below) was pretty close to black. Espresso was standard from everything to furniture, to hardwood floors and even millwork.
Then grey came along and everything literally had a grey wash to it. If you are a furniture store and you still have containers of this colour in your warehouse? It needs to go on sale ASAP.
Now before you get upset if you have this colour in your home, I need to repeat AGAIN that grey came along to provide a fresh and crisp backdrop to all the cleaner colours we were decorating with.
There is nothing wrong with this grey dresser (above) if you add colour around it.
And then, some of you will remember the deconstructed furniture trend that started with Restoration Hardware (below)? Distressed and weathered, grey-on-grey-on-grey rustic, Belgian country chic became a popular signifier for good taste. And while elements of the restrained tonal Belgian or French Country look can be timeless, taking it too far is definitely NOT.
Read more: The 2022 Trends we’re Warming up To
Floral lavender, teal and green
So back to lavender.
I may be biased because this exact shade is the new accent colour of my living room makeover. It’s taken a year for the furniture to arrive. [sigh]
I planned this makeover back in November 2020. And then my living room got caught up in the supply chain issues along with everyone else.
It’s a collaboration with Ballard Designs and I can’t wait to show you the reveal, coming soon!
Here’s a sneak peak:
Here’s what my living/dining room looked like before.
When the photos came back from the shoot, my teal pantsuit reminded me of an eDesign client’s pretty kitchen I posted on the blog in the summer (below).
Because greens are trending in kitchens too. But I said that last year here.
The colourful kitchen trend is here to stay because colour (and even deeper neutrals) have moved from walls to millwork and even to trim. Because most people’s go-to paint colour these days is still in the realm of art gallery white.
The way to keep strong cabinet colours as timeless as possible is to keep the countertops in the realm of white.
And remember, when I say white, I mean cream.
When I say cream, I mean true white.
When I say white, I mean off-white,
When I say off-white, I mean true white.
When I say blue-white I mean white.
I think you get the picture.
What this means is that, unless I say otherwise, when I’m talking about white, I am talking about the continuum of white from blue-white to true white, to off-white to cream and now complex creams (which work well with many timeless quartz options).
There is no hierarchy of whites, only a useful range from cool to creamy. The best white for any interior is the one in the right gradation to relate perfectly to the finishes. In the above deep teal kitchen, the palest pink beige (as the countertop was replaced to coordinate with existing floors) is creating the fresh perfect cream look.
In the end, if all you have to do is paint your kitchen when it’s time for a change, but your countertop and backsplash are in the realm of white, that’s much easier to do than ripping them out.
Warm sage greens
My second pick for trending colours in 2022 are sage greens.
A month ago, one of my readers messaged me to ask which trim colour would look good on an exterior with Tate Olive.
The last time I specified Tate Olive was 20 years ago when sage green was trending.
Well, all those stormy, muted, mid-tone greens from the 90s are back. And Tate Olive is included in my updated VIP Collection of large painted colour boards along with several rich greens, blues, golds and warm cognac tones that are trending.
Tate Olive; Warline Painting, Surrey, BC | True Colour Experts
Cozy Complex Creams
My third colour pick for 2022 is orange beige complex cream – 7571 SW Casablanca or OC-95 Navajo White:
I recently visited a client’s home who had purchased a home filled with grey hardwood floors. She decided not to replace them because she didn’t think they would get their money out of doing so before they moved again.
But the combination of grey floors AND grey walls is way too much grey so I suggested a complex cream (below):
It was easy to choose a cream using my large painted colour boards. Which one would you choose (above)?
Complex creams are a great option for updating all the grey finishes installed in homes everywhere to begin to shift to a warmer on-trend look. Creamy walls are a great way to dip a toe into the warmer look of 2022, and the complex creams are perfect, they are warm but fresh and versatile.
New living room reveal coming soon
A floral lavender, green and cream palette (because my yellow sofa is still here) is what I chose for my living room refresh, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you this year!
How about you? In 2022, do you have the urge to get more playful with colour?. To experiment with layering in some warmer hues to break out of the habit of desaturated grey, black and white?
Let’s go boldly!
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