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Meet the 2022 Paint Colors of the Year!

In the last quarter of each year, paint and design companies forecast color trends for the year ahead, and many pick out a color of the year that represents aspirations and moods for the next 365 days to come.

Three of the most popular paint companies—Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore—have all announced their 2022 Colors of the Year. We were quite interested to discover that they’re all fairly similar shades of light, earthy greens. But they do have subtle differences!

Swatches of the 2022 paint colors of the year—Evergreen Fog, Breezeway, and October Mist

The 2022 Paint Colors of the Year are…

  • Evergreen Fog, Sherwin Williams
  • Breezeway, Behr
  • October Mist, Benjamin Moore

There was much more color variety in the 2021 colors of the year. But after 20 months of living in a very stressful, uncertain reality, we wondered if there’s a reason that all three of these companies landed on similar colors. All three of the shades of green that were selected are rooted in a sense of calmness and earthiness. We find that these three colors all tap into the same idea, and in their similarities there’s a sense of validation about what the collective consciousness is craving: peace, calm, grounding, inspiration. So, it actually makes sense that they’re pretty similar.

Since they’re all more earthy neutrals, with tones that are inspired by nature, there’s also a connection to the trending concept of biophilic interior design. The color of the year choices are reflective of more people using organic colors and natural elements within their homes to feel more connected to nature.

To further explore the similarities and differences between these three colors, we had one of our designers, Katherine, try these colors on for size. She used the colors of the year as the paint color of a room, then played with how each one interacted with furniture, decor, and other colors within a room. She brought each of these colors to life in ways that feel fresh and different.

Read on to learn more about the 2022 colors of the year and explore how you can design around these trending colors.

Costal living room with a white sofa and walls painted Breezeway, Behr's 2022 color of the year

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The Behr 2022 Color of the Year: Breezeway

Breezeway is a peaceful silvery-green that is inspired by the color of sea glass, which can be found on sandy ocean beaches. Behr says that this cool green tone represents a desire to move forward and discover newfound passions. There is something uplifting and inspiring about this color, isn’t there?

This color is part of Behr’s Color Trends 2022 Palette. Behr says this 20-color collection is intended to “inspire us to enter the new year on a hopeful note, while still centering the home as an ultimate oasis.”

Here’s how Modsy Designer, Katherine, brought Breezeway to life…

What are your thoughts on the Behr 2022 color of the year?

“This color feels very serene, comforting, and hopeful to me. It’s a mix of blue and green but it’s not heavy—in fact, it’s quite light and airy. I think it’s a beautiful color and adds a lot of exuberance to any space.”

What about the color inspired your design?

“I took inspiration from my many trips to Charleston, SC, where this tone of blue-green is quite common in the southern coastal homes. I wanted to create a sophisticated yet cozy coastal-inspired living room that feels very welcoming.”

Who would you recommend this color to?

“This color is perfect for anyone who wants to lighten up a space without foregoing color. It has a sea glass quality and works beautifully with natural materials like linen, jute, and natural greenery.”

 

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Dining room design with a rustic wood table, white dining chairs, and walls painted Evergreen Fag, Sherwin Williams' 2022 color of the year

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The Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year: Evergreen Fog

Evergreen Fog is an organic gray-green (with hints of blue undertones) that was inspired by the quiet calm of a forest and the sense of renewal that can be found outdoors. Versatile and calming, it brings subtle color to a room while offering an edge of sophistication.

Sherwin-Williams calls it “the color of new beginnings” and says it’s a soothing and “restorative shade that breathes freshness” into a space. That’s definitely something we can get behind!

Here’s how Modsy Designer, Katherine, brought Evergreen Fog to life…

What are your thoughts on the Sherwin-Williams 2022 color of the year?

“This color feels earthy and serene to me. It’s a very muted gray-green, which almost feels like a neutral. I think this is a huge win, because it’s versatile and would look amazing with many color palettes and in various styles and types of spaces.”

What about the color inspired your design?

“I was inspired by the calming and organic feel of this color. To me, it feels like early autumn! I wanted to accent it with other earthy materials and colors, like natural wood, deeper greens, and rusty reds, then juxtapose all those tones with crisp whites for a fresh touch.”

Who would you recommend this color to?

“If you are drawn to earth tones, or even neutral colors, but want to dip your toe into a color with a bit more saturation, Evergreen Fog is a perfect transition. I think this color would shine the most in spaces with abundant natural light!”

Boho bedroom design with wood furniture, October Mist walls, and black trim

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The Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year: October Mist

October Mist is a gentle shade of sage that evokes the silver-green stem of a flower. As a wall color, it quietly anchors a room, creating a canvas over which you can layer other colors. The versatility of October Mist is intended to encourage creativity and individual expression, so you can bring it to life in whatever way speaks to you.

This color is part of Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2022 palette, a collection of 14 hues that Benjamin Moore says is “harmonious yet diverse, reliable yet whimsical, and meditative yet eclectic.”

Read Next: The 13 Most Popular Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Here’s how Modsy Designer, Katherine, brought October Mist to life…

What are your thoughts on the Benjamin Moore 2022 color of the year?

“This color is similar to the other two colors of the year, but it feels more muted than the others. I like to think of it like a pastel olive green! It could almost get away with being a neutral color in the right setting.”

What about the color inspired your design?

“I was inspired by the muted earthy tone of this hue. I wanted to play up the contrast that would make this color pop, so I used crisp whites and deep satin blacks to make this olivey-green really sing. It feels understated, so adding natural elements and going for a bit of a boho chic look really spoke to me.”

Who would you recommend this color to?

“If you are looking for hints of green but don’t want it to overpower the space, this is a lovely color. It can sway gray or green, depending on what you put in the space, so it’s actually very versatile. It’s a great paint choice for someone who likes to regularly switch up accent colors and decor within a space.”

Want to explore more popular paint colors? Check out our post on how to choose a color palette, plus the top 10 bedroom paint colors and the best living room paint colors.

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Color Guide: Designer Tips for Decorating With Jewel Tones

If you’re one of those people who prefers big washes of color to an all-neutral room with neutral paint colors, you might want to check out jewel tones. Jewel-toned colors are deeply saturated hues that tend to be named after gemstones. Think: emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow. Gold—as a color and a finish—can also fall into this color family and complements jewel tones beautifully. In interior design, these colors add richness to your space.

What Decor Style Goes Best With Jewel Tones?

Many people may associate jewel tones with a specific design style—say, glam or transitional. But they’re actually much more free-flowing and multifaceted than that. You can take them in a lot of different directions and use them with many different design styles, as well as with other color families.

How Do I Decorate With Jewel Tones?

When decorating with jewel tones, it’s important to decide on a base color to help ground the space, then work around that color with accents of jewel tones. Consider finishes, fabrics, and tones within the space to help guide your use of jewel tone colors. For example, if you’re going for a warmer palette, try incorporating more yellows, golds, and reds, along with gold or brass finishes. For a cooler palette, opt for emerald greens or sapphire blues, with silver finishes.

Tips For Designing With Jewel Tone Decor

There are so many different ways you can decorate with jewel tones in your home—though fall and winter are actually a great time to try them out, as their saturated tones really suit the colder seasons. (But don’t worry, they work in your home year-round!) Keep reading for some stunning jewel tone color scheme design ideas, along with our best tips on the many ways you can decorate with jewel tones.

Jewel tone decor1. Go High-Contrast

If you love bold colored rooms, go high-contrast with a mix of jewel tones. Mustard and amethyst make for a perfect color combination that also creates a lot of contrast in the space (as evidenced by this wall and sofa combo). The addition of the rug adds playful vibrance to what might otherwise be a very stately space.

This is not a subtle look; rather, this room is a great example of a whole room being saturated in jewel tones—from the wall to the sofa and rug. It’s definitely a more maximalist approach to the application of jewel tones in color.

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Jewel tone decor2. Make A Statement

You don’t have to paint your whole room in order to incorporate jewel tones. In fact, even a single pop of a jewel tone in an otherwise neutral space can make a major style statement. Jewel toned decor or accent furniture—like pillows, ottomans, wall art, and tabletop decor—are a great way to bring in those colors. This room displays that more subtle take on jewel tones, with just one big pop that is echoed in other small moments throughout the space. This subtle decor supplements the main piece of the room, the ottoman. (Check out our guide to decorating with white for more ways to bring this type of look to life.)

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Jewel tone decor3. Tone It Down

Another way to bring jewel tone interiors to life? Go more subtle in jewel tones with toned down shades like pale reds and greens. However, it’s important to still use a bold jewel tone on the wall or through a sofa or rug to help ground the look. Without this high-contrast, darker element, the toned down jewel tones can easily take on a pastel look, which would really change the vibe. But against a rich, intense jewel tone—like with the wall above—the colors read more like jewel tones. Textures also help the toned down shades read more jewel tones. The velvet materials give off a more luxe vibe, which aligns with jewel tones. On the other hand, if the furniture were in a cotton weave or linen, the colors would read a bit differently.

Overall, this is a great approach for someone who’s on the fence about jewel tones, or even someone who likes pastels or lighter, earthier colors, but wants to glam it up a bit with some high contrast and golds.

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Jewel tone decor4. Embrace Repetition

Drive home your bold color scheme through repetition of jewel tones. In this room, we used a deep ruby red paint color, and repeated that in accents throughout the space—both in the rug and the wall baskets. This creates a compositional repetition of colors. This is a great way to approach a more eclectic take on jewel tones (proof that this color scheme doesn’t always have to be paired with glam or transitional styles). Here, the deep red tones rule the look and pairs beautifully with rustic wood tones and natural materials. When applying jewel tones to an eclectic style, grounding it in the natural materials of the space helps balance out the look.

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Jewel tone decor5. Make Sure Metals Are in the Same Color Family

Metallic finishes are a perfect pairing to a more glam take on jewel tones. However, when using metallic finishes, make sure your metals are all in the same family, or at least complementary. In this room, you’ll notice gold finishes throughout, and they all have the same color tone and finish to them. (They’re matte gold, rather than ultra shiny. You can go either way, but you just want those finishes to be uniform throughout a space.) However, you’ll also notice a pair of black iron side tables in the corner—proof that you certainly can mix metals. You just want to make sure there is a dominant metal in the space, like gold is here.

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Jewel tone decor6. Mix Up Your Textures

When decorating with jewel tones, you can have a lot of fun mixing textures within your space. Consider throw pillows: you could choose a chunky knit pillow, next to a velvet pillow of the same color—but the different materials and textures add a ton of depth to the look. Another texture to mix into the look? Leather. It makes a perfect backdrop for these vibrant, saturated hues while also adding organic warmth, which is where jewel tones thrive.

This room portrays another eclectic approach to jewel tones. This room is earthy and natural—in fact, earth tones have the main stage in this look, while jewel tones are more supportive. Just remember: when mixing textures and colors, just make sure the colors you’re using are either the same shade or color family, so they’re complementary rather than competing for attention.

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Trend Spotlight: Bold Colored Rooms Are Bringing Joy Inside

Want the scoop on one of the latest and greatest interior design trends? First, shameless plug for our podcast, because in episode 4 we dug into some of the best and worst of interior design trends over the decades, including what we’re loving right now. But that’s not why we’re here!

The trend we’re talking about today? Bold-colored rooms! With the world at large feeling like it’s at a stand-still, and nothing but bad news filling our newsfeeds, people are bringing some excitement and joy into their lives with bold colors. Since we’re spending so much time at home, people are brightening up their spaces, and color is a huge part of that. In the past couple months we’re seeing more and more people embrace bold colors in their home rather than cover them up with neutrals.

A great example of this is blogger Kate Arends of Wit & Delight, who’s embracing brightly colored rooms in her new home. And Veranda just published their Bold Color issue with some seriously daring color palettes on display. You can even see this trend in small ways in Kendall Jenner’s cozy LA hideaway.

In many cases, this trend is showing up in bold wall colors. But you can definitely get this look without breaking out the paint! Ready to dig into this trend and maybe try it out in your own home? We asked our designers how they’re working with this trend, and they shared their best tips on how to get the look in the rooms below.

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bold colored roomsStick With Colorful Decor

Here’s a great example of adding bold colors to your space without painting any walls. In this case, we simply integrated color through the accessories and decor while maintaining white walls. This is a perfect approach for those who aren’t sure how they’ll feel about a more brightly colored space. You aren’t committing to this trend in a more “permanent” way with a wall color, but you’re still embracing colors in a big way. A bedspread is a great way to add a huge wash of color (and pattern!) to a bedroom. We then added pops of color through art, plants, and accent pillows, creating a veritable rainbow within your bedroom. How cheery!

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bold colored roomsAdd One Big Statement Color

Another way to tap into this trend? Using a pop of one statement color. In this case, it’s through a bold-colored sofa—but you could also do this through an accent wall, a chair, wall art, a rug, or any other large-scale object in the room. Here, the rust sofa adds a warm, bold pop of color to the space, which really stands out in contrast to the otherwise neutral room. This is a great approach for those with minimal or glam styles where adding a bit of a dramatic flair is par for the course.

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bold colored roomsGo All Out

Want to dive headfirst into this trend? Go all out with a combination of colorful walls, furniture, and decor. It makes for a pretty beautiful room, huh? However, this type of bold color palette requires a bit of thought to make sure the colors coordinate. To achieve this look, consider a color palette with 2-3 dominating and coordinating colors, then mix those colors into all elements of the design in a repeating way. You can see this in the room above with the way that the yellow repeats in the sofa and pouf, while the blue repeats in the chairs, pillows, and wall art. You can also see small extra uses of the peach wall colors in the painting above the fireplace and a vase on the bookcase.

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bold colored roomsStrike Some Contrast

This room explores a similar approach as the room above, but with a very different execution. Go for a dark bold color on the walls, and then layer bold but contrasting colors in the rest of the space. In a living room, the sofa is the main contrasting element to the wall—so go for something like a purple wall with a mustard sofa like in the room above, or perhaps a dark blue wall with a white sofa. Basically, you just want to strike some major contrast. Then anchor the design with lighter pops of color in the other furniture and decor.

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bold colored roomsPaint An Accent Wall

Sometimes, painting an accent wall can have an even bolder look than painting a whole room. We love the idea of a bright and bold-colored accent wall in a room with striking architectural details or in a space that has a natural focal point. In this case, we painted a wall that has built-in shelving, but you could also achieve this through painting a full wall in a small space. To drive home this look, add pops of complimentary colors into the overall room design so the accent wall has a good sense of contrast within the space.

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bold colored roomsGo Monochrome

Another way to make use of bold colors in your space? Go monochrome. The repeated use of the same color tone will create a bold and dramatic look. For this approach, we recommend tapping into the earth tones trend. For your main color, use a calming color like sage, terracotta, or a mix of blues or greys. Here, we paired a green wall with matching curtains and a rug in a slightly deeper shade of green. But then we accented the space with pops of natural woods and other earth tones in the furniture and other decor. The result is a cohesive design that, when put all together, really pops.

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Take Your Bedroom to the Next Level with These 5 Blue Bedroom Ideas

When it comes to using blue in your home, it’s possible that no room is more well-suited than the bedroom. Blue is soothing, serene, and the perfect backdrop for the most restful, intimate room in your home. It’s no wonder then, that blue bedroom designs are one of our most requested rooms. Out of all the possibilities for blue bedroom designs, our stylists have a few they like best. Take a peek at our 5 favorite blue bedroom ideas!

charcoal blue bedroom ideas1. Dark Blue Bedroom Ideas

Nothing is as calming as a dark blue bedroom balanced out with soft neutral furniture and decor. The whitewashed woods, upholstered furniture, natural materials, and subtle patterns make the space warm and inviting, just like a bedroom should feel.

The Hue

We chose Charcoal Blue by Sherwin Williams for our cozy bedroom. The hue delivers a serene vibe that is perfect for the room where you want to wind down at the end of the day.

This is Perfect if…

You love neutrals but don’t want a space that’s all white. The rustic contemporary vibe is serene and peaceful but also super stylish. And if you want to create more of a modern farmhouse look, just add a few industrial light features to add an extra pop of contrast.

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navy blue bedroom ideas2. Bold Blue Bedroom Ideas

To ensure your blue bedroom doesn’t start to feel too monotone (unless that’s the vibe you’re after) be sure to introduce some complementary colors. The opposite of blue on the color wheel is orange, so for this bedroom, we incorporated subtle pops of orange in the art, accent furniture, and decor.

But instead of an aggressive traffic cone orange, we opted for more natural oranges, like terracotta, rust and even saffron, helps to keep the look feeling calm and soothing – aka perfect for a bedroom.

The Hue

This pure, bold Downpour Blue color by Benjamin Moore is the perfect backdrop for a bold, eclectic look.

This is Perfect if…

You’re looking for a blue bedroom that’s still a bit bold and eclectic. This idea also plays with natural woods, which have a warmth that nicely compliments the orange hues. The neutrals and natural textures like velvet and ceramic also tone down the bold and create a warm and welcoming vibe, perfect for letting yourself unwind and relax.

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light blue bedroom ideas3. Light Blue Bedroom Ideas

This is one of our favorite blue bedroom ideas to create an inspiring and bright vibe that will energize you in the morning and soothe you to sleep at night. Full of natural textures, this blue bedroom has a beach house vibe that also feels slightly eclectic.

The Hue

We chose the light blue paint, Frozen Canal, by Benjamin Moore. It evokes the soothing waters of the sea and is the perfect, cheery complement to natural materials like linen, jute, and rattan.

This is Perfect if…

You love beachy vibes and a preppy-meets-eclectic style! Add a bit more contrast with a few dark blue pillows or decorative accents to give the look more depth.

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royal blue bedroom ideas4. Royal Blue Bedroom Ideas

Nothing feels more regal than a deep, velvety blue wall color paired with gold accents. Dark walls create calm and comfort and the white and gold accents pop against the cobalt blue backdrop. The look perfectly balances warm and cool notes.

Be sure to incorporate a few blue accents into the space to tie the wall color in with the rest of the design. We used an end-of-the-bed bench and blue accent pillow to do the trick. Use symmetry to add to the polished, refined look but keep it not so matchy-matchy by varying decor on each side.

The Hue

Using this Loyal Blue color by Sherwin-Williams as the focal point for this blue bedroom idea offers a more sophisticated, formal take on the bedroom.

This is Perfect if…

You love a look that’s elegant and sophisticated but also retains warmth.

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teal blue bedroom ideas5. Teal Blue Bedroom Ideas

This look is not for the faint of heart but can instantly turn a bedroom into a cozy retreat. Teal walls set the stage for a bold, eclectic look and then you can balance out the green notes with natural wood furniture.

Feeling extra bold? Add an over-dyed red rug. This helps anchor space and offers a lovely pop of color that compliments the green tone in the walls.

The Hue

We chose Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore to make a bold statement in our teal blue bedroom.

This is Perfect if…

You love a design with a mid-century modern style. This look is the perfect counterpart to the teal color because natural woods are a key element of the design style. It’s also perfect if you love a bold and trendy bedroom that shows some personality and feels like your own private enclave.

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