Colour of the year 2022 - interior colour trends

After a tumultuous few years, the overarching trend for interior design is to create a harmonious escape from the outside world. Combining natural materials and nature-inspired colour palettes, you’ll find the colours and interior trends of 2022 are focused on improving our health and wellbeing.

Each year, leading paint and colour experts like Dulux, Farrow & Ball, and Benjamin Moore make predictions about the Colour of the Year 2022. From the sky blues to mellow sage, cheerful yellow to soft whites, the themes of optimism, positivity and tranquillity are evident.

Mellow yellows

The yellow we’ll be seeing in 2022 is a subdued sunshine hue. Thanks to its slightly muted tone, it’s not too overpowering. As a result, this colour is great for larger rooms and spaces with limited natural light.

Because of its brightness, when considering finishing touches, it can be paired with dark wood furniture. Soft furnishings inspired by Moroccan souks, featuring pale blues and soft reds and pinks also work well.

A cheerful yellow. Farrow & Ball Babouche.

Farrow & Ball Babouche No.223. Photographer: James Merrell.

Warm whites

For the last few years, grey has been the neutral du jour, but in 2022 we’re seeing the return of white. Only this time, it’s a soft slightly chalky, off-white. This timeless and unassuming shade can be used in any room and will create a grounding and calming feel.

Thanks to its versatility it can be paired with virtually any colour and material. From creating a farmhouse-inspired kitchen to a decadent living room, cosy bedrooms to an inspiring home office. Add black and white photos or over-the-top art, statement rugs or vibrant soft furnishings.

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Beautiful blues

Blue has long been synonymous with peace and calm, and this year’s interior trends are using blue hues to evoke these feelings. Airy and fresh, these slightly lighter and brighter blues are both uplifting and light, whilst also being soothing.

For a modern take, paint ceilings with this bright sky inspired colour. To get that sense of space, blend the colour down the walls for a cocoon of calm. A professional painter will help you get that flawless finish. For a medium-sized room, expect to pay between £400 – 600.

Garden greens

We’ve been seeking inspiration from nature for centuries and this year it’s our gardens that are the source of 2022’s colour trends. These shades of green are designed to promote a sense of wellbeing and will be a key colour for the outdoor-indoor living trend that’s set to continue to rise in popularity.

Blurring the lines between outside and in, these green hues can be used in east-facing rooms that catch the morning light. Ideal for bedrooms, garden rooms and cosy living rooms, the colour can be paired with pastel floral-inspired colours without it feeling too ‘gimmicky’.

Green coloured interiors. Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green No.81.

Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green No.81. Photographer: James Merrell.

Rustic red

Red is often a divisive colour when it comes to interior trends. Sometimes creating a harsh or dark atmosphere, but this year we’ll be seeing a softer more rustic red. Rich and warm, this red hue is evocative of the Mediterranean.

Depending on the age of your home and your aesthetic, you can create a contemporary feel with this rustic red by combining it with a monochromatic palette. For older properties with high ceilings and grand proportions, why not go for an opulent feel? Injecting rich velvets, jewel colours, and classic antique furniture.

Soft Rustic Red. Benjamin Moore Wild Flower (2090-40).

Benjamin Moore Wild Flower.

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