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Consider the Colors of the Year to Refresh the Home for Spring

Redecorate with bright colors

One of the colors that creates this feeling? Green.

Almost all of 2022’s “color of the year” are verdant hues: Benjamin Moore chose October Mist, a soft silvery green; Glidden chose Guacamole, a cool shade of avocado, PPG opted for Olive Sprig, and Behr opted for a blue-green shade called Breezeway.

“Given that many people are spending more time at home than ever before—and spending it with fewer people—the desire to incorporate the tranquil, harmonizing effect of green makes sense,” says Siefkin.

There were a few outliers: HGTV Home selected a faded shade of blue called Aleutian, and Dunn-Edwards opted for Art and Craft, a soft brown hue. Instead of choosing a single color, Valspar opted for a palette of 12 shades including Lilac Lane, Subtle Peach and Gilded Linen.

The Pantone Color Institute also deviated from the green palette and chose Veri Peri, a shade of periwinkle, as the color of the year for 2022. It’s the first time the international color forecaster has created an all-new color. (In previous years, Pantone has selected a color of the year from its existing Pantone color system).

“We’ve been drawn to natural colors lately, as you can see in the other color of the year recommendations. [that are] in the green, teal, and blue families,” says Amy Wax, color expert and former president of the National Association of Color Consultants. “Veri Peri, a periwinkle blue, takes this direction and adds life by giving you a fresh and uplifting option.”

Wax notes that even the outliers are organic, nature-inspired colors that create a feeling of warmth and comfort in a space.