In 2020, color trends shifted to soothing blues, nature-inspired neutrals and soft, stress-reducing shades to encourage moments of Zen (something we all needed during peak lockdown season). In 2021, we stood by TikTok as it replaced these colors with warm, earthy neutrals and it’s no secret that bold, happy hues are dominating this year’s fall design trends. So what colors should we expect to see next? Three brands have revealed their Color of the Year for 2022, and surprisingly, they’ve all selected a concordant shade of sea glass or olive-toned pale green. Of course, this doesn’t come as a shock; green kitchens have been trending for quite a while now, and a survey conducted by The Harris Poll found that online searches for “green paint” have more than doubled since 2020. In fact, a few months ago, we spoke with Stephanie Pierce, the director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, who said: “Green is quickly gaining color confidence with homeowners who are realizing how well this color complements others and changes easily with the seasons just like in nature.”
But what we find really fascinating? It’s the first time in years that multiple brands have selected nearly the same shade. While we’re not sure what Pantone will reveal in December, these selections convey that we’re 1.) all craving a sense of adventure and bringing the outdoors in, and 2.) ready to break away from dull, pre-COVID hues of white, gray and beige in 2022.