These days, it’s hard to get anyone to agree on anything, but one thing that seems to be uniting the design industry is a single color. While the name may vary, a muted green-gray/sage color has been proclaimed the 2022 Color of the Year by many brands, including Benjamin Moore (October Mist 1495), Sherwin-Williams (Evergreen Fog), PPG (Olive Sprig), Dutch Boy (Cypress Garden), Glidden (Guacamole), and Behr (Breezeway). Valspar and Farrow & Ball also included the shade in their annual palettes with Blanched Thyme and Breakfast Room Green, respectively.
So why, with a literal rainbow of colors and shades at their disposal, would design trendsetters all land on such a similar verdant hue for the year ahead? There are several reasons. The color is neutral, making it appropriate for larger elements such as walls and furniture, as well as small accent items. It pairs well with a variety of other colors and styles. It’s gender-neutral and prominent in nature. But what seems to tie most of the color experts’ decisions together is one thing: how it feels. After 24 months of unprecedented times, political and social upheaval, and general unease, there is a shared desire for wellness and calm. The color green is often associated with healing, serenity, tranquility, hope, optimism, and sustainability, which many are seeking in the new year.
If you’re looking to incorporate this trending color into your home, here are some of the best ways to do it.
Given that this natural hue has been selected by more than a half dozen paint manufacturers, the most obvious way to incorporate it into your space is with paint. It’s perfect for accent walls, but also light and neutral enough to be used in an entire room.
Rugs are a great way to set the vibe of a room, and with an almost endless selection of styles, patterns and textures, selecting an area rug that includes green-gray as a primary or accent color can bring some tranquility into any home, regardless of your aesthetic.
Linens are a cost-effective way to bring a new color into your home. Selecting a sage color for your towels, a throw blanket, or bedding can incorporate the shade into some of your most personal and comforting fabrics.
A muted green-gray is neutral enough that it can look great with other accent colors and styles, meaning it isn’t too bold of a choice for larger investment pieces like furniture. Sofas, loveseats, accent chairs, or a kitchen table are all ways to bring the tranquil color into a room.
If you’re looking for small ways to experiment with a muted green, decorative accents are always an easy and inexpensive way to add a pop of color. Throw pillows, wall art, vases, countertop appliances, trays, decorative books, flowerpots or other accessories are easy to find in stores and can demonstrate how even a small item can make a big difference.
For those really willing to commit to the serene green, many designers are predicting the 2022 color’s use in kitchen backsplashes and accent tiles.
Are you looking for a way to update the look of your home with an on-trend color that will speak to you or future buyers? Creative Home Stagers can help you style and stage your home into a beautiful and relaxing haven that anyone can see themselves in.