Preview the 2022 Colors of the Year

Preview the 2022 Colors of the Year

Baker Residential Color of the Year 2022

October 14, 2021

The easiest home makeover you can do is to change the color of your walls. Every fall, the major paint manufacturers present their picks for next year’s top colors. You can be a trendsetter and get your choice now, before 2021 comes to an end. Baker Residential has a preview of the 2022 Colors of the Year so you can glimpse what could be coming to your home.

We’re seeing a consistent trend toward shades of green and blue in 2022—soft, calm, and cool—with some companies going bolder, but not too far.


Benjamin Moore is embracing a palette of neutral colors next year. The Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year is October Mist, a very soft silver-sage hue that will blend with any accents you choose. The company describes the paint color as “harmonious yet diverse, reliable yet whimsical, and meditative yet eclectic.” 

The Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2022 Palette is the perfect complement to the soft and natural October Mist. The 14 understated tones in the collection include such calming colors as  Quiet Moments, Morning Dew, Natural Linen, Steam, and Pale Moon, with a surprising pop of color represented in Wild Flower, a muted red with hints of pink and orange, and the deep, dark denim color of Mysterious.


From last year’s pick of the very vibrant Living Coral, the Behr Color of the Year gives it 2022 nod to a gentle color that is reminiscent of a piece of sea glass. The company’s website says Breezeway is “Where a breath of fresh air meets a coat of fresh paint”. The subtle yet distinctive color embraces serenity.

“Breezeway naturally harmonizes with shades of white, gray, and natural wood tones for effortless style in any room.” The understated shade is easy to blend into so many color palettes.

Behr’s choice for 2022 Color of the Year is a perfect pick for Carolina’s coastal decor, while also working well with contemporary, traditional, cottage, and farmhouse styles.


Like the name describes, Sherwin Williams Color of the Year is inspired by the outdoors refreshed after the rain. Evergreen Fog is a blend of gray and green, neutral but with a hint of something more. This color is inspired by the quiet calm of a forest—organic, soothing and naturally subtle.

“Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade,” explains Sherwin Williams’ Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden. “Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors.”

The 2022 Color of the Year is part of a larger collection, the Method Palette of the 2022 Colormix Forecast. This beautiful blend of organic neutrals presents color balance that works effortlessly throughout your home, with punches of color where you want them.


Sherwin Williams has created a signature color collection in partnership with the design experts at HGTV Home. For next year, HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams is touting its Softened Refuge Color Collection. This palette includes 10 complementary colors, each inspired by nature and all of them gentle colors hovering around neutrals. Alabaster, Emerging Taupe, Whole Wheat, and Stone Isle, to name a few, present a pleasing range of choices for your home.

From the Softened Refuge Color Collection, one paint color has been singled out as the 2022 Color of the Year. Aleutian is a medium gray with bluish undertones. The softness of this color choice is intended to present the peacefulness that is sought in a refuge.


While still a nature-inspired color, PPG’s 2022 Color of the Year has a bit more punch than the other choices. Olive Sprig is described by PPG as “a relaxed, but enticing green that emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant—brightening any space with organic liveliness. A versatile color that lives well inside or outside, Olive Sprig blends in nearly any environment.”

The color is inspired by nature’s regrowth and resiliency. It is sophisticated, yet subtle. PPG suggests accessorizing Olive Sprig with brass fixtures, but it also lends itself to so many other options for decorative accents.


While all the other paint companies commit to one Color of the Year, Valspar presents a palette of 12 choices, like a zodiac or calendar. Their “nature-inspired, awe-inspiring” selections for 2022 offer something for everyone. From soft and subtle to bold and brilliant, these 12 colors are sure to include hues that will inspire you to make a change in one or more rooms of your home.

Blanched Thyme is a cool, calm green that works beautifully with any wood tones.

Gilded Linen gives your room a backdrop of soft white that provides you with an endless amount of choices for accessories.

Delighted Moon is a buttery yellow that brightens up any room. Playful without being overpowering, this sunny color works well with a variety of styles.

Lilac Lane is a soft pink that adds pizzazz to a room, but leaves plenty of freedom to go brighter or softer with your decor.

Mountain River flows with a dark shade of blue and grayish undertones. It’s dramatic yet nurturing.

Orchid Ash is white with a very subtle infusion of gray. Pair Orchid Ash with true white to bring out its hue or take your accents in another direction altogether.

Grey Suit is an eye-catching shade that’s just like its name—versatile, mid-range grey that comes together in any way you want to style it.

Subtle Peach adds a soft color to a room, slightly more than neutral but not commanding. The calming comfort feels fresh and clean, and pairs wonderfully with natural woods.

Rustic Oak brings a burst of warmth into a room. The woodsy brown tone hints of copper, an inspiring start to designing and decorating a room.

Sunset Curtains looks like the warm sky as it moves toward dusk. It’s peachier than Subtle Peach but maintains a neutral value that gives you freedom for any room.

Country Charm feels like grandma’s kitchen. Cozy, comfortable, and quiet, the creamy yellow-beige reflects a nostalgic hue that creates a welcome foundation in your space.

Fired Earth goes deeply into the natural color spectrum. Not quite black, Fired Earth is rich and sophisticated, a dramatic statement, inside or out.

Your Home, Your Way

Are you inspired to make a change in your home with any of these paint colors? Maybe you need an even bigger change. Baker Residential is meeting the increased demand for new homes for sale in the Raleigh-Durham area. Our communities of townhomes and single-family homes offer upscale design and amenities, with desirable locations. Starling Woods in Durham and Estates at Weddington in Apex, plus the new homes we’re building at LakeStone in Wake Forest present a full range of options for today’s homebuyers. The Parc at Edwards Mill is our community of new townhomes for sale in Raleigh, just 6 miles from the downtown area. Tell us what you’re looking for and let Baker Residential bring you home.


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