The world has experienced several events in in the past couple of years that have caused anxiety, grief and unrest. When these feelings have become too much, we tend to gravitate towards compassionate colors that allow us to temporarily withdraw from the world. The interior house painting colors that consumers choose are a big reflection of that.
In 2022, we are moving towards a more subdued direction. If you haven’t already heard, this year’s Pantone Color of the Year is Very Peri, a relaxing shade of periwinkle. Painting giant Benjamin Moore chose a soft, subtle green hue called October Mist as their 2022 Color of the Year. Not to be outdone, Sherwin Williams also went with a calming hue, choosing Evergreen Fog as their 2022 Color of the Year. Beyond that, this year’s colors are inspired by nostalgia and nature to promote a sense of calm and wellness. Comfort colors are similar to comfort foods by offering us a sense of normalcy and familiarity when we face the unknown.
Several paint manufactures have “comfort personalization” palettes to offer. For example, a trio of earthy neutrals could be, shaded ginger, watercolor blue and brown sugar and can add a big hug type feeling to your home. If you are looking for paints that embrace intention and mindfulness, then shades of natural brown or blonde toned woods with greenery and a few layers of texture added can give the big hug trio that extra cozy feeling. Embracing these types of colors can help increase your feeling of calmness and wellness subconsciously, which can not only make you happier, but also more productive and energetic, according to color psychology. Those perks could be especially useful if you’re still doing the whole work-from-home during the pandemic thing.
The new shades of comfort and personalization will include light warm neutrals, restorative greens and blues, and gentle soft hues from smoky white to pale pink. Mood boosting hues that show our optimism for the coming year are sunny saffron, euphoric magenta and a vibrant turquoise, that will be favorites with homeowners. These are especially popular in larger spaces and in home offices, as they tend to give your brain a subconscious perk of energy and optimism.
When you are considering repainting the interior or exterior of your home, look to the color trends for the year to start looking at choices and combinations you may have never considered. All paint companies have their projected colors for the coming year. Let Superior Painting and Remodeling know which colors you would like, and we’ll be happy to give you the perfect color scheme for your home or office!