So…back to color for this October blog. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams each recently announced their annual Color of the Year selections for 2022, and they are both beautiful colors that will be quite applicable for interior design projects. And, they are very similar to each other! That doesn’t happen too often.
Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year is called October Mist and is described as a “gently shaded sage” and as “silver green” that will work well with other colors. It does have a lot of gray in it, so it can be used as a fairly neutral background paint color but can also stand on its own to provide understated color for any room of the house, especially bedrooms, dining rooms, sun rooms, kitchens or home office spaces. It’ll provide a nice contrast to white or off-white woodwork and trim, and it’ll work well with stained dark hardwood floors, gray or off-white tile, and oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel or black door hardware and cabinet hardware.
The entire Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2022 palette is muted with the exception of a brilliant red color called Wild Flower (reminds me of sumac flowers) and a dark blue-black called Mysterious, which would create a dramatic powder room or a distinctive accent wall in an office, library or den.
The Sherwin Williams 2022 Color of the Year is called Evergreen Fog (hmm…interesting that we have fog and mist!) and is described as a “versatile and calming green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue.” It too will pair well with whites and off-whites, dark grays or blacks, dark stained hardwood floors, and all sorts of cabinet and door hardware finishes.
When compared side by side, Benjamin Moore October Mist is lighter and softer than Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog, and Evergreen Fog would make a stronger color statement than October Mist. Either one could serve as a distinctive exterior siding color in addition to providing beautiful interior color.
The 2022 gray-green trends are naturally soothing and calming, and provide a breath of fresh air and serenity at the home or workplace while creating a subtle backdrop for furniture, area rugs, window treatments and art & accessories. I’ve been a fan of soft greens and gray-greens for many years and I’ve helped several clients select soothing greens for bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, and even kitchen cabinets. Gray-greens work year round in many settings.