Every now and then, a Color of the Year announcement will feel a little out of left field. (Remember when Pantone dubbed Rose Quartz and an airy blue Serenity joint colors of the year in 2016?) But when American paint brand Benjamin Moore crowned October Mist 1495 as their pick, it felt as natural as the hue. The soothing verdant shade—objectively green but subdued enough to work as a neutral—seems just right for the 2022 Color of the Year.
After months of learning to embrace our own indoors, blending in outdoors-evoking color makes perfect sense. Better yet, the silvery green shade plays nicely with a variety of colors (and design styles), so it’s as effortless to incorporate as it is to build a room around. “October Mist creates a canvas for other colors—and your imagination—to blossom,” reads Benjamin Moore’s announcement, which also reveals a full 2022 palette made up of organic hues like a dusty pink Wild Flower, a bluish-grey Quiet Moments, and a lush, terracotta-tinted Venetian Portico.
But the dominant shade of Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color Trends Palette is undeniably green, a fact that proves the trendy hue isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This is excellent news for those who have already embraced the popular color (see: this gorgeous kitchen renovation, designer Justina Blakeney’s entire Los Angeles home, or the checkered tiles in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s guest bathroom), and may just be the endorsement some need to finally go green—these low-light indoor plants will help too!
If you’re looking to go all-in with an on-trend paint job, consider interior designer-approved shades like straightforward Lichen by Farrow & Ball, Portola Paints’ romantic Korine Lime Wash, or a more olive-green Dirty Martini from Clare. Of course, the rise of green has permeated beyond the paint world. So, in honor of the hue’s ongoing reign, we rounded up some of our favorite home décor options in soothing shades of sage, olive, forest, and eucalyptus so you can easily layer in the color of the year.
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