A Surprising Turn of Events for the 2022 Color of the Year

Historically, paint color companies have chosen very different colors of the year in order to stand out from their competition. This year, the colors are remarkably similar and all fall into the green hue family.


Seriously, it hasn’t. Every year, there are a myriad of very different colors chosen by the various paint companies. Only occasionally are there a few selected from the same hue family, but this is (yes, I’m going to say it) UNPRECEDENTED.

Now that I’m over the shock of all the companies being in apparent agreement, let’s talk about it more in depth. Green symbolizes a number themes including security, nature, health/vitality, and wealth. With so much fear and turmoil in the world today, those things appear to hang in the balance. People are looking for comfort and protection in the visual environment where they are spending the majority of their time.

The colors selected this year have masstones of green and undertones of either blue or yellow. Sherwin-Williams Evergreen Fog, Behr Breezeway, Benjamin Moore October Mist, and Dutch Boy Cypress Garden lean a bit blue, making them cooler choices for rooms with a modern or transitional look.

Sherwin-Williams Evergreen Fog 2022 Color of the YearSherwin-Williams Evergreen Fog 2022 Color of the Year


Behr Breezeway 2022 Color of the YearBehr Breezeway 2022 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year October MistBenjamin Moore October Mist 2022 Color of the Year

dutch boy 2020 color of the yearDutch Boy Cypress Garden 2022 Color of the Year

Glidden Guacamole, PPG Olive Sprig, and Valspar Blanched Thyme lean toward yellow, making them warmer choices for spaces that are more traditional or historic, highlighting a variety of wood tones.

Glidden 2022 color of the year guacamoleGlidden Guacamole 2022 Color of the Year

PPG Olive Sprig 2022 Color of the YearPPG Olive Sprig 2022 Color of the Year

Valspar 2020 Color of the YearBlanched ThymeValspar Blanched Thyme 2022 Color of the Year

Dark green on walls and cabinetry has been trending over the last few years, but more light gray-greens for walls and mid-range greens for cabinetry are beginning to take over. That’s why I see SW Evergreen Fog as a popular choice for kitchen cabinets, built-ins, and home offices. Out of all of the greens here, I think these are the two best choices for actual wall paint colors:

2022 color of the year

I featured these two images in my popular “this or that?” posts on Instagram and Facebook, and the responses were about 60/40 with SW Evergreen Fog coming out ahead. Let us know which green is your favorite for 2022 in the comments below!

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  1. Audrey Schumacher

    Evergreen Fog or Blanched Thyme is my favorite! Glad to see colors of the year that actually make sense and aren’t crazy looking, lol!

  2. Linda Shenk

    Torn between the Blanched Thyme and CypressGarden

  3. Molly

    Of these, I like Behr’s Breezeway the best. A soft, almost silvery-gray quality to the green keeps it understated and elegant.


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