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Trending Paint Colors For 2022

Michelle Giorlando7-minute read
April 13, 2022

Paint is one of the most affordable ways to change a room’s decor, especially if you do the labor yourself! It’s an easy way to modernize your space and keep it looking up to date. Like nearly everything else in interior design and beyond, paint colors go through trends. Picking the right paint colors for your home is an exciting task!

Let’s look at the top trending paint colors for 2022 and how they can help make your home look contemporary and stylish, whether you’re looking for soothing neutrals or vibrant pops of color. We’ll look at how to approach choosing colors for each room type, and the vibes of different color tones.

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Bedroom Paint Colors

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and your paint color can help achieve a calm, relaxing atmosphere. To promote calm in your room, try a soothing blue tone like After Rain by Behr. Or, if you like a dark room for sleeping, avoid dark shades in the red family, which can promote restlessness. Instead, go for a luxurious navy, like the inky Anchors Aweigh from Benjamin Moore. Pair this dark paint with blackout curtains for maximum darkness.

If blue’s not your ideal, a neutral beige-green like Quiet Moments from Benjamin Moore adds to a calming atmosphere. The bonus of choosing a more neutral paint color like this is that other decor items can more easily be swapped out for splashes of color to change the vibe of the room.

Choosing paint colors for a baby or child’s bedroom is an adventure! Gone are the days of vivid pink and blue, with duckling yellows and pastel greens as a neutral option. Instead, consider choosing colors that will grow with your child, so you don’t have to repaint in a few years when your daughter decides she’s too mature for princess pink!

Here are some trendy, playful colors to swap out that work for a nursery all the way up to a teen’s dream room:

Bypass bright spring greens and instead look for a calmer green, like Frosted Sage from Behr.

Kitchen Paint Colors

Painting might just be the easiest and least expensive upgrade you can make in your kitchen. There are several factors to bear in mind when choosing colors for your kitchen. Consider the amount of natural light you get in there – a light color will keep it bright, such as Glidden’s Fencepost White. White shades also help keep your kitchen looking clean.

Another consideration is the colors of your countertops and cabinets. If you have light or white cabinets:

If you have darker cabinets, light paint colors will keep your kitchen as bright as possible:

Dining Room Paint Colors

Your dining room might be underutilized, so it’s the perfect canvas to go bold and dramatic. A daring red like Cut Ruby adds some interest, as does a striking gold like Dining Room Gold, both by Valspar. If a lighter hue is more your style, consider a greige like Agreeable Grey from Sherwin Williams or a sophisticated gray like Smoke from Benjamin Moore.

Living Room Paint Colors

Your living room is a fun canvas for paint. You have several options here, including painting it a popular, trending color, which can make it easier to find complementing accessories and furniture.

Many people opt for a neutral paint to allow for maximum decorating flexibility. Try a neutral greige with warm undertones like Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist, or cool undertones like Cabbage White from Farrow & Ball. A neutral allows you to bring in bursts of color with pillows, throws, artwork and rugs, all items that can easily be swapped out when you want a change.

If you’re ready to go bold, consider an accent wall in an exciting color, or go for a full-room paint job! Green is this year’s hot color – try a dark green with blue tones such as Alexandrite from Sherwin-Williams, or a warm sage like Sonoma Sage from Dunn Edwards. If green’s not your thing, try the denim-inspired Serge by Farrow & Ball for a deep blue. For a classic warm brown, consider Felted Wool by Sherwin Williams.

Bathroom Paint Colors

Your bathroom is an easy place for a paint refresh, and it’s much less expensive than a complete bathroom renovation. You can’t go wrong with a nice neutral paint– neutrals go with any tile color, dark or light. Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White is a clean neutral that complements any color.

For a spa feel, consider a soothing blue like Smoke and Mirrors from Dunn Edwards. An unexpected dusty pink like Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose complements brown-toned or white tiles.

Home Office Paint Colors

For your home office, if productivity is what you’re looking for, then green is your best bet. Green is soothing, reminds us of nature and increases our productivity. The sage color family has been wildly popular for several years now – try a warm sage that’s practically neutral, like Cascade Green from Sherwin-Williams. Blanched Thyme by Valspar is a brighter green that will liven up your space.

If you have video meetings in your home office, consider painting an accent wall that complements your skin tone and provides a beautiful backdrop for your calls:

Laundry Room Paint Colors

You might not think about your laundry room or laundry area as a place to decorate, but it’s a fun place to try new things. You may not be willing to paint your entire living room a vivid color like Peacock Plume by Dunn-Edwards, but it might be a perfect shade to complement white appliances and add some visual interest to your laundry area.

If light and cool is more your style, try a beautiful warm neutral white, like Chantilly Lace or a cool gray such as Beacon Gray, both from Benjamin Moore.

And, as a bonus, most laundry areas are smaller, meaning you’ll need less paint.

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Popular Colors Right Now

While the top color this year across the board is the restful, earthy green, there are many other colors that are also trending. Whether you’re looking for a warm, cozy color or a cool, calming color, we’ve got some ideas for you.

Warm Colors

Warm colors are, well, hot right now. No matter if you’re looking for vibrant tones like the bright yellow Pantone 2021 Color Of The Year or a more subtle neutral, warm colors might be the perfect fit for your space. The top color trend for 2022 is a warm one – most major designers and paint manufacturers have a warm variation of green as their top color.

Here’s a sampling of the top trending warm colors from several major paint brands:

Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore

Valspar

Dunn-Edwards

Farrow & Ball

Cool Colors

Cool colors are trending this year, too, starting with Pantone’s Color Of The Year 2022, Very Peri. Gray has been a trending color for a while now. It’s a perfect, popular neutral that complements everything! Cool colors are calming, refreshing and relaxing.

Here are some of the top trending cooler colors from several top paint brands: 

Sherwin Williams

  • Fleur de Sel – a gray neutral with blue-green undertones
  • Software – a deep charcoal gray
  • Respite – a mid-tone blue with gray undertones

Benjamin Moore

Valspar

Dunn-Edwards

Farrow & Ball

  • Blackened – a cool white neutral with gray undertones
  • Stone Blue – a timeless, vintage blue
  • Arsenic – a sophisticated mint green

The Bottom Line

Overall, paint is one of the easier ways to change the look of your home. If you’re not ready to commit to paint on your walls, consider paint to refresh tired furniture, or to brighten up your ceilings or front door.

You can hire out the labor of painting or do it yourself, depending on the size and complexity of your projects. It’s also always a good idea to buy samples to paint swatches on your walls so you can see how they look morning, noon and night. Above all, you’ll want to consider the cost to paint a home and scale your painting projects up or down, depending on your budget.

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Michelle Giorlando

Michelle Giorlando is a freelance writer who lives in metro Detroit. When she's not writing about homeownership, finances, and mortgages, she enjoys performing improv, gardening, and befriending the wildlife in her yard.