Every year design and color professionals look at various trends to predict what colors will be popular among consumers the following year. Paint and other finishing companies then use those forecasts to promote their colors of the year.

This year, most of the various “color of the year” announcements share the following words:

  • Serenity
  • Calm
  • Optimism
  • Comfort
  • Nature
  • Creative
  • Possibilities

Positivity with periwinkle.
Perhaps the best-known color of the year announcement comes from the Pantone Color Institute™. In 2021, Pantone named two colors, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, describing the choice as “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

For 2022 Pantone is sending a message of courage, growth, and creativity by creating a new color—Very Peri. Following is a statement from Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for the Pantone Color Institute.

“As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family. Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”

Craving calmness with natural tones.
While Pantone’s choice was more vibrant, most other selections were the result of color forecasts based on calm and bringing the sense of the outdoors inside.

  • Laurel Leaf by Better Homes & Gardens
  • Gentle Olive by Minwax
  • October Mist by Benjamin Moore
  • Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams
  • Aleutian by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams
  • Guacamole by Glidden
  • Breezeway by Behr
  • Olive Sprig by PPG
  • Art and Craft by Dunn-Edwards
  • Satin Rolling Surf by Krylon

Most, but not all, of these color choices are on the green palette, and represent a reaction to some of the uncertainties and challenges people have faced over the past couple of years.

The forecast is 100% chance of shades.
Do any of the 2022 colors of the year strike your personal fancy? The Draper At Home collection includes a wide selection of colors from American weavers Mermet USA and Phifer featuring greens and other natural tones. There are also many shade hues that will complement those colors.

But even if there isn’t a ready-made shade color, say for example Pantone Very Peri, Draper At Home still has you covered. All we need is the Pantone (or Sherwin Williams, Behr, or Benjamin Moore) color number to digitally print shades using that color! So yes, you actually could have shades that are Very Peri—or Evergreen Fog, Breezeway, or October Mist. And even if your favorite color isn’t from Pantone, Sherwin-Williams, Behr, or Benjamin Moore, our color-matching experts can use a sample to deliver the color you want.

To check our deep collection of fabrics and colors, visit our fabric options page.

To learn more about custom color on Draper At Home shades, click here.

You can find examples of all “color of the year” choices, including photos, at this Better Homes & Gardens blog post.

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