Paint Color Trends for 2022

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Clayton interior design expert Dara Roberts shares which paint colors are trending in 2022 and how to incorporate them into your home.

Painting the interior of your home is one of the easiest and most budget-friendly ways to instantly update and refresh your space’s look. But with so many color options out there, deciding on the perfect palette can be a challenge. Before you head out to your local home improvement store to collect countless paint swatches, check out the top paint color picks for 2022 from Dara Roberts, an interior designer at Clayton's Home Innovation Lab. Plus, we share tips on how to decorate with these colors.

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Best Interior Paint Colors of 2021

The colors we choose to decorate with should reflect how we want to feel in our homes, and after a couple years of unknowns, picking calming, refreshing colors will help revamp your space and even your mood. This is why Roberts says we will see a lot of soft, relaxing earth tones this year. ”These include greens with gray tones, light browns and soft warm blues,” Roberts says.

Our favorite neutral shade this year is a light sage. This silver green shade is the perfect backdrop to decorate with, along with complementary colors, to create a space that’s truly yours. It’s no wonder Benjamin Moore chose this shade as their color of the year. Sage paint colors we recommend are:

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Some people find that bold, saturated hues energize them, and their home should mirror that. This year, some bold hues from last year are here to stay, like deep blues and even black. Try some of our favorite paint colors listed below:

A flat lay of earthy tones and a light wood cabinet, patterned dish, measuring spoons and cups and a terracotta tile

Even though all-white cabinetry looks picture perfect, it isn’t the most practical of colors to use in a highly used room. If you love the refreshing, clean look of white, try a light wood grain like our new Bishop Oak finish DuraCraft® cabinets. It’s still light and airy but conceals the dirt or grime that comes with everyday wear.

“For painted kitchen cabinets, we are seeing soft, natural feeling paint colors being used everywhere,” Roberts says. “These include beige and soft light warm grays – think organic, soft colors.”

: A kitchen in a manufactured home with black cabinets, a kitchen island and farmhouse sink.

But if you’re ready to try something bolder this year, black is a classic color that is here to stay, and painting your cabinets black will make a big design impact in your kitchen. This color is stylish and stunning without feeling overwhelming - as long as you pair it with lighter accent colors or jewel tones.

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The bathroom is often your place to retreat to after a long day, especially if you have a nice primary bedroom suite. For a light refreshing look, stick with light blues and soft grays. If you want something warmer and more inviting, earthy tones like terracotta or taupe are neutrals we love this year . ”My tip would be to keep {the bathroom} neutral, and add color through rugs, bedding and artwork,” Roberts says.

A manufactured home living room with gray walls, white wainscoting and dark wood flooring

Paint isn’t just limited to walls – you can get creative and paint your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, furniture, shelving and more. If you’re using these soft, earthy tones, Roberts suggests adding complementary colors like deep reds, such as maroon, and soft beiges through furniture, rugs and other furnishings. If you opt for a bolder paint color, you can balance out the look out with light wood flooring and cabinetry.

On-trend colors can fit into your home’s aesthetic in many ways, whether it’s on an entire wall or in small accent pieces. For more inspiration on how to incorporate these trending colors into your home, check out our 2022 design trends and design inspiration boards on Pinterest, and add your top looks to your Favorites account.

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