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The 2022 Color Trends That Are Making Waves

The excitement of the New Year has gently faded and as people settle into 2022 so have the new home decor color trends. For artistically minded people and avid home designers, color trends offer interesting and rich routes to wander down. People who are particularly sensitive to colors know that there's more to colors than meets the eye — they can influence how we feel and think.

Let's discuss how colors can influence your psychological state and the unique psychological effects of the colors that are trending in 2022. This year, periwinkle blue, sage, olive, and bold earth tones are taking the lead in home decor trends. How can these colors be beautifully integrated into home design and what are their unique psychological impacts?

The Top Four Color Trends in 2022

When it comes to choosing the best colors for your house, the first step is often the most difficult. Fortunately, with their invaluable knowledge of industry trends and consumer behavior, our designers make it simple to get started. Many color experts and designers say that 2022 will be the year of fresh beginnings. The colors that evoke this feeling will be quite popular during the course of the year.

— Periwinkle —

Why It's Trending: Color powerhouse Pantone has declared a bright shade of periwinkle to be 2022's Color of the Year. Fresh, sweet and optimistic, it's a color that's simultaneously new and comforting – the perfect shade for throw pillows and other home accents.

What It Is: The color periwinkle is named after the periwinkle plant. It's a shade that's midway between blue and violet and belongs to the indigo family. It appears pale blue to the naked eye and is often mistaken for lavender.

Periwinkle reflects friendship, good memories, and innocence.
Periwinkle may be made with paint by combining blue, violet, and white until a pastel tint is achieved. Depending on the lighting and proximity to other hues, the color might look more blue or purple. Periwinkle is associated with friendship, good memories, and innocence due to its subdued, modest tone. Periwinkle is a popular hue for weddings, especially bridesmaid gowns, because of its delicate and feminine attributes.
Periwinkle Psychology: For a long time, psychologists have examined the influence of various colors on human behavior. Periwinkle is no exception to the notion that blue-based colors have a relaxing, beneficial influence on the human psyche. The observer is elicited with sentiments of geniality, cheerfulness, and lightheartedness. It's a fantastic choice for company offices and libraries, where it may foster a productive atmosphere.

In the Home: Periwinkle is a great shade for a living room where its lighthearted serenity can be accentuated by brightly colored or white upholstery. It's also an exquisite choice to theme a girl's or couple's bedroom, where periwinkle wallpaper can be further ornamented or "broken up" with tasteful wall tapestries.

— Sage —

Why It's Trending: This dusty green hue fits right into 2022's overall color themes – sage is mellow, relaxed and familiar while bringing a fresh touch of energy.

What It Is: Sage is a shade of green that has greyish or silver undertones and resembles the color of dry sage leaves. It's typically associated with fresh starts and new beginnings. It's a hue that signifies rebirth and progress in general. 

Common in nature, sage is calming.
It's considered to be peaceful and calming, and it makes you feel at ease and relaxed. It is the most common hue in nature and is a great shade to integrate into your biophilic design decor ideas.
In the Home: It's best incorporated with other natural colors including other shades of green and varying types of hardwood. If you're designing a living room or dining room with a sage green backdrop, having multiple plants around the room will contribute to that natural outdoor sentiment. You might consider complementing the sage theme with an elegant wooden dining table.

Sage Green

— Olive —

Why It's Trending: Olive is a timeless color that blends well in indoor and outdoor spaces. It's also balanced and calming and encapsulates natural motifs such as trees and plants at their warmest and most welcoming

What It Is: Olive green is a friendly, warming, and vibrant shade of green that portrays elegance, nature, and homeliness. As with most shades of green, it's associated with nature, rebirth, and rejuvenation. It makes people feel relaxed and natural.

Color walls with olive to create a strong sense of nature.
Depending on how bold you're feeling, you can use olive green as a central theme or background tint for a room. You can make it the main theme by fully coloring the walls with this smooth and attractive shade. Olive walls create a strong sense of nature which can be further brought to life by integrating dark woods, perhaps with a table, bed frame, or bookcase.
In the Home: If you're not willing to go hard on the green theme, however, olive works well as a gentle background undertone. You can create a susurration of olive with olive curtains, pillows, or wall hangings.

Olive

— Bold Earth Tones —

Why It's Trending: As more sustainable, eco-conscious decor grows in popularity, so will the palette of the earth, creating a space that feels as an homage to the beauty of the great outdoors.

What It Is: Earth tones include all of the varying shades of green, yellow, brown, and orange. Together they form to create a strong sense of vibrance, youth, and energy. Burnt sienna, in particular, is a reddish-brown hue of orange that invokes a sense of rustic simplicity. It is widely popular in Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic cultures. It is the most popular color for robes of spiritual men and monks among these cultures, and as a result, is often associated with ancient spirituality.

Give earth tones a boost with brighter shades.
Give earth tones a boost in 2022 with brighter, exciting shades of the familiar palette. Incorporate amber, mustard, navy and brown, for example, into rugs, curtains, upholstery and paint to create a space that's equally serene and trendy.
In the Home: It's a fabulous choice for a bedroom, living room or bathroom either as the main theme or simply suggested in the background with rugs, tapestries, and wall hangings.

Brown

The Psychology Effect of Colors

Why does color have such a strong influence on our lives? What kind of impact does it have on our bodies and minds? While color perceptions are sometimes subjective, certain colors have universal significance. Some colors have the ability to encourage activity, change mood, and even cause physiological responses. Certain colors have been associated with elevated blood pressure, metabolism, and eyestrain.

Chromotherapy is the use of colors as healing or therapy. It was practiced by several ancient cultures, including the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. "Light treatment" or "colorology" are alternate terms for chromotherapy. Colorology is still utilized in holistic treatment today.

While color may impact how we feel and act, experts have discovered that these effects are also influenced by personal, cultural, and environmental variables.

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