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Its here...Color of the Year Season!

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If you get excited about colors, welcome. This is a safe space where we can be nerdy together.

I’m not afraid to say it, I LOVE Color of the Year season. Is that a real thing? I don’t know. It is to me. Are there other people like me? I also don’t know. I hope so, and I hope they find me.

Towards the end of every year the major paint companies release a color from their portfolio that they think will be HUGE the following year, and every year there I am-impatiently checking my email and social media to see what it is.

Well, dun dun dun, the 2022 colors are out! Perhaps I should say color, because that’s basically what it is this year. I would be annoyed by the lack of diversity if I didn’t love this color so so so much.

All 6 of the paint manufactures that I keep an eye on released a shade of green that’s not 100% green. They’re all a little smoky, relaxing and absolutely beautiful. Think sage, but slightly moody.

Sherwin Williams’ choice was Evergreen Fog. (SW 9130) It pairs perfectly with last year’s color of the year- Urbane Bronze.

October Mist (1495) is Benjamin Moore’s pick for next year. They say that its “evocative of the stem of a flower.”

Behr’s Breezeway (MQ3-21) is the lightest of the bunch and pulls the most blue. It gives me coastal, light, bright and airy vibes.

Laurel Leaf is Better Homes and Garden’s first ever paint color of the year. I am running out of ways to describe this color. Just like above, it is a dusty sage green.

BHG's Laurel Leaf
BHG's Laurel Leaf

Valspar and Farrow and Ball both release “Colors of the Year” instead of just one shade. Valspar has 12 this year (that feels a little too broad for me) and Farrow and Ball has 5. Guess what? They both have a very natural green in their line ups. Valspar’s Blanched Thyme (6001-4A) and Farrow and Ball’s Breakfast Room Green (No. 81) are the truest greens in the bunch. Pair them with light wood and creamy whites and you’ll have a perfectly pulled together space in no time.

Usually, I have a stand out favorite but this year is tough because 1) this sorta green, sorta brown, sorta gray is my favorite color and 2) they’re all so similar. I’m currently all about dark, moody spaces though so I think I have to go with Sherwin William’s Evergreen Fog as my pick for 2022. I can just picture it in a library with rich mahogany shelves, leather bound books, and a roaring fire in the fireplace. That’s where I want to be at the moment so I’ve got to say it’s my favorite. (I’m being a little dramatic about the over-the-top library, but only kind of. Kidding, not kidding.)

Loving this library from Pinterest.

How about you? Am I insane for being this excited about a paint color? Are you with me on Evergreen Fog? Do you like a different one more? I want to hear it in the comments!!

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