According to Farrow & Ball, It's All About Getting Clever with Primary Colors in 2022
Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball's color curator, believes that "simple and familiar" shades will see a revival in the home come 2022—which makes sense, since most of the shades in the lauded U.K. brand's 2022 color trend report are primary hues. There is Babouche No.223, a sunny, but grounded yellow; Stone Blue No.86, a strong, lively blue with a vintage tenor; and Incarnadine No.248, a scarlet with depth. Studholme predicts that we will reinvent the (color) wheel by mixing and matching these identifiable notes—so be ready to get creative with color in the new year.
Two more hues join Farrow & Ball's primary party: There is Schoolhouse White No.291, your new go-to neutral and, of course, a green—it wouldn't be a 2022 palette with it. Breakfast Room Green No.81 feels more dynamic than sage, but more muted than pine; the mid-tone functions as a vibrant backdrop for punchier colors, but also holds its own.
The unifying element between all the shades in the brand's trend forecast? "There is something inherently human in the colors that we are attracted to for 2022," notes Studholme, "as well as in the way we use them. According to the color expert, "décor is moving forward while drawing inspiration from the modest character of the world of folk and craft"—and these five hues "extol the virtues of a simple life and can be used in any combination and in any room."
"They are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today," she explains, noting that they look even better when paired together unexpectedly. "Function goes hand in hand with ornament. [Use] colors and finishes in unusual ways to celebrate the principles of utility, kindness, and honesty."