2022 colour trend predictions to inspire you

As 2021 begins to wind down, you may be considering potential ways to revitalise your home environment to welcome in the new year. In our previous article on choosing a festive colour scheme, we explored how specific colours in our surroundings have been proven to directly impact our emotional state. There is no doubt we have all experienced turbulence in the past two years as a result of the pandemic, and unfortunately we cannot yet say it is behind us. For many of us, a significant struggle throughout the pandemic has been the loss of control over what happens in our lives. As difficult as that is, it is important to maintain focus on what we can control… Ensuring your home environment is as well-suited to your needs as possible is an important aspect that you can control.

Transitioning into a new year presents a moment to re-evaluate what these unique needs are for each of us. As mentioned, colour can be used to curate the atmosphere you desire for your space. However finding the perfect colours to fulfil this can be difficult, therefore it is useful to explore the colour trends for the coming year. Trends are not something we recommend to follow simply because they are popular, but it’s true they do tend to reflect the mood of the times. Perhaps some of these selected colours may personally speak to your situation or at least give you some inspiration.

Top 5 2022 Colour Trends

Note: This top five list is a collation based on the predictions from the world’s leading colour and paint specialists. AKKA Architect has no affiliation with these brands.

Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri – Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2022
pantone color of the year

“Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives.” 1– Pantone

The pandemic has given us a lot of time to be introspective. This Pantone colour represents a sense of optimism about entering a new chapter. Remembering everything we have learned from this period and being courageous and bold enough to do things completely differently than we did in the past.

Image source: Pantone

Babouche No.223 - Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball Colour of the year

“Babouche takes its name from the distinctive colour of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco. It has a cheerful brightness that will intensify when used in large areas, but it is always dignified and never garish. Babouche can be paired with Railings for a very modern but sumptuous effect.” 2 -F&B

Nothing says optimism like a cheerful yellow. Babouche has a depth to it that prevents it from being overpowering in the way that tends to discourage people from this hue. If you are looking to bring a sunshiny feeling into your home no matter the weather outside, you might wish to look into the potential of this 2022 colour.

Image source: House Beautiful

Bright Skies - Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2022
Dulux colour of the year

“The shade for 2022 is Bright Skies™. It’s an airy and fresh tone that opens up and breathes new life into any space. Discover how you can use this transformative shade, plus its four complementary colour palettes, to reinvent your home.” 3 -Dulux

Take a look at Dulux’s product images of this room before and after ‘Bright Skies’, you will be astonished at how it seems to bring the sky directly into the room. This colour seems to expand the space, it would be an ideal colour candidate if you are looking to counteract any cramped feelings caused by limited square footage in your home.

Image source: Dulux

October Mist 1495 - Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2022
Benjamin Moore Colour of the year

“Green is a foundational colour; a grounded canvas from which endless combinations can be achieved… Evoking the silver-green stem of a flower, this gently shaded sage quietly anchors a space, while encouraging individual expression through colour.” 4 -BM

Many of us grew a reliance upon the natural world during the lockdowns, which has an ability to help us clear our mind and see things from a new perspective. ‘October Mist’ introduces the feeling of flora and fauna into your space, allowing you to begin and end your day with this clear disposition, even if you did not have the opportunity to take a walk in the park that day. Green’s foundational elements usually makes for easy pairing with the colours you might already have in your home interior.

Image Source: Benjamin Moore

Incarnadine No.248 - Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball Colour of the year


“Incarnadine is unashamedly classic and glamorous. It can be used to sumptuous effect in halls when offset with Tanner’s Brown on woodwork, or feel more edgy and graphic when paired with a bright white.” 5-F&B


There is no getting around the boldness of this ‘Incarnadine’ colour. Perhaps you see 2022 as the year to be bold and make a statement. If so, why not revitalise a room in your home to embody this boldness? It is an incredibly powerful shade with the potential to create a breath-takingly glamourous atmosphere if that is what you wished to achieve.

Image source: House Beautiful

Uncertainty about how the pandemic will evolve in 2022 is difficult, but one thing we can be sure of is that we remain optimistic about the future. Entering a new year offers the opportunity to have a fresh start and welcome new things into our lives. Introducing a new colour scheme into your home could be a fantastic way of establishing the kind of atmosphere you would like in your life.

Finding colours that you love and you would like to incorporate into your space is only half of the battle. The way in which you practically introduce the colour – as in what do you apply it to and in what size – is important, as well as that of ensuring it does not clash with the existing colour scheme of your home interior. Having a professional on board to advise you on such matters can be very beneficial, whether you are fully renovating or simply making slight adjustments. However, with or without a professional, take a look at our upcoming blog piece which will provide some insights into the effective ways to implement colour in your interior.

If you are interested a new colour scheme for your interior or are planning on constructing or renovating your home or workplace and would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

Discover your festive design style!

For many of us, last year’s holiday season was like nothing we have ever experienced before. Most of us hoped it was one we would not have to experience again. Yet as the situation with Covid-19 variants continues to fluctuate this winter, it seems as if a restricted festive season is something we may still have to take into consideration. Whether this means reduced gatherings of friends and family or more accommodating seating plans, it’s difficult to predict, but one thing you can make certain of, amongst all the uncertainty, is that your home feels just right for you.

The colours you select when decorating your space play a determinative role in establishing a desired atmosphere and mood. Studies have proven that exposure to certain colours invite correlating emotions and thus encourage the kinds of behaviours associated with those feelings. Wassily Kandinsky, known as the pioneer of abstract art, developed a renowned colour theory in the 1910’s which suggests that colour can generate emotion ‘to the extent of physical reactions’1. Although this theory might appear overly involved in the context of festive decorating, it emphasises how taking the time to plan your colour scheme can have a significant influence over how people feel when entering your home environment.

In this respect, it is worthwhile to understand exactly what kind of environment you want to create this holiday season. Perhaps you will be hosting a party or you’re simply wanting to create a cosy atmosphere in which you and your family can spend time together. Whatever the occasion, colour schemes are important for supporting the mood and kind of activities taking place.

To assist you in understanding which colour scheme best suits the atmosphere you’d like to create in your home this festive season, we have created a question path which will lead you to one of three styles we think may work nicely for you. Of course this is just for fun, but it may help you translate your festive preferences into some new and innovative ideas for personalised Christmas décor.

Following the question path will lead you to the one of three festive colour schemes for your home, this one being best suited to your personal holiday season preferences.

1. Traditional & Cozy
traditional christmas colour

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Traditional & Cozy: If having lots of intimate evenings working your way through the Christmas classics sounds like something you’ll be doing this holiday season, this might be the perfect style for you. The dark reds will ignite an intense warmth in the space, and including inflections of gold can add a richness to convey the unique specialness this time of year holds for you. Counteracting these intense hues with white is wise, this colour effectively introduces light into a space and tends to evoke feelings of calm and a sense of purity. The traditional style is perfect for those who see the season as a time to cozy up and completely relax with loved ones.

2. Modern & Elegant
modern christmas colour scheme

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Modern & Elegant: This colour scheme reflects the undeniable beauty of winter; minus temperatures, frozen lakes and icicle drippings. Such scenes almost reflect a sense of something bigger than ourselves, wonders to be admired and awed upon. Using a range of blues and whites will bring a tranquillity and sense of wisdom to the space, giving your home a regal-like atmosphere. You may wish to opt for this style if you are planning on having a more formal celebration and would like your guests to feel as if they are being immersed into a winter wonderland of some sort.

3. Rustic & Natural
natural christmas colour scheme

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Rustic & Natural: This may be your preferred style if you love spending as much time of the holiday season outdoors as you can. Long walks with family and friends, no matter the weather. The green and brown hues will bring an organic feel to your space, inviting the natural world indoors. This colour scheme conveys an airy freshness and creates the perfect atmosphere for gaining mental clarity and space. Decorating your home in this natural colour scheme could be perfect if you perceive the holidays as an opportunity to clear your mind and start fresh in the new year.   

There is no doubt that the past couple of years have been incredibly trying, a time in which many of us have come to rely on our connections with family and friends in ways perhaps we didn’t before. If you are lucky enough to be surrounded by these important people in your life this holiday season, going the extra mile to make your space as special as possible could be a great way of showing them your appreciation. Decorative colour schemes give you the freedom to create whichever atmosphere you desire for you and your guests, whether that be warm and welcoming or glamourous and over-the-top. Colour is a wonderful way to celebrate the things you personally value about the holiday season. 

However as the pandemic is not fully behind us just yet, safety should still be a priority at whatever festivities you might be planning, particularly if older or vulnerable guests will be in attendance. With this is mind, we encourage you to read our article from last year called How to have a COVID-friendly Christmas Dinner for tips on how to make your space as healthy as possible. In addition to the advice you’ll find here, asking guests to take a self-test before arriving might also be a beneficial idea to prevent any spread of infection.

If you need any advice on festive colour schemes or perhaps you are constructing or renovating your home or workplace and would like some help, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.

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