Each year, the color and paint gurus at Benjamin Moore have the monumental job of selecting one paint chip out of more than 3,500 that captures the mood of the moment. They call this ever-elusive paint chip their “Color of the Year.”
Their annual analysis usually involves attending exhibitions, canvassing trade shows and collecting everyday observations, hobbies, personal rituals and cultural influences — you know, a lot of travel. But the team’s travel schedules were lighter-to-non-existent last year, which meant that their usual color explorations turned solitary and the swapping of ideas and inspirations with the group moved from in-person to online. It “became more of an inward-looking process than other years, where we’ve really focused on outside influences,” as Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Color Marketing & Development, recently told Architectural Digest’s Hannah Martin.
The result of their team’s inner reflection was the selection of October Mist 1495, “a gently shaded sage that encourages creative expression through color,” said Magno. “People are looking for a means of self-expression. There’s this craving for individuality.”
Much like the green stem of a flower, Magno’s team saw October Mist as a natural connector from which a rainbow of colors could emanate — like the 14 colors in the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2022 palette. It’s the kind of color that would allow the imagination to blossom.
Adds Magno: “As the spaces in our homes continue to evolve, we uncover more opportunities to express our individuality and leverage the power of color to design environments that serve different functions and styles, October Mist and the corresponding Color Trends 2022 palette reflects an effortless harmony of colors, while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project.”
The Color Trends 2022 palette features 14 Benjamin Moore colors — ranging from refreshed primary colors to luminous pales and botanical hues. There’s Wild Flower — a mellower version of poppy, a Hint of Violet — almost more gray than purple, and Mysterious —a richer and moodier take on navy. The palette is meant to encourage experimentation, invigorate the senses and give root to personal style. And don’t we all need a little bit of all of that in our lives right now.
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