Colour Trends to Watch For in 2022

Colour Trends to Watch For in 2022

Wooden cabinet sitting against a beautiful blue wall

As colours resonate in distinct ways for different people, some have gravitated towards calming neutrals to counter the turbulence of the pandemic, whilst others have chosen to immerse themselves in positive, vivid colours, reaching for optimism. But where colour trends of the past few years tended to lean into comfort and stability, colour trends in 2022 will bring us a bolder, brighter palette, according to paint experts and trend forecasters. In other words, colour is back! These are the paint colours in NZ you can expect to see this year.

Darks & Neutrals

The trend for dark shades in the kitchen shows no signs of waning. Contrasting black or deep grey with white is the most effective way to create impact in a predominantly white kitchen. In general, neutral room ideas are calming and easy to use – they work with almost every other colour, but it’s important to consider how pigments are affected by light.


The past year has strengthened our connection with the outdoors and elevated green to the decorating colour of choice. Green has been trending for a couple of years now, and 2022 will see the hue continue to rule as we seek to feel closer to nature. You can always count on a rich shade of green to evoke the calming, enveloping spirit of the great outdoors. Green sits between the warmer yellow colour family and cooler shades of blue on the colour wheel, making it easy to create combinations no matter what your personal style is.


Blue comes into colour trends every year, just taking a slightly different form. It’s such a grounding, familiar colour that there’s no surprise we are drawn to it year after year. This year, it’s deep blues that are looking to be the most on-trend. And it’s about really embracing the darker shades, not just bringing it into a neutral space with furniture or a feature wall but going all over with an inky shade to create a dramatic and cocooning room.


Sunny shades are making a splash in the design scene as many of us look for ways to warm up our home and add an element of cheerfulness. Buttery and sunny tones add energy and freshness to colour schemes. These are colours that are grounding and calming but also uplifting and cheerful for simple, natural, and beautiful spaces. Despite its bold hue, it’s not overly overpowering, making it perfect for a larger room, where its cheerfulness will intensify.

Natural Browns

Warm natural paint colours are having a moment as well, and it’s not hard to see why. New organic hues are growing increasingly nuanced, from natural earthy tones such as clay and plaster to richer pigments that tap into the warm tactility of terra-cotta. Along with bringing warmth and versatility to a space, a natural paint palette can instantly make a room feel cosy and comforting.

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