We're kicking off 2022 with an interiors colour study. These are the colours we will see a lot of in the next few years. From muted tones to jewel-like moments, let's get to know them!
We are thrilled to say that orange is yet again making a splash in interiors. But don’t be scared, it’s not the electric variations of the 1970s. Today's oranges are toasty warm, earthy and inherently inviting. Think burnt orange, ochre, rust, amber and clay. Orange in all its shades has a positive effect on the psyche. It symbolizes sunshine and nature, is energizing and luxurious.
Orange tones really lift your room. Use golden shades in darkened areas to bring a feeling of light and space. Warm oranges are delightful in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. The rich earthy shades are super luxe when paired with wood and stone and creamy neutrals. While the brighter shades are perfect for the 10 percent POP in soft furnishings and statement styling items.
Pink is back in a big way! It began creeping into our interiors in the late-2000s as ‘Millennial Pink’, but the pinks we see today are far more sophisticated than just candy varieties. Its tones are comforting, making it a favourite for grownup bedrooms. But it can easily be transferred to living room, dining and even kitchen schemes if executed well.
Pink can be used in its softest form as a warm neutral (I have a soft blush pink ceiling in my apartment to warm up the white walls), or as dusky accents with a huge variety of colours. Pink pairs well with greens, blues, burnt orange, and all neutrals from grey to tan.
Lilac is the Pantone 2022 Colour of the Year and you'll see purples popping up in interiors more and more. But it's not the harsh tones that were popular in the 1990s-2000s, today’s purple is warm, lush and sophisticated.
Purple is associated with creativity, nobility and luxury. It looks right at home in feminine spaces, but deeper versions of the hue can also be masculine. Purple is extremely versatile – ranging from cool tones like violet to warm, rich tones like mulberry.
Think about using it in a dressing room to create a truly special getting-ready destination, or let it take over your entrance hallway to impress guests at the first opportunity. If you can’t bring yourself to paint a wall purple, it makes a fabulous accent colour – choose lampshades, cushions and art with liberal hints of this luxurious colour.
Blue has never gone out of style and if you’re looking for a timeless palette, blue is your go-to. But it is so much more that the wishy-washy blues in a Hampton’s style. What we’re loving right now are the rich, deep tones reminiscent of dark stormy days or 1930s parlours. Blue brings to mind feelings of calmness, serenity, stability and reliability. It makes you feel safe and secure - we think it’s one of the most versatile and evocative colours on the wheel.
Deep, bold hues, such as navy and royal blue, are great for evoking confidence. They make a powerful statement that is inherently luxe. Use them in living and dining areas, or entryways and staircases. Lighter shades of the colour instil a feeling of calm and tranquillity, which makes them great for bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces. Blue can be used as a wall colour, a ceiling colour, or as a strong accent colour. You’ll always find a use for blue and you'll never tire of it.
Green has been used in interiors for decades, and it is here to stay in the 2020s. Green is a positive hue that stimulates balance, growth and restoration. It brings a refreshing sense of LIFE indoors, especially if you live in the inner-city with little surrounding greenery.
The hue comes in well-known and timeless shades, ranging from emerald and jade to olive and lime. Green makes an ideal wall colour in spaces where you want to feel energized and calm, such as kitchens and offices. Rich green bathrooms have been part of interior landscape since the early 1900s and we can promise you they are here to stay.
We are particularly fond of the earthy tones of olive and forest. These have a luxurious and grown-up feel that is perfect for bedrooms, entryways and living rooms.