Farrow & Ball's 2022 color trend predictions prove yellow hues aren't going anywhere

It's time to embrace the mustard

Farrow & Ball India Yellow in living room
India Yellow, Farrow & Ball
(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

As we're now edging into fall, we at Real Homes are turning our attention to next year's interior trends. Color curator Joa Studholme from Farrow & Ball has just shared her predictions – and, among a handful of colors, she believes rich mustard yellow will be big news in 2022.

We have seen plenty of sunny yellow room ideas brought to life in 2021, as we've leaned towards the color of happiness for some light relief during a very gray year.

Babouche No.223 yellow farrow & ball

Babouche No.223, Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

'In 2022 we will relish brighter colors that herald a return to normality,' asserts Joa at Farrow & Ball. 'The cheerful and uncomplicated Babouche [pictured above] is the perfect tone for this task. While bold, it never feels garish or overpowering.'

Joa Studholme believes that décor is moving forward, but also 'drawing inspiration from the modest character of the world of folk and craft,' through tones that evoke a simple and modest life.

The color expert adds that rooms given a lick of Babouche No.223 paint appear to be full of sunshine, especially when combined with understated School House White. We're also big fans of India Yellow, as seen below.

India Yellow by Farrow & Ball on wall and wardrobe

India Yellow, Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

The palette in the bathroom image has a 'simple, folksy feel,' observes Joa. 'But its use across the walls, bath panel and floor creates an overall look that is incredibly striking.'

It seems that the color trends are evolving as the world begins to open up again, but we're also seeking reassurance, holding onto a nostalgic and rustic atmosphere as we decorate our modern-day homes.

Yellows are brilliant for adding warmth and will work just fine in a larger space. 

living room painted in Farrow & Ball India yellow

India Yellow, Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

We think either Babouche or India Yellow would work beautifully on the back - or, indeed, front - of a front door. Alternatively, you could embrace yellow as a paint color scheme for hallways.

Paint it on the first wall you see as you come through the door to provide a warm welcome for anyone crossing the threshold into your home. If you're feeling brave, try painting the ceiling of an all-white room yellow to inject some energy and creativity. 

One thing's for sure, yellow's rich and enveloping tones aren't going anywhere fast. They pair well with white and gray, ideal for those wanting to dip their toe into beautiful, sunny interiors one paint can at a time.

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in January 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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