PPG has predicted the exact green paint shade we're all going to be using in our homes next year

This calming hue will work in any room

red sofa and coffee table in green living room
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Calling all color lovers, PPG has officially unveiled its color of the year for 2022: a versatile but sophisticated olive green. Last year, the paint company predicted that we'd be covering our walls in rich, earthy neutrals and a misty blue - and they weren't wrong. 

We saw a lot of warm terracotta tones imbuing our interiors, as well as calming, Bridgerton-inspired pale blues. But, more recently, our Instagram feeds have been full of green kitchen makeovers and plenty of calming green living room design ideas being brought to life.

It therefore makes perfect sense for Olive Sprig to take the crown.

olive sprig green painted on the wall with red corner sofa

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This subtle green shade has been selected by PPG, drawing on the expertise from over 35 color stylists from 11 different countries. They spent several days analysing trends to find the exact tone that they feel will resonate with the masses. 

Said to represent renewal in a post-pandemic world, it's sure to brighten up any space, from your home office to your hallway. 'As many of us know following a year of lockdown, the easiest way to shift your mindset is to change your environment,' comments Donna Taylor, PPG color expert, Johnstone’s Trade.

green living room with large windows and red corner sofa

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Donna believes that people are growing tired of the stark, neutral palettes of yesterday, turning to color in all forms. 'Call it rebellion,' she adds, 'but we are certainly here for the resurgence of optimistic colours to guide us into a new era of home and commercial design.'

She says that as we trade loungewear for going-out gear, recipes at home for restaurant reservations, and nights in for nights out, our paint colour preferences are shifting, too.

Olive Sprig green pain and red sofa

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Olive Sprig will look great alongside natural materials like wicker and rattan, as well as brass accents. It also pairs beautifully with wood tones and furniture with curved, organic forms, together creating a grounded space. 

The on-trend color could be a good option if you're after soothing green bedroom ideas, as it's rich but very easy on the eye and won't overstimulate. 

If you ask us, we think Olive Sprig and a sumptuous pink like Farrow & Ball's Nancy's Blushes would be a match made in heaven.

Millie joined Real Homes in early 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.