Sherwin Williams announces the Color of the Year 2022

The winning color is bold and uplifting, but easy to live with

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022 Evergreen Fog in a living room
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This time of year sees a sudden flurry of color trend predictions as forecasters and industry experts around the world cast their votes for the color of the year. And we're not done yet; the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022 has just been unveiled.

The paint company has chosen a nourishing, calming gray-green, and we are into it. The color of the year winners from different brands are perfect for giving us some living room paint color ideas to pick and choose from.

Sherwin-Williams' winner, Evergreen Fog SW 9130 is sophisticated, soothing, and we're wondering how we can incorporate it into our own homes.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022 Evergreen Fog in an entryway

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the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022

'Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade,' comments Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. 'Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors.'

The Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022 is a huge step away from last year's winner, Urbane Bronze, which was a dark gray tone. Urbane Bronze represented sanctuary and security, speaking to the uncertain and fearful mood of the latter part of 2020.

But, similar to Dulux's Bright Skies, Evergreen Fog marks a shift towards renewal, revitalization and growth as we come out of the pandemic. We think it also reflects our altered relationship with nature after a year in which millions took up gardening and houseplant sales rocketed.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year Evergreen Fog in office space

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Senior Digital Editor at Real Homes Jenny McFarlane is here for the soothing warmth of Evergreen Fog. 'Of all the cool colors, green is perhaps the most soothing as a paint color,' she says. 

'With its connections to nature, green rooms can evoke feelings of balance and positivity. Sherwin-Williams' color of the year 2022 embodies the calming energy of green but adds warmth to it with an earthiness and depth not present in more vivid green hues,' adds Jenny. 

'It’ll look perfect paired with lots of stripped back wood and natural fabrics.'

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2022 Evergreen Fog in dining room

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Sue Wadden from Sherwin-Williams also says that neutrals are now warming up. We can certainly see that, with rich buttermilk kitchens, creamy whites and toasty-hued living spaces cropping up on our social media timelines. 

People are leaning into creative expression in the home, according to Sue, and green kitchens and living rooms have been surging in popularity for some time. Green is the easiest on the eye of all colors, and, as Jenny says, its associations with the natural world make it a breath of fresh air.

PPG opted for Olive Sprig, a slightly darker green tone that's just as versatile. After years of cool neutrals and bold jewel tones, Evergreen Fog ushers in a new era of nostalgic, bold but liveable mid-tones.

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.