Bethaney Larkman, marketing manager for Distinction Doors explores the colour trends for 2022 and reflects on the popular colours that have dominated Distinction sales in 2021.

Another new year. A fresh start. And time for another colour trend to sweep UK interiors, Instagram feeds and style guides. As a marketer and a designer at heart, I admit to enjoying the reveal…whether it’s Dulux, Pantone or trend forecasters, there’s just something about discovering a new colour.

Yes, often they are a variation of a shade that’s gone before but it’s all about the undertones, the stimulation, and the feeling of positivity that these colours conjure up.

Dulux Colour of the Year 2022

Easing us in gently to the new year is Dulux Colour of the Year 2022, Bright Skies. This ‘airy and fresh tone’ is a nod to the enduring popularity of grey, but warmer and with a depth of tone. The blue hue ‘opens up and breathes new life into any space’.

With Bright Skies Dulux has taken our passion for grey and dialled up the possibilities. For too long, grey has dominated our interiors, exteriors, accessories and even our cars (MINI now offer four shades as standard!). Grey is a building block, a foundation colour, and that’s exactly how Dulux is pitching its colour of the year, it’s transformative.

To prove this, the paint giant has curated four new palettes to complement Blue Skies, showing it can work harmoniously with an abundance of shades to create an inspirational home.

Pantone Colour Institute

Away from home décor, in September the Pantone Colour Institute revealed its Fashion Colour Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2022, and the result… ‘a diverse and distinctive range of colours [which] connects our need for calm and comfort with free-spirited optimism and joyful adventure.’

The top ten standout colours are complemented by five core classics. Unsurprisingly, two shades of grey were selected as ‘classic, seasonless hues’ – a pale grey called Northern Droplet and a deep grey with ‘silent power’ called Poppy Seed. They sit alongside Snow White; Perfectly Pale, a ‘subtle sandy beige’ and Basil.

The outstanding colours are altogether more striking.  In fact, they remind me of the Distinction colour palette. Muted shades of pink and blue contrast with the vibrancy of Harbour Blue; Dahlia, a stand-out purple; Skydiver, a shade of dark blue; and Daffodil, amongst others.

Like Dulux, Pantone is proving the power of grey as a base tone. Add rich and luxurious shades and you can create something altogether more inviting and comforting.

Orchid Flower

One colour to pop against grey, and the choice of both Pantone and trend forecaster WGSN is a variation on hot pink. Pantone revealed Innuendo as one of its stand-out S/S 2022 colours while WGSN has named Orchid Flower its colour of 2022.

Orchid Flower is a ‘vibrant rose hue with purple undertones’ and should be used to ‘create contrast and impact’. It is central to the forecasters colour selection alongside Olive Oil, Butter, Mango Sorbet and Atlantic Blue.

It’s encouraging to see that the forecasters and trend setters agree. Grey (variations of) is here to stay. While intense tones of blue, yellow and green will add depth to our style choices.  Bright pink is an option for those wanting to be Insta-ready!

Grey – the new classic

And what’s most interesting is that our data proves that the great British public are already onboard with grey as a classic colour. In 2021, 50% of our top ten colours were shades of grey. With one exception the top six are all grey – Anthracite; Mouse; Traffic; Agate and Light Grey.

We know that an entrance door sets the tone for the rest of the home. By painting the exterior of the door grey, it can open, quite literally, a world of endless possibility.  While the forecasters have been hard at work, Distinction customers and UK homeowners have been one step ahead, creating classic entrances to interesting interiors.

With a nod to future trends, I’m also pleased to reveal that both Steel Blue and Azure Blue also feature in our top ten paint colours. Not to mention the ubiquitous Chartwell.

We may not have had many requests for bright pink, but Ruby Red gets a look in at number nine. It’s good to see there are still some people wanting to make a statement; let’s just hope those doors open onto calming shades of grey!

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