Dunn-Edwards’ 2022 Color of the Year is Here, and It’s An Autumnal Delight

Dunn-Edwards’ 2022 Color of the Year is Here, and It’s An Autumnal Delight

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If you’ve been keeping up with Color of the Year announcements, you’ll know that 2022 features a plethora of green hues. While there’s no denying that the gorgeous paints are all super appealing, it’s nice to see something a little different among a sea of sage and forest greens.

Enter: Dunn-Edwards. The brand has revealed its 2022 COTY as Art and Craft (DET682), a warm and inviting brown inspired by shades of the 1970s.

Stemming from the “Naturrensing” story in the Dunn-Edwards 2022 Color + Design Trends report, which highlights the need to cut back on clutter and get in touch with our earth-loving roots, Art and Craft is a shade that embodies nature, and going back to basics.

“Optimism means embracing reality and new opportunities. We see our color and design choices mirroring our inner needs as we are challenged to build new paths,” says Dunn-Edwards’ Color Expert and Stylist, Sara McLean, in a press release announcing the COTY. “Art and Craft is a timeless shade that embodies both the past as well as the optimism and excitement of the future.”

The earthy hue makes for a versatile paint that is great used as a foundation shade, and complements a range of surrounding colors, particularly neutral-brown tones. Dunn-Edwards recommends pairing Art and Craft with Cotton Club (DET431) and Gypsum Rose (DET452).

According to Dunn-Edwards, Art and Craft is a shade “inspired by 70s bohemian flair and folkloric design”, further enhanced by the popular cottagecore and dark academia aesthetics that have been prominent throughout 2021. The shade is a modern take on classic brown hues, one that aims to connect with nature and its peaceful elements.

“This is a versatile color that we expect to see applied across a variety of industries and disciplines throughout 2022,” notes McLean. “I see bohemian glamour and a touch of Autumn in Paris. Art and Craft is truly a down-to-earth color that signifies stability, comfort, and calm—a color expresses what we all seek right now.”

If you’re interested in bringing Art and Craft into your home, you can shop the shade on Dunn-Edwards’ online store or in a brick-and-mortar near you.

Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year Is Here, and Yes, It’s Another Green

Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year Is Here, and Yes, It’s Another Green

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Benjamin Moore just announced their Color of the Year for 2022, and it’s October Mist (1495), a soft, gently-shaded sage. Approachable and grounded, Benjamin Moore says the color is dreamy, but also the perfect canvas for getting creative with and layering upon a bevy of other nature-inspired hues.

“As the spaces in our homes continue to evolve, we uncover more opportunities to express our individuality and leverage the power of color to design environments that serve different functions and styles,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore’s director of color marketing and development, in a press release about the announcement. “October Mist (1495) and the corresponding Color Trends 2022 palette reflect an effortless harmony of colors, while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project.”

If you’ve been keeping track of COTY announcements for next year (we have!), then you might realize this hue is the fifth (yes, fifth!) shade of green to get the “Color of the Year” nod from a major paint company for 2022. So if you needed any more convincing to go green at home, then this just might be the sign you were waiting for.

As in years past, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year fits into a larger palette, with each shade working well together and/or as a stand-alone hue. For 2022, the jumping-off point for the palette was a botanical study. October Mist (1495) is comparable to the silver-green of a flower stem, and several other flora-derived shades build off of it, from Wild Flower (2090-40), which is the pinky-orange red shown at the bottom of this page, to Hint of Violet (2114-60), a soft lilac shade. Of course, the palette includes a few key whites and creams: Steam (AF-15), Morning Dew (OC-140), and Natural Linen (966). There’s also a mellow light yellow in the range, Pale Moon (OC-108), as well as several other darker greens, including Fernwood Green (2145-40), High Park (467), and Gloucester Sage (HC-100).

Any of the palette’s 14 colors could work throughout your home, from main living areas and kitchens to bathrooms, bedrooms, and even outdoor spaces, according to Benjamin Moore. You can visit your local Benjamin Moore dealer to see the chips up close or to purchase sample pots, quarts, and gallons in many of the company’s formulas. Benjamin Moore is also selling a limited edition swatch kit that features the 14 chips and votive candles rendered in three of this year’s colors for $25.00.

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A 500-Square-Foot St. Louis Apartment Is Filled With Black & White DIY Murals

A 500-Square-Foot St. Louis Apartment Is Filled With Black & White DIY Murals

Name: Erin Williams
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I deeply identify as an artist and a creative, but this is the first place where I’ve really allowed that to come alive. I moved from D.C. to St. Louis in order to attend grad school. Since I know I will be here for at least two years, and I had the summer to really settle in, I decided to go full-on with the decor and the wall art. I gave away all my furniture in order to economize the move, so I had a clean slate to start with. But, in having to have gotten rid of everything (and generally purging my furniture after the dozen moves I’ve done before this one) I’ve evolved into becoming a minimalist, and only bringing in what I need, what I like, and what will work best in my space.

I moved into what I thought was my dream apartment a few years ago, but a bedbug infestation forced me to get rid of all of my furniture. When I moved from that place into the apartment before this one, I was gun-shy and only got the necessities of what I needed and suppressed all desires to decorate. Now, in a new state literally and figuratively, I allowed myself to really settle in and get out everything that I’d been holding inside.

What is your favorite room and why? My living room area! I have missed having a couch, and I recline on this one daily and often. I really, really want a Frame television but can’t afford one, so until this I have my television perched on an easel, which makes for easy pivoting from the living room area to the bedroom area.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: “An artist lives here.”

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The shoe bench at the front of the door. I was having a situation where all the shoes were kind of piling at the door when I came home, so the bench really helps with the landing strip aspect of the place.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Study, study, study! I’ve spent hours looking at spaces online and really got into how places were set and structured and what pieces worked best in smaller spaces. Think of your home as a refuge: Whenever I leave my home, I am so excited to come back because I know I have a self-curated, gorgeous, and calming space waiting for me.

Take some time to come up with a color palette or scheme; that will keep your eye sharp for apartment-specific decor to bring in. And be on the lookout for freebies and sales. I bought my couch on Prime Day, deeply discounted, and I found the canvas above my bed in a dumpster. I wiped it down, painted over it, and created the beautiful canvas above my bed as it is now.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.

Behr’s 2022 Color of the Year Is a Literal Breath of Fresh Air

Behr’s 2022 Color of the Year Is a Literal Breath of Fresh Air

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It’s officially September — and the most wonderful time of the year for color enthusiasts everywhere. Yesterday, Behr Paint announced Breezeway (MQ3-21), a gentle, light silvery green with cool undertones, as their 2022 Color of the Year, kicking off a quarter that’s sure to be ripe with more trending hue news. Evoking feelings of peace and tranquility, this color is inspired by earth’s beauty and brings to mind the look of sea glass.

“A new year brings the opportunity to embrace a sense of renewal and pursue untapped passions,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr Paint Company, in a press release for the announcement. “Whether it’s lacing up our hiking boots or breaking out the gardening tools, Breezeway inspires us to fully embrace the hobbies or adventures, both near and far, that excite us. We look forward to a color that welcomes a hopeful sense of renewal, restoration, and healing.”

Neither too bold nor soft, this light, cool color’s decorative strength lies in its versatility. According to Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at The Home Depot, Breezeway’s a great color for dining rooms, entry ways, living rooms, and bedrooms. You can also try it as an accent on doors, trim, or kitchen cabinetry, and it works well as an exterior color, too.

She suggests pairing it with pretty much anything: creamy white, taupe, softened black, brown, pink — the list goes on and on. Honestly, Breezeway makes a pretty good combo with the rest of the other shades in Behr’s 2022 Color Trends palette, a collection of feel-good hues that range from adventurous blues and bold terracottas to soothing whites and grounding greens.

Breezeway wasn’t the only news Behr announced yesterday. Building upon their 43 year partnership with The Home Depot, Behr is also launching what they consider to be the most advanced formula in their portfolio, BEHR DYNASTY, exclusively with the home improvement superstore. A four-in-one product, this paint promises to be extra stain-repellent and scuff-resistant along with fast-drying. It’s also a one-coat wonder, too, meaning a paint-and-primer in one.

Behr and The Home Depot also upped the ante on the sweepstakes they typically run in tangent to the COTY announcement. To celebrate this year’s launch, Behr’s offering a grand prize of up to $50,000 for one lucky winner to discover their passion, be that starting a new business or traveling the world (when that’s a possibility again). You can enter the Color in Motion Sweepstakes for a chance to win (before Sept. 28), and if you don’t get the grand prize, five first prize winners will each receive a $1,000 gift card to The Home Depot.

If you want to bring home Breezeway or any of the other shades in Behr’s 2022 Color Trends Palette, the collection is available exclusively at The Home Depot stores nationwide now. You’ll find exterior and interior formulas and a variety of finishes, so there’s surely something for whatever design project is next for you.

Danielle Blundell

Home Editor

Danielle Blundell is AT’s Home Director and covers decorating and design. She loves homes, heels, the history of art, and hockey—but not necessarily always in that order.

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