The influence of the Covid-19 pandemic has manifested in myriad ways throughout the home goods industry, but one of the most unexpected is how it has shaped design trends. Whether it’s the spike in interest in creating, cozy, comfortable spaces or the desire to build an outdoor oasis in the backyard, the pandemic has driven multiple trends in the home space.
That goes for color, too. Performance fabric maker Sunbrella recently released a spring color forecast, identifying colors and palettes trending for spring 2022. And while many things influence color trends, the design team at Sunbrella said the way people are living their lives in the pandemic plays a huge role.
“Color trends are driven by everything from cultural observations to global influences, but also by what we see from people in their own spaces,” said Greg Voorhis, executive design director for Sunbrella.
For most, the post-pandemic “new normal” includes creating spaces that are calming, serene, and make staying home a more pleasurable experience.
“People are now looking at their homes as a place to escape and to find a sense of comfort and peace—that can mean different things to different people,” Voorhis said. “Some people may find a soft array of monochromatic neutrals more calming, while others are most at home surrounded by pops of warm tones that add extra vibrance to a space.”
With that in mind, here are five key color stories anticipated to be important in spring 2022.
Warm and Earthy
The home color palette has been warming for several seasons now, with browns returning to favor after the reign of cool gray hues, and that continues into 2022. Moving forward, these warmer tones take on an earthy appeal, reflecting a sun-warmed landscape with matte terracottas and sunflower yellows. These colors work well as accents, on pillows, ottomans, throws, etc., both indoors and out.
Green and Grounded
Right along with the earthy tones, nature-inspired greens have definitely gained in popularity in the wake of the pandemic.
“The pandemic drove many to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, and we continue to see people bring that inspiration back into their personal spaces,” Voorhis said. “These earthy colorways are grounding and serene, and can serve as a reminder of the deep peace that can be found through spending time outdoors.”
Verdant, leafy shades, as well as lighter succulent colors and even mossy greens—often used in botanical patterns—help consumers bring the outdoors inside.
Neutral and Monochromatic
The warming trend for color in the home carries over to neutrals, as well, with richer tones of ivory and parchment coming into favor over stark white. And layering neutrals to create monochromatic looks takes a page from fashion and applies it to home spaces.
“We’ve seen monochromatic looks dominate from the runway to the home, particularly when it comes to neutral color palettes,” Voorhis said. “Because they’re so cohesive, monochromatic color schemes can create a sense of harmony and relaxation in a room, something many people are craving right now.”
Blue and Foundational
With its soothing yet sophisticated air, blue has gone beyond accents to be a foundational shade for the home, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. Blue tones—from lighter shades like sky to ocean-inspired turquoise to deep indigo—can anchor a space alone or work together to create a multi-tonal look.
Edgy and Classic
The combination of black and white never goes out of style, but for 2022, scale is key for the combo. Softer, more muted patterns work well for layering while bold stripes make a dramatic statement in rooms. And accent colors like red or green paired with black and white give the combination more depth and versatility.
But while trends are important, Voorhis said they simply serve as a guide rather than hard-and-fast rules about what shades consumers should use in their homes.
“More and more, people aren’t looking at specific styles to drive their design choices and are instead embracing autonomous design by choosing pieces that feel uniquely meaningful and personal to them,” Voorhis said. “While the examples in our upholstery outlook highlight overarching trends, there’s no one right way to apply them in the home. We’re seeing consumers and residential design professionals make these color combinations their own.”