When it comes to trend forecasting, brands are constantly looking ahead to determine which way the world will turn in the coming year. And this year, in anticipation of what we’ll all need most come January, the American paint brand PPG has announced their 2022 Color of the Year is Olive Sprig.
A Shade That's Meant to Soothe
Described by the brand as a “sophisticated grey-green,” Olive Sprig is a hue that’s meant to soothe. It represents “healing, regrowth, and resiliency,” which PPG knows are all things we’ll need to thrive.
“As many of us know following a year of lockdown, the easiest way to shift your mindset is to change your environment,” said Amy Donato, senior color marketing manager of PPG paint. “Call it rebellion, but we are certainly here for the resurgence of optimistic colors to guide us into a new era of home design.”
It Represents Regrowth
In order to determine their Color of the Year, PPG assessed our past year before agreeing that we’re all “craving authenticity, nature, and meaningful human interaction after living in a mostly digital world.” And if ever there was a color to embody these feelings, it’s Olive Sprig: “an elegant, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable grey-green” that “represents regrowth... mimicking nature’s resiliency.”
As with many shades of green, Olive Sprig is one that invokes nature. Its earthy tone is perfect for all seasons, making it an ideal neutral base for layering on other pieces so that it thrives. And if you’re looking for where to best add Olive Sprig into your life, the brand promises that it's “a versatile color that lives well inside or outside. Olive Sprig blends in with nearly any environment.”
It's a Shade That Plays Well With Others
“Lending itself to be paired with natural materials, Olive Sprig looks beautiful alongside unique architectural elements and furniture with curved forms to create a comfortable and grounded space,” says the brand. “The color can help create a sanctuary in a bedroom, [and] encourage focus in an office.” And if you’re keen to pair other materials with your newly painted walls or furniture, PPG suggests placing Olive Sprig with brass accents, wood tones, or alongside “floor-to-ceiling emerald tiles in a bathroom, incorporating a luxe velvet green couch in the living room, or immersing the home in plants in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.”
PPG Is Leading an 'Optimistic Rebellion'
While looking forward, PPG recognizes that our interiors are often used as a creative outlet and mode of personal expression. “Just as trends in the 1920s were marked by opulence, metallics, rich woods, layers, moody colors, and angular shapes, today’s home décor is drawing inspiration from the Antiquity, Baroque, and Renaissance eras of art, sculpture, and architectural forms,” explained PPG. “This colorful embrace is thought to reflect an optimistic rebellion, a sign of personal expression or soothing self-care.”
Invaluable, Introspective, and Inspired
In naming their Color of the Year, the brand also created three different palettes that hold Olive Sprig at their centers: Invaluable, Introspective, and Inspired. Invaluable pulls together a Gatsby-esque scheme “to create the go-to glamourous palette of the present, this color story is not afraid to be bold.” Introspective is geared toward those who prioritize self-care, focusing on “serene and intimate spaces.” Inspired is bold, bright, and mood-boosting, meant to “add an optimistic jolt of energy for spaces that need it most.”
To read more about PPG’s Color of the Year and see what other shades pair best with Olive Sprig, visit www.ppgpaints.com.