IS BEIGE BACK? If not, what IS the most popular paint colour for 2022?
Guess who’s back…back again. Well, it AIN’T Slim Shady (dating myself as a 90s child/Eminem lover). In fact, ‘SHADY’ is gone, with shades of gray being quickly replaced by paint colours with more warmth.
That’s right – beige is BACK baby! But don’t put on your beige granny panties and nude nylons quite yet, it has a ways to go before it’s THE trendy thing to do (if you consider 12-18 months a ‘ways to go’).
BUT I will say, regardless of trends, you need to live in colours that both you AND your home are comfortable in. And if that happens to be gray, beige, cream or smokin’ hot red, then I say you should fill yer lil boots with the colour you love (while always keeping RESALE in mind)!
Sherwin Williams Wool Skein
WHERE ARE PAINT COLOUR TRENDS HEADING IN 2022?
How do I know the trends are shifting away from gray and into the warmer end of things? Heck, I’m no trendsetter, unless you’re into Mom-bum jeans and boxed wine, but in keeping track of my thousands of Online Paint Colour Consults, I’ve seen a big shift in the last few years. In fact, if were to break my E-Design requests down, they would be as follows (approximately)…
- 15% of my clients ask for gray and ONLY gray (two years ago, this was closer to 75%)
- 25% ask for ONLY white or off-white
- 35% request greige or taupe (often dabbling in gray or beige as well)
- 25% request cream or beige/tan, sometimes greige or taupe, but they DON’T want gray
- few clients want ONLY ‘colour’ – no neutrals, usually only for single rooms
DOES THIS MEAN BEIGE & TAN ARE TRENDY?
Beige is definitely trending upwards. It’s not at the top, where it’s THE go-to trend, but it’s getting there. In fact, I bet within 12-18 months, we’ll be fully immersed (muted cream paint colours are coming back hard as well, but that’s a WHOLE new blog post – TBA).
Are you nervous that the golden beiges and builder beiges of the early 2000s are coming BACK? Don’t be.
Just like not EVERY gray was popular in the previous five years, not EVERY type of beige will be popular.
The coming beige and tan-inspired trends will be about choosing MODERN versions that actually suit the finishes in your home and UPDATE them, rather than BACKdate them (which is the fear of every Tuscan-style homeowner).
In the above photo, while you can see how the paint colour is well-coordinated to the beige tile floor, notice how the homeowner’s personal tastes lean into a more MODERATE, slightly more muted, cream and tan end of things. THIS type of beige isn’t in style right now nor will it be anytime soon.
But if beige isn’t the GO-TO trend yet…
WHAT IS THE TRENDIEST, MOST POPULAR PAINT COLOUR FOR 2022?
As it relates to TODAY’S trends, while we still have those lovin’ on gray and the diehards who’ve ALWAYS loved the warmer end of things, we’ve got three colours in the running…
That’s right, WHITE is one of the trendy colours – and not just for 2022, but it’s been popular for a few years already.
Not everyone is ready to leave the cool world of gray, but they’re ALSO not jumping feet first into the beige trend; still suffering from beige-inspired nightmares from the early 2000s. We’re also going to have one HECK OF A TIME transitioning all of those ‘all gray homes’ into the warmer end things, as when someone loves gray, they tend to commit to on a LARGE SCALE (walls, countertops, flooring – EVERYTHING).
WHY IS WHITE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PAINT COLOURS IN 2022?
In terms of transitioning a home out of a particular trend, ie. the gray or beige trends of previous years, the right white is a GREAT way to flex a home into a new style without having to replace expensive hard finishes. White often has the flexibility needed to BLEND styles. Piggybacking on the previous farmhouse trends, white has stuck it through and is helping us shift into the warmer end of things.
WHY ARE GREIGE & TAUPE PAINT COLOURS POPULAR IN 2022
More so than gray OR beige, greige and taupe have the flexibility to hover between BOTH worlds. And here’s the COOLEST thing about them (not literally, but figuratively)…
- there are still people trying to update their beige-on-beige homes from the early 2000s
And on the OPPOSITE end of the colour wheel…
- there are those who are trying to WARM UP their gray-on-gray homes from 2015, knowing that trends are now going the other way
And what sits IN BETWEEN these two totally opposite home styles yet can humour BOTH?
Greige & taupe – the great mediators between the gray and beige worlds.
Why are greige and taupe so great? Greige and taupe can handle the previous gray trend while humouring the coming AND PREVIOUS beige and tan trends – they’re FLEXIBLE in a way that gray and beige AREN’T. Does this mean that EVERY greige or taupe will work with a gray or beige home? HECK NO, there is no magical paint colour that works everywhere, but you have a way better chance of transitioning your home into its next phase.
Look at those greige walls, mediating the HECK out of that beige and brown fireplace!
Of course, there are those of you who don’t care about trends – I see you, you glorious little gem, and you can just do whatever the heck you want to do…as LONG as you consider resale.
But I digress, we were talking about BEIGE and how it’s coming back in style and it’s coming FAST.
IF THINGS ARE WARMING UP, DOES THIS MEAN MY TUSCAN-STYLE HOME IS BACK IN STYLE?
All of you Tuscan homeowners who are desperately trying to get your homes OUT of the early 2000s, keep trying (this, and other blog posts will help).
Remember, just because it isn’t TRENDY, doesn’t mean you can’t personally LOVE IT! There are MANY parts of the above room that I love!
The type of beige/tan paint colours I’m talking about here are NOT the type of beiges that are currently on your walls; these beiges aren’t popular (yet). I’m talking about the rich, golden warmth of Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige, Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan and the likes – these aren’t the up and coming ‘modern beige and tan paint colours‘. The NEW colour trends are more MODERATE in their approach. This being said…
In updating your paint colour, you’ll find it MUCH EASIER to transition your beige-inspired home into these MODERN beiges (or greige or taupe) compared to trying to squeeze it into gray.
People are seeing how pretty beige and tan can be when it’s done the right way. And what IS the right way? Well, that’s subjective, but if you ask me (which is a good idea), today’s beige is more versatile and flexible than its more golden counterparts of yesteryear.
Shown above – SW Aesthetic White
So, let’s take a look at some of the beige and tan paint colours that are bound to be the more POPULAR colours in the coming years. If you want a FULL DEPTH report, check out this blog post…
POPULAR BEIGE & TAN PAINT COLOURS YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE OF
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
- Sherwin Williams Moderate White
- Sherwin Williams Natural Tan
- Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan
- Sherwin Williams Natural Linen
- Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
- Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
- Benjamin Moore Muslin
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