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Farrow & Ball’s color curator reveals the shocking paint shades predicted to be big news into 2022

Are these hues set to dethrone gray as the most popular color? Color master Joa Studholme shares everything we need to know

Farrow & Ball's blue and pink paint
(Image credit: Railings No.31 Full Gloss Cinder Rose No.246 Estate Emulsion by Farrow & Ball)

While gray has endured as the most sought-after shade for several seasons, its previously unequaled power may be coming to an end. Instead, Farrow & Ball’s chief color curator, Joa Studholme, has shared the hues that are on track to be the biggest shades of the year, and her predictions involve an indulgence of pure, playful color. 

In an exclusive interview with H&G, Joa shared the colors we should use across our walls to get ahead of the upcoming paint trends.

The latter half of 2021 – and all of 2022 – is looking beautifully bright.

2021's biggest colors – according to Farrow & Ball's color curator

Farrow & Ball paint in living room


(Image credit: Cinder Rose No.246 Estate Emulsion Black Blue No.95 Estate Eggshell by Farrow & Ball)

Has gray finally met its match? Joa suggests so. ‘There certainly has been a seismic shift in the ways we are using color in the home – grays hold less allure, although still have a place in many homes, and bolder colors are becoming more and more popular,’ she explains. 

While we’re certainly not turning away from grey living room ideas entirely, Joa’s predictions are reshaping our interiors. But which shades should we experiment with first? 

‘Over the last two years we have been drawn to the pink rooms that make our homes feel like sanctuaries and the blue rooms that create moody rooms to relax in, alongside green rooms which root us with nature. However, I think we will increasingly see the use of uncomplicated brighter colors,’ Joa says.

Farrow & Ball paint in living room

(Image credit: Cinder Rose No.246 Estate Emulsion by Farrow & Ball)

In Farrow and Ball: Inside the Posh Paint Factory, which is airing across the UK today, July 8th, Joa shares her excitement at the rise of these tones as they showcase the brand’s paint in all their kaleidoscopic glory and ‘come alive’ differently in all homes.

‘My world is all about color – but I am more than aware that those colors are only part of the magic of a Farrow & Ball paint,’ Joa explains. 

‘It never fails to amaze me how alive the colors look in different light conditions – and this is what makes them so very special,’ she adds. 

Kitchen painted in green paint by Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Bancha No.298 Modern Emulsion Bancha No.298 Full Gloss by Farrow & Ball)

For future living room paint ideas, we’re looking towards the new color trinity: pink, blue, and green. You heard it here first. More about the new show, including a preview, is available here.  

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.