Farrow & Ball’s 2022 color predictions are guaranteed to revive your interiors

Color curator Joa Studholme invites you to extol the virtues of a simple life with a whimsical forecast for the year ahead

Green painted room with blue upcycled furniture and pink flowers
(Image credit: Farrow & Ball, Breakfast Room Green No.81)

Farrow & Ball has just revealed their trend predictions for 2022, and their daring color combinations will revive your interiors long into the future. 

‘There is something inherently human in the colors that we are attracted to for 2022,’ says Farrow & Ball’s color curator, Joa Studholme. Following a turbulent era, she expects our future schemes will draw from ‘the modest character of the world of folk and craft’ that allows us to inject mythical majesty into the everyday. 

It’s the paint trend prediction we have waited for, but where can you begin? Joa’s five significant shade suggestions are the perfect place to start. ‘They are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today,’ she says, in the discussion of the new palette.

‘Function goes hand in hand with ornament, using colors and finishes in unusual ways to celebrate the principles of utility, kindness, and honesty.’ Here are Joa’s picks that will be big news in the months ahead.

1. Babouche (No.223) 

Yellow painted hallway with flowers and white door frame

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball, Babouche No.223)

The sunshine hues of Babouche epitomize the welcome return to (a sense of) normality through its bright yet refined charisma. 

When licked with this dusty golden tone, spaces feel instantly more optimistic and whimsically folksy without appearing overpowered. Joa recommends pairing alongside School House White, the second of the five shades, for a simple kiss against the striking aesthetic. 

2. School House White (No.291) 

White painted kitchen with colorful chequered floor

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball, School House White No.291)

For a nostalgic journey to a time gone by, look to the Victorian allure of School House White – perhaps the most versatile of the collection. 

For an easy paint idea, Joa suggests creating a chequerboard patterned floor by combining this subtle hue with Stone Blue or Breakfast Room Green (in washable Modern Emulsion) on the lower walls (above). It’s beautifully ornamental, simple, and timelessly stylish.

3. Breakfast Room Green (No.81) 

Green painted walls alongside upcycled blue drawers with flowers

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball, Breakfast Room Green No.81)

Your morning breakfast may set you up for success for the rest of the day, but with Breakfast Room Green, your interiors will never fail – whatever the size. 

Yes, Breakfast Room Green works particularly well in a small room, where Joa suggests using the color on both walls and woodwork to ‘make a room look bigger by disguising the limits of the space.’ Its organic tones similarly act as the perfect backdrop for art or upcycled furniture, similar to the scene above. 

4. Stone Blue (No.86) 

Blue painted door in white hallway

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball, Breakfast Room Green No.81)

The allure of a vintage-inspired aesthetic shows no signs of wavering in 2022, and Stone Blue is the exact shade you need to indulge in its eternal beauty. 

Its traditional aura can be injected sparingly into unorthodox corners of your home, from a tired kitchen unit to a statement door. Stone Blue has already fueled our living room paint ideas – with an ageless twist. 

5. Incarnadine (No.248) 

Stripy red and white ceiling with green walls in bedroom

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball, Incarnadine No.248)

The color that screams pure indulgent, pleasure, Incarnadine, is the answer to our roaring 2020 fantasies. Incarnadine’s crimson tones have the power to drench a space in stylish sensuality, but it’s also designed to work alongside softer colors that keep your scheme fresh and clean. 

For a bold paint idea for every room, pair Incarnadine with School House White to maintain serenity through stripes or Breakfast Room Green to create the ultimate party space for 2022. This is a year of colorful celebration, after all. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.