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This is the exact shade of green that paint experts predict will set trends in 2022

PPG has combined two of 2021’s most popular hues to set the tone for the year ahead – here is how to get ahead of the crowd

PPG's Color of the Year in living room
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As two of the most alluring shades of 2021, the power of gray and green need no introduction. But which color is set to be big news for 2022? A color that combines both hues, of course. 

Pittsburgh-based paint manufacturers PPG has announced their 2022 Color of the Year is Olive Sprig – a grounded and refreshingly versatile grey-green hue – that ‘represents regrowth in a post-pandemic world.’ 

With the combination of these trendy tones set to be big news in the year ahead, one thing remains certain: their enduring power shows no signs of wavering. 

With a muted yet organic aesthetic, this shade is expected to shape paint trends over the coming seasons, but what makes Olive Sprig (opens in new tab) so particularly noteworthy? This is everything we know about this fresh hue – so you can get ahead of the craze.

PPG's Color of the Year

(Image credit: PPG)

The shade – which emulates the feeling of soothing aloe vera – can illuminate a space with verdant liveliness and chic gray undertones. 

‘As many of us know, following a year of lockdown, the easiest way to shift your mindset is to change your environment… Our paint color preferences are shifting too, in both residential and commercial spaces,’ explains PPG’s senior color marketing manager, Amy Donato.

‘DIYers, property managers, designers, and architects are shifting away from the stark, neutral palettes of yesterday and opting for color in all forms. Call it rebellion, but we are certainly here for the resurgence of optimistic colors to guide us into a new era of home design,’ she adds. 

PPG's Olive Green in a living room

(Image credit: PPG)

When planning green room ideas, PPG suggests looking towards Olive Sprig in a bedroom for its sanctuary-like qualities that create a grounded space in which to rejuvenate as we re-enter society. For green kitchen ideas, they recommend pairing the shade with brass accents and wood tones on a kitchen island or lower kitchen cabinets. 

Meanwhile, in the bathroom, PPG recommends accentuating its vivid hues by painting it alongside floor-to-ceiling emerald tiles to exhibit a luxe green haven that will stay in fashion throughout 2022 – and beyond. 

It appears our favorite color power couple isn’t going anywhere fast, and we couldn’t be happier. 2022 is looking highly fashionable indeed. 

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. 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.