Sherwin-Williams Releases 2022 Color Pick


Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company has released its 2022 Color of the Year.

Described as a nourishing and sophisticated gray-green, the company reports that Evergreen Fog SW 9130 is just the beginning of a new era of nostalgic mid-tones.

“Evergreen Fog is a sophisticated wash of color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade,” said Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Evergreen Fog inspires us to begin again and is a great choice for modern interiors and exteriors.”

The color was selected following efforts made by Wadden and other members of the Sherwin-Williams global color and design team to research and identify key trends that influence the way we interact with color.

From those findings, the team turns emerging themes into the annual Colormix Forecast, which, for 2022, features 40 colors and four palettes. This year, the soothing hue joins the Method palette, which is reported to embrace creativity, intention and discovery.

According to the team, Evergreen Fog is both unique and versatile, and is capable of suiting a variety of spaces, substrates and design styles, including art deco, modern organic and postmodernism.  

“The familiar, comfortable nature of Evergreen Fog shines as a reassuring backdrop and freshens up any space,” Wadden said. “Create depth and texture with a mix of natural-looking textiles. Add a little gleam with a fusion of metals—champagne gold, warm brass or inky black.”

Wadden went on to recommend pairing Evergreen Fog with other organic neutrals such as Shoji White SW 7042, Accessible Beige SW 7036 and Woven Wicker SW 9104, and tonal luxurious hues such as Urbane Bronze SW 7048, Über Umber SW 9107 and Bakelite Gold SW 6368.

2022 Color Forecast, Flooring Palettes

Last month, Sherwin-Williams released its 2022 Color Forecast, MODE (Method, Opus, Dreamland, Ephemera). The company reports that the palettes aim to illustrate transition and experiencing “a new way of being beautiful.”

The palettes include:

  • Method – a collection that aims to find a balance between “organic neutrals and tonal luxury,” finding inspiration in art deco and 1980s postmodernism with shades such as Urbane Bronze and Evergreen Fog;
  • Opus – a palette grounded in “modern maximalism” that features dark luxury colors and bold metallics such as Samovar Silver and Cocoa Whip;
  • Dreamland – a group of hues that aim to fuse softness and minimalism with berry tones and greens such as Lite Lavender and Rosemary; and
  • Ephemera – the last grouping in the bunch that tries to unify retro futurism with meaning and memory with colors such as Sierra Redwood and Moody Blue.

The full palettes can be found here.

More recently, at the beginning of the month, Sherwin announced four new color palettes for high-performance flooring.

Sherwin reports that the new palettes reflect the latest trends in commercial décor for healthcare, education and retail, as well as stadiums, arenas, showrooms and airports, among other decorative applications.

In addition to corresponding to commercial flooring trends, the color palettes also reflect colors found in the company’s 2022 Colormix Forecast, with hues inspired by the earth, sky and sea, as well as other influences.

The company went on to describe that the floor coatings contain a mixture of exuberant blues and reds, as well as warm neutrals and natural tones. The palettes are organized with color gradients from warm to cool so architects, designers, specifiers and applicators can easily find the perfect blends to complement their designs for decorative and iconic installations.

Of the four palettes, three can reportedly be applied across the portfolio of seamless, resinous flooring systems. Specifiers can select the resinous chemistry that’s right for the application, then select from any of the following color systems:

  • Deco Flake System Colors combine multicolored vinyl chips (1/4- or 1/8-inch) with resin to bring depth and interest to floor designs;
  • Deco Quartz System Colors consist of quartz aggregate combined with resins, creating a slip-resistant and hard-wearing surface; and
  • ResuFlor Topcoat Metallic System Colors combine hard-wearing resin with pigments that create iridescent effects mimicking the look of natural stone.

The fourth new palette, Terrazzo System Colors, features distinctive hues of marble and granite, as well as other aggregates, with a coordinated resin blend, and can only be applied to terrazzo floors.

The four new palettes are part of Sherwin-Williams High-Performance Flooring, which recently announced a newly organized product portfolio and new global website. The new color palettes may be applied not only to commercial floors, but also to industrial floors that require visual appeal, such as pharmaceutical plants.


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