Benjamin Moore’s 2022 Color of the Year Is Here, and It’s Another Green — But a Very Dreamy One!

published Oct 14, 2021
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Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2022, October Mist

Benjamin Moore just announced their Color of the Year for 2022, and it’s October Mist (1495), a soft, gently-shaded sage. Approachable and grounded, Benjamin Moore says the color is dreamy, but also the perfect canvas for getting creative with and layering upon a bevy of other nature-inspired hues.

“As the spaces in our homes continue to evolve, we uncover more opportunities to express our individuality and leverage the power of color to design environments that serve different functions and styles,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore’s director of color marketing and development, in a press release about the announcement. “October Mist (1495) and the corresponding Color Trends 2022 palette reflect an effortless harmony of colors, while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project.”

If you’ve been keeping track of COTY announcements for next year (we have!), then you might realize this hue is the fifth (yes, fifth!) shade of green to get the “Color of the Year” nod from a major paint company for 2022. So if you needed any more convincing to go green at home, then this just might be the sign you were waiting for.

As in years past, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year fits into a larger palette, with each shade working well together and/or as a stand-alone hue. For 2022, the jumping-off point for the palette was a botanical study. October Mist (1495) is comparable to the silver-green of a flower stem, and several other flora-derived shades build off of it, from Wild Flower (2090-40), which is the pinky-orange red shown at the bottom of this page, to Hint of Violet (2114-60), a soft lilac shade. Of course, the palette includes a few key whites and creams: Steam (AF-15), Morning Dew (OC-140), and Natural Linen (966). There’s also a mellow light yellow in the range, Pale Moon (OC-108), as well as several other darker greens, including Fernwood Green (2145-40), High Park (467), and Gloucester Sage (HC-100).

Mysterious (AF-565), which is shown just above, functions as the black in the group (though it’s more like a navy-ish charcoal in my approximation), and Quiet Moments (1563) might be this year’s less saturated, more subtle answer to last year’s COTY, Aegean Teal (2136-40). The remaining colors, Venetian Portico (AF-185) and Collector’s Item (AF-45), seem to riff on the resurgence of neoclassical style in interiors as well as the uptick in the appreciation of vintage furnishings.

Any of the palette’s 14 colors could work throughout your home, from main living areas and kitchens to bathrooms, bedrooms, and even outdoor spaces, according to Benjamin Moore. You can visit your local Benjamin Moore dealer to see the chips up close or to purchase sample pots, quarts, and gallons in many of the company’s formulas. Benjamin Moore is also selling a limited edition swatch kit that features the 14 chips and votive candles rendered in three of this year’s colors for $25.00.