Chances are, your living room is one of the most frequented spots in your home—and with good reason. It's a spot where you can entertain friends and family, or just kick back and watch TV on your day off. Naturally, the color palette you choose for this space is crucial, as you want to make sure it's something that's relaxing and inviting, but not lacking in eye-catching design. As we approach 2022, it's time to get a head start on 2022 living room color trends, so House Beautiful spoke to nine designers to get the low down. The good news? Their answers run the gamut—touching on everything from subdued pops of color to various shades of white—meaning there's certainly timeless-yet-of-the-moment inspiration for homes of every style.
1. OLIVE GREEN
Cecilia Halling, Creative Director at Elicyon, says colors like honeycomb, lilac, zesty curry lime, olive-yellow, dark navy, cherry and maple will be in vogue in the new year. As part of a recent project for a client, Halling incorporated an acid yellow high gloss lacquer, which she describes as "leap[ing] from the interior of the bespoke dining room drinks bar whenever the doors are opened. It’s the most exciting of surprises." If you need more proof that greens of every hue are on the rise, look no further than the 2022 Colors of the Year from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and PPG.
2. PURPLE HUES
"A key color trend to note is the rise of lilac in our living spaces," says designer Katherine Cohen. "As a gentle, welcoming hue, lilac will be a trending color over the next year in interiors. For playful yet creative spaces, lilac adds bright energy to any space." Just look at this cool hangout with a lilac rug from Flor.
3. SHADES OF WHITE
....but don't let that focus on purple convince you the most popular neutral is "over." Architect and designer Amanda Gunawan of OWIU Studio finds that neutral colors will take over living rooms in 2022, like Sherwin-Williams' White Flour and Benjamin Moore's Swiss Coffee—at least in certain multifunctional rooms. "With so many people working from home, many former single-use living rooms have been transformed into part-time or transitional work spaces during the day; therefore, I suspect that living room colors will continue to veer neutral, as they create a sense of light and clarity while encouraging functionality," explains Gunawan. "Many of us are still spending more time at home, and our spaces should create a sense of calm."
4. EARTHY TONES
"With an ever-important focus on relaxation and wellness, for 2022, we’re forecasting interior color trends that both combine and reinforce our connection to nature and instill a sense of cozy comfort in the home," says Catharina Björkman, Scandi lifestyle expert at Contura. "Think earthy tones like hazy greens, soft and timeless blues, soothing sandy greys, and warming muted blush hues. These nature-centric tones give a calming, serene feel to a space," she adds.
5. CRIMSON RED
Speaking of nature-centric, a "rich and earthy crimson shade is absolutely gorgeous and will bring a touch of maturity and glamour to any room," declares James Waylett of Jacobs & Dalton."This unique shade perfectly ties in with the whole color palette and will be the staple shade to carry through into the autumn months. We think this indulgent shade would be perfect for master bedrooms or to create an accent wall in a home study or living space."
Mary Elizabeth Andriotis is House Beautiful's Associate Editor, where she covers historic homes, entertainment, culture, and design.