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2022 Design & Paint Color Trends to Sell Your House

Last year we saw a major shift in design trends as we all hunkered down at home during our second year of the pandemic. We were all staying at home, working from home, doing school from home and it made us rethink how we live in our homes. But we’re in a new year now. We have new hope and are craving a fresh start.

If we can use ONE word to describe the trend for 2022 it would be WARM. And BOLD. Okay, technically that’s two words but its a perfect description of a new era that is replacing the all white phase of white furniture + white walls + white kitchens or the all gray phase of all gray furniture + gray walls + gray kitchens + gray floors. Personally, I never was a fan of the all gray phase.

The pandemic has changed the demands we put on our home and what we expect out of our house. That means potential buyers are also going to be looking a new houses from a different lens than they would have 1 to 2 years ago.

Design trends for 2022 continues from last year trends where we see a complete reversal of what we’ve seen in the past decade.  The neutral room design trend are taking a back seat to warmer colors and bolder colors. The outdoors is being brought into our homes. You will see lots of plants, big plants in interiors this year. Square big box neutral furniture is being replaced by leather, colors, curves and vintage pieces. We’ve come out of a cool minimalist approach to designing our homes into warmth, variety and life. It’s an exciting and much needed change.

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So what does this mean for homeowners getting their house ready to sell? Do you need to replace all your gray & big box furniture and replace or paint your gray kitchens to appeal to the typical buyer in your neighborhood? No of course not, but with some tweaking, you can adapt your home to the new trends so it doesn’t look dated and will appeal to what buyers are looking for.

Design Trends on their way out for 2022

  • Farmhouse style is being replaced by vintage + contemporary
  • All-gray or all-white interiors are going out: more pops of color
  • All Gray kitchens are out
  • Barn doors are being replaced by pocket doors or French doors
  • Shiplap is out – seeing more natural plastered walls or wallpaper
  • Matchy matchy furniture sets are out

How to use 2022 Design & paint color trends when selling your house!

Just because a style or color is trending right now does not mean that you should incorporate it into your home. Some styles and trends will fit into some styles and neighborhoods while other may not. Green kitchens are predicted to be the most popular kitchen color for 2022 but the decor of your house AND the demographics of your neighborhood need to be a good fit to make this bold statement in your kitchen. Similarly, more subtle and neutral trends may be too boring for your home and neighborhood. It’s wise to know what trends are going on in your neighborhood, and its just as important to know what trends are NOT going in your hood! Do your research! Check out your competition. Go online and check out new listings. Go to open houses and scoop out current listings on zillow and realtor to keep informed!

Read think like a buyer when selling your house

12 Design & Color Trends for 2022 to Sell Your House!

1. Gray walls are being replaced by whites, light gray & beige as the new neutrals!

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Cool mid-tone grays are out. The cool grays are being taken over by the warm greiges. White, light gray & beige has definitely taken over the mid-gray neutrals. White is definitely the leader as the new neutral for staging your house. BUT it can also be the trickiest to decorate with it. All white can look amazing on Instagram but in real life it can look like primer if the right light, furniture & accessories, AND the right white color is not chosen.

Read: What is a good warm white paint color?

Read: Best cool white paint colors

2. Warm Color Trends

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Photo: Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2022, October Mist.

For the past couple of years, the paint companies have been trying to push us out of our comfort zone moving us away from our neutral grays and whites.  This year, they’re not so subtle. Both major paint companies, Benjamin Moore And Sherwin Williams have announced green colors as their Color of the Year. Benjamin Moore has announced a gentle shade of sage green October Mist CC-550 as their color of the year whereas, Sherwin Williams has chosen a calming green-gray, Evergreen Fog, SW9130. This color is perfect for homes that are transitioning out of the all gray trend. It could be used in a room that has all gray furniture where you need to minimize some gray. But don’t overdo it. Use it in 1 – 2 rooms the most with your main room and hallways being a neutral paint color like white, beige, or light gray.

Other trending colors that we will see this year are warm beiges, various shades of clay, terracotta, blue-greens, warm mid-green tones and various shades of rose & copper. But before you think its going to be boring with all these softer warmer, shades, we’re also going to see pops of moody blacks, grays & deeper blues for accent walls & in various rooms like offices, bedrooms and perhaps some family rooms. We will see these colors on walls, painted furniture, couches, accent chairs, and accessories.

3.  All gray and all white interiors are out

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All gray and all white interiors have dominated for the better part of this last decade. Gray or white walls, gray or white furniture and accessories, with all gray or all white kitchens and bathrooms. It may have started out with one room being all white or all gray, then there was a kitchen renovation and/or a bathroom renovation until most or nearly all of your house has been taken over by this monochromatic color scheme.

If you fall into this category, and realize your house has been taken over by the monochromatic phase, don’t despair. You can add pops of color by painting an accent wall like in our picture above, painting out some gray cabinets, painting a bedroom or an office a different color.

Read: Is gray out of style? 5 Tips to neutralize gray

How do you start adding these new trending colors when selling your house?

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Photo: Sherwin Wiliams, Urban Bronze, Sherwin Williams

You can add these new trending colors in certain areas that will add a fun pop of color like a powder room, master bedroom, or a kitchen island. Home offices are entrance ways also a great way to introduce these new colors. Start with a plan and select 2 -3 coordinating colors.

You don’t want your house to look like a checker board. One house I staged had a different paint color in every room. The house looked disjointed and did not flow. The homeowner had to repaint his entire main floor to make it look more cohesive and appealing to buyers.

Add pops of color in your accessories

Switching out some accessories like cushions, pictures, and other accessories with the new trends will also update your look without having to start all over and incurring unnecessary expenses when getting your house ready to sell.

Staging Tip: Add new colors into your house with intention!

When staging your house to sell, use a neutral paint color throughout the house. Add pops of color intentionally in a couple of areas, like a bedroom, bathroom, or an office. In theory, you should be able to take an upholstered chair to each room in your house and it should be able to fit in comfortably in terms of colors & style. There should be a flow to your home or the house will end up looking awkward and unbalanced. The ONLY exception to this rule is the powder room and kids rooms.  Your house should NOT look like a checker board. Add pops of color in your accessories like throw cushions, pictures, accent chairs etc for an easy way to update your look also.

Read: Best Paint Colors to Sell Your House

Read: How to choose a paint color to sell your house

Need help choosing color(s) for your house?

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You’re getting your house ready to sell but you have a room or room(s) in your house that have a dated paint color or the walls need a refresh coat of paint to show the house well to potential buyers.  But you need help in picking a paint color that suits the current furniture & fixtures in the room but is a current trendy staging color.

Click here to check out my staging paint color package.

4. Vintage meets contemporary

Farmhouse style, shabby chic, whatever you want to call the farmhouse style that has been around FOREVER, its out. Sorry Joanna Gaines. That means the “fresh eggs” signs should be coming down and being replaced by earthier more natural pictures. If you are thinking of adding shiplap to a room, don’t.

Some may be sad to let go of the farmhouse look in their home. After all, its a very relaxing and cozy feel. If you live in a farm or rural area, it won’t feel out of place for selling your house. BUT! If you live in a city or suburbia, its looks dated. It needs to be tweaked and with some intention, it can be tweaked without having to do a major overhaul!

Replacing the farmhouse style is a new fresh wonderful mix of vintage + contemporary styles. It make be a bit challenging to get your head around it at first, but once you start pouring over pictures on Pinterest, you’ll start to really like it and think about how you can incorporate that into your home. Updating your farmhouse look could be as easy as changing up a few cushions on the sofa, switching around some decor and/or adding in a couple of retro accent chairs to replace your worn looking sofa.

Photos (left) Bouclair.com Photo (right) CrateandBarrel.com

We’ll see rooms using the dark warm colors on the walls with vintage|rustic and contemporary furniture as in the picture left, or a mix of contemporary couches and a variety of wicker and woven materials as pictured on the right. Notice the use of plants in both pictures, and the use of metal plus woods and wicker.

5.  Furniture color is bolder. Curved. Vintage. Matchy matchy is out!

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Photo: Benjamin Moore

Thankfully we are starting to see variety in furniture. No more all gray or all white furniture. It use to be that all our furniture had to be matchy matchy.  Fortunately, that boring look is out.

Sofas are soft & curvy now. Bold accent chairs can replace one of the neutral sofas. Coffee and ends tables are vintage or contemporary. They DON’T need to match. In fact they look better if they don’t! The trend is to have rustic pieces with contemporary furniture. 

If you currently have the farmhouse look and live in the city or suburbia, this look is dated and needs to be tweaked to sell your house. If you have succumbed to the all gray, all white, or all big box store furniture, this look needs to be updated to appeal to potential buyers. This can easily be done by switching some furniture pieces like accent chairs, tables and or adding a couple of contemporary accent chairs to update your look. This is where you can have fun with your furniture and explore different possibilities. If you are switching up styles to get your house ready to sell, be sure to buy furniture and/or accessories that you will be able to use in your new home.

6. Texture & Layers

We’ve already seen movement into textures for styling our interiors, but 2022, is going to bring this to an all new level. We are going to see nubby, furry and cozy fabrics like boucle and natural fabrics. We will see many types of layers using the new color palettes. But texture won’t just be limited to our fabrics, we will also see texture in our furniture and accessories using a variety of materials like leather, wood, rattan, cane, metal and stone.

7.  Kitchens are… Wood. Two-toned. Darker. Minimalist.

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Photo: BigLarkinYan.ca

Kitchens are also taking a dramatic turn from all white and all gray colors where the cabinets, counters and backsplash were one monochromatic color. It will be common to see either the uppers or lowers to be a different color, or a different color like a bank of cabinets above, or a kitchen island may be sporting a different color. They are quite minimalist in their looks with some sporting handle-less cabinets. Note the handle-less uppers in the above picture. An entire wall of pantries is also another feature you will see in kitchens this year with large islands and counters.

If you find yourself with an all white or all gray kitchen, considering painting one of these areas a trending color to make it look less like your kitchen belongs from a previous decade. A kitchen can be the place were it can really date a house. Hiring a professional kitchen cabinet paint company would be a good investment if your house is in a high-end area, or your paint skills are at the amateur level range. Cutting back on costs in this area could have significant repercussions on the value of your home if the paint job is not up to what your area commands.

Green is the #1 color for kitchens in 2022. But is it the best color choice for YOUR home?

Photos: Left: ChrislovesJulia.com Middle: Pinterest Right: ACE Architects

We also see wood kitchens coming back (pictured above). Much different and more sophisticated from the 70’s.We will also see wood cabinets on either the upper or lower half with a different color in the opposite cabinet which makes for some interesting combinations. Greige is replacing gray for kitchens color (middle photo) and green is predicted to be the most popular color for 2021. In some areas, green would be appealing to buyers, whereas in some areas, it may not be and thus could lower your potential in attracting a large number of buyers to your property. You need to check out what trends are happening and also what trends are NOT going on in your neigborhood.

Read 2022 Kitchen Color Cabinet Trends

8. Accent walls are in!

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Photo: Sherwin Williams, Urbane Bronze

Accent walls are still very popular with bold paint colors, wallpaper, or decorative plastered walls. Shiplap walls are out BUT stylish decorative geometric molding accent walls are in! They can really add a lot of interest to a room, especially if you have chosen a neutral color like white paint for the walls and neutral furniture. Adding an accent wall will not only increase the value of your home, it will address interest to a neutral colored room, and appeal to contemporary buyers.

9. Flooring is warm, more natural, rustic, and wide

We are steering away from cool gray floors after this flooring color has dominated strongly over the past decade. If you still have alot of gray in your home, some flooring addresses this by having planks of gray and planks of beige in their mix to combine the outgoing trend with the incoming trend. Lighter oak flooring and white-washed flooring is becoming very popular, a great combination with the new rustic + contemporary mix that we are seeing in furniture & design styles. Browns are dominating in mid-tones and darker browns.

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Photo: Wayfair.com

With the new trends, we are also seeing wider planks, anywhere from 5′ to 7 or even 8′ wide in rarer cases. Scraped flooring follows the rustic trends we’re seeing everywhere. Read the full post on 2022 Flooring Trends here.

Read Hardwood vs. Laminate vs. Vinyl Plank Flooring: Which one should you choose?

10. Home Offices are still important

Over the past year or so, many of us found ourselves working from home. Spare bedrooms were turned into offices, basements were refinished so that we could make room for an office. Dining rooms became offices, closets were turned into offices and even living rooms had to share with an office in some cases were there just wasn’t enough room to accommodate home offices + online schooling.

But as we start to begin life in our new normal, some people are going back to the office full-time, whereas others are working from home permanently now, whereas others are doing a combination of both.

If you find yourself living in a monochromatic home of all white or all gray, the office would be a great place to break that look. Try a trendy color on your walls or perhaps keep your wall netural and paint your furniture in a warm and new color. Experiment! Have fun!

Office furniture is a great way to try out Benjamin Moore’s bold and warm color of the year for 2021, Aegean Teal. Photo: BenjaminMoore.com

Sherwin Williams Rosemary 6187, gives this office a fresh warm update. A very inviting space to make those zoom calls and spend your time in your home office. Photo: Sherwin Williams

11.  House plants

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In past decades, we used to have alot of house plants in our home. Perhaps with the busyness of the world, and working outside the home, houseplants were ignored and became hard to keep up. They were replaced by fake plants or home decor such as long sticks in vases. But as we hibernated in our homes last year, staying safe from the pandemic, we embraced warmer materials that made us feel cozier like house plants. Working from home as also helped us embrace our inner green thumb, or for those of without a natural green thumb, new found bravery to attempt growing house plants to soften our home environment. Photo & Color: Benjamin Moore

12. Outdoor spaces are multi-functional

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Photos: StyledbyEmilyHenderson.com

As we have been staying at home over this past year, we have been entertaining outside more to see our family and friends. As a result of this, we are demanding more out of our outdoor spaces. We are adding outdoor living rooms to be able to relax outside and pictured left, a divider has been added to create a sense of division between another outdoor area. We can add outdoor kitchens, pictured right, to enhance our dining experience.

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Hi! I’m Debi Collinson. I’m an interior stylist, color expert, stager and real estate investor.

My design advise to the world is … styling your home is the BIG secret in having an Instagram worthy home as opposed to a ho hum look.

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  1. I was really drawn to the segment of your article that talked about how bolder and more daring styles are being used nowadays. With how boring my house has felt recently, I started to wonder what kinds of styles and designs can help make it feel energetic and stylish again. These ideas sound perfect for that, so I’ll start using bolder colors when I hire an interior painting expert to complement the stylish furniture we’ll get.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Yes we’re so used to using “neutrals” that we are apprehensive on using bolder colors. We can start out in smaller areas like an accent wall or an office or hallway so we get used to bolder colors before we may want to dive deeper. Thanks for dropping by! Good luck with your bolder color choices!

  2. Wonderful site you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get feedback from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

    1. Try Facebook – HGTV Fixer Upper Show Followers. It’s a very interactive forum if you have questions. Also, you are welcome to email me any questions or topics you want covered here.

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