2022 Color Trends: 4 Moods Inspired by Nature

After two particularly difficult years, 2022 interior design trends are reflecting our need for peace and new beginnings. The top colors for the new year from brands like Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore speak to our desire to unplug and surround ourselves with natural elements. These earthy tones work well with a variety of styles, from sleek Contemporary to comforting Rustic. If you’re looking for some inspiration, dive into next season’s gorgeous shades and discover the moods they convey and how best to incorporate them into your bathroom remodel.

Mood 1: Earthy Comforts


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Art and Craft by Dunn-Edwards

The 2022 pick from Dunn-Edwards Paints is shade Art and Craft. This warm, earthy color touches on recent trends like Cottagecore, reflecting a desire to get back in touch with natural elements and simple pleasures. This shade of brown inspires images of potter’s clay, tree bark, and crunchy fall leaves. Art and Craft can elevate any style and add a soft touch to your space. Do you enjoy Traditional interior design? Consider painting moldings in Art and Craft to add depth to your space. Are you more drawn to Mid-century Modern? Use Art and Craft on an accent wall or archway. Regardless of your style, Art and Craft allows you to incorporate on-trend natural tones into your home while staying true to your taste.

Bathroom Design Tip: Earthy brown walls are the perfect complement to a Rustic style bathroom. With their dark wood and stone elements, Rustic bathrooms follow the trend of bringing the outdoors in. To continue the cozy, vintage feel of your Rustic bathroom, consider a freestanding copper bathtub or a walk-in shower with stone flooring and natural stone wall surround. Learn more about how you can incorporate Rustic design into your next bathroom upgrade.


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Tahoe Granite Complete Bathroom Remodel

Mood 2: Peaceful Refuge

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Aleutian by Sherwin Williams

HGTV Home’s color of the year is Aleutian by Sherwin-Williams. This blue gray is reminiscent of a babbling brook or a stormy day by the sea, bringing the peaceful quality of water to your interior. Create the perfect refuge with this soothing shade fit for any design style.

Bathroom Design Tip: Shades like Aleutian make a bathroom feel clean, fresh, and sophisticated. Put a spin on Traditional bathroom style by painting your walls this cool blue-gray and adding darker tones. A dark wood vanity is a nod to natural materials without taking away from the sophistication of the design. Opting for gold or bronze fixtures will complement these darker tones and elevate your space.

A few more elements to consider for your sanctuary:

  • Smart technology
  • A gilded chandelier
  • A free-standing tub
  • Gold Subway Series 3×6 tile inlay (This complements warm, wood tones in your bathroom.)

Regardless of whether you lean toward a Traditional, Contemporary, or Transitional style, this soothing shade can add a sense of peace to your bathroom. In small spaces, more expensive materials become affordable – so go for the upgrade with an accent wall, tile inlay, or unique sink design.

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Transitional Bathroom Remodel


Mood 3: Natural Harmony

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October Mist 1495 by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, October Mist 1495, is a subtle and fresh gray-leaning green. This shade calls to mind the first days of spring when the flowers are just beginning to bloom and blades of grass start to peek through the melting snow. This Zen green is perfect if you prefer understated design but want to add a bit of color.

Bathroom Design Tip: Add a breath of fresh air to your Contemporary bathroom by painting your walls in October Mist 1495. This shade complements modern design without distracting from its unique features. Pair with Classic Carrera, a white DuraBath natural stone shower surround, to effortlessly pull the look together for a space that begs you to soak just a bit longer.


Here are a few other elements that can help you convey natural harmony in your bathroom remodel:

  • A deep, soaking tub
  • Large, walk-in shower
  • Waterfall faucet
  • Plenty of natural light
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Brushed linen contemporary bathroom remodel


Mood 4: Fresh Start

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Last but certainly not least is the Sherwin-Williams color of the year: Evergreen Fog. While similar to Benjamin Moore’s October Mist 1495, Evergreen Fog is a deeper, more saturated green, symbolizing the fresh start we’re all hoping for in 2022. This green is reminiscent of eucalyptus sprigs, picnics in freshly cut grass, and delicious chopped herbs. Complementing both Classical, Traditional, and Modern styles, Evergreen Fog is a fantastic statement shade for anyone who is focused on wellness, new beginnings, and flourishing in the new year.

Bathroom Design Tip: Choose design elements that complement this shade while keeping wellness in mind, such as a natural stone wall surround in White Carrara or French Mocha or a mold and mildew-resistant, acrylic wall surround in Brushed Linen. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel and have set intentions for wellness in the new year, here are a few more design elements to consider:

  • Low-threshold shower entries
  • Lever-style doorknobs
  • Slip resistant flooring
  • Clear glass and mirrors to make the most of natural light
  • Chrome fixtures
  • Live plants
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ReBath Bathroom Remodel with Evergreen Fog

Creating a space that brings both joy and comfort is well worth the expense. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, go beyond simply selecting colors and materials—create a space that conveys the perfect mood.

Need some professional design-savvy? Schedule your free in-home design consultation, and start planning your new bathroom!