New Year, new hue: Paint trend guide

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Three Fleetwood interior designers pinpoint the nature-inspired shades that are going to uplift homes in 2022

In partnership with Fleetwood

Aodhain Scallan, Wexford

What colour trends do you predict for the year ahead?

2022 is the year for grey-green, like Fleetwood Grey Nuance. The sophisticated hue represents balance and harmony often seen in our natural surroundings and is the perfect choice to make our home a comfortable haven. Expect lots of green and light blue in calming tones, such as the Fleetwood Vogue Collection Monet range or Fleetwood Vogue Collection Hamptons range.

What’s a clever way to add colour to the home?

You might think you’re stuck with the stairs that were in the house when you bought your home but think again! Painting the stairs in a stripe or chevron pattern, or painting the face of each step in a different colour will transform them into a show stopping feature in your home.

What is your favourite interiors trend?

Textured fabrics, natural lighting, and plenty of houseplants! Textured fabrics not only feel incredible but look sophisticated and lush.

Shelley Leslie, Donegal

What colour trends do you predict for the year ahead?

Nature-led colours are key for 2022, bringing our outside environment into our homes to give us a sense of comfort, harmony and calm. The whole family of green from light to mid to dark is a very easy colour palette to work with. Subtle neutrals with a hint of green like Limesickle from the Popular Colours range followed by a herbal tone like Desert Sage from the Pantone Collection right down to the dark grounding velvety Deep Monet from the Vogue collection.  These work great with Rose Smoke from Pantone or the moody blue tone of St. Swithun from the Vogue Collection.

What is your favourite unconventional way to use colour in the home?

It helps to think outside the box when you have to stick to a budget. On a recent project in a downstairs WC, we used false panelling instead of full panelling on the lower half of the wall to provide a luxurious depth of finish. We used Designer Blue in Eggshell from the Popular Colour Range paint to tie in the components of mdf and bare plastered wall to unify the finished panelled look. Minimum materials with maximum effect.

Alison Dunne, Laois

What colours do you predict for the year ahead?

I think after the last two very difficult years, it’s nice to wrap our homes in a calm grey-green hue like Monet Deep and soft gentle blues like Hamptons Dark from the Vogue Collection. Warm taupe neutrals are making a comeback, like First Edition from the Vogue Collection, and these earthy tones can be layered with bold, dramatic and tactile accessories making a very unique and interesting interior.

What interior trends are you most excited about for the year ahead?

Colour is the most amazing tool for interior designers. I’m excited because our clients are getting braver when using darker more moody colour palettes, from black, burgundy, to forest greens and when teamed up with rich velvets, gold fittings and contrasting artwork, the end result is sensational.