2022 Is Green: Nature Inspired Paint Hues

Succulents showing the colors of green for paint colors to watch in 2022 Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design Kitchen Designer NJ

Nature Inspired Paint Hues Are Strong For 2022

Each year the major players in the world of paint introduce their color of the year. Much ado is made about these colors. A lot of research goes into these selections as these colors influence home design, fashion as well as a host of consumer products.  This year an interesting phenomena happened.  The color of the Year (aka #COTY) ,as selected by 5 of the 6 big names in paint, all selected shades of green for 2022.  Lets take a look a the paint colors to watch in 2022 and how they will impact our living environments

I have to admit I love green. Not all greens, perhaps, but most of them. Green is the color of nature and wellness. It can be uplifting and inspiring. Green harmonizes with natural wood tones. Green and related colors of nature have been coming on strong as we move into 2022. As wellness, mindfulness and wellbeing continue to be important factors in human happiness, I am sure we will be seeing more of these soothing and calming colors in our interiors. 

Paint Colors to Watch in 2022: How to use shades of green in your home.

Earlier this year, I was invited to create my own custom branded Sherwin Williams signature paint color, as a perk of my membership in Ethos Design Collective. My color inspiration for #SeaCrystal comes from the sea with a shimmer of silver moonlight. My color is the perfect blend of both elements. This shade of green can find a home in virtually any room of your home. Equally appropriate for a kitchen or bath, a welcoming entry foyer or mudroom would also look great dressed in Sea Crystal. 

To purchase my custom branded paint color for your home, please contact me at sherman@thymeandplacedesign.com. 

Paint colors to watch in 2022. My custom color Sea Crystal for Sherwin Williams

My Sherwin Williams Custom Branded Signature Paint Color, Sea Crystal

Dining Rooms

In this dining area, this soft subtle shade of green paint blends perfectly with the white millwork and the wood accents of the table and the window seat bench. It is also the perfect backdrop for the black and white photos on the wall. 

Paint Color to Watch in 2022 Soft shade of green paint in a dining area designed by Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design

Dining area designed by: Sharon L Sherman


 The sage green paint color on the island cabinets is just the right companion to the rift cut oak cabinets and the stone tile back splash. Natural colors and materials compliment this lovely Craftsman kitchen. This combination creates a warm and inviting feel perfect for the heart of the home. 

Paint colors to watch in 2022 kitchen with white oak cabinets and painted green island designed by Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design kitchen designer nj

Rift cut white oak cabinets with green painted island. Designed by Sharon L Sherman


Here I selected a soft green backsplash tile which coordinates with a deeper shade of green in the adjoining dining area. There is just enough contrast with the white cabinets to produce a perfect backdrop for this kitchen. This is the visual definition of understated elegance.


Kitchen Backsplash Tile in soft grey green designed by , Sharon L Sherman, Thyme & Place Design, kitchen designer NJ

Soft green shaded porcelain backsplash tile

Living Rooms

Here we paired several shades of green in the wall color, the linen fabric of the window treatments and occasional chairs with the stone of the fireplace surround. Warm terracotta colored Ultrasuede sofas, bright pops of orange accent pieces and mother nature herself complete this contemporary living room. Designed by Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design.

Contemporary living room with soft green walls accented by shades terra cotta and orange. Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design Wyckoff NJ

Terra cotta UltraSuede with orange accents against soft green walls and window treatments.


White principal bathroom with green painted walls designed by Sharon L Sherman Thyme & Place Design Kitchen Designer NJ Bathroom Designer NJ

Silvery green wall color with white cabinets create a restful bathroom retreat

Green is a great choice for any bathroom where you want to create a personal retreat. Here in a recently completed principal bathroom, the green painted walls bring a sense of serenity and mindfulness. Who would not want to retreat to this space. If you would like tips on creating your own spa-cation right at home click here to read my blog post. 

Here are some of the green hued paints selected by the major paint brands as their Color of The Year. However, I still love my custom branded #SeaCrystal best. Contact me if you’d like to use it in your own homes! 

  • Olive Sprig PPG 1125-4 | PPG Paints
  • Evergreen Fog SW 9130 | Sherwin Williams
  • October Mist 1495 | Benjamin Moore
  • Breezeway MQ3-21 | Behr Paint Company

Sharon L Sherman, ASID CID CKD NCIDQ, is the founder of Thyme & Place Design located in Wyckoff NJ. Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The NY Times, Forbes, Design Milk, Bergen NJ magazine, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  In 2022, she will be a featured *Voices From The Industry* speaker at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention, #KBIS2022, being held in Orlando, Florida.






  1. Janet Lorusso

    Loving the popularity of the greens! And your signature sea crystal color is just perfect!

    • Sharon L Sherman

      Thank you Janet. This color takes me back to my happy place.

  2. Lisa Peck

    Such great color tips! I adore that living room. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon L Sherman

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa.


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My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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