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Paint experts reveal 2022’s hottest interior colour palettes

Here are the colours that will make waves in the new year, according to the biggest paint brands.
home interior colour palettes

During the last quarter of the year, many homeowners anticipate next year’s colour trends from the nation’s most popular paint brands. Here at Superdraft, we examined the colour trend predictions and the current best sellers of the paint brands Dulux, Resene, Wattyl, Porter’s Paints, Haymes Paints, and Taubmans to see which colours will rise and will dominate next year’s home interior colour palettes. 

Let’s start!

home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Resene

Trending light neutral paint colours

Next year, we will shy away from neutrals with cold and cool undertones. The whites will be soft and creamy, whilst the greys will be warm and calm. Beiges and taupes will be popular as well.

Paint suggestions and colour recommendations:

home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Dulux

Design tip

  • Use these colours in combination with nature-inspired design elements and subtle tactile surfaces. Raw timber, stones, linens, and other natural fibres look great against these colours.
  • Aim to create a pared back environment at home where you can slow down, cocoon, live in the moment, and practice self-care rituals. 
  • Use these neutrals to create a serene and soothing environment at home.
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Haymes Paint

Trending dark neutrals and dramatic paint colours

In 2022, we will use deep hues and dark neutrals to create a restful, cosy, and intimate atmosphere at home. These bold shades, when paired with contrasting lighter colours will give us a rich, luxe, and sophisticated palette. 

Paint suggestions and colour recommendations:

  • Red Terra 
  • Deep Leather 
  • Benang 
  • Murray Red
  • Gold Vintage
  • Dark Door 
  • Deep Leather  
  • Kenepuru
  • Lavish Tan 
  • Excalibur
  • Northwest
  • Iron Black
  • Dreaming
  • Crowd of Stars
  • Remote Green 
  • Sand Haze 
  • Roseate
  • Dragon’s Eye 
  • Turmeric 
  • Sundance
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Resene

Design tips:

  • Proper lighting is the key to pull off dark and dramatic shades. The colours will be flat and boring if it’s too bright, the room will look gloomy if it’s poorly lit. Layered lighting is essential to establish the right mood. 
  • Opt for off-blacks or black variants that are slightly softened with white. Jet black or pure black is too strong and won’t help you create a relaxing space. 
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Dulux
  • Always check your dark home interior colour palette in natural lighting and in indoor lighting. The appearance of the colours in the physical world differs from what you see on screen.
  • Ensure that the undertones of the colours match and harmonise well with each other. 
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Wattyl

Trending pastel paint colours

Next year, warm pastels will be our colour of choice when we want to move on from all-white and monochromatic interiors but retain the bright and light interiors. Using pastels is the easiest way to introduce colour in a room. These subtle hues are pretty enough to pop, but not bold enough to clash with other colours. 

home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Dulux
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Dulux

Design tips

  • Use these subtle colours to create a fun and modern retro look. Curved and rounded furniture pieces and decorations are perfect for this look.
  • Warm pastel colours suit rooms for kids and grown ups. These soft tones go anywhere from bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and home offices.
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Haymes Paint

Trending nature-inspired paint colours

Next year, we will continue to use the shades and tints we see outdoors within our homes. Think of the gentle colours of the environment — the colours of Australia’s sky, sea, mountains, plants, desert, rocks, and forests. 

Paint recommendations / colour suggestions:

  • Natural Flora
  • Celery Green 
  • Harmonious 
  • Natural Flora 
  • New Penny
  • Ōpononi Double
  • Shelter Cove
  • Colourbond Mangrove 
  • Parched Peat 
  • Beach Life 
  • Billy the Kid
  • Shadows Deep 
  • Daybreak 
  • Soft Look
  • Arboretum
  • Paradise Pool
  • Gumleaf Green
  • Olive Grove
  • Highlands Grey 
  • Red Ochre
  • Hailstorm
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Wattyl

Design tip:

  • Get colour inspiration from your own backyard and window views. Capture these colours and use them to highlight the beauty of your surroundings inside the house.
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Resene
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Dulux

Trending bright colours

As 2021 draws to an end, we will start using colours that induce excitement, celebration, fun, and playfulness. We will face 2022 with a hopeful and positive attitude ⸺ and home interiors with less serious, bright, carefree, and lively colours will help us feel this way.  

Paint recommendations / colour suggestions:

  • Edvard
  • Sandpaper 
  • Ice Lemon 
  • Sassy 
  • Plunder 
  • Harmonious 
  • Pinkham 
  • Pax 
  • Pink Papaya
  • Yellow Sun 
  • Driftwood 
  • Osiris 
  • Lavender Splash 
  • Silver Tongue 
  • Invisibility Cloak 
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  • Vitality 
  • In Bloom 
  • Rock Salt 
  • Rousillon 
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Dulux

Design tips

  • Use these bright and punchy hues as an accent colour in any room of your house. These colours stand out against whites and off-whites 
home interior colour palettes
Image credit: Taubmans

These are 2022’s hottest home interior paint colour trends

The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of Australians to stay at home and do everything at home. After almost two years of on and off lockdowns, many have set their minds on doing home improvement projects before the year ends. 

Whether you’re planning a major or a minor home renovation, you are sure to give your home a fresh coat of paint. We hope you liked the colours presented by the country’s biggest paint brands and manufacturers. Use these shades and hues to create a colour palette that will make you feel comfortable and relaxed at home. Create a colour palette that nurtures and calms the soul, so it’s easier to heal and move forward from the events that happened in the past year. 

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