There isn’t just one 2022 color of the year – there are many! Most paint manufacturers choose their own color of the year, as do businesses like Pantone, the company that created a standardized color matching system for printers and designers. This means that in any given year, consumers may see a rainbow of colors designated as the “color of the year.”
Despite this, many of the 2022 colors of the year have something in common. Some examples:
- Minwax, “Gentle Olive” – a subtle shade of green-gray
- Better Homes & Gardens, “Laurel Leaf” – a gray-green color (more green than gray)
- Benjamin Moore, “October Mist” – a shade of light, silvery-green
- Sherwin Williams, “Evergreen Fog” – light, soft gray-green (more gray than green)
- Glidden, “Guacamole” – a bright, light-hearted shade of avocado green
Do you notice a theme?
That’s right – many paint and design companies agree that green is the color of 2022. Looking through these various shades of green, you’ll see there’s some disagreement about the nature and character of the 2022 shade of green – some are more muted and neutral, while others are brighter, lighter and more cheerful.
The green trend can be found all over in homes, from the paint on the kitchen cabinets to the accent colors that homeowners have integrated into their home decor.
Are Homeowners Tired of White Kitchens?
Before we talk more about green, let’s turn our attention to a trend that’s been gaining steam with homeowners around the country: the addition of color to standard residential kitchens. White kitchens were popular for years. White, after all, is associated with cleanliness, lightness and open spaces. The whiter your kitchen, the bigger and cleaner the space – right?
Unfortunately, white kitchens can be hard to maintain. White shows stains easily, and white surfaces need to be washed constantly in order to maintain their pristine appearance. White can also be cold. Homeowners hoping to create a warm, inviting kitchen environment have found this to be a challenge in a white kitchen. You can read more about this problem in a recent Insider article.
So, Green Kitchens Are In!
Perhaps not by coincidence, green kitchens are rising in popularity. Green cabinets, green walls and green floors are attractive to homeowners seeking ways to integrate colors into their kitchens.
What Countertops Pair Nicely with Green?
If you’re a homeowner who is remodeling their kitchen and seeking some way to coordinate their countertops with shades of green, the team at Seacoast Stone can help. Our fabricated countertop materials are designed to help you turn your kitchen into a work of art.
Seacoast Stone sells countertop materials made from natural stone and engineered stone, which is made from crushed stone dust and resin. Our countertops come in a range of colors, including the colors below.
Neutrals. Most natural stones come in a range of neutral colors, from browns to creams, grays and blacks. Seacoast Stone sells marble, granite, soapstone and more, and all of these stones are available in a range of neutral colors. When you’re trying to choose a neutral-colored countertop material for a kitchen with green cabinets or green walls, consider the shade of green you’re matching to the countertops.
Gray-green, for example, is most successful when matched with gray, white or black countertops. A brighter, lime-colored shade of green may work better when paired with khaki, brown or cream-colored countertops.
Shades of green. Some stones come in shades of green, green-gray or green flecked with black, gray and white. Different types of stone come in different shades of green.
When installing green countertops in your kitchen, consider neutral paint colors for your walls or cabinets, to avoid a green overload and keep your kitchen balanced. When coordinating multiple shades of green in the same space, proceed with caution to avoid juxtaposing two shades of green that clash.
Kitchen Remodeling Tips for Countertops and Colors
When you’re choosing new countertops for your kitchen remodel, the following tips can help.
Neutrals provide flexibility. Neutral colored countertops can be matched to more colors than just green. If you decide to remodel your kitchen again in the future and change the color of the kitchen, neutral-colored countertops will coordinate with a variety of other shades.
Look at samples. When shopping for new countertops, view them in person to get a true sense of what the countertops will look like in your home. Natural stone is often less consistent than engineered stone, and may have more variations in color throughout the slab.
If it’s important to you to have consistent coloring throughout the countertop, consider engineered stone. If you’re committed to installing natural stone in your home, work with your fabricator to view large samples of the stone to ensure that the color variations throughout are right for your home.
Shop around. Don’t buy the first countertop you see – shop around until you’re sure you’ve found the right countertop for you. Be choosy! Stone countertops can last for decades, so you don’t want to choose the wrong type of stone for your home.
Choose the right fabricator. Work with a countertop fabricator that has a reputation for excellence and only works with quality products. If you’re not sure how to find a good fabricator in your area, talk to your contractor, or get referrals from homeowners that you know who have recently remodeled their kitchen.
Know the pros and cons of each countertop material. Looks aren’t everything! When choosing a countertop material for your kitchen, familiarize yourself with the durability and maintenance needs of each type of material you’re considering.
For example, some types of natural stone need to be sealed on a regular basis, or they may stain over time. Engineered stone never needs to be sealed. Choose the type of countertop material that will match your lifestyle and meet your needs.