Published on September 1, 2021

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Photography by Emily Andrews

It’s undeniable that this has been the year of green, from Kelly to hunter and back around to sage. Looking ahead to 2022, paint giants Behr and PPG are predicting the hype will only continue. Both brands announced their respective colors of the year this week, and one thing is clear: Paler verdant shades aren’t going anywhere. 

The green hues, Breezeway and Olive Sprig, were influenced by the soothing quality of nature (essential in our uncertain world) and how we look outward while our lives have been pushed indoors. Breezeway is a silvery shade reminiscent of sea glass. Olive Sprig, a slightly darker and more pure version, takes inspiration from its namesake. 

We asked five designers to give us their thoughts on how to use the shades in real life. These colors are meant to help you relax, and after this year, we could all use a breath of fresh air. 

Back to Bed

Both colors are not only beautiful but invoke a serene feeling that’s destined for the walls of a bedroom. This calming effect would allow you to start decompressing the minute you walk into the space. —Andi Morse, founder, Morse Design

Time to Wash Up

I’m definitely a fan of Behr’s Breezeway. With its soothing aesthetic, I would use it in a bathroom to complement white tile and marble. —Michelle Lisac, founder, Michelle Lisac Interior Design

Take It Outside

With such a variety of undertones, Behr’s Breezeway showcases its range differently in every light, making it the perfect blue-green for a porch ceiling.—Maggie Griffin, founder, Maggie Griffin Design

Anchors Away

These colors are soothing and natural—gray to calm the soul, a touch of green to connect to nature. Pale green is almost a neutral, so it can be used in most spaces in the home, especially those where we rest, reflect, and recharge. It’s also a great base that can anchor pops of color. —Nina Blair, founder, Nina B. Design

Layer Upon Layer

I would layer in textural fabrics, gentle patterns, and crisp white bedding to give a sense of ease and repose in a primary bedroom. —Young Huh, founder, Young Huh Interior Design