Fashion and interior design have always been intertwined. Animal prints show up on shoes, then make their way to upholstery; velvet goes from sofas to red carpet suiting and back again. So when Pantone Color Institute released its picks from New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2022 collections, we paid attention. Experts chose 10 hues that stood out, and a clear pattern emerged: Brights are getting the momentum they deserve on the runways. Next up is our homes.

From sunny yellow to fuchsia pink to rejuvenating green, three designers share their favorite shades from the mix, plus how they’d take them from the fashion world straight to your interiors’ walls. And if you feel inspired and want to kick-start your next painting project, we’ve rounded up some paint colors that best match Pantone’s exclusive palette. 

Vibrant Days Ahead

I already see Glacier Lake, for sure. I love this color in an expected space, like a living room. I’ve also been noticing browns, like Coca Mocha, coming back. (I painted my pantry a rich brown back in 2019.) I’ve spotted a muddier version of Gossamer Pink in bedrooms and Daffodil in a lot of interiors—we painted our playroom a cheery yellow last year. Skydiver never left, and I love tiny pops of Poinciana. —Julia Marcum, cofounder, Chris Loves Julia

Serenity Now

Our pick is Harbor Blue—we have always loved moody, rich jewel tones. It’s a go-to palette for us when creating a calming space with depth. Particularly we find that hues in the peacock blue/teal spectrum have an intriguing quality that mimics a still life painting. —Melissa Lee, founder and creative director, Bespoke Only

Mother Nature’s Touch

I see nature- and earth-inspired tones continuing to flourish in the interiors world throughout 2022. Rejuvenating Basil is a favorite—it’s bringing life and joy into people’s homes—as is earthy Perfectly Pale, which has a natural stone quality that pairs perfectly (no pun intended) with handmade ceramics and other tableware. And for those looking to add energy to their space, Innuendo is as bold as it is versatile! —Alicia Hassen, interior designer, Brooklinteriors 

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