Behr's Color of the Year – interior experts react to the color predicted to set the tone for 2022

Armed with advice from top designers – bringing Breezeway into your home is a breeze

Breezeway painted in a living room
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Color enthusiasts, we are amid the most exciting time of the year. It's the season where those in the know predict which shades will set upcoming color trends and which hues will be big news in the year ahead.

Farrow & Ball revealed their next big green paint last week, but now it's Behr's turn to forecast the colors that will get us all talking. The shade in question? Breezeway, a tranquil minty hue with cool silver undertones – and leader of the BEHR 2022 Color Trends Palette

Breezeway draws from organic beauty and mimics the tones of natural sea glass found on the fringe of beaches. Though, despite its association to the shore, the shade evokes a therapeutic atmosphere of coolness whilst provoking the desire to progress and discover newfound passions. 

Behr's Breezeway painted in an office

(Image credit: Behr)

Experts predict that we will see a lot of Breezeway in 2022, so of course, you need to know how to use it in style. Here, we asked a few of our favorite designers how they'd use this hue, so you can get ahead of the game. 

Minnie Kemp 

If we are to trust anybody's opinion on color, it is our columnist and designer at Firmdale Hotels, Minnie Kemp. So, where would she use Breezeway

'Minty Green Breezeway in Matt finish works beautifully on woodwork and joinery in a kitchen situation,' Minnie says. 

'This cool shade is very liveable and will act as the perfect canvas for interesting fittings and furnishings. This sophisticated yet fun paint will work well with brushed nickel Halfmoon cupboard handles and an antique mirror splashback,' she explains. 'A stone or marble finish such as Arabescato on the worktops will complete this contemporary, clean look.'

Breezeway paint by Behr

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Eva Sonaike 

Eva Sonaike has built her eponymously named design company around a bold palette. Naturally, we were taking notes on her painted wall ideas.

'Green is the color of nature, so it is very restful for the eye. I can almost see this as an alternative to a neutral palette,' Eva says. 

'I associate a sense of calmness and tranquility with Breezeway. It's perfect for a bedroom feature wall as it is refreshing and light, [making it] a great color to see when you wake up. Then in the evening, it is dark and transcends a feeling of emotional healing and protection.'

Behr's Breezeway painted in a living room

(Image credit: Behr)

Faith Blakeney 

Designer Faith Blakeney lives and works in California, the home of Behr. But how would she suggest styling the hue in the state of its origin? 

'​While colors like white, cream, and grey will always be a staple in design, as a designer, I'm always on the lookout for tones that can provide a neutral backdrop while adding a little touch of something special. Enter- Breezeway,' Faith says. 

She continues: 'I am drawn to this paint color for its fresh and soothing character. It is somehow youthful and spritely while also nostalgic and mid-century. I could see using this color in a bright and airy room like a sunroom or a well-lit bathroom along with white and cream and accents of wood and plenty of plants.'

Has this Californian dream team just reshaped our modern home decor ideas for 2022? We certainly think so. Happy painting, one and all. 

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.