If you’re not a home designer or someone interested in interior design, finding out a color of the year is released by each paint company may come as a surprise. Early every fall, the major paint companies release what they believe are the upcoming trends in color for the following year. While these colors center around interior design, you can use them on a home’s exterior. This year, the three major paint companies (Ben Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and PPG) released their color of the year for 2022, and all three are green/gray tones. How close in color are they? What do these colors look like on Fiber Cement and Engineered Wood Siding?

Why Is Green Color Of The Year?

Green colors are known for their tie to nature (significantly lighter shades) as they represent calmness, soothing feelings, and give you a sense of security. Honestly, I think this is a sign that we are overstressed and need some peace in our lives. It certainly makes perfect sense as we have all been adapting to a wide variety of changes in 2020 and 2021. Even though these colors are different, they all have a gray tone to them as well. Not too dull but not overpowering either, just enough to reflect the green undertones in bright light and more of a gray look in darker settings.

Color of the year 2022 thumbnails

2022 Color Of The Year on Exterior Siding

To give you a frame of reference, we applied all three colors to three different siding materials Allura (Fiber Cement), James Hardie (Fiber Cement), and LP SmartSide (Engineered Wood). All three colors can be machine applied in our factory, which means you get a high-quality finish free from runs, sags, brush marks, and overspray. These colors are custom applied to lap (smooth or cedar textured), vertical panels, shake/shingle panels, trim, fascia, and soffit profiles.

Benjamin Moore – October Mist 1495

October Mist is the lightest of the three colors in this post. This beautiful color is said to represent the color found on the stem of a flower. All three colors will take on a green cast in areas that see more sunlight and take on a gray tone in areas with less sunlight. See “Ben Moore Color of the year 2022” to learn more about this color option.

Ben Moore October Mist on Allura Fiber Cement siding
Allura – Fiber Cement
Ben Moore October Mist on James Hardie Siding
James Hardie – Fiber Cement
Ben Moore October Mist on LP SmartSide
LP SmartSide – Engineered Wood

Sherwin-Williams – Evergreen Fog

Evergreen Fog is the darkest of the three colors. Sherwin Williams describes this color as a gray-green with just a hint of blue. It will probably depend on the amount of natural light to see the blue hint as this color could seem more gray than green. See “Sherwin Williams color of the year 2022” to learn more about this color and complementary colors.

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog on Allura Fiber Cement Siding
Allura – Fiber Cement
Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog on James Hardie Siding
James Hardie – Fiber Cement
Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog on LP SmartSide
LP SmartSide – Engineered Wood

PPG – Olive Sprig

Olive Sprig is a beautiful rich gray-green similar in color to October Mist but just a bit darker. PPG describes this color as a neutral, mid-tone, lush green color. It may be hard to distinguish how much green is actually visible from a color chip on your computer screen. See “PPG color of the year 2022” to learn more about this color.

PPG Olive Sprig on Allura Fiber Cement Siding
Allura – Fiber Cement
PPG Olive Sprig on James Hardie Siding
James Hardie – Fiber Cement
PPG Olive Sprig on LP SmartSide
LP SmartSide – Engineered Wood

Conclusion

Either one of these three green/gray colors will work very well as the primary exterior color for your new custom home. Each color has several complimentary colors (recommended by the manufacturer) to produce an attractive custom home color scheme. A traditional bright white for the trim would work very well with all three colors. Also, a natural stained wood accent like a front door or shutters would create outstanding curb appeal. However, we highly recommend consulting a professional with expert color knowledge, such as a home interior/exterior designer, to help with color choices. Due to digital limitations, the colors in this article may look different from one computer to the next. For best results, we recommend getting a sample of the paint to make sure you love the color 100%. We offer finished samples as color proofs on all of our jobs, so you know the exact color you will be getting before work begins.

Questions

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