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design rail colors of year 2022

2022 Colors of the Year – DesignRail® on Trend

In one respect, 2022 is already a year like every other: once again it is time for another color round up where experts predict popular hues based on trends in the home, fashion, the news, and our daily lives.

This year we see an unprecedented number of green shades, indicating a desire for connection to growth and the natural world. All the colors are reassuring and energizing in their own way and bode for a cautiously optimistic start to the new year.

Below are some of the most revered brands and their take on what’s hot for 2022, along with our picks for DesignRail® options in our ColorEasy™ line of powder-coated colors.

BEHR: Breezeway

Looking at Behr’s color choice is like a breath of fresh sea air for the new year: crisp and calm, all at the same time. From Behr’s website:

“A relaxed and uplifting sea glass green expressing peace and tranquility for forward movement. A physical passageway to spiritual reemergence. From soft moments to adventure that awaits you, the sight of breezeway will awaken your senses.”

Shown above is a DesignRail® railing in Bright White, with our Resin panel infill in Fossil Leaf, topped with a Wood Grain Top Rail powder-coated in Cherry.

Read more about Breezeway from Behr.


This sleek shade pairs nicely with warm hues and natural materials, as well as standard neutrals. Rather than extoll the virtues of this organic color choice, Benjamin Moore writes succinctly:

“Make room for creativity. Evoking the silver-green stem of a flower. October Mist creates a canvas for other colors – and your imagination – to blossom.”

Shown above is a DesignRail® railing in Blue Steel with frosted glass panel infill, and an intermediate horizontal rail.

Read more about October Mist from Benjamin Moore.

GLIDDEN: Guacamole

This cheery shade catches the attention and ties into the natural world. With a quirky nod to an unfortunate occurrence despite all the time we have spent indoors lately, Glidden says:

“Our 2022 Color of the Year is not only named after our fav food, but is also one of our fav greens to use on any wall or accent. This spirited yet soothing green brings an organic energy to any space, which is needed because we all know you’ve probably killed at least three plants this year.”

Shown above is a DesignRail® railing in Coffee Cream and a Bronze Top Rail, with horizontal cable infill.

Read more about Avocado from Glidden.

HGTV: Aleutian

HGTV brings you Aleutian as part of their Soft Refuge Collection developed by Sherwin-Williams. Our favorite shade is the wonderfully warm, soft blue Aleutian. It conjures dreams of a sunny sky and the comfort of soft blue blankets – cozy and invigorating at the same time.

“Now we know what matters most at home: beautiful, functional simplicity — a hardworking haven that nurtures our spirits and promotes our well-being. Create space for refuge with this perfectly balanced washed indigo that sets a restful tone.”

Shown above is a DesignRail® railing in Iron Gray, with our Resin panel infill in Connection Square, topped with a Wood Grain Top Rail powder-coated in Walnut.

Read more about the Soft Refuge Collection from HGTV & Sherwin William.

PANTONE: Very Peri

Once again, Pantone has chosen boldly, with a wild lavender shade that promises to be the perfect pop of color or a dramatic backdrop for neutrals. Pantone writes:

“Very Peri is created as a reaction to the strange and uncertain years that are behind us. Very Peri displays a carefree, confident and daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit. After years of isolation, we have changed and we are rethinking the way we live. The digital world takes a bigger part in out lives and Pantone’s Very Peri illustrates the fusion of modern life and color trends from the digital world.”

Shown above is a DesignRail® railing in Dove Gray with intermediate horizontal rail and aluminum picket infill, topped with a Weathered Gray Wood Grain Top Rail.

Read more about Very Peri from Pantone.


This subdued, yet energizing shade harkens to forested hills, fresh gardens, and grapevines: natural and nourishing. Sherwin-William writes:

“Consumers were seeking meaningful, reassuring, and healing colors. Organic, nature-inspired palettes like warm brown and cool green tones were essential to achieving a restorative state. In the coming years, color will continue trend towards supporting physical and emotional wellbeing—a notion that ties in with the popularity of biophilic design.”

Shown above is a DesignRail® railing in Modern White, with aluminum picket infill, topped with a Wood Grain Top Rail powder-coated in Cherry.

Read more about Evergreen Fog from Sherwin-Williams

What is your favorite new color of 2022? Let us know!

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