Wood manufacturers and designers at the spring 2022 International Home Furnishing Market in High Point will get insights into the color trends shaping this year’s furniture market from experts in AkzoNobel’s Global Color and Design Studio for Wood Coatings.
During the five days of the event, color specialists from the AkzoNobel team showcase the latest color and design influences in the wood industries, including the impact of trends in fashion, lifestyle and other areas of society.
“Our Global Color and Design Studio for Wood Coatings works closely with color designers to create new colors and effects in paints and coatings. We draw from centuries of expertise and combine that with our latest in‐depth market research to develop industry‐leading color trends that serve as inspiration for the year ahead,” says Rob Haley, Color Trends manager for Wood Coatings at AkzoNobel.
Among the modern design influences reflected in the latest products from AkzoNobel are the trend for fresh looks rather than distressing, the preference for less gray and more color, and bringing the outside in with the growing popularity of natural designs and smoother woods, such as birch, cherry, burl, walnut and maple. Organic elements such as rattan, jute, sisal and stone are also increasingly popular, while preferences are moving away from pale and desaturated furnishings.
Colors for 2022
In addition, the AkzoNobel team will be showcasing the company’s 2022 Color of the Year – Bright Skies™. Bright Skies is an airy, light blue that captures the optimism and desire for a fresh start felt across society, after two years of disruption and uncertainty.
Experts from the Global Color and Design Studio for Wood Coatings have built four distinct palettes, using the Color of the Year to bring these trends to life: Studio, soulful, warm and modern tones; The Salon, embracing, artful qualities; The Greenhouse, reveling in nature’s influence; and The Workshop, creating flexibility in multifunctional spaces.
It is expected that these palettes will be a key influence on home decor in 2022, including furniture, flooring, cabinetry and building products.