Graham & Brown announced Breathe, a tranquil blue hue, as the color of the year for 2022, and Restore, a patterned design with wild plants, as the wallpaper of the year.
Breathe and Restore, which complement each other, is a celebration of nature, self-care, reflection and optimism for the future.
The annual reveal was led by Andrew Graham MBE, CEO of Graham & Brown, who announced the brand’s switch to renewable energy, reducing its carbon emissions by 29% and being carbon neutral by January 2022.
“This year’s Wallpaper and Color of the Year captures our reconnection with nature – which resonates with the continuous improvements in the way we manufacture that has always had sustainability at heart,” said Andrew. “We are excited to take our sustainability to the next level this year with our switch to renewable electricity and become carbon neutral.”
Breathe: Color of the Year 2022
Breathe, a calming medium blue shade, is perfect for creating calm and peaceful spaces. Dark enough to add color and depth, yet light enough to stay refreshing, this tranquil shade can be used almost anywhere in the home.
Abby Hesketh, wallpaper and paint product manager, says a good way to use Breathe is to soak the colors; paint the walls, ceilings, woodwork and door in one color. “It creates a seamless feel and blurs the lines,” she explains.
If the color drenching sounds too drastic, Abby suggests zoning: “It’s not only aesthetic to do this, but using paint colors is a really good way to physically separate spaces in a room.”
Breathe is the perfect shade to pair with crisp whites and cool grays for an airy feel, or for a moody space, pair it with deeper blues.
Breathe is water based, low odor and VOC, and the paint cans are fully recyclable.
Restore Midnight: Wallpaper of the Year 2022
Restore wallpaper, especially perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, features a variety of wild plants on a chalky smoky blue background resembling concrete, reminiscent of a wild yet calming concrete jungle. Designed with healing and rejuvenation in mind, this pattern is a symbol for self-care and considering how people can limit their impact on the environment and reconnect with mother nature.
Also available as a mural, Studio Director MaryAnne Cartwright describes Restore as an organic design with structural and layered formats.
Restore is also available in a soft, light sky blue, ideal for a living room, home office or open plan living space. “The green (Emerald) colourway can be used in the hallway or living room,” adds MaryAnne.
To learn more about Breathe and Restore, visit grahambrown.com/uk.
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