Reconnect with Nature Through Graham & Brown’s Wallpaper and Color of the Year 2022

Nov. 3, 2021

The brand’s Wallpaper of the Year, Restore, and Color of the Year, Breathe, both reflect the celebration of nature, self-care and optimism for the future.

Each Autumn, wallpaper and paint specialist Graham & Brown, announces its Wallpaper of the Year and Color of the Year. Launching the 2022 statement pieces from its design headquarters in Blackburn, England in a globally streamed interactive showcase, the brand also announced its shift to renewable electricity, decreasing its carbon emissions by 29%, and that Graham & Brown would be carbon neutral by January 2022.

The brand’s Wallpaper of the Year and Color of the Year reflect this celebration of nature, self-care, reflection and optimism for the future.

Graham & Brown Wallpaper of the Year 2022

The organic and sophisticated Wallpaper of the Year 2022, Restore Midnight, is designed with healing, rejuvenation and reconnection with nature all in mind. Juxtaposing the natural and synthetic, this design is reminiscent of a wild yet calming concrete jungle. The design features exotic botanicals taking over a soothing, smoky blue backdrop.

Drawing from the hardships of the past two years, this pattern is a symbol for self-care and consideration of how people can limit their impact on the environment and reconnect with mother nature.

“When designing our Wallpaper and Color of the Year for 2022 we really took our time to consider what is important to us and what we have valued over the past year,” said Maryanne Cartwright, design manager for Graham & Brown. “As time seemed to slow, we had a moment of self-reflection to consider the environment around us from the protective shells of our homes, we discovered the importance of self-care.”

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Restore is available in two further colorways. In addition to Midnight is the cool, refreshing Sky and misty, tropical Emerald. Restore Sky is lighter, featuring a calming color palette of icy whites and sky blues. Restore Emerald is a tranquil yet refreshing design, created to bring the outdoors into your home. It features crisp botanical trails that meander through the depths of the emerald green backdrop. The design is also available as a bespoke, made-to-measure mural.

To complement the Restore wallpaper design, Graham & Brown has announced its Color of the Year 2022: Breathe, a soothing mid-blue hue. Breathe is ideal for creating calm and peaceful spaces. Dark enough to add color and depth but light enough to remain refreshing, this shade can be used almost anywhere. Pair with crisp whites and cool grays for an airy feel, or try partnering with deeper blues to create a moody space.

“When choosing our Color of the Year, we considered sustainability and the need to take a breath—this soothing mid-blue hue invokes a cool calmness in almost any room creating a space for reflection,” said Cartwright. “Through the limited access to the outdoors, we have truly appreciated the importance of nature, and the natural calmness that we find in the elements.”

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About the Author

Adrian Schley | Associate Editor

Adrian Schley is an Associate Editor for i+s, where she has been covering the commercial interior design industry since 2018. Her work can also be found in BUILDINGS and Meetings Today. 

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