When Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2022 Color of the Year (COTY), Evergreen Fog, Victoria Sass’ first thought was, “It’s very conservative. This color doesn’t rock the boat. It feels very safe, and comfortable, and peaceful.”
As the principal and design director of Prospect Refuge Studio in Minneapolis, Sass is acutely attuned to color and how it responds to interior spaces—and how the people who use those spaces react to color. She also says she feels Evergreen Fog is “a Midwestern color. It’s like home to us. We don’t aggressively pursue trends as does the rest of the country, and this color reflects that. It’s calming and serene, earthy and grounded. Also, it’s not too much of anything; not too green, too beige, too gray, top dark, or too light. It’s a middle-ground kind of color.”
Sherwin-Williams describes “Evergreen Fog SW 9130” as “a versatile and calming hue, a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue. It’s a simple but sophisticated wash of beautiful, organic color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade.” At a time when anxieties related to politics, climate change, and an ongoing pandemic remain very real, Evergreen Fog is “comforting and enveloping,” Sass adds.
The interior designer also loves its throwback vibe. “It’s almost vintage,” she says. She also likes the selection as a “new neutral for people dipping their toes into color.” “It’s a fabulous neutral accent color,” she adds, for a nightstand, cabinet, millwork and trim, or a bathroom wall. Sass also likens the color to a fine ceramic glaze.
“It doesn’t feel like it wants to be your everywhere color,” she concludes, unless you want total serenity in a library, studio, bedroom, bath. “Evergreen Fog won’t trend out. It feels very classic and timeless.” Just like the famous British adage, “Keep calm and carry on.”