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The Least Popular Colors To Decorate With Right Now

The design industry is very dynamic, as the trends come and the old ones get rejuvenated. In addition, our perception of style is always prone to change. Those colors that were once popular are now a thing of the past. Red is too aggressive, and medium brown is considered an outdated choice. If you plan to spruce up your home, you should know which colors are the least popular right now.


Neutrals were trending in the past years due to their versatility, but many designers are tired of the monotonous look. However, don’t expect the all-time favorite neutrals to leave the decor scene altogether. Instead, neutral color palettes will be reinforced with fresh choices such as pale greens and blues.

Neutrals will get an alternative approach (from Unsplash)

Orange and pink

According to experts, people have experienced more than enough stress in the past two years. Therefore, they will prefer a more relaxed home environment with soothing colors. Since orange is an attention-grabbing color, designers will avoid it in 2022.

Pink is another color choice that will be less popular. And the combination of pink and orange will be unpopular as it is pretty jarring.

Orange is considered to be visually jarring (from Unsplash)


While yellow won’t stay out of the spotlight completely, its implementation will change as needed. The color will be used moderately, with accents in muted tones for a subtle statement. 

Yellow will be used in moderation (from Unsplash)
Yellow will be used in moderation (from Unsplash)


The minimalist approach has been quite popular in interior design in recent years. Purple is a bold color choice that doesn’t fit the idea of minimalism, making it difficult for designers to work it into an understated space. 

Purple doesn’t fit the idea of minimalism (from Unsplash)

Bright green

Bright green is a less popular color choice due to its sharpness. According to the color predictions for 2022, muted green tones will be a prevalent choice for making a subtle statement. Brighter greens will be replaced with pistachio and sage green as more serene options.

Bright green will be replaced with more serene tones (from Unsplash)


Neon hues inject a generous amount of energy into space. However, their vibrance might feel distracting. To make a room feel more serene, opt for light grey shades. Grey is an understated neutral that will increase popularity due to its versatility. 

Light grey adds a nice touch to the space (from Unsplash)
Paper white is a versatile choice (from Unsplash)


Brown is a versatile choice that will work for many spaces. However, designers think it is time to ditch the medium brown tones and replace them with rich tones conveying luxury. Chocolate brown will be a popular paint color, introduced in the form of accents. 

Deep chocolate brown will take over the light tones (from Unsplash)


Red is a dynamic color and might be overstimulating. Therefore, you should avoid using it in spaces that need tranquility, such as the bedroom. Instead, opt for a blue tone for an elevated mood and serene vibe.

Light blue for calm and relaxing space (from Unsplash)

Navy blue

What used to be an elegant color choice is now a past trend as the interest in decorating with navy is significantly dropping. Cobalt blue is taking over for navy, introducing freshness into the space.

Cobalt blue will replace navy (from Unsplash)

Kristina Shestakova

Kristina is a home decor enthusiast that loves to share practical tips. With more than 5 years in the interior design content writing niche, she has lots to share. She is obsessed with Pinterest, looking for the most creative ideas for your inspiration. Hopefully, this will motivate you to create the home you always wanted.

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