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Graham & Brown announces its Colour & Wallpaper of the Year for 2022

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Photo credit: Graham & Brown
Photo credit: Graham & Brown

Graham & Brown has announced Breathe, a tranquil blue shade, as its Colour of the Year for 2022, and Restore, a patterned design with wild botanicals, as its Wallpaper of the Year.

Breathe and Restore, which both complement one another, are a celebration of nature, self-care, reflection and optimism for the future.

The annual reveal was led by Andrew Graham MBE, Graham & Brown's Chief Executive Officer, who announced the brand's shift to renewable energy, decreasing its carbon emissions by 29 per cent, and being carbon neutral by January 2022.

'This year's wallpaper and colour of the year captures our reconnection with nature – which resonates with the continued improvements in how we manufacture which has always had sustainability at its heart,' Andrew said. 'We're delighted to be taking our sustainability to the next level this year with our switch to renewable electricity and becoming carbon neutral.'

Breathe: Colour of the Year 2022

Photo credit: Graham & Brown
Photo credit: Graham & Brown

Breathe, a soothing mid blue hue, is perfect for creating calm and peaceful spaces. Dark enough to add colour and depth, yet light enough to remain refreshing, this tranquil shade can be used almost anywhere in the home.

Abby Hesketh, Wallpaper & Paint Product Manager, says a good way to use Breathe is through colour drenching; painting walls, ceilings, woodwork and the door in one colour. 'It creates a seamless feel and blurs the lines,' she explains.

If colour drenching seems too drastic, Abby suggests zoning: 'It's not only great aesthetically to do this but using paint colours is a really nice way of physically separating the spaces in a room.'

Breathe is the perfect hue to pair with crisp whites and cool greys for an airy feel, or for a moody space, team it with deeper blues.

Breathe is water-based, low odour and VOC, and the paint cans are fully recyclable.

Restore Midnight: Wallpaper of the Year 2022

Photo credit: Graham & Brown
Photo credit: Graham & Brown


The Restore wallpaper, especially perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, features a variety of wild plants on a chalky, concrete-like smoky blue backdrop, reminiscent of a wild yet calming concrete jungle. Designed with healing and rejuvenation in mind, 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.

Also available as a mural, MaryAnne Cartwright, Studio Manager, describes Restore as an organic design with structural and layered formats.

Restore is also available in a light soft blue, Sky, ideal for a lounge, home office or open plan living area. 'The green colourway (Emerald) can be used in the hallway or the living room,' MaryAnne adds.

Find out more about Breathe and Restore at grahambrown.com/uk.

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