Experts Pick Guacamole as the Paint Color of the Year

Every decade has a color scheme. We think of the ’70s, we tend to think of harvest gold, pumpkin, and avocado. (Thank you, Brady Bunch kitchen). The ’80s were all about pastels and Pac-Man-style neon yellow. And the ’90s sure loved mauve and blue together. Especially on your mom’s tracksuits. So what’s the color scheme for right now? According to the folks at paint company Glidden (via Architectural Digest), the color of the year is….guacamole??

Guacamole colored kitchen area.


Maybe it was all that Mexican food we ordered from Uber Eats and Door Dash during quarantine, but guacamole is the color of choice going into 2022. This, according to a Harris Poll survey cited in Glidden, some 62% of Americans are going gaga over guacamole green. Glidden is also saying that guac-colored paint against white subway tile backsplash is especially popular these days. So expect lots of guacamole kitchens in your future, all you HGTV lovers out there.

Glidden’s color expert Kim Perry said “We’ve all saved beautiful green kitchens and earthy-inspired bedrooms on our Pinterest boards and TikToks over the past year and a half. Now, with a little elbow grease and Glidden paint, DIY-ers and procrasti-painters everywhere can make their social screenshots a reality.” Along with Perry, it took some thirty color experts to make the final decision that guac was the color of the year.

a bowl of guacamole.

Inspired Taste

The guacamole color scheme feels like a throwback to the earthy ’70s paint tones, when almost every popular color came from nature. Maybe in a post-pandemic world, we’ll all get a little hippy-dippy in our color choices, and paint our living rooms and bedrooms guac. Apparently, demand for all green paint colors has doubled since 2020. Maybe we all want a little green hue in our home before climate change destroys the actual vegetation. Or, maybe we just like colors that make us crave tortilla chips. We may never know the answer.

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