Gentle Olive, the Minwax color of the year for 2022, reflects the decorating trends of the moment: it is soft, easy to pair with other hues, evocative of nature, and it is green. A soothing sage green with hints of gray, the color reminds us of the calm and restorative qualities of nature.
“Over the last two years, we have been making our homes a more comforting place—a place focused on our well-being, where we decompress and clear our minds,” says Sue Kim, Minwax color marketing manager. “This year’s Minwax color of the year reflects the search for serenity in our changing routines, as Gentle Olive creates a meditative mood that injects everyday optimism at home.”
Kim describes Gentle Olive as positive and reassuring—a color that provides an authentic richness to harmonize the inside of the home with the outside. Signifying health and renewal, its sage green hue corresponds to the evolving function of the home, while its soft gray undertone suggests stillness and composure.
Gentle Olive is one of over 240 color options available in Minwax Wood Finish Water-Based Color Stains, a line of water-based semi-transparent and new-to-the-world solid stains. The color is very versatile and can be paired with almost everything: Minwax has created a coordinating palette of stains that includes Natural Peach, Platinum, Oak Haven, Nightwatch Green, Sunwashed Blue and Oyster Gray.
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Minwax is part of Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more than 110 years, the compnay has been a leading brand of high-quality wood finishing and wood care products. From wood stains to clear protective finishes, plus solutions for wood preparation, maintenance and repair, Minwax products are requested by the Do-It-Yourself consumer, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors
A wood stain has enormous versatility and can be used in applications where paint is not the right approach. It can add character to a cherished object or update kitchen cabinets, or to infuse wood furniture with splashes of color. Unlike paint, Minwax interior stains bring out wood’s inherent beauty while maintaining its texture.