CLEVELAND — Minwax® announced its 2022 Color of the Year, Gentle Olive. The color is a soothing sage green with hints of gray that embraces the natural tone of wood to connect homeowners to timeless style.

“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,” said 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 grounded in the calm and restorative qualities of nature that provides an authentic richness to harmonize the inside of the home with the outside. Signifying healthiness 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 240-plus 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.

Complementing the 2022 Color of the Year is a coordinating palette of Minwax color stains including Natural Peach, Platinum, Oak Haven, Nightwatch Green, Sunwashed Blue and Oyster Gray. With more combinations from Minwax, consumers have more options to make their projects distinct or to decorate living spaces with unexpected color that makes a statement. 

Gentle Olive and coordinating colors are available from leading retailers as a part of the complete 2022 tintable palette for Minwax Wood Finish Water-Based Color Stains. For more information, visit and