Interior design trends fluctuate every so often and what’s in vogue today may not necessarily be so tomorrow. As we enter the third year of a global pandemic, most of us are still spending a lot of our time at home. It’s the space where we work, socialize, play, and relax at the end of the day. No wonder interior decor has changed to reflect the new ‘normal.’
Several top trends that have reigned supreme for years are now giving way to design that appeals emotionally to us. Furniture, colors, and decor are tending towards warmth, comfort, and soft/cozy. The stark minimalism of all-white interiors is morphing to a warmer palette. Instead of trying to get rid of clutter, designers are encouraging people to layer objects and embrace maximalism.
So what will 2022 bring in terms of interior design? Here’s what will dominate interiors in the coming year and what’s on the way out:
Warm shades of brown and darker palettes
Ancient Romans used various shades of brown and geometric shapes throughout their homes to mimic nature. 2022 will see a return of rich, deep browns such as chocolate, terracotta, and burnt umber. Neutrals like grey and beige will take a backseat to earth tones. This palette will work especially well in kitchens, so try introducing these shades as wall paint or through the cabinets/countertops.
What if you want a warm living room that reflects comfort and feels like a warm hug? Try layering brown shades with a few pillows, a new rug, or even a throw. Remember there’s no need to dive into a complete remodel if you don’t want to. Just switching up the couch covers, curtains, or pillows can transform a room completely.
Turn to nature
The pandemic is forcing many of us to stay indoors, it’s time to bring nature indoors. That means using earthy tones like browns and greens, bringing plants indoors, or using more natural materials. Think objects made from colorful crystals, natural stone, marbles, or using soft curvy lines for furniture. The goal is to minimize harsh lines and angles. You can even use bold leafy patterned wallpaper to add a natural touch to any room. If you have large windows facing a garden, make a statement by framing it almost like artwork. What could be better than some sunshine during the cold and dreary winter?
Minimalist homes are finally going out of style. That doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need. But with maximalism making a comeback, it’s time to showcase your favorite possessions front and center. Rather than trying to eliminate clutter on every possible surface, consider layering objects and fabrics.
Use patterns and bold colors to draw the eye to certain areas. Scatter mementos from your travels or create a statement cabinet to show off your collectibles. If you don’t want to go all out, select one or two areas in the room where your favorite pieces can breathe and you can relax. It’s time to let go of the pressure to declutter and instead focus on what makes you comfortable and happy.
Everything old is trendy again
Classical homes and design trends from previous decades are inspiring interiors in 2022. The buzzwords are going to be vintage and historic. If you have anything handed down from a grandparent or a vintage find from a thrift shop, now’s the time to bring it front and center. Display antique china in a modern hutch or incorporate custom pieces instead of big box brands.
Your home does not have to look like a museum (or your parents’ home!) but vintage furniture is definitely making a comeback. Vintage is also sustainable since you’re repurposing furniture that would otherwise end up in a landfill. You also avoid buying new pieces thereby reducing your carbon footprint. Vintage pieces add warmth and a sense of history to any room, especially ones that have developed an aged patina over time.
Gone are the days of single-purpose rooms. Kitchens turn into impromptu meeting spaces, the dining table doubles as a home office, and even guest bedrooms have desks to work at. Working from home and advances in home automation technology are turning homes into multi-functional zones.
As you spend more time at home, you need every room pulling double duty. Whether it’s exercising in the bedroom or creating a reading nook in a corner of the dining room, don’t be afraid to create mixed-use areas. 2022 will be all about rethinking how we spend time in various rooms and making design choices that will help us be comfortable, no matter what we’re doing at the moment.