Out with the old, and in with the new! As we ring in the new year, many people are now looking to redecorate or gather some ideas for their new apartments they will move into this year. We’ve put together a list of some upcoming decor trends that interior designers predict we will see as 2022 progresses. Take a look:
1. Multifunctional spaces
Due to living the past 2 years in a pandemic and spending more time in our homes, we have begun to rethink the way we are living. How a room looks is beginning to take lesser importance than how a room actually suits our needs. From adding furniture that serves multiple purposes to adding storage in places you wouldn’t have thought of before, the list goes on. To read more about multifunctional spaces and how to decorate a small apartment space, read our previous article here.
2. Biophilic design
You’re probably wondering, “what in the world does biophilic design mean?” Biophilia is defined as the human desire to connect with nature. Due to spending more time indoors, we are seeing an increasing need for nature and bringing the outside in. The easiest way to bring nature inside is by adding plants to your home. Check out this article to help create your indoor plant oasis. Another way to accomplish biophilic design would be to decorate with natural materials. This tree stump side table and this rattan chair are perfect examples of ways to utilize natural materials in your decor.
3. Shades of green
Continuing with the theme of bringing nature into your home, using shades of green in your color palette will be the way to go this year. A majority of the biggest names in the paint industry have actually selected a shade of green as their “Color of the Year” for 2022. Ginger Curtis of the Texas firm Urbanology Designs stated that green is actually starting to edge out blue as the most popular color to decorate with. This is due to an increased need for a connection to nature, and what better way to bring natural influences in your home than decorating with green?
As millennials are starting to dominate the consumer market, a focus on sustainability has been a primary focus for many manufacturers. Consciously-designed and responsibly-manufactured products will be at the forefront of every home in 2022. “From building materials to furniture, consumers are looking to adopt more innovative products that are designed from the start with sustainability in mind. Next year and beyond, we see widespread adoption of green technology in residential interiors,” says Georgie Smith and Hilary Gibbs, founders of recycled tile company LIVDEN. Be sure to consider sustainability when shopping for your decor this upcoming year!
5. Mixing vintage and new
Another way to practice sustainability is by reusing vintage items. And we’re in luck, because the mixing of vintage items with new is a trend that is predicted to dominate 2022. This has especially been a result of supply chain issues that have plagued our world recently—massive shipping delays and increased material prices have many consumers rethinking their purchasing habits. Second-hand shopping is seeing a huge increase in popularity, especially for larger pieces of furniture and decor. We can definitely expect to see vintage and antique furniture gain in popularity this coming year.
6. Curved furnishings
In recent years, the sharp lines of mid-century modern have been dominating interior design. However, this year, we will start to see a softening of furniture silhouettes, with curved edges and feminine shapes rising to the forefront. “2022 will show more focus on furniture being artwork in its own right,” says designer Linda Hayslett of LH.Designed. “Furniture is becoming more refined and is about the marrying of form with function. People are looking for comfortability along with fun, cool and/or striking pieces that make a space look interesting and memorable.”
7. Warm Neutrals
In recent years, crisp whites, steel grays, and other cool-toned neutrals have been a favorite for home decor. Sure, these deliver a clean, contemporary look—but they are missing the comfort that warmer neutrals can provide. More and more people are desiring a cozy, inviting atmosphere as we spend more time indoors. Check out our Beulah Place community (pictured above) if you’re interested in a space that utilizes a modern, warm neutral paint color!
8. Variety of textures
“We'll definitely be seeing an uptick in texture in 2022—the more, the better!” says designer Andi Morse of Morse Design. A great way to accentuate the previously-mentioned neutral color palettes is by adding a multitude of textures into your space. Even the most basic neutral colors can feel layered and exceptional when lots of different textures are incorporated. Morse also states that soft velvets and boucle fabrics mixed with woven furniture and sisal carpets will be particular items of interest to look out for this year.
9. Colorful accessories
Another great way to spruce up your neutral furnishings is with bright, colorful accessories. Colors and bright shades have a naturally uplifting effect on humans, and we could all use a bit of uplifting! “Mixing super-bright with slightly more muted tones will keep things just the right side of grown-up,” advises Helen Marsh, head of communications at Carpetright. Doing this also makes it much easier to change up your look and colors from season to season—as your major furnishings stay neutral, while your smaller, easier-to-change accessories can be swapped. Have some fun and experiment with expressing your home’s personality through color!