Interior design trends for 2022
Updated: May 17
Popular trends such as modern farmhouse, mid century, and boho style will take a take a step back as the following new trends continue to develop. Let's take a look at the direction home interiors and design is moving in.
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Perhaps as result of covid restrictions and a greater awareness of the connection we share with our planet, outdoor living continues to be a strong focus. Think of your outdoor space as a continuation of your indoor spaces, treating it as you would a family room, kitchen or dining area.
Along with spending more time outside, bring nature inside the home. The concept of biophilic design is to incorporate organic elements, materials and color into an interior space. To accomplish this, look for natural materials such as cotton, leather, and natural woods. Showcase houseplants in large urns or baskets, place pots of herbs in kitchens, add items from nature such as framed fauna, geodes and fossils, manzanita branches, burled wood, and jute weavings.
Furniture is leaning toward softer lines. Look for upholstered pieces that are inviting to sit in with lush and textural fabrics like suede, velvet, and nubby weaves. Color pallets are turning to nature, with warm creams replacing white and grey. Although blue will still be a favorite, browns, oranges, and green will be standout hues. Dark bold color accents, patterns and florals replace minimalist backdrops.
Wallpaper continues to grow in use, with self adhesive backings making it easy to install and ideal for temporary spaces like rentals.
Boho chic has morphed from fringed floor poofs and macramé wall hangings to a more sophisticated global look. Art, fabrics, and distinctive furniture pieces from around the world add unique elements of interest.
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The open plan every house hunter sought is closing back up. Kitchens will still have a visual connection to living spaces but not as one open room. Having to blend a kitchen in a living space by hiding every appliance with expensive custom panels will now be less of a concern. Appliances like double ovens, microwaves and extra refrigerators move to butlers pantries with plenty of counter space for food prep and staging. White cabinets remain popular but a wide variety of color options are available as well as high gloss cabinets in dark finishes. For those who prefer organic design, light natural stained wood, quarter sawn, and cerused oak are also gaining popularity. Countertops are going back to natural materials like marble, slate, copper and wood.
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Bars are back, but are multi functioning beverage hubs. We will see filtered water dispensers, and espreso/coffee machines built in to glossy, painted or stained cabinet.
With many of us spending more time at home, private areas to read or work on a lap top are in demand. Stair landings, corners, repurposed walk in closets or anywhere space can be borrowed are being transformed in to cozy mini-spaces. These areas may be lined with bookcases, have deep window seats with fluffy cushions or furnished to create an intimate conversation or work area.
It is fun to see the directions design moves in, but trends are trends. Design your home based on your needs and what speaks to you. Classic design and good taste is never out of style. In the words of Elle Woods, “ Whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed” .