2021 was a unique year for interior design. Following the start of the pandemic, many people focused on altering their home to mix style and practicality and chose pieces reflecting this. As working from home became the norm, practical pieces such as desks and fitted wardrobes rose in popularity, but as we move further into 2022, new trends are starting to take shape.
Seven months into 2022, it’s shaping up to be the year of variety, from bringing the outdoors in to experimenting with pattern and texture, there are certain to be some dynamic trends. Here are the biggest interior design trends of 2022.
Though one could argue that home libraries fall under the practical category of 2021, after two years of working from home many people are either returning to the office or wanting to upgrade their workspace for the longer term.
Sleek, built-in home libraries are perfect for storage, and to upgrade any office, or ordinary nook and cranny. Bright colours are forecast to become popular over the summer months, so expect to see some blues, greens and yellows brightening up homes.
Elevated Garden Furniture
Summer 2022 is a hot one, and we’re all spending a lot more time in our gardens or outdoor spaces. Upgraded furniture has already grown in popularity, and it’s not likely to lose any momentum.
Hanging egg chairs have become something of a trend, both indoors and outdoors. Upgraded patio sets are also becoming more sought after, with outdoor rugs, cushions and heating fixtures elevating seating arrangements.
High Tech Homes
Home design continues to evolve with technology. For example, we’ve noticed that Amazon Alexas are becoming increasingly common in living rooms. Many designers are taking advantage of new tech such as this, and are putting their own creative spins on items.
Virtual assistants like Alexa are extremely popular, with other makes such as the Echo Dot also being purchased. Other items you should expect to see are virtual thermostats, fans and air purifiers which will become sought-after during the hotter months.
Some homes are built to work with newer tech. For example these new homes in Gateshead have smart HIVE thermostats and USB sockets integrated throughout.
Bold Patterns and Colours
Styles always come back around, and in 2022 we’re expecting to see a lot of styles and colours reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. Textured wallpapers, stripes, bright colours, it’s expected that we’ll see a lot of these as we continue to bring the outdoors in.
Bold and funky colours aren’t stopping with just wallpaper, artwork, coffee tables and other décor are expected to follow suit. Geometrics and coordinated sets are back in fashion, perfect to add more life to traditional living rooms.
Sustainability has become a major issue for all homeowners, especially as the cost of living rises. From this, many designers are taking note of sustainable materials that are best for the long-term health of both the economy and the environment.
Brands that source non-toxic and eco-friendly materials are gaining momentum. For example, Shades of Green and Swyft source non-toxic materials and have fully recyclable packaging.
Other décor swaps have included sustainable plumbing, specifically links. Traditional stainless steel and porcelain have faded, with copper and stone taking over. These sinks have lesser chance of holes forming or being corroded, so they’re more efficient.
Whilst we can’t deny that bright colours and patterns will become fashionable in the coming months, a return to tradition will also take place.
Upholstered furniture, arm chairs, footstools and stylish dining tables are expected to become on trend. Wooden floors, marble bathrooms and kitchen tiling are being seen as decorator’s choices to quickly upgrade outdated rooms.
A return to tradition extends beyond furniture choice, with open plan spaces fading out of popularity. Similarly, white and greyscale colour themes are also becoming more uncommon as decorators are incorporating splashes of colour across their aesthetics.