I can’t believe it’s already September! WOW….this year has really flown by! Now that fall is around the corner, next thing you know it’ll be Christmas, then bringing in the New Year. With this in mind, I wanted to explore the interior design world and let you know about 12 Interior Design Trends to watch for in 2022.
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The last year and a half has brought so much change since the pandemic hit and it has affected the way that we live and use our homes. People want to feel safe and comfortable. Since the lockdowns kept so many of us stuck at home, it really inspired us to want to make the most of our space. As a result, our homes have become a place of work, education, rest, entertainment and eating. We’ve had to adjust and use our kitchens as home offices, our bedrooms as classrooms for our kids and our living rooms as a place to exercise. Each room has had to become multi-functional as we transition to this new way of living.
So with that said, let's dive into the 2022 Interior Design Trends you can expect to see in the upcoming year.
1. Convertible Furniture
As mentioned above, the pandemic has shifted the way we use our spaces and has forced us to use our homes in more multi-functional ways. Versatility is going to be a common trend going into 2022 as we’ll see spaces and interior design pieces have more than one use. Expect to see more convertible furniture used in home interiors for 2022.
2. Extreme Minimalism
While minimalism has become more common in recent years, extreme minimalism is definitely on-trend for 2022. Extreme minimalism has been brought on by the need to purge belongings to free up space for daily activities that now have to be accomplished from within the home. In addition to creating space, purging/decluttering is said to help reduce stress. As a result, people are doing away with unnecessary possessions within their homes to feel more at peace and organized.
3. Curvy Furniture & Decor
Unlike past trends of clean, sharp edges and modern lines we’re seeing more rounded shapes in furniture, lighting and decor. Rounded, more organic shapes add softness to a design. They also make a space feel more comfortable because curved shapes have a more soothing energy.
4. Natural Materials
The use of natural materials has been gaining popularity in the last several years, but in 2022 expect to see them more than ever. Natural materials not only add warmth to a space and bring in a sense of coziness, but they also help to offset the amount of technology we’re being forced to use during this unusual time. Incorporating organic materials in home interiors such as wood, cane, rattan, jute, stone,linen, cotton, wool, etc will help provide balance in our overly computer-connected lives.
Sustainability has become more talked about in the last couple years as being at home and taking a step back from regular life has allowed people to be more conscious of their environmental impact. In 2022 sustainable or recycled materials will be more and more common - people are beginning to make positive choices for our planet and sustainability is now a selling feature when it comes to attracting the attention of homeowners and builders. Expect to see furnishings, flooring and architectural elements that use environmentally-friendly materials such as; reclaimed wood, cork, bamboo, jute, glass, recycled plastic and metal.
6. Shades of Green
Green has been trending for awhile and it continues to be on-trend for 2022. Green is calming and soothing. It de-stresses, revitalizes and is associated with growth and nature. In a world where we are so enveloped in technology, green helps us to feel more at one with nature. Expect to see olive and other warm shades of green, as well as richer jewel tones being incorporated in 2022 home interiors through furniture, plants and decor.
7. Warm-Toned Kitchens
Move over all white kitchens....warm tones are in! Although white-kitchens are classic and will never really go “out of style”, 2022 is all about adding warmth to the home to make people feel comfortable and cozy. Expect to see a lot more kitchens that embrace warm, natural mid-tones in their cabinetry, furniture and decor.
8. Light Coloured Floors
Light coloured hardwood floors will continue to be on-trend 2022 for a few reasons. First, light colours help to make a space feel larger so it makes sense that in a time that we are confined to our homes, we’d want to make our surroundings feel more spacious. Second, light floors reflect the natural light that comes in from windows and helps to make the light travel around a space, thus making it feel more airy and bright. Third, hardwood flooring that is obtained from a domestic resource is actually one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options which is very aligned with the trend for sustainability. And lastly, wood flooring is one of the best examples of how to bring natural elements into your home in a beautiful way.
9. Black Accents
Although there is a common theme of natural elements coming into 2022, black accents will be more popular as well. This is likely because of the beautiful contrast they provide against natural wood tones and other organic materials. You can expect to see black being used in furniture, lighting, home decor, trim, doors, walls, ceilings and kitchen appliances.
10. Comfort & Durability
Due to spending more time than ever in our homes in 2020 and 2021, comfort and durability became key elements for home interiors. Without certainty about whether we will be able to get back to regular life, people are embracing the fact that they may have to work and school from home for several more months. As a result, we will see furniture, textiles and materials that focus on comfort while being able to withstand more frequent use.
11. Art Deco Patterns
Art Deco patterns are fun and playful which is something people are all craving after such a long haul of being cut off from connections with family and friends!
Art Deco design was originally born after WWI out of newfound optimism, hope for the future and a willingness to embrace bold, new ideas. The style emphasizes functionality, modernism, glamour and elegance and is characterized by rich colours, gold, geometric lines and exaggerated curves.
As people reminisce about their old lives and yearn for fun and positive change, we see a resurgence of this style and can expect to see it show up in wallpaper patterns, textiles and especially tiles.
12. Moroccan-Inspired Spaces
The Moroccan interior design style encompasses so many of the elements that have been mentioned up until now so it makes sense that the style will be a point of inspiration for 2022. Moroccan styling is all about comfort, the warm colours of the desert and natural textures and materials. It also emphasizes fluid lines, bold tile work and arched architectural details. Expect to see Moroccan-inspired influences as a solid interior design trend in 2022.
There you have it folks! These are 12 Interior Design Trends you'll be seeing going forward into 2022. Use the ones you love and take a pass on the others. I hope this gives you some insight and inspiration for your home decor and design.
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