For most of us it’s simply not possible, practical or affordable to give your whole house or even individual living spaces a make-over every year according to the “in-thing” for that year… But we can still take aspects of those new trends to make small changes that will freshen things up and make them feel like they are new spaces.
And especially with many of us spending more time at home due to major living & work changes that happened as a result of the Pandemic, changing things up even a little bit can help a lot! As that old saying goes: “Change is as good as a holiday.” right?
So let's look at a couple of the most popular trends in 2022 for some inspiration towards how you could use or apply them in your home:
1. - Round shapes and Curvalicious furniture
Rounded shapes in furniture, lighting, and home decor started showing up in 2021 already, and will continue to grow in popularity in 2022. While the sharp lines of mid-century modern will always be in, this year has shown a definite move towards a softening of furniture silhouettes, with curved edges and feminine shapes rising to the forefront.
The reason? The pandemic of the past 2 years is the main culprit – and has people yearning for cozier interiors. Curves are both feminine and forgiving, which makes a room feel instantly more cozy and safe. And rounded, organic shapes also add softness to a design, giving a more soothing ambiance.
So out with the straight-lined minimalism and in with the softer and more sculptural round-edged, organically shaped curves to provide an environment of comfort and calm.
“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—think softer curves that show off like a beautiful naked back. People are also looking for comfortability along with fun, cool and/or striking pieces that make a space look interesting and memorable.”
2. - Nature-inspired interiors and indoor-outdoor living spaces
Slingervel – Macramé Plant Hanger with Dark Brown Leather
The pandemic ushered us all inside for long periods, and now homeowners are trying to find more ways to bring nature indoors.
“With more time spent indoors than ever before, we’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature. This has simultaneously inspired a resurgence in natural surfaces—think stoneware, terracotta, marble, and travertine being used across the board from backsplashes to bathtubs, furniture, and decorative objects. The raw, porous, imperfect nature of these organic materials adds depth, soul, and visual intrigue while also mimicking the calming, restorative ambiance of the outdoors. -Athena Calderone
People are also looking to bring a little magic back into their lives after a couple of very tough years, giving earth’s magical wonders a chance to take center stage. Think of pieces of furniture and decor that incorporate raw natural materials like the earthy elements of wood, leather, cotton, jute, stone and clay. Exotic flora and fauna motifs on fabrics and home ware items like table ware are gaining popularity and you can also enhance the trend with other natural materials and live plants.
Another simple approach is by using more earthy colors, natural materials and shades of green in your home decor. This could be with either paint or fabrics.
3. - Serene Green is the new Grey
It has been called “The Green Renaissance”, and it is in full swing this year of 2022.
The sense of calm that people crave have also attributed to the rise in popularity of neutral soft shades of green in both decor and paint.
While nearly any green will do, there are a few our experts suggest you avoid. It’s best to avoid garish, bright greens—such as grass green—as they do not carry the same energy as the more muted earth tones. Neon green is also a no-no’s – every other green is pretty much fair game.
A soft grey-green, makes a great foundation colour from which to build an earthy palette. Combine it with soft, nature-inspired tones – pale sky blues, a scorched earth red, or chalky whites or pair it with deeper fern greens.
Sage and mineral-based greens bring nature indoors and enrich interior spaces. If you love the colour but don’t want to make any permanent changes, add in pops of rich jewel-toned greens through your cushions, prints and decorative items, such as vases and candlesticks.
While most shades of green are inherently calming and reminiscent of nature, emerald in particular offers a powerful grounding effect. It’s versatile enough to pair with nearly any accent color or neutral, and when applied in large doses, it makes a bold, luxurious statement.
Whichever shade you choose, you’re likely to be in good company. “It speaks to our shared global experience like no other time in history—we are all seeking rebirth.” ~unknown
4. - Florals and Bold Patterns
Trends of the early and late 90’s had homeowners across the world move from flowery patterns and colorful wallpapers to less striking and more neutral hues. But this design trend seem to have come a full circle and floral patterns are in full bloom once again!
Floral prints and patterns can be seen pretty much everywhere these days in some shape or form, as people seek out the joy that flowers, color, and patterns deliver. Bright and Bold Flowers offer you one of the easiest ways to add color to the living room, bedroom, dining room or even kitchen, floral patterns definitely bring brightness and vibrant zest to any room they adorn.
Because floral prints can be a touch overpowering, it is best to use them in a restrained and sparing fashion. Think accent pillows, table runners or place mats, beautiful wallpapers, just bedding with lovely floral print or even a wall mural that brings flowery freshness to your bedroom – there are plenty of options to choose from.
And if flowers are not your thing, you can also choose nature-centric prints that involve birds, branches and flora in general to enliven your home.
5. - Mixing Materials & Design Styles and adding Lots of Layers & Textures
The desire to have unique things that are not like everyone else’s is leading to an increase in mixing materials in furniture design and decor.
This has also led to the popularity of the un-decorated layered look of Bohemia that started to show up in 2021.
In 2022, boho will also be going luxe according to HomeGoods Style Expert and Interior Designer Beth Diana Smith. “I expect to see globally-inspired neutral rooms: think Boho but with a luxury vibe that feels like a monochromatic exploration of texture. By layering beautiful pieces with ample texture in hues of the same colour, a space feels warm, inviting, and ready for relaxation.” Think less plumped-up luxe, and more cozier lived-in luxe with layers of lounge-loving textures that embrace a slow living aesthetic.
Layer up your interior home decor by introducing items like throws, rugs, and cushions and layer them up in different patterns and stages. One, two, or even three layers of rugs can leave a strong bohemian statement in your living room.
To create a big and bold modern bohemian living room, you can also consider metallic and mirrored surfaces.
Use tactile textiles and textures wherever you can to add more texture and depth to living spaces. Natural materials such as linens and cotton add texture and comfort to soft furnishings. Waffle blankets draped over beds or sofas adds dimension and a depth that is pleasing to the eye.
Even the most basic neutral palettes can feel layered and exceptional when lots of different textures are incorporated. In the coming year, mastering that mix is going to be paramount. “We’ll definitely be seeing an uptick in texture in 2022—the more, the better!” says designer Andi Morse of Morse Design. “There will be more soft velvets and boucle fabrics mixed with woven furniture and sisal carpets. These elements help add warmth, creating an inviting space.”