The new year is a great time to start fresh—whether that means finally organizing your closet and decluttering your kitchen, or taking things a step further by updating the aesthetic of your home. To get a sense of the top design trends that will dominate our living spaces in 2022, we created a blog post for the information to have a spot right here on our website!
As it turns out, many of the top home design trends of 2022 are iterations of concepts we’ve seen in recent years, but it’s not due to a lack of creativity. Instead, it’s likely because we’re continuing to lean into our personal tastes and needs.
Read on for the top home design trends that architecture and interior design experts have seen steadily emerge—and those they expect will fade as we move into 2022.
Even before COVID-19 lockdowns had people spending an increased amount of time indoors, studies showed that having plants in your home can improve concentration and reduce stress levels, not to mention improve indoor air quality. It’s only natural that people are trying to find ways to bring the outdoors into their homes. Biophilic design principles have steadily risen in popularity in recent years, with an emphasis on creating calming, plant-filled environments that establish a visual connection with nature. In 2022, it looks like our collective love for lush indoor environments will continue to bloom.
Whether you embrace the trend by nurturing your own indoor garden or decking out your interiors with emerald- and moss-toned accents, just think of channeling leaf motifs and forest-inspired hues.
Similarly, it seems like we’ll also be looking toward “greener” materials in the year ahead. Reclaimed wood and stone will be popular elements in both architecture and interior design.
The upward trend toward repurposing existing materials can extend to construction methods too. More and more, we find ourselves working to improve the performance of existing historic structures rather than building anew, we’ve seen this trend emerge steadily over the years, with clever adaptive reuse projects ranging from barn conversions to warehouse renovations.
Next, expect to see more tactile materials—wood, plaster, bronze, and leather—and finishes with textures derived from nature. We think we will continue to see a lot of earthier finishes like plaster, clay, and lime washes in 2022.
There will also be greater experimentation with textures like raked plaster, rougher clay, or grainy stuccos. These have been really popular interior finishes because they’re so durable and can be made water-resistant, but I think they will start moving outdoors, and even onto custom furniture.
Many experts agree that a growing number of consumers are seeking out vintage, antique, and handcrafted furnishings and decor for their homes. Since slowing down has given people the opportunity to explore hands-on activities like ceramics, painting, and baking, we’ve seen a draw toward craft pieces that can be appreciated even more now that there’s an understanding of how challenging they are to make.
There’s a greater appreciation for craft knowledge that tracks with the rise of natural wine or the use of archive textiles in fashion. We’ll see more vestibules, hallways, libraries, console desks, pantries, and dressing spaces with a focus on displaying object collections in 2022. For furnishings, think throne-like chairs, consoles, and sideboards. For accessories, look for generously scaled table lamps, large candlesticks, quilts, and rustic linen, patterning, and heavily textured ceramics.
In upholstery, I think we will move away from more minimalist textures and see more experimentation with edge details including ruffles, pleats, tassels, and ball fringes. Some of these decorative elements may have felt stuffy before, but I think paired with bolder colors and patterns, they can feel less traditional and more playful.
Rounded details will also stick around in 2022, but the motif will expand to new areas of the home and take shape in new iterations. Wavy undulations have been showing up a lot in furniture, but we think we will see it in millwork, stone backsplash detailing. The motif can work in so many different settings.
Beyond sofas with softened corners and arched windows or doorways, we can expect to see an increase in curvilinear elements throughout the home. You can hop on this trend by incorporating circular structural details such as waterfall corners on consoles, countertops, desks, and headboards. Or, opt for less-permanent decor choices, such as drum tables and rounded area rugs.
Contact JDC today to learn more about upcoming trends and to have us help you out!