The start of a new year always sees a flurry of new predictions in home design, but you find what’s real a few months in. As we pass the first quarter, what’s new for 2022? If you’re planning to give your home décor a refresh this year, it’s always good to know what trends to watch. Incorporate one or two of these new home trends, or use them as a departure point to create your own unique style!
Whether you’re making a newly purchased house your own or avoiding rising home prices by renovating the house you’ve spent the last two decades in, make your home cozy and comfortable by putting your own spin on these home trends.
6 Home Interior Design Trends for 2022
1. Bold use of color
When it comes to color, it’s time to be brave with bold colors that don’t fade into the background. Pantone’s color of the year is a gorgeous periwinkle shade called Very Peri. This rich blue has a strong violet undertone and is perfect for adding pops of color and creativity to a neutral color palette.
2. Biophilic design
For many people, spending more time inside has meant finding other ways to reconnect with nature. Biophilic design is a way of doing that, with its focus on creating calming spaces with natural lighting, good ventilation, and plenty of plants. Natural materials like stone, terracotta, and marble, along with natural colors, shapes, and textures, are all helping to strengthen that connection to nature.
3. Sustainable materials
That connection to nature is also felt in the increased focus on sustainability in design and manufacturing. For some, sustainability means choosing to buy vintage pieces instead of new ones. When buying new, it means choosing materials and production processes that take less from the environment, create less of a carbon footprint, or can be used in multiple applications and over a longer period of time.
4. Multi-functional spaces
In 2021 more people started working from home, and we saw the rise in popularity of functional spaces over formal living areas. This year, that trend continues, and becomes even more practical, with the transition into multi-functional spaces. The guest bedroom can do double-duty as a home exercise space or playroom, and a formal dining or living area can double as a home office or homework room.
5. Vintage and traditional styles
Vintage styles are always popular in one form or another—what changes is the era that serves as inspiration. This year, it’s all about the 70s, with colors such as chocolate, sage, and terracotta, along with textured fabrics and midcentury modern furniture.
6. Grandmillennial modern
Last year saw the development of the trend dubbed “grandmillennial” décor, also known as “granny chic.” Favoring florals and other traditional patterns, along with crocheted throws and cushions, with brass and china accents, the grandmillennial style is all about recreating the kind of décor you saw at your grandparents’ home as a child. In 2022, this design aesthetic gets a new twist, with a focus on combining vintage and modern in new and exciting ways. For example, new wallpaper styles are back but may only be used for accent walls.
6 Unique Kitchen & Bathroom Decorating Ideas
1. From an open floor plan to enclosed kitchens
Open plan kitchens and living areas have been popular for a long time now, but it seems that the tide may finally be turning. With people spending more time at home these days, there has come an increased desire for private, enclosed spaces. That’s even extending to the kitchen, as it seems that enclosed kitchen areas are making a comeback, especially for those who don’t want the pressure of washing all the dishes before their guests arrive. If you love the idea of an enclosed kitchen in your home, now is your moment to shine!
2. Colorful kitchens are making a comeback
Another kitchen design trend that may be on the wane is the all-white kitchen, as monochromatic design makes way for bold patterns and color choices. Forget spending all your time cleaning white cabinets and surfaces—this year it’s all about vibrant, inspiring color, even in the kitchen. If art deco is your style, go to town and add those brass elements.
3. Genuine marble
The trend towards using real natural materials extends into the kitchen and bathroom, as marble and granite make a comeback. Forget about faux marble or imitation wood grain—this year it’s all about the real thing.
4. Luxury in the bathroom
Although there’s a focus on making spaces functional in 2022, for bathroom interiors, it’s more about bringing in touches of luxury. This year it’s all about creating a beautiful, serene, and relaxing space, with touches of elegance that mimic the feel of a spa. Popular bathroom ideas this year include natural materials, soft curves, pretty wallpaper, and pops of gold or brass.
5. Bathroom suites
Coordinated bathroom suites are another design element that help recreate that spa vibe. Bathroom suites are specially bundled bathroom fixtures that match each other. Go for clean, modern lines to create a feeling of space and light, even in a smaller bathroom.
6. Wet rooms and walk-ins
Baths aren’t exactly out of fashion, but there’s definitely a move towards favoring larger walk-in shower enclosures and wet rooms over big soaking tubs. Along with this, there’s an increased usage of tile as a decorative element in shower walls and floors.
4 New Outdoor Décor Trends for 2022
1. Outdoor living spaces
Home design used to recognize a specific distinction between outdoor and indoor spaces, but that line is blurrier than it’s ever been. Along with bringing the outdoors in, we’re now also taking the indoors outside—making outdoor spaces just as stylish and comfortable as any indoor living room, whether that means a curved sofa or cozy lighting in your outdoor living room.
2. Outdoor kitchens
If you love outdoor dining, then you’ll love this new trend. Outdoor cooking is increasingly sophisticated, with pizza ovens and other cooking appliances alongside the traditional gas or charcoal grill. Add a sink, mini fridge, and running water, and you need never cook inside again! There’s no question that outdoor spaces are increasingly becoming the default entertaining spaces, meant to fill with guests and loved ones.
3. Eco-friendly options for the backyard
Along with the focus on sustainability indoors, it’s an equally important concept outdoors as well. Natural reclaimed wood for a new deck or patio, outdoor furniture made from bamboo or recycled plastic, and other eco-friendly options work perfectly outdoors.
4. Using outdoor spaces year-round.
Even if you live in a cooler climate, cold weather doesn’t necessarily mean you have to avoid spending time outdoors. With the addition of a fire pit or outdoor heater, an outdoor space can be cozy and inviting all year round.
Make Your Home a Cozy Sanctuary
Many of this year’s home décor trends are all about making home a more comfortable place to be. Whether it’s adding some spa-like vibes to your bathroom, upgrading your kitchen, adding a pop of color, or placing plants in sunny corners, 2022 is all about cozy comfort.