As 2022 approaches, you might be wondering what interior trends are going to be emerging in the new year. There are many exciting new luxury features set to grow in popularity in the coming months, and Christopher Dance, Director and Head Designer at InHouse Inspired Room Design, is here to walk you through them. 2021 has seen some trends in interiors change, while many (such as minimalism) have had a resurgence. But what can we expect in 2022? There is going to be lots of variety, from bright bold patterns to muted palettes, so there’s something for everyone. Here’s what else we can expect next year.
One of the key trends for next year is expected to be biophilic design. An interior design technique that combines organic elements, plants, and natural light, it aims to bring the inhabitants of the property closer to nature. Allowing people to connect with their environment, biophilic design often involves living walls, which are walls that function as vertical flower beds or gardens.
Evergreen plants have become the mainstay for living walls, as they provide beautiful colours and structure all year round. If a full-scale living wall is impractical for you, think about different ways of showcasing your favourite houseplants. Whether this is air plants suspended from the ceiling, or a houseplant display on a wall rack or shelving, there is a variety of ways to bring nature into the home.
Other elements of biophilic design include natural colours, plenty of natural light, and landscaping features in the gardens that are visible from inside the house.
There has been an increased interest in minimalist design features throughout 2021, and this is expected to continue well into next year. However, minimalism doesn’t mean reducing the comfort or beauty of your home — rather, it means making more conscious purchasing decisions, choosing well-made materials that will be treasured for years to come.
As this trend originates from the minimalist art movement, try including a nod to that in your interiors. Choose minimalist art to display — both paintings and sculptures work excellently in a home setting. Then, choose furniture, rugs, and carpets in neutral shades, but made from materials such as wool, velvet, silk, and cotton, to make your home feel relaxing and luxurious.
Curves instead of corners
In 2021, people began gravitating towards curved shapes, in both furniture and decoration. This is set to continue into 2022, with pieces like curved sofas, chairs, rugs, and coffee tables being some of the key items influenced by this trend. Try swapping out some of your square furniture for pieces without corners, for a soft yet modern effect.
These pieces are truly a statement and will elevate your room to a new level. Adding this furniture trend could be the catalyst for rearranging the whole room, as it can really change the atmosphere and layout of a space.
Bold colours and patterns
Although minimalist colour palettes will still be popular into 2022, there is a contrasting trend on the way too, which could mark a bigger change in the interior design world. Bright, bold colours and patterns are set to make a comeback. Saffron yellows, burgundies, and hunter green tones will be combined on walls, furnishings, and rugs, and set against patterns for a burst of vivid colour. Many floral designs will be evocative of William Morris, folk art, and in general feel more vintage-inspired than modern.
Just as there is some nostalgia reflected in the folk-art patterns on some emerging textiles, so is nostalgia also reflected in the increasing popularity of antique furniture and homeware. There is a special kind of excitement to hunting for the perfect piece in an antique dealer’s or winning the right heirloom design at an auction. So, dive into the world of antiques, and find some classically designed pieces to combine with your more modern ones.
Don’t be afraid to mix modern with antique, as this is what the 2022 incarnation of classical style is all about. Pair an antique writing desk with industrial accessories. Use a large farmhouse dining table with mid-century modern chairs. Or combine the two by reupholstering antique sofas in a contemporary colour burst. Experiment with displaying heirloom art pieces rather than retiring them to storage.
It’s exciting to look ahead to what trends will find their way into our interiors next year, and some of these upcoming ideas might encourage you to do something new with your space. Whether its investing in some new furniture designs, or transforming your living room into a biophilia paradise, you should find plenty of ideas to inspire your interior design over the next year.