Five interior design trend predictations for 2022
The New Year often prompts us make changes and plans for the future, and for many of us this includes reviewing our home style and investing in new pieces or wielding a paintbrush, however expertly… As the last couple of years has irrevocably changed the way we live, it’s more important than ever that our homes are not only a place of sanctuary, but also work for us on a practical level.
Our interior designers predict the top trends for the coming year to help you begin to create beautiful, happy spaces for working, eating, relaxing and socialising.
Peaceful and relaxing colour palettes will always be in fashion, with combinations of black, white and grey alongside muted neutral tones creating a classic backdrop for favourite pieces of furniture, fabrics and art. However, we predict 2022 will also be a colourful one, with green remaining big; pick any shade you like, from sage to jade, for any room in the house. Also, popular will be pinks and oranges, with hues like rust, coral and sunflower all ‘hot’ right now. Put the two together for a vibrant contrast and mix with 60s and 70s retro furniture finds for a new take on vintage. If you prefer a more subtle approach, create a harmonious palette by using one colour in various shades, or choose closely related hues to highlight features and define spaces.
Texture remains a key part of interior design, and this year we’ll be taking inspiration from nature with wall coverings and textiles using or referencing materials such as cork, leather, wood and marble. Wood finishes for walls such as panelling in vertical or geometric designs can be used against a neutral, uncluttered backdrop for a balanced visual effect, and using simple window treatments will increase natural light, emphasising features and creating interest. Keeping a consistent colour palette but varying the textures of accessories such as throws and cushions is an easy way to add comfort and warmth to a room – think linen, wool and velvet. Don’t forget the incidentals, such as planters, vases and bowls to continue the tactile theme, and utilise woven baskets for a natural accent as well as a handy storage solution.
If you’re spending more time at home, it’s all about hiding (or getting rid of) the clutter and showcasing the things that bring us joy. Ordered spaces make everyday life easier, and aid both productivity and relaxation. Flush storage solutions and sliding doors remain a sleek, space saving and stylish way to store everything from books and files to clothes and shoes. Furniture can be used to delineate areas; think bookcases with a mix of cupboards and open shelving to provide storage and places to display your carefully curated favourite items. Zones can also be created within larger rooms using floor coverings and colour, so if you don’t have a room you can dedicate entirely to become a home office, you can create a cosy nook, helping you to separate work from relaxation and switch off at the end of the day.
Bring the outside in
Filling our homes with nature is bound to be a continuing trend this year. Plants can act as pieces of living sculpture; mix sizes and varieties to create a leafy, green haven, and house them in textured pots or quirky containers for interest. Go for vertical forms or hanging arrangements where space is at a premium, and the less green fingered among us can opt for a convincing faux display. Blurring the boundaries between inside and out connects us to nature and, so choose complimentary flooring and French or bi-fold doors to create a seamless transition from inside to outside. Make the most of your garden space by creating outdoor rooms using canopies, rugs and furniture, and add finishing touches such as festoon lighting, firepits and throws for a cosy atmosphere after the sun goes down.
Whether you’re thinking about radically changing your home, or simply want to update your look, the first step is to take the time to think about what you already love about where you live and what you feel is missing. Take inspiration from TV, magazines, online and friends’ homes, or borrow from other countries’ design styles (here at Strata, we’re heavily influenced by Scandi style). And if you do choose to incorporate some of the latest trends, we’d love to see them. Share your style with us using #MyStrataStory on Instagram and follow @homesbystrata for more of the latest trends and inspiration.