Inside: Check out all of the predicted 2022 interior decor trends to inspire your home decorating and remodeling projects for the new year! ➡
As we begin this fresh new year, it’s fun to see all of the lists of what will be “in” this year in home decorating.
While my style is definitely more classic and not very trendy, I still enjoy reading about all kinds of design and incorporating touches of trends where I can. After reading many different predictions from interior design professionals, there were some that seemed to be forecasted most often for 2022.
Before we dive in, I’d like to start with a disclaimer. Remember as you are reading these, they are just predictions by industry designers. Just like clothing trends, we don’t have to like them or use them if they don’t work for us. There is no need to scrap what you currently have in your home and start over.
My philosophy when it comes to decorating is always you do you and what makes you happy in your home!
- Color, especially on cabinets
- Specialty storage areas to keep things tidy and optimized; Working pantries in high end kitchens to hide all the not-so-pretty things
- Curves and arches on cabinets, furniture, doorways and windows
- Statement kitchen islands; Double kitchen islands; Waterfall kitchen islands
- Mixing metals of just about any color for hardware, faucets, and lighting
- Less cabinet hardware or less noticeable hardware for a cleaner look
- Slab backsplashes or ultra thin grout lines also for a cleaner look; Taking the backsplash higher up the wall
- Shaker or flat panel cabinets
- Workstation sinks with pop in accessories like cutting boards and colanders
What’s heading out:
- All white kitchens
- Over the range microwaves
- Open concept kitchens
- Speckled granite
- Kitchen desks
- Bar counters
- A lot of open shelving
Many of these trends are about creating a cleaner look and making the kitchen work more efficiently since we spend more and more time there. I do believe that white kitchens are timeless, but can be easily updated with this trend by adding just a little color whether it be bold or neutral to add more warmth and interest. I am also pro-open concept kitchen! Experts say this is becoming less popular because the ways we are using our rooms now require more quiet and privacy. I’m saying no to this trend but maybe my non-white kitchen will become a cool kid this year!
- Curvy furniture – rounder, more organic edges and lines on sofas, sideboards, armoires, and tables
- Investment pieces
- Limewashed or natural wood
- Art deco-style details like ribbing and fluting
- Mixing vintage furniture and heirloom pieces in with current day styles
What’s headed out:
- Stark minimalist furniture
- Poorly constructed, “fast” furniture
- Faux distressed furniture
Curves on furniture are adding to the calming, natural, less mininimalist look that is trending. While mixing shapes in your decorating is always a good idea to keep things interesting, this is a trend to just add a touch of. Straight lines on furniture will always be in style. And a curved sofa may be a great idea or not depending on your space.
I am sooo on board with the vintage furniture trend because it fits my style! The popularity of vintage, heirloom, and secondhand items is skyrocketing for a few reasons. 1) It is more eco-friendly and sustainable, 2) people don’t want mass produced disposable furniture but timeless items with character that will stay with them, 3) and supply chain issues have caused such long wait times for new furniture.
- Earthy, natural tones, bright bold color, or moody and dark color depending on your home’s style
- Green is the “it” color this year
What’s headed out:
- Stark all white rooms
Don’t shoot the messenger if your rooms are all white or gray. Design professionals predict that these two trends are coming to the end of their ten year cycle of popularity and that we are craving more warmth. I think we will see a lot of warm grays and greiges on the wall this year. And I’m excited about all of the beautiful green paint colors for this year…all of the big paint companies have chosen shades of green as their color of the year! Many design professionals also predict that browns will see a surge beginning in 2022.
- Modern Farmhouse or New Traditional
- Urban Boho
What’s headed out:
- Original Farmhouse
Each of the trendy styles for this year I love in different ways. All so warm and inviting. I can’t get enough of looking at photos of beautiful, bright, and happy grandmillennial rooms and the casual, hip comfort of urban boho. Farmhouse is not going away but just evolving to include a little more color and dropping the overdone trimmings associated with the original like typography signs, buffalo check, and yes – shiplap.
- Dedicated spaces for offices, playrooms, home gyms, home bars
- Rooms with personality and nostalgic touches unique to the owners
What’s headed out:
- Open concept layout
- Catalog showroom looks
Functionality is the keyword in layouts now. Families are craving some separation for different ways they spend their time at home with a little more privacy and a little less togetherness. I get that, but personally I like the feel of how fewer walls make a home feel so much larger!
I am happy to hear that rooms that look like they were all bought at one time from a catalog or showroom are less popular. My favorite rooms have some of the owner’s personality!
Materials and accessories.
- Natural materials for both construction and decor such as marble, clay, wood, and rattan
- Muted metals; Metals with patina
- Fabrics with colors and patterns
- Floral prints
- Black accents on trim, door, and window frames
- Botanical or landscape artwork with a traditional look
- Large, organic rustic pottery
What’s headed out:
- Faux versions of natural materials
- Signs with sayings
- Shiny lacquered brass
I would have to say I love every one of these trends! There’s just no substitute for the beauty of real and natural materials if you have them in the budget. I also love metal finishes with a brushed or matte finish because of their more casual feel and they always look good without being shined. And I love the personality that patterns and wallpaper can infuse in a room!
A final word.
Will any of these predictions make me change how I decorate my home? Not likely. I’m happy to hear the ones that fit my style, like warmer colors and mixing in traditional decor. But the ones that don’t I’ll leave alone.
If you’re more into timeless decorating than being a slave to the trends, see my post, Truly Timeless Decorating: 8 Smart Choices That Never Go Out of Style.
What I will use these trend forecasts for are to reassess my rooms and maybe add in this year’s trends in smaller ways to keep things fresh. What do you think about this year’s trends?
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