Trends come and go, and swapping out all your furniture and decorations every time a new trendy style takes over just isn’t sustainable. However, there are ways to incorporate trends into your space while maintaining a timeless appeal. The designers of the 2022 Real Simple Home struck that balance when styling this year’s home in the community of Rosemary Beach in Walton County, Florida. In the home, rattan and linen nod to TikTok’s on-trend “coastal grandma” style, while dramatic wallpaper leans into the maximalist aesthetic without going overboard. The result is a house that’s fresh and lively, but one that can survive the ever-shortening trend cycle.
Below, check out all of our favorite home decor trends spotted in Real Simple Home and get inspired for your next home decor refresh.
Checkerboard rugs, pants and vases, oh my! Even though this pattern is anything but new, it has recently seen a massive revival in fashion and interiors. Interior designer Erin Wheeler of Sunny Circle Studio loved the trend and she added a neutral-toned checkerboard rug in the brightly colored guest room to add pattern to the space without overwhelming it with another. bright tint. In the adjoining bathroom, she added a smaller black and white checkerboard rug to create cohesion between the two spaces.
Coastal granny style
If you’re unfamiliar with the trending “coastal granny” aesthetic, just imagine Diane Keaton in a Nancy Meyers movie, rocking a turtleneck on the beach and perfectly cozy-chic. Now, to translate that into interior design, think sunny rooms, bright white paint, cozy neutral tones and natural materials. Gina Gutierrez drew on coastal inspiration when designing the kitchen, using deep ocean blue paint (Pitch Cobalt by Valspar) to add color to the island and window frame, and she brought in a jute path for an earthy texture. It doesn’t do is fill the room with sand dollars and nautical cliches.
“When I run a coastal theme, it’s really the color story that creates the narrative of being near water,” she says. “Whites, blues, and natural tones will give you that serene, beachy feel without being so literal,” she explains. Next, she adds coastal accents. “I tend to steer clear of literal decorative pieces, but instead have fun with art and photography. By doing so, you embrace the theme but also keep your space refined and classic.”
Gutierrez, who designed the coastal-inspired kitchen, also transformed the adjoining dining room, and she chose a marble dining table from Jayson Home to incorporate natural and sustainable elements. “I know marble has been around forever, but design enthusiasts are really starting to embrace marble and natural stone this season,” she says of the trend. “We see marble in classic cool tones, to warm brown and red hues.” To tone down the formality of the sophisticated table, she paired it with mismatched dining chairs.
Clara Jung of Banner Day Interiors is all for moody and romantic interiors. She says the design trend — which can include opulent textiles, like velvet, and rich colors, like mossy green — largely inspired the wallpaper she chose for the master suite. The mural, by Fine & Dandy Co., makes a dramatic statement in the bedroom, but the mostly neutral color palette for the rest of the space keeps the room balanced.
Lighter greens, like the sage tones you’ve probably seen everywhere, have been popular lately. But deeper olive greens are a great accent color that looks a bit more sophisticated. We love this earthy shade (Flora from Valspar) that Jung chose for the master suite closet, and she carried the color into the bedroom with a dark green velvet throw at the foot of the bed. Interior designer Dabito also got on the trend, with an olive-colored sofa in the living room.
Focus on outdoor life
In recent years, access to outdoor space has become even more valuable, and many have spent more time improving their patios, porches, backyards, or even small urban balconies. Fortunately, the Real Simple Home has four porches, so there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Each area is treated with as much intention as the interior spaces, with features like a large decorative mirror to expand the space, and an exterior bar cart with a drinks fridge to facilitate entertaining.