Chairish Says These 10 Decor Trends Are Stealing the Show This Spring | Architectural summary

Seasons and styles come and go, but as vintage marketplaces like Chairish and 1stDibs prove, the thrift market is a constant companion for exploring decor trends. For those looking to update their environment with pieces of the past that feel like the future, Chairish has released its Spring 2022 Trend Forecast.

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Perhaps fitting for the uncertain times we find ourselves in, the experts are seeing more focus on tried-and-true styles that offer feelings of escape: cabana stripes to turn your living room into a resort chic, and animal prints to add wild whimsy in the bedroom. Buyers are turning away from minimalism and are now turning to what the president of merchandising, Noel Fahden, considers “layering and combining patterns in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming or over the top”. Think parlor styles with 3D soft sculpture that bridges the space between walls and furniture, and tough materials like pewter and rope, eased by figurations of butterflies or motifs from Swedish folklore.

Emerging colors, Fahden notes, include notes of “chartreuse, ocher, burnt oranges, and dusty pinks and blues.” It’s the palette of gentle optimism – the rosy hope that a new day is coming.

Below, the experts help AD PRO figure out the roughly half a million pieces the e-tailer can offer at any given time, and how best to use them. Read on to find out what Charish sees as the top decor trends this spring.


An Argentine trio, studying with Le Corbusier, sought butterflies for their beloved Knoll chair. The famous Dane Poul Cadovius transformed their wingspan into a clever bookshelf. Warhol turned it into art and Christian LaCroix turned it into wallpaper. With flowers blooming and blooming this spring, this trend is totally a flutter. Just play Mariah Carey’s classic 1997 album in a butterfly-decorated room for the finishing touch.

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Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Platinum Wallpaper

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Butterfly Bookshelf by Poul Cadovius

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Butterfly chair from the 60s by Knoll

A distinctive stripe covers a pillow in Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica home.

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Refined stripes

Nothing is easier than alternating fields of two or three colors. But with the right application, stripes can transform a space, bring a crisp freshness to everything they touch or add a little op art eye appeal. For a private villa at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Mark D. Sikes managed to do it all at once. Not bad for a few white and blue lines.

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Postmodern gray striped 3-part section, 1980

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Gio Ponti Bookcases, circa 1940

Swedish painted furniture

Had it with hygge? This spring, opt for a style that honors the handmade with a little more flair. “If you’re on the hunt,” Fahden says, “look for pieces that are antiques — from the 18th century to the mid-19th century.” Then ground your find with a characteristic rug, preferably a flat woven find.

Scalloped Burlap Navy Blue Handmade Rug (5’x7′)

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Höganäs, table lamp, pink beige blue hand-painted ceramics, Sweden, 1940s

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Vintage Swedish Flat Woven Rug


Even though the word comes from Latin tabulathere is nothing to feel about this technique of highly decorated sheet metal, often enamelled tin. Its versatility is its strength: Whether it’s easing Italian clichés in an LA mansion or transforming an ottoman into a bookworm’s cocktail table in leafy downtown New York, now is the time for tolls. It can even be an ideal companion (or, worst case, replacement) for any houseplants you bought during the lockdown.

Hollywood Regency Tole chandelier

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Victorian Tole Tray Table

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Vintage Hollywood Regency Palm Beach and Urn

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky’s dreamy Hamptons getaway features a footstool with a chartreuse statement.

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Statement footstools and footstools

Speaking of footstools, they are the new stars of the living room. They can be a cocoon-cum-task chair, like Ayala Serfaty’s offering at Todd Hellmuth’s apartment for an NYC friend or a woven rattan Parisian gem perfect for stacks of magazines. Coordinate with sofas and lounges, or better yet, have them contrast dramatically in pattern or fabric.

Mushroom Junior Footstool by Pierre Paulin for Artifort

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Green wicker ottoman from the 1970s

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Grasso footstool designed by Stephen Burks for BD Barcelona Design


Chairish predicts that design aficionados will give this trend a try. The coil style weaves industrial and romantic influences into cylindrical frames for chairs and beds. “A coil-turned chair leg or bobbin bed post adds playful embellishment to what would otherwise be a regular piece of furniture,” says Fahden. “We’re also noticing a renewed interest in craft across categories, from art to tabletop to furniture, and bobbin is a nod to that.”

English vintage bobbin armchair with custom cushions and dark patina

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19th century English coil-turned three-layer Étagère


Hello, sailor! This spring, the Chairish team expects to tangle over rope-accented furniture. A twine-wrapped mirror is a classic, of course, but why not splurge on a piece by French mid-century duo Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet? “They create incredible rope pieces that combine modernist design with nautical and sculptural elements,” says Fahden. “The pieces, while functional in their own right, are also something beautiful.”

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Twisted rope sconce Audoux Minet, circa 1960

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Artist Salon

Lining a room with thoughtful juxtapositions of photographs, paintings, and other artful oddities has long been a classic decor movement. This season, Fahden encourages you to take bigger risks. “Hanging sculptures, bronze busts and furry Lalanne-style sheep add dimension and varied texture to a wall,” she says. The result should be balanced but a little crazy, unified but unexpectedly off-the-wall.

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Luna – Multicolored Hanging Sculpture by Carrie McGee

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Vintage Black Forest Style Ram Head Wall Hanging


Chairish expects vintage fans to fall for the wax-resist technique with Indonesian roots. Its somewhat hippie reputation belies the meticulous artistry it requires, and the satisfying repetition it brings to intricate floral patterns.

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Vintage Cloud Design Batik from Java

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A leopard-print Couristan rug covers the floor of a Los Angeles home designed by Charlap Hyman & Herrero.

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It’s a jungle out there — and vintage hunters can take home a host of safari-themed furniture. “Animal print (a fan favorite) returns in a new way: it’s all about the chic safari and wildlife motifs that are a nod to the African plains,” says Fahden. Why not let packs of beast-themed chairs and accessories roam those rooms dotted with Scalamandre’s wildlife? And save room for the king of the jungle, she says. “Big cats aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!”

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Archizoom Associati Safari Armchairs, circa 1970

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Set of eight safari themed hand-carved napkin rings

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Pair of bamboo chairs from the 1970s

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