Interior designers discuss home trends, color palettes for 2022

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people use and furnish spaces around the home. From socially distancing backyard vacation gatherings to repurposed rooms for remote work and online learning, the modern home has gone through a number of transformations over the past two years. So, what are some of the best interior design trends we could see this year?

“Design focuses more on well-being and sustainability, while intersecting function. COVID-19 accelerated this direction exponentially,” said Laura Umansky, founder and CEO of the Laura U Design Collective. “Individuals value physical and mental well-being more, and that affects how we design.”

In addition, she said that comfort is now “more important than ever” and that with this in mind, the collective is using more “organic furniture” in its designs.

“Curved shapes, cozy bouclé chairs, puffy sofas, undulating table tops and floating armchairs are the perfect remedy for spending more time at home,” Umansky said.

As a designer, she said the “changing rituals of the home” offer an “exciting opportunity” to rethink the way people live. So far, Umansky discussed some of the trends she sees in home design. This includes an increased “emphasis on sanctuary spaces for privacy, preparation and personality.”

“While the appeal of an open-concept home will more than likely never go away, we predict special-use spaces cut from more common areas,” she said.

For example, Umansky said the collective has received requests for a separate prep kitchen intended to be “hidden” away from areas used for entertainment.

“With the whole family spending more time at home for work, school and hobbies, personal space is becoming a must,” she added.

During the pandemic, people took up a number of different crafts to spend the increased time at home. One of the more popular hobbies was home baking and people trying new recipes and culinary creations, with varying degrees of success.

On this subject, Umansky said, “homeowners fell in love with cooking or baking during the pandemic and now they use their kitchen differently.”

In particular, she said kitchens aren’t just for cooking these days, adding that customers now want these spaces to be “functional and spacious, so there’s room for the kids to do schoolwork and a place to pull out their laptop.” to fetch.”

Popular interior design color palettes

In addition to the furniture styles, shapes and textures in a given space, different color palettes become popular or out of place from year to year, leading to new must-have shades for the home.

This year, Umansky said the collective is seeing a shift away from more neural palettes as people experiment with “jewel tone and moodier, monochromatic colors.”

“Their stunning saturated hues and fascinating history make jewel tones perfect for 2022 interiors,” she continued. “They are particularly suitable for interiors that need an infusion of personality or a little spice.”

About specific colors and tones, Umansky said people should “be wary” of other “elegant” and “dramatic colors” such as sapphire blue, emerald green, indigo purple and glossy black.

“Often paired with luxurious materials such as leather, shearling, velvet and brass, these jewel tones hark back to the sophistication of early 20th-century design,” she continued.

Anya Hahn, founder and interior designer at San Antonio-based Olinova Design, said she believes we could see more natural wood finishes this year, especially highlighting light woods and blonde cabinetry, paired with “creams and soft tones” to it. adding that leather, fur, wood grain and “other natural textures are very popular” options.

“As a society with everything that has happened in recent years, we look for designs that are calming, comforting and subtle,” Hahn said. “Trends have shifted to spaces that promote comfort and relaxation, resulting in subtle colors and more natural textures and elements than in the past.”

In addition, she said spaces are shifting into areas that promote comfort and relaxation and as a result, people in these spaces are using subtle colors and more natural textures compared to the past.

In 2022, Hahn envisions creams and “softer shades” trending as popular color palettes.

“We won’t see much high contrast,” she added.

Rather than a high-contrast approach, Hahn expects a layering of soft tones in combination with other organic textures as popular design options.

As for specific colors and palettes, Hahn made note of Sherwin Williams’ 2022 color of the year, evergreen mist. For a visual depiction, imagine a light gray, or as the company describes it, imagine a “chameleon color of beautiful green-meets-gray, with just a little bit of blue.”

Discussing this color selection, Hahn said the color is “subtle and soothing. It pairs well with cognac leathers, creams, and soft browns.”

While some soft, warmer grays “still remain,” she said grays are “for the most part out.”

“After some very challenging years, people are looking for calming and comforting spaces, spaces that are more organic and pleasant to the eyes and mind,” Hahn said.

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