The year 2021 was an exciting year for trends. After being cooped up at home, people around the world eventually decided to ditch the minimalist, all-white aesthetic in their spaces and adopt new, bolder designs. Cottagecore, pastels and squiggles came along to replace the beige that dominated in recent years; the time for fun and experimentation had finally returned. Fortunately, you could say the same about the living trends for 2022 that interior designers predict. Because while some parts of our lives are returning to normal, an embrace of the fun, happy and bold home doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
That doesn’t mean none the trends of 2021 say goodbye; there are some that you probably won’t see much of in the new year. “Mid-century modern seems to have become a popular trend,” Beth Diana Smith, the CEO and lead designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, tells TZR of the widely used style.
However, most of last year’s hottest trends are simply predicted to evolve and adapt, rather than being completely replaced. And, as Kim Armstrong of Kim Armstrong Interior Design says, many will be just as exciting. “2022 will be a fun year to look at trends!” she tells TZR. “There are so many influences coming together to pave [their way]. We have the ‘coming out of COVID’ syndrome. We obviously have supply chain issues. And we have a wave of younger idealistic thinkers and trendsetters entering the home decor stages of their lives. All of these things will come into play.”
What does that mean for the way last year’s trends change and the new styles that emerge? Keep reading – the 2022 predictions of the best interior designers are ahead.
Reuse and repurposing
According to Stephanie Purzycki, co-founder and CEO of The Finish, second-hand shopping will be the biggest trend of 2022. -loved pieces are a way to bypass manufacturer long lead times while reducing your carbon footprint,” she tells TZR .
She’s not the only one who thinks this way. Armstrong also cites reuse and repurposing as a very strong trend for the year ahead — again, in part due to supply chain issues. “What I find so fascinating about this trend is that it comes from the Earth-friendly ideological thinkers and out of sheer necessity as we see backorder dates being pushed back by as much as 40 weeks and some even longer. People are looking for creative ways to furnish and furnish their homes.” Not only is it eco-friendly and convenient, she continues, it can also create a much more interesting aesthetic.
In 2022, all signs point to a maximalist aesthetic.
When it comes to color, Armstrong predicts the return of red, albeit in a “cheerful” way. “The reds I see trending range from bright cherry red to red orange,” she says. “[They’re] not muted.” Green will also be everywhere; both Smith and Armstrong say it will come in all forms, though Smith states there will be “heavy focus on less saturated hues.” And Jessica Davis, chief designer at JL Design, foresees a similar trend. “Deep jewel tones combined tone-on-tone in solids and patterns will go a long way in 2022,” she predicts.
Smith and Karen Harautuneian, interior designer and director at Hub of the House Studio, also say we’ll see a welcome of bold patterns in the new year, and Davis says, “Smaller patterns, especially florals, will find their way into multi-colored fabrics for curtains and accent chairs.”
While these bold hues and prints will be seen all over rooms, Jessica Lagrange of Jessica Lagrange Interiors says you can also expect to see them in unexpected places. “We are seeing a resurgence of very colorful patterned wallcoverings in all areas of the home and are no longer reserved for small spaces,” she shares. “No more white ceilings; saving white for the walls and using bold colors, high gloss paint and wall coverings on the ceiling (or as we like to call it, ‘The Fifth Wall.’)”
Use of glass
Another standout look on the rise? “[One] an emerging trend that has been enticing us lately is the use of glass in lighting, tables and accessories,” says Lagrange. Its use, she continues, is evident in both classic and new pieces. “Glass elements can enhance the look and feel of your interior, creating the illusion of space by reflecting natural and artificial light throughout, further illuminating the room’s design,” she explains. “When used in furniture, it gives designers the opportunity to blend in with mixed materials such as wood, metal and leather to take your interior to the next level.”
Grand Millennial style
While it can be classified simply as maximalism, the “grand millennial” style looks so strong that it deserves a category all its own. “Millennials are rekindling the love for all things floral, traditional and frivolous,” says Purzycki. “Think fringed sofas, antique china, patterned curtains, oil paintings, etc., but with a modern or playful twist.” (This also fits the second-hand furniture trend, she continues.)
Armstrong confirms this, noting that there is increasing demand for block printing. “It adds a bit of a ‘traveled and curated’ [look], [and] it fits the grand-millennial-chic style that is so strong right now,” she shares. “We’re currently using it in curtains and pillow designs for our projects, but I’ve seen some gorgeous upholstered headboards and cute chairs made from this print that are just gorgeous.”
Plus, Alicia Tiberio, another designer at The Finish, predicts more pattern and color mixing — a core tenet of this aesthetic. “We’ve seen a little bit of this in 2021 and we’ll see a lot more in 2022 as color and pattern return to the house,” she tells TZR. “Designers will combine whimsical patterns or modern chintzes with stripes and contrasting shell patterns.”
Yes, curved mirrors, squiggly lines, and blob-like shapes have been trending for a while now. As Purzycki says, they’re here to stay too. “The 80s and 90s style will be big, just like in fashion, and show no signs of abating. Think curved silhouettes, arcs, oversized pieces and a focus on geometry.”
Armstrong agrees, telling TZR that we will see these shapes in many ways. “You’ll see more curves in furniture that wraps around you like a big, comforting hug,” she says. “Curved lines [will] are also widely found in patterns, whether in fabric or tile designs. People love this soft line that feels like it’s wrapping you in a hug after you’ve been through the rough times COVID has brought.
Don’t like maximalism? You are lucky. Smith notes that rooms done in neutral colors “in a global way and not a contemporary way” is something she expects to see a lot in 2022. To achieve this, she recommends layering this family of colors in a room meant to relax for a “zen” experience. “The goal is to use different shades of alabaster, cream, white, taupe, etc., but to incorporate enough texture so that the room still feels warm and cozy,” explains Smith.
Lindye Galloway, the founder and chief creative officer of Lindye Galloway Studio, echoes Smith’s prediction. According to her, “warmer shades but not your basic beige” and “neutral materials with the influence of more wood” are trends that will also come into their own in the new year.