It is quite easy to find information about the biggest interior trends of the moment; a quick Google search or a scroll through Instagram literally gives you instant, up-to-date results. But looking for the latest trends in wall decoration? That’s another story. Yes, sometimes they’re included in designer predictions, or maybe you can glean some from the cool people you follow on social media. In general, however, the vastness and exclusivity of the art industry makes this tricky. But with the explosion of interest in interiors, chances are you want to know what’s *hot* and happening right now when it comes to your walls. That’s why TZR turned to well-known art and design experts to get their well-informed predictions for you.
But first, it’s worth noting that trends in art don’t follow the same lightning fast schedule as other industries – another reason you might have a hard time identifying them in the first place. “Since art is personal and meaningful to its owners in different ways, art trends have a longer lifespan than fashion trends,” Alix Greenberg, founder and CEO of ArtSugar, tells TZR in an email. Rather than constantly changing, they tend to just evolve. “Sometimes these trends take shape in different ways over time.”
That said, there are still plenty of wall art trends that Greenberg and other experts say are on the rise for 2022. And as with the rest of the emerging decor trends, they point to our changed circumstances and changing world – a need for calm, joy and travel are recurring themes in all of them. Here, what awaits us.
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With more people using their homes for work and entertainment, Tamu Green, lead designer at Lux Pad Interiors, says foreseeable art typically used in commercial and hospitality applications will find its way into living spaces. “Think of neon signs,” she tells TZR. “They are much more accessible to the public and even custom applications are readily available from companies like Yellowpop.” The trick, she says, is to use it intentionally. Place a plate next to a pedestal sculpture for a museum-like effect, or add one to a gallery wall for big cool points. And for the most part, just stick with one.
Alex Liepman, founder and CEO of DROOL Art, is also seeing more neon artwork, albeit in a slightly different way. “We’re talking about beautifully photographed neon signs popping off the wall,” he tells TZR. “It’s all about striking the right balance, so if you’re looking for a subtle yet striking pop of color that can perfectly transform a room without hurting your eyes, look no further.”
Curves In Art
“Curvalicious furniture was a big design trend in 2021 and will continue to be,” says Liepman. “So you can apply those same softer edges to the wall art you’re exhibiting for a clean, complementary finish.” Because they are “both feminine and forgiving,” they can instantly make a room feel cozy and safe, he continues. Plus, they’re a great way to incorporate bold colors into a room “because they lend so well to big, bold designs.”
It’s not surprising that people are looking for upbeat pieces for 2022. “I’m seeing a greater focus on uplifting sayings and large-format graphic lettering — people can express themselves and their emotions through these pieces,” says Greenberg. “Working with happy people, nostalgic desserts, animals and other uplifting subjects are now a must-have.” She recommends checking out artists Matt Crump, Humberto Cruz, or Dara Piken for pieces that will put a smile on your face.
Nature inspired art
Liepman notes that many have gained a new appreciation for nature and the outdoors thanks to the past two years and the havoc it has wreaked on lives around the world. As a result, it is increasingly entering the house. “Blue is going to be big in 2022, because the watery blue tones and the hue of the sky can bring a very natural and calming feel to a room, while teleporting you to your happy place,” he says. “If you want a cohesive feel to the rest of the room, pair lighter blues with slightly darker or sea green tones.”
Greenberg agrees, telling TZR that art that depicts nature and exudes a calming atmosphere has been in high demand over the past year. She cites ArtSugar’s hanging flowers and plant-themed art prints as popular examples of this, as well as images featuring sunsets, lakes, and greenery. “In 2022, we may see several iterations of these landscapes and destinations resonating through wall art.”
Art with global influences
According to Green, globally influenced art will hold its own in the home by 2022. “Adding a little global influence to your walls can be as simple as hanging objects you’ve acquired or photos you’ve taken while traveling on your walls. . Even items that have a bit of texture, like woven baskets, can [give] a global feeling,” she shares. That said, the designer continues, authenticity is important here: “It’s ideal to get your cultural items straight from their culture of origin.”
Otherwise, Green says the only limit to including your found objects on your walls is your imagination. “Don’t be afraid to make changes [pieces] work for your space, as long as you don’t compromise the integrity of the item. For example, she says, “I framed some African masks to give them more oomph and a more appropriate scale for an earlier project.”
Maximalism may be trending in decor in general, but Maggie Holladay, the founder of online gallery Claude Home, says she’s been seeing less of it in art lately. “People want investment pieces that last and blend seamlessly with their existing decor.” Instead, she believes minimalism is taking over — that is, “focusing on one piece that speaks to the part of the room you want to highlight, whether it’s a small piece that resonates with you or a large stand-alone piece.” she tells TZR. “Timeless investment pieces are a major trend, and collaborate with contemporary artists to find a piece that fits your design theme.”