Until now, 2022 design trends have focused on reclaiming the spaces earmarked for working from home, a renewed interest in bringing nature indoors, and a drive to buy in a more sustainable way. For Fall/Winter 2022, homes will become more confident and cheerful, with strong retro references and a warming color palette.
As we close out the year, the revival of the 1970s will only become more common as we capitalize on the fun and optimism of the era. Our kitchens will undergo a major shift as we embrace creative tiles, playful colorways and new ways to display trinkets and treasures. We will also find satisfaction in rolling up our sleeves and tackling DIY projects – a trend that has continued since the lockdown.
Below, six design experts discuss what they think will be the key interior trends for Fall/Winter 2022…
The revival of the 1970s
The relaxed styling, natural materials and earthy tones of the 1970s interior have been given a new lease of life in 2022. Interior design from the 1970s is making a big comeback, says Matilda Martin, trend specialist at Lick. This decor style is relaxed and fun, reminiscent of the free spirit and optimism of the 1970s.
‘It contains an eclectic mix of textures and patterns, such as animal prints, furry deep pile carpets, velvet furniture, geometric shapes and soft curved edges. All this we can expect to see return to the house. There’s also a biophilic element to the 1970s decor that appeals to a modern market. A tendency towards natural materials such as rattan or cork, handmade ceramics and macramé wall hangings. Not to mention a houseplant or two.”
In terms of color, the 70s trend is rich and earthy. Warmth emanates from a 1970s-inspired home, largely through the color scheme. People are adding that 70s groove and energy to their homes by incorporating earthy browns, terracotta reds and oranges (think Lick’s Red 03 or Orange 02 on your walls) and opting for low light in the form of the iconic mushroom lamp, ‘ added Matilda.
Those averse to bright colors and crowds at home will have much more choice in 2022, with the proliferation of warm neutrals and simple accent pieces designed to be isolated.
“It’s worth exploring neutral interiors to create a relaxing zone to welcome fall,” says Vicki Foster, interior stylist at ScS. “Keeping your color palette limited can help you create a cohesive, interesting space that helps you feel cocooned and centered. Stick to light browns that are bright during the day but warm at night and spread it all over the room.
“When it comes to accessories, don’t overcrowd your space. If the goal is to create a quiet environment, you don’t want clutter. Think carefully about the decoration and choose items that give the room an extra dimension, such as lamps, rugs, pillows that bring light and texture. Vases, mirrors and frames also work great to add visual elements.’
Smart storage solutions will never lose favor in a kitchen, but open shelving is increasingly being used as a designer appliance to bring a touch of informality to an otherwise functional space.
“For those with traditional or farmhouse kitchens, peek-a-boo pantries and simple details like open shelving can really elevate the rustic feel of your space while providing practical solutions for storage,” says Lizzie Beesley, Head of Design at Magnet. “From baskets and pots to antique bowls and glasses, use these visible features to add your own unique personality to your home.”
Open shelving is also the chef’s choice. ‘If you cook a lot, you want to have a lot of open shelves, as with String can’, says Michelin star chef Karim Khouani. ‘You don’t want too many doors and cupboards. It is not necessary, everything on the shelves is used almost every day. And you want everything within reach. Hooks, hanger racks and rods are a really good way to keep utensils and pans close at hand. Metal shelves are hardy and give the kitchen a rustic touch.’
Tiles have long been used to introduce color and pattern to high traffic areas of the home, but their use will increase in 2022 as we see tiles adorning headboards and walls, and with creative motifs and laying patterns.
“Tiles are beautiful works of art in their own right and have the power to completely transform a room,” said Adrian Blundell, Production Director at Craven Dunnill Jackfield. “If you want to experiment with bold colors and decors and inspired layouts and patterns, tiles are the perfect way to make a distinctive design statement that is unique and individual.”
Andrew Bendall, Marketing Manager at Craven Dunnill Jackfield, explains: “This year we have noticed an increased sense of creativity in the way our customers want to present their tiles in their homes. While color is key, the different ways you can lay your tiles are a great way to express creativity and bring a touch of individuality to a room. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, a herringbone pattern is beautifully striking, while an offset or linear pattern is a perfect alternative to something more subtle.’
We recently reported on the rise of pastel kitchens – a third of Brits believe pastels are most likely to evoke feelings of joy and happiness – and soft pink has emerged as the color of choice to evoke a sense of well-being. .
“It’s no surprise to us that we all crave color as homeowners remain gray, but we’re amazed at the consumer response to the link between color and well-being,” says Lizzie. Well-being has become a primary focus for design and that’s why it’s such a positive sign that homeowners are actively craving color in their home for this particular purpose.
Pink kitchens work especially well with bronze and brass, which can add a lot of warmth to a space without feeling overwhelming. Soft blush pink walls combined with white units and copper hardware create a space that is not only warm and inviting, but also ultra-modern. If you go for pink or dark pink cabinets, opt for gold or brass accents and handles that complement the shades with a refined and contemporary touch.’
Make your own wall panels
Britons spent £110.3bn on home improvements during the lockdown, and there’s no sign of us taking down tools by 2022. a source of inspiration – try searching the hashtags #wallpanelling and #wallpanellingideas to see what other people have been up to.
“The DIY project has received a lot of attention online as more than 23.8 million TikTok users see just how much of a difference adding wall panels to a room can make,” say the interior experts at Stelrad. Adding wood panels to a feature wall before adding a lick of paint instantly adds a touch of luxury to the premium look, giving you a premium feel on a budget. Many people choose to add paneling in the bedroom behind the headboard, creating a focal point that suits different aesthetics and adds new textures to a plain surface.”
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