I am so happy to be joining some of my favorite bloggers this year for our annual discussion on Design Trends.I usually start this annual post with the Pantone color of the year. This year it is very peri (I love periwinkle but this peri is just not pretty in my book).I think they missed the mark by not picking green this year, but who knew Covid would still be such a big part of our lives. The keyword for design trends this year is green, as in the color, bringing nature in with plants and other natural elements, and using sustainable furniture and decor. Or in the words of the experts Biophilic Design. Let’s talk about how to decode the 2022 Design Trends.
Of course, every list is different but here are my favorites from the research I did on the subject. Keep in mind we can all interpret these trends to suit our own taste which I will admit I have done. I picked my favorites that I think have some timeless appeal. All of my resources are listed at the bottom of the post.
NATURE INSPIRED DESIGN AND COLORS (OR BIOLIPHIC DESIGN)
I know what the heck is that? Here is a short definition “Biophilic design seeks to connect our inherent need to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment “
The color green is huge. No one is better at bringing the outside in than Sue Bond. This is a shot of her vacation home in South Africa. If you love green and beautiful interiors you should be following Sue on Instagram. She is currently decorating her new home in London.
Brook and Steve Giannetti’s lovely Wisteria project is another example of incorporating a lovely shade of green into a living space without overwhelming it with color. I need to order their latest book Patina Homes here. I was hoping to find it under the Christmas tree but I guess I need to order it for myself!
This trend is not new but most believe it will continue to evolve in 2022. Repurposed wood, antique and vintage furniture and accessories add a sense of history and character to interiors. I don’t think this one is going away anytime soon(I hope not). Love this gorgeous Palm Beach project of Mark D Sikes. Need I say more?
RETURN TO NATURAL SURFACES
Think raw, porous, imperfect organic materials that will bring the outside in. We will supposedly be seeing a return of natural stone, brick, and metals.
This lovely Birmingham project by one of my favorite designers Beth Webb has beautiful stone floors, reclaimed beams and a gorgeous stone fireplace. I could move right in. You can see more of Beth’s beautiful work here.
COLORFUL WINDOW TREATMENTS
I have been noticing a return to patterned draperies and curtains. I am loving a little pattern in curtains and drapes but I am not sure I could go too bold with color. I tire of things to quickly. This beautiful Greenwich project by Sarah Bartholomew infuses a lot of pattern but the overall effect is quite soft.
#5 NEW NEUTRALS
I love this project by Lauren Liess. This room clicks all the boxes for me, elements of nature, sustainable furnishings, patterned curtains (with a light hand). This is a timeless room that I would never tire of. All of Lauren’s books are wonderful. You can purchase her books on Amazon here.
In my own home, a touch of coral, a patterned neutral pillow, and bamboo shades compliment the antique blanket chest and it’s inhabitants.
Last year it was all about “Granny Chic” and the “Grand Milleniums”. I think This year it is refined a bit, to what we would just call timeless. We are craving a sense of comfort, timelessness and history in their homes. You might enjoy my post about Ten Tips for Timeless Interiors here. I love this gorgeous “timeless” space by the talented Ashley Whittaker.
Luxury Outdoor Spaces
A version of this appeared last year in my trends. With the pandemic still a big part of our lives, our outdoor spaces will remain important. Our homes are still our sanctuaries. Especially the outdoors where we can gather more safely with friends. Scott Shrader creates gorgeous outdoor rooms for his Southern California clients. His book The Art of Outdoor Living is my personal bible.
I am not going to spend much time on what is supposedly out. You can probably guess what they are predicting. Out with open concept plans, anything farmhouse, throwaway furniture, white kitchens and more. The list goes on and on. For more information on the 2022 Design Trends you might enjoy reading the articles below. For giggles you might also enjoy my post 2021 Design Trends, What’s In and What’s Out, and 2020 Design Trends, Why a Collected Lookis Here to Stay.
Our homes will remain our havens, where we work, sleep, and unwind in 2022. Every nook and crannie, and every item that surrounds us, must be meaningful and useful. How do you feel about Design Trends? Will you let them influence how you decorate in 2022?
Thank you for reading How to Decode the 2022 Design Trends. Grab a cup of coffee and pop over and visit our great panel of design bloggers for their take on the latest trends in Design. You won’t want to miss a single one.