For many years, interior design trends have been used aesthetically to help aid our inner peace and well-being. Research shows how much our homes can influence our moods and overall health.
For example, the ancient Chinese tradition of Feng Shui. Where spatial positioning is linked with energy flow in order to create harmonious environments. Also, the correct use of colour has long been recognised to influence our moods.
With another year of us spending more time in our homes, it’s not surprising that the trends for this year are all about purpose and feeling emotionally at ease. Creating a connection to the outside, creating a space of calm, comfort and function.
Many of 2021’s interior design trends are looking like they won’t be around for much longer, including the white-on-white minimalist look.
So, let’s take a look at the forecast for 2022.
Neutral Palettes Take A Back Seat
People are wanting to inject more fun into their homes so are experimenting with colour and a mixture of textures.
Neutrals still play an important role as a base for any colour scheme. However, adding bold colours with decadent fabrics and vintage finds will evoke a feeling of warmth and luxury.
Vibrant blues with deep, moody hues and splashes of yellow or gold will evoke a rich, sophisticated feel. Caramels and chocolate browns will play a huge role in 2022 – yep, retro 70s’ styles are coming back baby!
Adding some quirky, one-off vintage finds will bring originality and fun to your space.
Connecting With Nature
After spending so much time on our devices there’s a desire to connect with nature and the outside world more than ever.
Take inspiration from nature to create a colour palette that is optimistic and calming. Think creamy whites, forest greens and pastel earthy browns and reds. Muted greys work well with other neutrals and can create a cohesive look that feels modern yet timeless.
Expect to see a lot of green in 2022. Green can work well as a neutral anchor and pairs well with many natural elements and textures. Consider using raw timbers, textured stone, rattan and other natural fibres such as linen and woollen fabrics.
Whether delicate, muted or vibrant, green promotes calmness and helps to focus. It connects the inside with the out, and creates a space that feels grounding.
Mix & Match
Colours that keep the mood joyful are making their way into the spotlight this year.
Create a colour scheme to evoke positivity and memories of carefree days. Mix and match with unexpected combinations of colours, textures and patterns.
Pair deep turquoise with clean, crisp whites. Contrast with florals and patterned accessories to provide fun and excitement.
Modern primary colours in rich, dark jewel tones provide a touch of luxe and comfort. These colours work perfectly for intimate, relaxing spaces such as the bedroom.
Consider playful mixes of lemons, cornflower blues, greens and soft pinks.
Lots of colour will be used as accents throughout our homes. With Pantone’s 2022 Colour Of The Year being ‘Very Peri’ we’re likely to see plenty soft and iridescent blues in interior design throughout the year.
Blending the old with the new is also big this year. Refurbishing old furniture not only adds character and personality to any space, it also creates a sustainable home. Complement a vintage buffet with some contemporary artwork.
With people starting to travel again, interiors will take on a nomadic flare with travel inspired artwork and accessories.
Wallpaper will continue as a strong element in interiors. With lots of textured materials and bold patterns.
While we’ve been forced to slow down and spend more time at home, it’s driven us to create spaces which visually and affectionately provide a sense of calm and happiness. Whatever colour choices you make for your home this year I’m sure they’ll promote smiles, positivity and relaxation.