Design trends for 2022
By Kathy Schmidt, Broker/Owner, Schmidt Realty Group Inc.
Spring’s the time when many of us take on a project or two around the house, or in the garden. Whether you’re painting your whole house, or just wanting to add a few fresh touches to your living room, it’s fun to know what’s trending this year. Putting your personal stamp on on your home should always take precedence over what’s on trend, so my advice is never to take the trends too seriously. Having said that, here’s what the experts are saying is “hot” for interior design in 2022:
Colors and Patterns
The colour of the year is Very Peri. While a whole wall of this colour would be a strong statement, you could still give a nod to the trend by adding some cushions in this colour to an otherwise neutral room. Your outdoor entertainment area is a great place to play with a bold colour, whether it’s Very Peri or another personal favourite. Paint is an inexpensive and easy way to bring new life to an outdoor table or chair and can add some fresh energy to your patio!
One colour trend is the move towards subdued tones found in nature. Think misty seaside vistas with soft blues and greens and warm grey tones. Warmer tones of light neutrals are increasingly popular. Chocolate browns and camel tones are also popular. An easy way to bring these colours into your décor is with a cozy throw on the sofa. You’ll see bold colours like citrus green as well as more patterns in fabrics and wall coverings too. What’s most important is creating an environment that feels good to you, but if you’re refreshing your paint with selling your home in mind, you might want to consult a paint pro for some advice on popular light neutrals.
Minimalism … and Maximalism!
While the less-is-more trend continues to be strong, there’s also a new more-is-more movement. You’ll start to see more patterned wallpaper with a British or vintage feeling. Think chintz, florals and restored vintage pieces. After years of minimalism being so dominant, it can feel like a lot to see so much colour and pattern. Combining these patterns with modern furnishings can tone it down to a volume you enjoy, while creating a unique a personalized space.
Curves and More Curves!
From curved sofas and coffee tables to curves in landscaping, softer lines are becoming more popular! If you’re planning on buying new furniture this year you’ll see this trend everywhere. Rather than investing all your money in the trend, maybe consult a designer about how to incorporate one statement piece like a curvy chair, with other pieces that will better stand the test of time.
During the pandemic, many people found themselves working from the dining room table while home schooling at the same time! Two years later, not everyone is returning to the office, so creating more permanent work-from-home spaces is important. For some families, this has meant moving to a larger or more appropriately designed home, but many are choosing to create spaces that serve more than one purpose. Turning your full-time guest room into a permanent home office with a guest room option is one way. Replacing a queen sized guest bed with a murphy bed and using built-ins for office storage that have some extra drawers for use by guests is just one way to approach this challenge.
Bringing the Outdoors In
Natural surfaces such as marble and terra cotta are one way people are choosing to bring natural elements into their homes in 2022. Plants and anything with texture adds to creating a more organic and peaceful feeling in a home, something we’re all longing for especially after the past couple of years.
In addition to bringing in the soothing colours and textures of nature, some home owners are taking it a step further and creating soothing away spaces. If you don’t have a room you can dedicate to enjoying some “ommmmm” time, perhaps you can create an inviting corner that you set aside as a “do not disturb” zone. Could be worth a try!
To find out what the pros are saying is out of date, check out this video. It’s full of easy fixes that can bring an area of your home back up to date. It made me think that we need to paint our own house lol!