- Insider asked industry professionals about the fading and emerging interior-design trends for 2022.
- They said exposed shelving and open-floor plans will likely continue to decrease in popularity.
- But floral prints, black accents, and nature-inspired looks are on the rise, according to experts.
“Many people learned the hard way during the pandemic that perhaps your kitchen, home office, dining area, great room, and living room should not all be the same,” he said. “Ultimately, lack of privacy leads to a lack of functionality.”
Those with open spaces may look to find ways to add some separation through wall dividers and other forms of privacy.
“I think we’ll also be seeing less fast furniture in the coming years. Our rooms now see daily multifunctional use, and people are customizing them to provide flexible and adaptive living spaces,” he said. “I see clients opting for better pieces that have a greater purpose beyond quality for the sake of longevity.”
Andra DelMonico, a home-design writer for Trendey, said, “Over the past couple of years, people have spent more time at home and really used their kitchens.
She continued, “It has become painfully obvious that open shelving doesn’t work and just ends up looking cluttered and messy, while also lacking the storage capacity of cabinets.”
Instead, she told Insider, a combination of upper cabinets and decorative shelving will pave the way this year.
“Traditional restaurant-style kitchen hoods will continue to disappear in 2022 as residents opt for the cleaner and concealed look,” he said. “Kitchen hoods will now be low profile and flushed with the rest of kitchen cabinetry.”
“Color schemes come and go but typically have a popularity lifeline of about a decade. Gray is coming to the end of its decade,” DelMonico told Insider. “People are growing tired of neutral colors like white, beige, and gray.”
She added that while gray color schemes were once popular for their universally appealing, modern look — especially in kitchens — we should expect to see more bold and dramatic colors for cabinets and backsplashes this year.
“Florals are having a moment, in many different forms — certainly in wallpaper, which continues to be a strong need. Also, though, in more and more fabrics, floral motifs are occurring,” they told Insider. “The reason, we believe, is that people are seeking out joy, and nothing delivers so readily as flowers, color, and pattern.”
“The color to watch in 2022 for all home accents is black,” Autumn Stankovsky, an interior designer at Floor360, told Insider. “We’ll see black window frames, trim, doors, cabinet hardware, faucets, and door frames.”
Black is often sleek and modern-looking. Plus, it matches many other colors, which makes it an easy pick.
“We will be seeing more rounded shapes in furniture, lighting, and home decor in the upcoming year,” he said. “Rounded, organic shapes add softness to a design and give a space a more soothing ambiance.”
“Now that people have embraced the outdoor-living lifestyle, they realize they can’t spend 24/7 outside,” she said. “The simplest approach we’ve seen is by using more shades of green in home decor. This could be with paint or fabrics.”
DelMonico added that flora- and fauna-patterned fabrics are gaining popularity and that you could enhance the trend with natural materials and live plants.
Wallpaper is going to continue to increase in popularity, with grass cloth specifically having its biggest surge since its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s,” Kim Turner, a designer at Kim Turner Design and the advancement director at Dwell With Dignity, told Insider.
She added, “This is driven not only by the fact that it is a natural and eco-friendly material but that it complements almost any design style.”
“We have been trapped in our homes for so long that people are itching to have a change of scenery within their personal spaces,” she said. “The green renaissance will be in full swing by 2022, whether in paint or decor.”
The designer added that many people were craving a sense of calm in their homes, which can be achieved by incorporating neutral, soft shades of green.