Decorating Trends for 2022

Is 2022 the year of wallpaper and white? 

What’s in store for interior designers?

With just a month away from 2022, we can see that some decorating trends continue from 2021 while others take different perspectives to style. There were three significant trends in the past year: sustainability and organic chic, new minimalism, and megatrends (namely color).

First up is sustainability and organic chic. 

2021 saw a lot of brands coming out with sustainable pieces; furniture, fashion accessories, etc., using recycled materials or giving back to non-profit organizations.

We think that this trend will continue in 2022 as more designers are incorporating recycled materials into their designs. Expect to see more usage of sustainable and eco-friendly fabrics, paint, and even wallpapers.

Organic chic carries over from 2021 as we saw a lot of the color white incorporated in interiors last year. For 2022, we think that organic chic will emphasize how well and neat everything is and the use of textiles that match those requirements instead of just focusing on simple colors like pastel green or pink. As seen with celebrity fave Joanna Gaines’ home decor, pieces like footstools can now come in different shapes such as cylinders rather than ottomans (popular last year).

We also expect to see minimalism continuing this year. Minimalist style is all about making your space look clean, clutter-free, and just aesthetically pleasing. Like last year, we’re expecting to see carpets with less color variety (preferably not white) and new types of low seating furniture like sofas without armrests or sectionals that seamlessly fit together.

Megatrends

This year’s global megatrends are new neutral colors along with blue hues. We think that both decorating trends will be carried over from 2021 but expect to use them in an organic chic way without too many frills. Here’s what this means; on the color front, choose white as it can go well with pastels or neon’s, while metallic finishes like brass would work well with the new neutrals. We also see the use of blue hues, especially shades like powder blue continuing in 2022.

Besides these significant decorating trends, other microtrends can be seen this year, like warm neutral colors and blue hues like Pantone’s color of the year – Ultraviolet. It’s no secret that Pantone has been onto something with their annual color of the year; they’ve gotten correct before, so if you are looking to change your walls or an accent wall, keep an eye out for what they’ll choose next! There was also a considerable increase in painting spaces besides bedrooms with gray paint last year so expect an increase in grey/neutral themed rooms this coming year.

Another trend that we see to carry over is the use of plants. Last year saw a lot of fad plants being used, especially succulents and cacti, in place of regular greenery. As seen with fashion trends, people are cutting back on using natural plants, so there has been a newer demand for silk or artificial succulents to give a bit of liveliness to your room.

Minimalism

  • White, Warm neutral colors, and blue.
  • Grayscale with pops of color.
  • Minimalism with modern lines and contours.
  • Neutral whites, nudes, space greys, blacks, and creams on light wood finishes or more complex materials like stone.
  • Industrial metallic hues like brass alongside blacks, grays, and brownish/neutral greens (espresso).
  • Modern rustic with unique pieces made of wood; furniture specially made for your home decor needs will also be more popular this year than ever before!
  • Earth tones done right – natural hues like oatmeal, tan, and sand.
  • Colorful and traditional themes are done in a modern way.
  • Warm colors, especially on neutral or darker backgrounds.

We also expect to see minimalism continuing this year. Minimalist style is all about making your space look clean, clutter-free, and just aesthetically pleasing.

Sustainability and organic chic, new minimalism. 

Neutral whites, nudes, space greys, blacks, and creams on light wood finishes or more complex materials like a stone; using more natural materials like wood (and rattan for furniture) and marble will be famous too.

Themes inspired by vineyard wines: rustic dark browns/tans, eggshell whites, and blacks.

The use of plants in home decor, including natural greenery, artificial plants, and flowers in general, will continue to be popular moving forward.

Sticking with actual real or live plants over silk substitutes, people are also becoming more sustainable when using natural or fake plants, so look out for them, especially during Christmas time when they’re everywhere!

Sticking with the theme of using the optimum colors for each season, so if it’s summertime, activate your inner Pantone color of choice for this year! Green is also expected to be popular again, so bring out those vases filled with green leaves to add some freshness to your room. Minimalism with modern lines and contours.

Complimenting or contrasting colors, so look out for accents or accessories to match the theme of your space in any color combination you’d like.