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7 interior design trends that will dominate 2022

Sunday, December 19, 2021   /   by Soraya Joud

7 interior design trends that will dominate 2022

In 2022, interior design trends will center around reclaiming spaces previously adapted to home working, a renewed interest in bringing the natural world indoors, and a drive to purchase and decorate more consciously.

Our choice of color palette will become more confident as we experience new feelings of hope and positivity for the future, and, according to recent research, we will find happiness and fulfilment in rolling up our sleeves and tackling DIY home projects.

Below, design experts weigh in on the top interior design trends for 2022.

1. Statement lighting


Form matches (or surpasses) function in 2022, as we see a reframing of lighting as decorative objects.

Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's Trend Expert, says: 'Equal parts functional and fashionable, statement lighting allows folks to spotlight their beautiful homes, while doubling as eye-catching artwork. Many are already on the hunt for statement lighting – from sculptural pendants to standout sconces – that reflects their own personal style. On Etsy we’ve seen a 344 per cent increase in searches for 70s lighting, a 27 per cent increase in searches for sculptural or decorative lighting, a 25 per cent increase in searches for vintage lighting, and a 22 per cent increase in searches for colourful lighting.'

2. Sleep sanctuary


Bedrooms have had to work harder than ever over the last 18 months, for many of us doubling up as home offices as we navigate working from home. For 2022, there's a desire for the bedroom to return to a calm, peaceful sanctuary to retreat to.  Amy Wilson, Interior Designer for 247 Blinds and 247 Curtains, says: 'For a lot of people, 2022 is the time to reclaim your bedroom as the sanctuary it should be. Bedrooms are a place of rest and recuperation so focus will be on mood lighting, soothing colour palettes and layers of comforting textures.'

Designing a space conducive to quality sleep will be paramount. 'There will be a move towards simplifying the bedroom, removing clutter and distractions and instead creating beautifully styled beds with soft and inviting cushions and investment bedding,' Amy continues. 'If possible, an open window all year round is going to benefit your bedroom environment, as well as some blackout curtains to ensure quality deep sleep. Bedside tables should discretely bookmark your bed with just enough room for a good book and a glass of water (no charging devices in the bedroom).'

      Heather Hacket, Design Manager for Christy, suggests using accessories and a soft colour palette: 'Combine neutral walls with beige, oatmeal and biscuity accents in your soft furnishings and round the look off with an abundance of throws and rugs in thick, cosy materials such as wool to create a snug, homely feel.'

      3. Shades of green


      Our connection to nature and the world around us has never been more important – during the pandemic, or post. Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux, comments: 'After so long trapped indoors we have come to appreciate the power of nature to uplift and revitalise us. Colour-wise we are throwing open the doors and windows and inviting every shade of nature in for tea.'

      Pinterest has seen searches for green interior inspiration increase by 80 per cent this year, as we embrace a plethora of nature-inspired green tones.

      Ben White, design and trade expert at Swyft, says: 'Bringing the outside in; it’s a trend we’ve spoken about for a while, but next year it will come into fruition. We will see green and natural tones blended into our interiors through the use of plants, timber and terracotta. We might also see the use of green velvet sofas, sage or olive painted walls or jute textured rugs.'

      Heather suggests a moderate approach to decorating with green: 'Sage and mineral-based greens bring nature indoors and enrich interior spaces. However, a whole green room can seem a bit daunting. If you love the colour but don't want to make any permanent changes, add in pops of rich jewel-toned greens through your cushions, prints and decorative items, such as vases and candlesticks.'