In 2021, our homes continued to be a place of work and living, as well as much-needed sanctuaries away from the uncertainty of the pandemic. This has and will continue to shape the future of interior design in 2022.
Design experts predict a growing trend centred around sustainability in terms of the materials we use and brands we shop from, biophilic design – bringing the natural world indoors, a restructuring of our living spaces to adapt to flexible working that also enhance our home, mindful spaces and a nostalgic dip into our design past.
So, if your new year’s resolution is to give your home a serious makeover, this is the perfect place to get inspired.
Pantone 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
Pantone recently named “Very Peri” as its 2022 Colour of the Year. A bold blue with a violet-red undertone, you can expect to see the shade show up in everything from furniture to decor.
“Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.” — Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute
“Blue is set to be one of the most popular colours for bedrooms in 2022,” says Joanna Ross, Manager of Product & Innovation at Sheridan. “It can have a positive effect on mood as it connects us to a blue sky or ocean found in nature, which helps us to feel relaxed…Whether you add a dark blue feature wall or incorporate a blue textured quilt. The colour blue is known to help calm the mind and produce a feeling of tranquillity.”
One of the biggest trends to emerge in 2021, with more Google searches globally than any other design style, cottagecore will continue its dominance into 2022 – thanks in no small part to the saturation of dreamy cottagecore content shared across Instagram and TikTok.
Cottagecore is the epitome of The Good Life and was born from a desire to return to a slower way of living. It revels in the romance of rural life, think sprawling meadows and wildflowers and celebrates a return to traditional skills and crafts. It brings the outdoors in at every opportunity – helping us connect with nature once again. Cottagecore is a whimsical and homely aesthetic that connects us to a simpler way of life and celebrates the everyday.
If this sounds right up your street, check out our Cottagecore blog for ideas on how to bring the chocolate box cottage feels to your home (with a modern twist!) and make staying at home feel like a cosy cottage retreat.
The term ‘Biophilia’ translates to ‘the love of living things’ in ancient Greek and its core principle is to connect humans with nature, and as a result, improve well-being.
Interior Design that connects us to nature is proven to make us happier, reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, boost our productivity and even contribute to a stronger sense of wellbeing.
In 2022 We will see a continued focus and emphasis on creating calming environments with natural lighting, plenty of house plants and creating a visual connection with nature.
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.’
Check out our Biophilia design blog for how you can look to nature for your inspiration.
“Emotional escape rooms” are another trend in the making. A space at home to escape and unwind away from the rest of the household.
“Next year will bring about a deeper awareness of our spaces and the impact they have on our emotions and wellbeing. We will see more spaces that have personality and personal ties to interests, hobbies and pleasures of its owner.” — Marie Cloud, Designer
How many of us set up makeshift home offices at the kitchen table or on the family sofa? Embracing the trend towards hybrid working will necessitate a move to a more evolved workspace in 2022. Creating comfortable workspaces in the home that provide a functional space that enhances the home without compromising on style.
There has been a move towards ‘zoning’ and creating areas for each area of our life whilst keeping the room’s flow. This year we will see a growing trend in pieces that have dual functions which can adapt as we change the way we use a room throughout the day.
For more tips on creating a workspace that can help encourage productivity, reduce anxiety and alleviate mood check out our Home Office Haven blog.
2022 will see a further emphasis on sustainable materials and responsible manufacturing.
With the public’s increased exposure to climate change, the idea of sustainability has fed into the interior industry and our homes. This is translating in to how we buy furniture and a move towards lasting style as we recognise the effects of our ‘buy it and chuck it’ consumerism on our planet. Developing a personal, lasting style is not only beautiful and unique, but good for the environment as well.
Form goes head to head with 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 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.’
A Return to Retro
A lot of our interior trends are driven by culture and with the popularity of shows such as Halston, Glow and Pose, for example, the nostalgic elements of 70s and 80s interior design are starting to make a comeback!
If you’re planning to give your home a makeover in 2022 share your spaces with us @cabyncrew!
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Emma & Emily