It’s been a tough couple of years. There have been highs and lows, and there are still many challenges being faced across the globe. But if the pandemic has taught us anything – it’s that our homes really are our castles.
In the face of adversity, home interiors can bring joy and a sense of security. So it’s no wonder people are turning to interior design for escapism. Everyone’s gone DIY mad, and we can’t wait to share our predictions for interior design trends 2022!
Here are some key themes you could be seeing in the coming year.....ready, set, decorate!
Organic remains the key interior design trend in 2022
Hold on to your wicker plant pots! Nature and all things raw and organic are still part of the main narrative this year. As we discussed in 2021’s trend predictions, vegetable-based fibres and raw materials are the keys to happiness.
The intrinsic connection between the outside world and humans runs so deep that it’s so much more than a trend that dips in and out of fashion. The truth is, our love for natural elements inside the home will likely never fade.
So go on, embrace those woven baskets, revive your rattan, and dust off your wallpapering brush to welcome next year’s big botanical wall coverings!
Cottagecore is making a big comeback
Mural in photo: Vintage Green
If you loved shabby chic back in the day, 2022 is your time to shine. But just know, this interior design trend is about much more than nostalgic countryside scenes and romantic floral wallpapers.
It’s actually a way of life, and the concept of cottagecore is built on embracing a simpler, more sustainable existence. And not just in interiors either. If you make your own sourdough bread, wear vintage Laura Ashley, upcycle anything and everything into planters, you’re a bit cottagecore yourself.
Think grandmillennial crafts, think reusing and recycling to tackle textile waste in landfills, and think Scandinavian living concepts but done in a very British and ever so slightly chintzy way.
It’s all about the green living room…
Nature-led colours are key for nailing interior design trends in 2022, and the hottest hue is going to be green. Move over navy living rooms – we’re all about green wall coverings and wall paints next year!
Deep emerald and quartz are still hot, but multiple shades will come into play, including earthy, herbal or vegetal tones like sage, as well as hues on the green/blue spectrum for an oceanic touch. Mixing different greens to create an organic story will be popular, and house plants will be centre stage.
To bring green walls to life, add texture with leafy palms or succulents, contrast with terracotta furnishings, and add metallic finishes such as gold and brass to make everything pop. The more texture you can add, the better – so don’t be afraid to indulge in tactile rugs, cushions and throws either.
…but make room for optimistic orange
Mural in photo: Coral Line Leaves
When it comes to the overarching interior design trends 2022 has to bring, there’s a clear theme of optimism, hope, recovery and reinvention. Between social unrest and the pandemic, there’s enough to drag anyone down. So joyfulness is the number one goal.
As we navigate a post-COVID world, we’re clearing out the negative and bringing in the positive. Cue Pantone Sunflower 16-1054 TCX, which has been predicted to be a biggie in home decorating.
This shade is a burnt golden yellow/orange that tells the tale of a summer afternoon. It’s a story of simple pleasures and carefree living, and it adds instant warmth to any space. But there’s definitely longevity in a deep brownish palette because it can transition seamlessly from summery to autumnal, giving you a year-round colour that delights the senses.
There’ll be mad love for all things retro
Retro is nothing new. We’ve witnessed the marble comeback, followed shortly by the throwback to terrazzo. So it’s clear that nostalgia makes us tick.
But 2022 could be the year where the 1960s, 70s and 80s really come to life. So much so that it could feel as though we’ve popped back in a time machine. The big obsession next year is likely to be furniture, and we’re talking serious investment pieces that last for decades to come.
When it comes to style and shape, anything round and circular will be all the rage. Think smooth, egg-shaped seating, globular footrests, and things that simply look “squishy” to touch. Not only is this a nod to a happier era in our imaginations (pre-Covid and pre-social media), but it’s a cry for comfort. Something that so many of us are desperate for now we’re spending more time working/living in our homes.
According to psychology, rounded edges are good for the soul! This is because they create a sense of flow that doesn’t overstimulate. Smooth edges calm and soothe us, putting our minds at ease and helping us relax.
Multifunctional space will be a priority
For over a year, our homes have been a place of work and recreation. They’ve been busy offices accommodating multiple family members throughout the working week. They’ve been the restaurants we missed in lockdown. They’ve been to the cinema, the playground, and even the gym.
So rooms that can serve more than one purpose are more important than ever, particularly when it comes to office space. But instead of just turning dining tables into hot desks, there’s a growing trend for creating stylish home offices in unexpected (and tight) spaces.
It could be a desk under the stairs, a cupboard desk that can be hidden away, or a dedicated corner of a room that is sectioned and defined by a feature wall. Bold wall murals like geometric designs can make an area of a room stand out – and this is key in separating the work zone from the ‘time to switch off' zone.
Fabrics and wall coverings become one
Mural in photo: Chrysanthemum Pattern
One of the most prominent interior design trends in 2022 is the textile wall trend, an amalgamation of texture, illusion and wallpaper. This is where our favourite fabrics throughout time come to be revived.
Think wall murals that have a tactile surface, wall coverings that look like Toile De Jouy, or recreation of granny’s favourite chinoiserie table cloth. And inspired by cottagecore, there are William Morris designs to embrace, as well as those vintage florals that clash charmingly with your grandmillennial curtains!
This trend is all about texture, or the illusion of texture, and it oozes a certain quality. A quality that says every inch of your home – even the walls – is carefully considered.
What’s your favourite interior design trend for next year? Let us know in the comments below!
Wicker plant pots and the terracotta figures design for the bathroom since the bedroom is already in a shade of sage. But what to do with my dark blue wall in my bedroom. I have a kind of dark rose oriental carpet and a beige velvet headboard.
Amy @ Wallsauce01/09/2021
Hi Madeleine! We always think that dark blue looks fabulous paired with white and yellow gold accents. Please let us know how your bedroom progresses! :)
The Japanese minimal interior is alive and very strong for the future.
Amy @ Wallsauce02/11/2021
Hi James! Yes, Japanese minimalism is very popular at the moment. Have you also heard about Japandi style? It is a beautiful mix of Scandinavian and Japanese design. See here for more on Japandi - https://www.wallsauce.com/blog/what-is-japandi-style
Adoro los diseños que hacen!
Amy @ Wallsauce10/12/2021
Hola Susana. Estamos felices de que te encanten nuestros diseños de papel tapiz. :) Por favor, continúe visitándonos para ver más hermosos murales que tenemos reservados para usted.
I just painted retro green in my living room and I love farmhouse style. What rugs go with this green?
Amy @ Wallsauce04/01/2022
Hello Amy! If you love retro green and farmhouse style, why not choose a traditional Turkish-inspired rug with touches of green in it? One with off-white and pale green tones would look beautifully simple in a rustic style home. Or why not create contrast with a zig-zag black and white rug?
I absolutely love the the enlarged William Morris!
Amy @ Wallsauce04/01/2022
Hi Leslie! We love it too! To see our entire range of William Morris designs, please see here - https://www.wallsauce.com/designer-wallpaper-murals/william-morris
Refreshing with new wall paint. Biggest change for the (diy) effort cost and timing on my sore back situation!
Amy @ Wallsauce25/03/2022
Hi Lakeindy! Yes - a fresh lick of paint is always a good idea if you want to refresh a room.
Multifunctional spaces are the things that interested me the most when you discussed them in this article. With how much we're doing at home nowadays, I can feel like devoting more and more areas to being multi-purpose could be the thing that we would appreciate the most after a large renovation. I'll ask a remodeling expert to help me out with this immediately so we can enjoy some better functionality here at home.
Amy @ Wallsauce05/07/2022
Hi Afton! Thank you for your comment. You're absolutely right - multi-functional spaces are so important now that many of us are working from home. We wish you all the best in your home updates.