Design Trends in 2022 – Two years of frequent lockdowns have made us all housebodies. But as we cautiously emerge from our shells, we may wonder what the future holds for design.
The pandemic’s disruption of our daily routines has profoundly altered how we operate and live at home, and the design trends and breakthroughs of the coming year will all reflect these changes—perhaps permanently.
The home may be a more secure haven than ever before, but the more time we spend looking at the walls, the more many of us become visually restless and want to make modifications to our homes.
We’ve invited numerous coworkers, friends, and family for a virtual tour of our personal areas using Zoom, but many of us are only tentatively stepping back into real life entertainment. We’re familiar with what “before” looked like at home; how about “after”? We called on the experience of experts to discover it.
COLOURS ARE ABOUT TO BECOME MORE VIVID
Design Trends 2022 – We’ve all been there: a room in our home that we wish would go away. It’s time to get rid of any and all colors that make us unhappy or prevent us from restful sleep. If you’re having trouble deciding what colors to use, here are some suggestions! Expert Joa Studholme, international color curator at Farrow & Ball, claims that the difficulties of the previous two years have ushered in “a seismic shift” in how people use colors inside their homes, with neutrals giving way to strong, unique hues that add individuality to our living spaces.
The biggest thing you’ll see, however, is that the lights will be dimmer. “We’ve reached a tipping point where we can no longer recycle our way out of problems such as these,” says Candice Studholme, design director at Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Make.
“The colors we choose will be strong yet modest; they reflect both how we feel now and the simpler lifestyles we’re living after a year of upheaval.” She believes jewel tones like Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green, Stone Blue, and Incarnadine are lending interiors a sense of rootedness in what she refers to as the “modest character” and virtues of the simple life.
“Functionality goes hand in hand with adornment,” she adds. “Of course, we are still attracted to colors that represent the natural world and make us feel safe. We will continue to see green utilized in linking the exterior with the interior.”
On this note, Studholme’s prediction falls in line with that of most major paint companies, whose 2022 color of the year selections are comparable to a lush greenhouse’s verdant interior. Benjamin Moore’s October Mist is a gentle pistachio, Sherwin Williams’ Evergreen Fog is a muted gray-green, Glidden’s Guacamole is a modern variation on the early 1970s classic hue, and Behr’s Breezeway is a light, delicate celadon.
“SOFT CONTRACT” FURNITURE AND ZOOM ROOMS ARE IN…
Design Trends 2022 – The distinction between professional and domestic areas, which was once sacrosanct, has dissipated for Jude Hughes, a 1stDibs contemporary design specialist. These modifications to our personal spaces, according to his statement, “are challenging traditional conceptions of ownership and private space.”
“Nomadic and flexible-use goods are becoming more popular,” according to Hughes. “Many furniture designs have evolved into ‘soft contract,’” where active comfort forms are intended to meet the demands of this hybrid [live/work] setting. In other words, the idea that rooms and furnishings should be used for one purpose or another and can only be configured in a certain way is being thrown out the window; our homes are turning into a mobile banquet.
From Los Angeles, Meaghan Roddy, the West Coast head of design at Phillips, comments that interior designers she talks to have more work than they can handle and that because of the epidemic, “there is greater attention on ‘home,’” not just about entertaining in the home but about really living and working in a house space while retaining flexibility.
The conclusion is that clients utilized their at-home time to finish design projects they’d put off. “We did hear of a designer creating a ‘zoom room’ for a client, which is really clever,” she adds. “Anecdotally,” she continues, “we’ve heard of customers creating rooms with the purpose of zooming in (such as detailed closets), which I think are fantastic.”
…BUT KEEPING UP APPEARANCES IS OUT
Design Trends 2022 – Families with multiple generations under one roof may benefit from the openness and flexibility that are here to stay. Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick— whose groundbreaking project Designing Motherhood explores the material culture of pregnancy, birth, and beyond—both report having seen a new degree of candour when it comes to what appears on Zoom and how families manage multiple demands in their homes.
“I believe that more transparency will result as a consequence of our homes now serving as a refuge for many different activities, including living, caring for people, and working. Zoom is frequently where other individuals may view our interiors,” Fisher adds.
Chris Winick, a father of three who works long hours, explains how this phenomenon has brought children and their belongings to the forefront. Another incentive for using nomadic furniture is that it has brought kids and their stuff much more into the picture. “Personally, I’m embracing it (what’s the real difference?). As such, children’s artwork hangs on the walls as my Zoom backdrop because I’ve noticed an increase in modular furniture… flexible rooms that can readily adjust to meet changing demands throughout the day.”
CRAFT WILL BE KING
Design Trends 2022 – The desire to surround oneself with handcrafted, artisanal items — both old and new – is another strong motivator among designers and collectors. Abby Bangser, the creator of the Object + Thing art and design fair, says that lately there’s been a “tendency toward handmade and crafted goods collected over time, therefore revealing more about a homeowner’s personality through their possessions.”
In a manner of speaking, it’s because everything is unique and has a personal touch: “Maybe that stems from how aware we are of our humanity right now [as result of the pandemic]—these things we live with were created by real people,” says Bangser.
According to proprietor of the Kingston, New York, antiques gallery Kabinett and Kammer and author of the book Creating Authentic Interiors Stan Scherer, items that were once used quite modestly—and frequently “below stairs”—are as popular now as ever. “Wood milking stools, carved dough bowls, and lovely worn cutting boards are currently in vogue,” according to Scherer. “They fit right in at home in a classic or modern interior.”
“Clients are recently gravitating toward a rich, multi-layered aesthetic,” says Rebecca Gardner, the founder and creative director of Houses and Parties, an event and interiors design firm in New York City and Savannah, Georgia. “The vintage on my website comes first.” She adds that she is “unabashedly enthusiastic about texture, layers, and vibrant color.”
Even in the architectural components that make up a house, the handcrafted appeal is making a comeback. “I haven’t seen that color on ceramic things or tiles in a long time,” says Shannon Maldonado, owner of Philadelphia design mecca Yowie. “Tiles are now being used as wall trim or as an accent wall in new ways. I like it when I’ve noticed it installed into doorways or as an accent wall in bedrooms or living rooms rather than traditional wood millwork.”
RECYCLED MATERIALS WILL BE ALL THE RAGE
Design Trends 2022 – Next year, you can expect to see the green on your walls, but it won’t just be for decoration: Designers are increasingly investing in and experimenting with environmentally friendly materials in order to disrupt the direct-to-landfill model in any way possible.
Material mend is a term used by the Mohawk Group’s art and design director, Royce Epstein. “It’s the process of researching new materials that may be used in place of traditional plastics and other hazardous materials in products’ designs,” she adds. “Today, Fernando Laposse is the finest designer who does this. He uses indigenous corn from Mexico to create veneer and sisal as a by-product of the tequila industry to create benches and other objects.”
“Many studios are reconsidering materials intended for short-term or industrial use and reclaiming waste streams to create surprisingly beautiful domestic items,” says Jude Hughes of 1stDibs. “Recycled materials like cork, linen, and reclaimed plastics are gaining a lot of attention.
Design Trends 2022 – “I’ve been really inspired by the rise of recycled plastics like HPDE as a raw material for furniture and fixtures,” says Shannon Maldonado of Yowie. “I’ve been personally influenced by the use of recycled materials such as HPDE as a raw material for furniture and fittings in the creation of the Ganni stores, where it’s used as counters and storage units, and the Space Available x Peggy Gou ‘trash’ chair made from recycled plastic in Indonesia. I’d be interested in using it myself in a future project,” she adds.
THE RETURN OF WALL-TO-WALL CARPET (AND BASICALLY EVERYTHING ELSE 1970S)
Design Trends 2022 – Soft furniture and surfaces are becoming more popular. David Alhadeff, the creator of the Future Perfect (who’s “obsessed” with 1970s design these days), claims that certain aspects of the glitzy decade are resurfacing—particularly on the flooring. “Wall-to-wall carpet was such a no-no for so long,” he states, “and now it seems fresh again. The lushness of our terra-cotta wall-to-wall at Casa Perfect is a hit with guests. And 1970s designs such as our Marenco sofa are once again very fashionable.”
On the walls, there are many Op Art influences: From Gucci’s new lifestyle line, G Hexagon wallpaper uses geometry and scale to create a color palette that is reminiscent of a vintage wrap dress, whereas Ken Fulk’s Cult of Beauty Collection’s Brutalist portrays an austere modern building from the early 1960s shot through with bright colors and a tangible sense of perspective.
“Many designers, on the other hand, have chosen to embrace surreal forms, in which the object appears to be continuously emerging without ever solidifying. These methods include collage, animistic design, soft melting forms, and psychedelic color schemes.” “[This] represents a clear break from so-called rational design, in which form has historically followed function: Many designers have embraced paraboloid forms instead of spherical ones.
Dudet chair by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina—soft, robustly built, and evocative of languid ’70s glitz—can be upholstered in a variety of earthy hues like teal, persimmon, and ochre. “Legible comfort” is how Hughes sums up this phenomenon: things that simply appear to be soft and inviting, round and plump. What could be better after such a trying period?
The experts that we spoke with for this article have identified a number of trends in interior design and home decor. For example, the use of natural materials such as wood, stone or concrete is expected to increase from 16% to 20%. Similarly, the trend towards more individualized living spaces will be increasingly popular among homeowners. Design Trends 2022 – These trends are evident both in commercial properties and residential homes alike which means you’ll want to stay on top of these new ideas if you’re planning a redesign project anytime soon! Let me know what your favorite trend is so I can share it with our readers in the Comments section below.