This year has seen us start to build our new post-pandemic normal as well as take on global challenges that will continue to change how we live and how we view our relationship with nature. Home trends have understandably focussed on comfort, health and wellbeing with many of us using materials such as marble, wicker and houseplants to create an inside-outside vibe that has helped us link up with the healing benefits of nature.
Increasingly our homes have become an expression of our individuality and we have taken a meaningful approach to craft a very personal look. We have created multi-functional spaces with broken plan rooms which help us balance family activities, hobbies and entertaining with flexible home working.
As we enter a new year the mood of the moment is optimistic with a renewed positive action. We predict that we will continue to focus our attention on creating homes that support our wellbeing as well as protecting our environment.
Here are our top five trend predictions for 2022.
1. Soft warm colours
This year has been all about the bold deep colours of nature such as forest green and midnight blue but 2022 will see us toning down these cocooning shades with softer olive and sage greens paired with earthy shades of taupe and sandy brown for a look that’s easy to live with. Our top colour prediction for the year is soft pastel pink, a soothing colour of love and hope. We will see shades of blush and baby pink not only as an accent to bolder greens and blues but also as the main event in bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms.
2. Honest materials
The theme of balance and authenticity will continue with imaginative uses of organic materials such as bare plaster walls, rattan and cork. Tactile materials like velvet, boucle or undyed wool bring a cosiness that will help us create a sanctuary from the stresses of the outside world. Perfect for pared back Scandi or eastern inspired schemes, wood design flooring can provide texture and interest yet is also easy to keep hygienically clean and durable enough to stand up to everything life throws at it.
From furniture to arched doorways and painted wall features, designers have started to use curves to add a feminine touch that comforts and protects. To introduce this trend into your home, add a softly curved armchair in a boucle fabric into a sitting room for a sumptuous corner to relax or paint an oversized geometric shape on the bedroom wall to create a headboard effect.
4. Nostalgic style
The latest revival style sees us harking back to the artisan vibes of the 1970s. This decade was characterised by a challenging recession followed by recovery and reinvention with a sense of optimism that definitely resonates with us today. To get this look combine neutral off-white walls with warm wood flooring, boxy brown leather sofas, Moroccan style pouffe, a shag pile rug and some faux fur throws and your sitting room will ooze ‘70s bohemian chic.
5. Reducing waste
Our increasing awareness of environmental issues means that we are all looking to shift towards more intentional consumption. In the home we can opt for a contemporary take on classic vintage design with second hand furniture and, for those of us that are handy, one-off pieces upcycled from materials destined to be thrown away. Choosing products that are designed with cutting edge technology to pass the test of time will help us all reduce our impact and create a uniquely beautiful home.