by Admin Staff
on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 10:02am.
Our homes have a direct influence on us, not only on our moods, but our mental and physical well-being. Is it any wonder that in our third year of a pandemic that interior design trends are largely focused on making us feel at ease, instead of boasting style? Here are five major trends happening in interior design that lay out the look for 2022:
1) Curved Furniture
Curved or sculpted forms have a softer, natural shape. In contrast to the sharp and angular pieces seen in previous years, curved furniture evokes cognitive ease. The natural shape/curve is familiar to the eye, and is therefore associated with safety and comfort. You can plan on seeing more curved furniture and accent pieces as the year unfolds!
2) Natural Surfaces
With everyone spending more time inside the home than ever before, there's a strong urge to still connect with nature. This has inspired a resurgence in natural surfaces like stoneware, terracotta, marble, and travertine. Even those involved with the stone trend like granite, quartz or marble countertops are choosing to leave edges unfinished. The raw, porous and untouched nature of these materials not only offer visual intrigue, but depth, character and soul. The effect it has is meant to mimic the calming, imperfect ambiance of the outdoors.
3) Shades of Brown
Get the 70's visual of brown out of your mind. Forget bold browns playing off of orange shag carpets...these shades of brown are likened to chocolate, caramel and camels; paired with neutral tones. This monochromatic aesthetic takes the place of bold patterns and colours, meant to mimic the natural browns of the Earth outside. Again, the theme of bringing nature in to the home is key. Overall, these shades contribute to a cozy, comfortable and safe space.
4) Dual Purpose Rooms
Another year of Covid variants, another year of our living spaces doubling as work spaces.
“Rooms will be designed for double duty; i.e. dining rooms walls lined with wine storage or books, guest rooms fitted with desks, bedrooms equipped with exercise equipment. As people spend more time in their homes, they expect the spaces to work harder for them.”
-Timothy Corrigan, interior designer at Timothy Corrigan Inc as interviewed by Vogue.
5) Sustainable Accents
Repurpose plays a parallel role with natural surfaces and textures. Since we've been spending more time at home, we've had more time to think - especially about the human impact on the world. Extended months of quarantine showed us a resurgence of nature; almost every country reported some type of wildlife roaming urban streets, air pollution decreased and even beaches cleared up. This unintended positive effect from the coronavirus inspired lots of people to get creative. By repurposing unused, damaged or vintage items, people brought a sense of history into their homes. It's this history, with a focus on nature, that inspires the trend of sustainable accents.
What's your favourite trend? Which will you be using this year?