Trends come and go but some last longer than others. The following is a list of trends that I have been seeing pop up in the interior design world again and again and that I think will be here to stay not only in 2022 but for the next 5-10 years.
The wonderful thing about interior design trends is that they keep your house from feeling outdated– and you don’t have to incorporate every single one of them either! Just pick a few that genuinely meet your fancy and focus on doing them well.
Arches are everywhere this year! From display cabinets that are rounded at the top, to arched nooks inset into the wall, and even faux painted-on arches have been steadily making a comeback into the interior of homes over the last year or so. The natural curve of an arch brings character and charm into a space and is the perfect frame for whatever scene that is set. It’s classic a shape that truly never goes out of style.
If you have been thinking about tearing out an archway in your 90’s built home, you might want to STOP what you’re doing and find a way to freshen it up by either changing the wall color or trimming it out with wood moulding.
And if you don’t have any archways in your home, here are a few great ways to get the look:
2. Sculpted Furniture
Round, curved, soft shapes are a trend that are sure to stay in 2022 and that includes sculpted-looking furniture with unique and sometimes “fuzzy” or velvety upholstery. For example, check out this accent chair from CB2 or this round swivel armchair from Pottery Barn.
3. Shades of Sage Green
Grayed down green has been a popular interior design trend for the last 3-4 years and since all the major paint brands have released their hue of the perfect green as the color of 2022 it’s sure to be a strong theme this year.
Still not sure what color to paint that wall or room in your home? Think October Mist by Benjamin Moore, Olive Sprig by PPG, Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams, Breezeway by BEHR or, if you’re brave enough, Guacamole by Glidden.
And if you’re not ready to commit to green paint on your walls here are six ideas on how to incorporate shades of green into your home:
- Switch the pillows on your sofa.
- Add a rug (or runner) with green woven into the color scheme.
- Makeover a Facebook marketplace find by painting it green.
- Make a statement in your kitchen with a green appliance.
- Display green mugs on your coffee bar or set the table with green dishes.
- Bring in some plants!
4. Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets
Remember when two tone kitchen cabinets first made their debut? People had a real love hate relationship with them. Interior designers, however, were able to make the mental leap and saw how complimentary colors could work together to make a harmonious impactful statement. This trend is going to continue to be strong into 2022 and beyond.
But the two tone kitchens of 2022 look different than you might remember them from back in 2016. Nowadays they are less miss matched and more subtle. Designers are doing this trend better by using neutral wood cabinetry as the main accent and keeping bold paint colors to the island alone.
If you want to try this trend out for yourself a good rule of thumb to follow is to always keep the upper portion of cabinetry bright and airy and the lower cabinetry darker. Here are some combos that look amazing together:
- lower cabinets: dark gray, upper cabinets: stone or greige
- lower cabinets: deep warm wood, upper cabinets: classic white
- island: bold navy blue, surrounding cabinetry: white
- island: white oak, surrounding cabinetry: white
- lower cabinetry: navy blue, no upper cabinetry just open shelving and tile.
5. Open Shelves
Another fabulous kitchen design trend that is here to stay in 2022 is open shelving. It’s a versatile trend (and can save you some money), as floating shelves can be used on only one portion of a kitchen wall or in the place of upper cabinetry completely.
Open shelving gives you the opportunity to creatively display anything from dinnerware, cookbooks, food storage, and even plants!
6. Semi-Open Floor Plans
We all recognize by now that 2020 majorly changed the direction of interior design. In fact I heard that before 2020, French Country style was about to be the next big thing! But instead of ornate chandeliers and scrolly embellishments, people (who now had to be at home the majority of the time) craved simplicity from their home decor and space from family members. Out of this desire for more privacy the semi-open concept floorpan was born.
Don’t get me wrong here, open concept floorpans will always be a popular choice for families who love to gather but now we are realizing the need for some more intimate spaces where a person can have a moment of quiet. Maybe not every wall needs to be torn down and maybe, just maybe a wall needs to be built.
7. Oil Paintings
Oil paintings are trending big time right now and are here to stay in 2022! Their soft, muted tones pair perfectly with greige and sage green color schemes that are so in style. They add interest to blank walls or look great placed on a mantel or bookshelf.
Oil paintings are a great way to bring Old World vibes into your home and make your space have a “collected over time” and thoughtful feeling verses generic or store-bought. Source them from your local thrift store, eBay or have digital downloads printed from Etsy.
Tips for Adding Interior Design Trends
- Pick the space in your home that needs the most refreshing.
- Focus on one room at a time.
- Remember, you don’t have to love or incorporate every single trend out there. Pick ones that speak to you!
- Save money by shopping second hand.
- Purchase quality pieces that will last for the next 5-10 years.
What do you think about these trends that are here to stay in 2022? Which one is your favorite? Let me know down below in the comments.
Until next time, Jess <3