2022 Interior Design Trends
It’s always fun to see how interior designs change from year to year. With so many of us spending more of our time at home (working, living, and entertaining), comfortable and visually appealing spaces have become even more important. Obviously, as a Realtor, I see many homes and I’ve noticed plenty of shifts in design influences over the years. Here, I’ll share popular and current interior design trends that I believe are here to stay for awhile.
70’s Retro Style or 70’s Boho Chic
Home decor has made a big shift from minimalist and modern to “eclectic hippie,” and many are loving it! Bohemian style is a fashion style strongly influenced by hippie fashion, in which natural fabrics, retro patterns, neutrals and warm shades merge with 70’s style accents and a flair for statement accessories. All this translates into seeing more textured fabrics, geometric shapes and patterns, multi-use and free-flowing spaces like sunken living rooms, room dividers, and upholstered seating. Hallmarks of 1970’s design include bringing nature indoors, materials like velvet and rattan, and patterned wallpaper.
Multi-functional space can be described as “true integration of different functions in time and space” (Brandt & Vejre, 2004). This perennially popular design doesn’t look like it’s going out of style anytime soon. One of the easiest and most common ways to create a multi-functional space is to put together a kitchen with a dining room area. Open floor plans are still popular and many people no longer desire a separated dining room. They want to be able to cook and socialize at the same time.
Multi-purpose living rooms are also extremely popular. Some must-have items are a coffee table with lots of storage space, a pull-out couch, side tables that double as seating, expandable tables, modular seating, and room dividers. It’s definitely become more common to see rooms serving multiple purposes to entertain guests, exercise, and work from home.
Organic Materials and Textures
Pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright, who believed in creating harmony between people and nature, “Organic Design” takes cues from nature and emphasizes minimalism and harmony between man-made elements and the natural world. Organic Design trends in home furnishings promote natural forms and minimalist materials, like wood and glass. Texture in interior design is, quite simply, an object’s physical feeling or visual appearance. Everything—like nubby boucle throws, a cane screen, a suede wall, or a stone backsplash—creates texture.
Organic, modern designs often start with a foundation of clean lines, rounded shapes, and smooth surfaces. These modern elements are then accentuated with natural materials, including reclaimed wood, stone, leather, burnished metal, and concrete to introduce texture and an organic feel.
Multiple Shades of Green
Why do designers love to use the color green? Green, similar to blue, is soothing to the eyes, and it’s often a most preferred option for interior design, given the availability of multiple shades. Designers find they can easily use the color green as a blend of multiple shades or in combination with other soothing colors, to create a restorative, harmonizing effect.
In some cultures, green is even believed to relieve stress and help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom! Green is appropriate for designs related to health, stability, renewal, and nature. Brighter greens are more energizing and vibrant, while olive greens are more representative of the natural world. Soft green furnishings are the easiest way to add color to a room without moving away from an overall neutral palette. Introduce cushions that have a splash of green in them, or maybe try throws, curtains, lampshades, and rugs.
If you’re planning to sell or buy a home in the near future, I’d be so happy to help you. If you’d like, I may even make some design suggestions along the way!
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