7 Key Interior Design Trends for 2022

05.07.2021
Article by M.T. Metal Frame Houses

There are two groups of interior design trends in 2022. The first one has been in the spotlight for a long time and is unlikely to lose its importance in the coming years. The second group is microtrends. They arose under the influence of 2021, or rather, the pandemic period. Let’s be honest, such a global event could not pass unnoticed for all spheres of life, including the interior.

In this blog we will tell you what factors influenced the development of interior design trends in 2022, and what you should pay attention to: colors, shapes and layouts of current projects.

1. Basic colors in the interior as a trend in 2022

When choosing a color, there are many factors that play significant role. The main trend until 2021 was “naturalness,” and the pandemic only intensified it. We began to spend much more time at home, and the bright details in the environment slowly became annoying for many people.

Today, everyone expects calm, relaxation and comfort. Therefore, many people liked the neutral palette of natural shades. This, first of all, includes the basic colors: these are achromats in the form of black, white and shades of gray, as well as muted tones.

Beige is the most relevant color as a base, both in cold and warm shades. Paint brand Dulux has named Brave Ground the Color of the Year 2022.

However, there are also micro-trends in colors. Classic blue was the 2021 favorite. It can be assumed that it will remain in the trendy color palette for the 2022 interior as well. Nevertheless, not only the classic shade is relevant, but the whole palette of blue. For example, the equally well-known paint brand Benjamin Moore in 2022 prefers the shade Aegean Teal – a dusty mixture of blue and green with gray notes.

2. Rounded shapes

Softness is at its peak this period: this applies to architectural solutions, and the choice of furniture and decor. This is not a new trend, but it was formed not so long ago. Today, strict lines and layouts are softened by furniture without corners.

In 2022 we pay attention to tables, lamps, poufs and sofas, since almost all designer furniture now loses its corners and becomes more rounded while in the mass market, you can also find a reflection of the trend in chairs and tables, jars and candlesticks.

Also, from an architectural point of view, arched forms have their honor in 2022 with an emphasis on large objects such as wall mirrors.

3. Minimalism

Minimalist is recognized as the fashionable interior of 2022. This is another global direction, reinforced by the 2021 situation. During the pandemic, many people tried to get rid of old non-functional things and this affected not only the wardrobe, but also at home.

We are not talking about complete minimalism. We are talking about minimal decoration and furniture use. The presence of air and free space have become a significant requirement.

Proper configuration is a key element of minimalism. This style requires modern, relevant solutions. Ideally, you should decorate the space at least one branded decoration element. However, if your budget does not allow such a purchase, you can limit yourself to mass-produced furniture and accessories. It is important though, to have interesting shapes, otherwise the design will look incomplete and very simple.

Finally, do not forget that minimalism is directly related to color. A soft palette in beige and grey tones is ideal, while avoiding impulsive purchases. It is not necessary to decorate all the walls, as long as you highlight a wall with emphasis: with color or with the help of paintings and other accessories. The expression “Less is More” is more relevant than ever.

4. Inspiration from nature

One of the main decorating trends for the period 2021-2022 which will remain in the spotlight for a long time. House insulation has proven how important it is to surround yourself with natural materials and textures. This applies to everything: furniture and decor.

The most popular textures are stone, marble, granite and wood in light colors. These materials are widespread in decoration and furniture and work very well as accent elements. The wood paneling on the wall or floor with natural stone effect are just two examples of how you can give intensity to your space.

Light wood furniture is also at its peak, as it “insulates” the design and adds coziness. Also, a coffee table with a stone top, a solid stone kitchen island or an apron can easily be the accents in the kitchen area.

Lastly, linen and cotton textiles will complement the overall picture, as well as ceramics.

5. Open spaces with privacy

This trend has to do with open-plan spaces while they still have their privacy. A separate kitchen and living room are not popular today. Many designers are trying to combine rooms, turning the hall into a kitchen-living-dining room.

Pandemic and isolation have proven that in this case, attention should be paid to functionality and ergonomics. The closure of restaurants and cafes forced people to cook on their own and that resulted as a request for a well-organized kitchen.

At the same time, during the pandemic, the house became more than just a place to live and relax. It became a gym, a workspace and a hobby area, expanding the functionality of the premises.

That is why each space must be carefully designed without losing its privacy. Especially if the family has more than two people, and not everyone has a job.

In this case, partitions are a cool way to implement the idea of creating private areas. They allow you to transform the room at any time. These can glass or metal doors, and simpler elements in the form of thick curtains or even separate structures.

6. Equipped workplace

This is a point that follows from the previous one. The pandemic has shown that working at the kitchen table or on the sofa is not only inconvenient, but also dangerous to health. At a time when the majority of employees switched to remote work, the question of equipping a comfortable home office becomes acute.

If no renovation is planned soon, a good start is by rearranging the furniture. Surely somewhere there is a corner for a small desk and a chair. You can even find small models of tables up to 100 cm wide.

The space of the windowsill can be considered as a potential place in the bedroom or in the living room – it depends on the layout, free corners or niches.

You can also equip a small table by the kitchen island, just make sure to correctly determine the height of the desk.

The option of a workspace on the balcony looks very cool. The advantage is that it is easy to retire here, as the space is already private. However, the truth is if the balcony is going to be a permanent solution for all year round and is not insulated and not glazed, it will require investments.

If there is no room at all, a folding table is a good solution. It is, of course, not as functional as its full-fledged counterpart, but it will be a good temporary measure.

Last but not least, it is very important that the place is well lit. It’s not necessary to be lightened by natural light, artificial lighting will do the job as well.

7. Home garden

The latest interior design trend in 2022 is home gardening. This is a global trend combined with a micro trend that emerged under quarantine conditions.

The first was due to the development of the theme of eco and closeness to nature.

The second is much simpler: most people are feeling much more comfortable in a space with indoor plants. This was acutely felt during the period of isolation, when we all began to sharply miss walks, greenery and fresh air. Caring for potted plants has ceased to be a hobby for certain circles, but has become a mass activity, and even acquired several names: plant parenting and urban jungle.

However, the implementation of this trend is not easy as the plants really need attention. This is easy to cope with, by simply picking up plants that don’t need a lot of care requirements such as Sansevieria, Monstera or Ficus Elastica.

On the other hand, though, the abundance of plants is not always beautiful. When there are too many of them, the atmosphere loses its coziness, and the room becomes like a “greenhouse”. At the same time, if the greens are not grouped, or even the pots are not matched to the style of the room, then the “greenhouse” might also look unkempt.

A great way to start creating your home garden, is by identifying a few spots in the room which are ideal for placing plants.

Preferably pick a few similar plants, placed at different points. In order to do that though, it is important to analyze the place itself: lighting in winter and summer and humidity. That way, you will create your ideal garden.