As the year nears an end, we’re looking forward to the New Year and the opportunities that await. If you’re planning a big design project in 2022, we suggest scheduling a consultation now. The appetite for renovation has only increased with homeowners spending more time in their dwellings. Even those organizations that have employees returning to the office in some form or fashion are renovating office spaces to accommodate the business world amongst COVID-19. An additional challenge is strained supply chains, causing longer lead times on furniture and other design selections. With all this in mind, we thought it pertinent to share insight on the home décor trends for 2022 that you’ll want to consider.
Japandi, the blend of Japanese and Scandinavian styles, is quite popular in both furniture and lighting design. While this style has some commonalities with minimalism, Japandi décor embraces clean lines and neutral tones, but it also emphasizes natural materials and purposeful function.
According to The Spruce, “Because Japandi design is focused on craftsmanship, it’s not meant to be throwaway. Look for pieces that will stand the test of time and work with your décor for years to come. It’s a clear antidote to the one-time-use culture we have embraced for so long. Instead, focus on pieces that are sustainable and safe for our planet.”
We also anticipate more master bedroom makeovers that transform these spaces into intentional retreats. Many found themselves doubling a bedroom as a work-from-home space during the pandemic, especially if more than one person was working or studying remotely. We expect to see calming colors in paint and fabrics integrated into the bedroom. We’re also hearing interest in decluttering the bedroom, so that it really allows residents to relax.
“Designing a space conducive to quality sleep will be paramount,” according to House Beautiful. “’There will be a move towards simplifying the bedroom, removing clutter and distractions and instead creating beautifully styled beds with soft and inviting cushions and investment bedding.”
Green continues to trend in the New Year. As shown above, Sherwin-Williams has selected Evergreen Fog SW 9130 as its color of the year. This gray-green hue is a departure from the vivid jewel tones popular over the past few years. Evergreen Fog SW 9130 invites a restorative mood to rooms, which plays nicely with the idea of creating spaces that nurture us.
Similarly, Benjamin Moore chose October Mist shown below as its color of the year, offering a brighter tone that works well with natural tones and off-whites.
Taking the color green a bit further, we are also incorporating more nature-inspired fabrics and materials into our clients’ homes and offices. While many experimented with gardening at the onset of the pandemic, even those without green thumbs have learned to appreciate the rewarding aspects of Mother Nature. From window treatments and sofa reupholstering to throw pillows and wallpaper, a wide variety of nature motifs exist. Three quite different examples from Spoonflower are shown below.
Speaking of bringing nature inside, it’s time to let the sunshine in as well. In recent years we’ve seen increased interest in large windows with black frames that pair well with modern homes as well as more traditional settings. The large windows often expand a living space visually by extending the room. Plus, access to daylight and pretty landscapes are known stress relievers.
As we return to socializing, many homeowners are remodeling their kitchens with large kitchen islands. The oversized counters provide ample space for food preparation, dining and entertaining. Marble countertops are a trend with staying power. “Rough, rugged, and fresh slabs will be introduced heavily into interior design,” according to House Beautiful.
Additionally, let us not forget the hygiene lessons we learned from the pandemic. We appreciate the germ-resistance of marble. It’s a great option for kitchens (and bathrooms too) because it resists both mold and bacteria, according to Washington Marble Works. Still, we recommend wiping counters down with an antibacterial cleaning solution to rid your space of bacteria from raw foods. For a few cleaning tips, see the “Marble Countertops” section on this post by Arch City Granite & Marble, Inc. Another great material for hygeinic counters is Natural Stone by Cambria Quartz, which I often specify for clients.
Of course, home offices will continue to be a focus for our design team. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in 10 U.S. white-collar workers are still working remotely. With many organizations incorporating remote working into business norms, we expect professionals to invest in their home offices in 2022. Not only do these spaces need to be conducive to work environments, but they also can capture personalities. After all, your office is a reflection of who you are… on Zoom at least!
Contact us today to bring some of these trends to your home or office renovation in the New Year.