What will the next 12 months bring? No one can know for sure, but unfortunately it seems that we will again spend far more time at home than we had expected. Which means knowing what’s on the horizon interior design trends are now as key as searching the runways for the must-have SS22 looks. As for our home, lighting has seen a real step-change in perception: Once functional, practical, necessary and not really exciting, it can now be dramatic, dynamic, lovely and the total highlight of a room. . So too has our approach to our home changed. For very obvious reasons, we will not dwell on the fact that we have spent MUCH more time in them and we value our home more than ever. So are we expect more of them than ever. Yes, they must be functional and practical, but they can also enhance our mood and evoke joy. We do not ask much …
Joa Studholme, Farrow & Ball’s color curator, predicts that simple and familiar colors in smart combinations will experience a revival. “There is something inherently human in the colors that we are attracted to for 2022 – as well as in the way we use them,” says Studholme. “There is something so familiar and comforting about a painted floor – a board pattern in stone blue [shown above] and School House White Modern Eggshell, for example, instantly transports you to the past. “(reassuringly further back than 2019). So when it comes to interior design in 2022, optimal well-being and mental health are as high on our priority list as being good at the planet and make attentive purchases: Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I like what the brand stands for and am I happy that they can deliver on what they say they want? These are six of our top interiors design trends for 2022.
We hope that sustainability will no longer be identified as a ‘trend’ in the not too distant future, because it has simply been integrated into all the interior design decisions we make or all the decisions that are made for us. It must be. As Esra Kumbasar, Design Director of the Accouter Group of Companies, explains: “We are far more aware of the way in which the world’s natural resources are declining. As we move into 2022, we will become more rooted in nurturing our moral senses,” which results in “a greater focus on sustainability in relation to the materials we use and the brands we trade from”. Kumbasar also predicts that the rental furniture revolution will accelerate, as it has done in fashion: “As the demand for sustainability picks up, individuals will seek flexible interior design solutions without having to compromise on design or quality. Instead of discarding old items and buy new pieces, rent offers the perfect solution ”.
Brands are increasingly paying attention to the materials used in their design so that customers can act with care without compromising on quality. Cox & Cox has made its Loft Bed from recycled timber = good for the planet, and the extra plus of a unique bed for each customer. Rockett St George, on a mission to deliver affordable furniture, has partnered with Sussex craftsman Jani Lemut to create its first British-made collection of this type. The Sustainable Sideboard Cabinet, for example, uses recycled coffee grounds to create the sealant for its marquetry. “The highlight of this collection is the challenge of designing beautiful furniture with materials that are at our disposal,” explains Lemut. “It’s hugely exciting that we can recycle what’s been thrown out.”
Biophilia is a term invented by Harvard naturalist Dr. Edward O. Wilson for describing what he saw as humanity’s “innate tendency to focus on life and life-like processes” and to be drawn to nature, to feel an affinity for it, a love, an urge even. Pinterest can always be relied upon to warn us of a rising housing trend, and biophilia is one of its top trends for 2022; we jointly search for everything from biophile office and bedroom designs to stairwells and flower ceilings. “You’ve seen houseplants,” the Pinterest team declares. “Meet now live rooms. Millennials are turning to plant-first design solutions this year to increase their connection to nature and improve their well-being. “
Esra Kumbasar and the broader team of the British design collective AGC have embraced biophilia by using natural finishes and organic forms along with lots of planting. “This trend will definitely see more vegetation, including plants and greens, in the home along with natural light, textures and materials such as rattan, sugar cane and raffia. But instead of a small ode to the trend, 2022 will see it take center stage. and influence the whole concept of a space. We expect to see color palettes centered on pure shades and earth tones that allow for a light, airy and uncomplicated scheme that emphasizes texture and shape. “
At Soho House, and its houses around the world, they use plants “to breathe life into space”. To help us do the same and bring nature into our homes, Soho Home has hired the founder of Leaf Envy, Beth Chapman, to cure an edit of plants you find around its houses, along with tips for, how to care for them. Chapman pays homage to the virtues of houseplants, which “promote emotional, physical, and mental health benefits, including air purification, increase productivity, and reduce stress.”
We have lost our appetite for sharp angles and hard edges; we want cozy, hilly expanses of upholstery, pleasantly curved mirrors and round, oval or oblong tables. We are looking in droves for curved sofas, walls, bars and ideas for kitchen islands and even round pool terrace, according to Pinterest. In 2022 “people will invest in home decor such as curved sofas, curved bar designs and curved kitchen islands. Boomers, Gen X and millennials are driving searches behind this well-rounded home trend.” If you think you could get tired of this trend, avoid absolute commitment by adding accents that just nod to it – artwork, geometric rugs like this one from Made, or a statement chair, a la Soho Home.
Jiin Kim-Inoue, Design Director at Finchatton, who has been behind the interior at Twenty Grosvenor Square, the first ever independent Four Seasons Private Residences, has experienced “an increased desire for playful shapes that embrace contours, curves and rounded features throughout the home. As the home is still everyone’s sanctuary where one can escape from the wider world, shapes help with softer features and curves to instill a sense of calm and comfort. We expect to see an increase in popularity for rounded, statement pieces such as sofas and headboards as well as dining tables. “
Very Peri: Pantone color of the year 2022
One can not get around the fact that the Pantone color of the year is very, very purple. Very Peri, actually. For the first time in its history, a whole new color has been created. “As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the choice of Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri brings a new perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family,” declares Pantone CEO Leatrice Eiseman. “Very Peri, which embraces the qualities of the blues but at the same time possesses a violet-red undertone, exhibits a bubbly, happy attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”
If you want to add a spirited attitude and encourage your own “brave creativity” (these exuberant thoughts make us smile too), many brands have jumped on the Very Peri bandwagon. If this purple hue is your thing, then turn to Ligne Roset for a sofa or Acquabella for a remarkably free-standing bathtub; both also tick the curve trend box quite nicely. Artwork – from classic paintings or prints to modern neon light boxes – is a great way to add color without revising an entire color scheme.
The experts all agree: lighting really does matter. Long gone are the days when it was just a practical necessity, and often a late addition. Jiin Kim-Inoue of Finchatton explains that “spending more time at home has given people a reason to change the focus of a room. Lighting is often underestimated in its importance in the home, but to show beautifully composed lighting pieces that reflect your personality, can add richness to your environment. The best areas to apply this approach are in dining areas and kitchens – where there is entertainment and guests can admire. “
Innovatively designed and well-made lights, when placed just right, can transform the atmosphere of a room. Tom Dixon is a firm favorite among Luxury London; many of his dynamic, sculptural, often metallic light creations are works of art in themselves. Take the time to choose your lighting and think it through; what times of the day do you most want to be in this room, how much natural light comes in, and what do you want to do? The kitchen in a family home places very different demands on that front for, for example, a bedroom or space for a television. Look for sites where the brand has taken pictures of the lights in situ, instead of just product cuts, as Ligne Roset does well.
Bright Skies: Dulux Color 2022 of the Year
We found it appropriate to end with a tone of great optimism given the year we have just had (again). Dulux consults a panel of international design experts to help understand the “mood of the moment” and gain their insight into the color trends that shape the way we live; currently, the growing role of the home, how nature is crucial to our lives, and how important it is to embrace new ideas for a brighter future. Thus: “a light, airy and optimistic blue that is good for the soul”. We’re on board.
It’s also easier to grasp this trend than the more niche Very Peri, as brands just love a beautiful light blue, whether it’s in the form of soft furnishings, upholstered furniture, wallpaper, accessories or paint. Here are bright skies and interiors that put nature at the center of 2022.
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