However there are some newer trends coming into play that are the complete reverse of minimalism, encouraging us to embrace a more eclectic style of living like maximalism, TikTok being partly responsible for this taking-off.
Whether you’re giving a room, or maybe even your whole home an interior fix this year or whether you just want to add a little 2022-flavoured spice to your existing decor, we’ve rounded up the most popular and forward-thinking interior design choices for the year ahead.
Any piece of furniture that’s lacking corners for me to knock into is a winner for me. Interior design is steering away from boxy shapes and furniture and reintroducing the curved and structural shapes of the seventies. Think arched walls, rounded dining tables and sculptural retro furniture. Sculptural design, architecture and decor is really having a moment right now and we’re living for it this year. “Never mind wall to wall carpeting, the iconic colours and pattern of the seventies have been updated with modern geometric shapes. The MADE design team has used modernist architecture as inspiration for shapes, silhouettes, and outlines to elevate and bring to life these retro references.” says Adam Daghorn Head of Design at MADE.com. Textured corduroy upholstery and shaggy soft furnishings work to cosy up a space and add some character to a modern-day upgrade.” says Nadia McCowan Hill, Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor.
Another trend brought to life via TikTok, the audio goes “where are the tiktokers that don’t care about luxury, minimalism and the colour beige? The colourful, the cluttered, the maximalist, the eccentric and eclectic people?” Essentially, maximalism is the complete opposite of minimalist, it’s all about being creative, bold and energetic with your style. Think preppy wallpaper, gallery walls, the nineties, layering textures, prints and colours. Adam Daghorn Head of Design at MADE.com says: ‘When it comes to the maximalist trend, it’s all about the bright pops of colour and bold sculptural shapes. Look out for stand out maximalist products in upholstery and occasional chairs that can help to introduce the trend in a more subtle way. Add one or two pieces in each room that help deliver the overall maximalist statement.’
Monochromatic design is getting warmer. We saw the chocolate colour completely rocket in the world of fashion in 2021 and it’s coming for interiors in 2022. The sense of warmth the colour brown gives can be comforting, literally reminding us of the earth’s soil, making us feel grounded. This colour, along with many more earthy hues like terracotta and mustard yellow, are reminiscent of the seventies, famous for its use of burnt tones, especially in interiors. Nadia McCowan Hill is Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor says “Chocolate is a shade oozing with old school glamour and makes for a great alternative to a monochromatic palette. Pair with other ‘foodie’ hues of rich caramels and warming nougats for a deliciously decadent look, or layer with bright whites and crisp neutrals for some contrast.” In 2022, we expect to see the colour brown expand its way from furniture and flooring to our soft-furnishings, walls, upholstery and accessories.
Our love of Scandinavian design and Japanese style have merged together to give us japandi. This trend came onto the scene in late 2018 and has been growing ever since. With retailers like H&M, Zara and IKEA getting on board with the popularity of japandi and producing items at an affordable price. If you’ve got Instagram or Tiktok and a slight interest in interior design, you’ve probably seen japandi features like slatted walls, wood panelling and sustainable materials all over your feeds. Japandi adopts two ways of living, hygge, which is a Scandinavian term for cosiness at home and wabi-sabi which is a Japanese term for the beauty of imperfection. It’s about creating wellness at home, with eco-friendly fabrics, neutral colours, simple clean lines and multi-functional spaces.
Etsy have reported that shoppers are looking for ways to incorporate green, with searches for emerald green decor up by 60%. The colour green is calming and reassuring as it symbolises growth and reinvention, reminding us of luscious forests and what natural beauty we still have left on this planet. Adam Daghorn is the Head of Design at MADE.com he says that “the colour green has soared in popularity this past year thanks to the natural, simplicity of the colour palette which feels both optimistic and serene. After a turbulent two or so years shoppers are looking to fill their homes with colours that have a restorative effect. Try referencing seventies style by blending subtle pinks and clay colours with pea green and teal for a modern look with a vintage feel.”
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