2022 is here, and that means plenty of new home design trends that will define it and influence interior design in the following years. The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time for design enthusiasts and retailers as we look to see what trends the year brings, and 2022 has no shortage of them.
Whether your new year’s resolution was to give your home a big makeover or you just want something different to look at every day, there are a variety of interior design trends to get inspired by. And there’s no better space to incorporate them than the one you and your family likely spend most of your time together, the living room. To help you, we’ve compiled this list of the top living room trends for 2022, so you can refresh your space, surround yourself with more visual interest, and impress your guests.
Sculptural and carved furniture
Since people have spent more time at home than ever before, they’re looking for new ways to make their living spaces more enjoyable and unique. Sculptural and carved furniture achieves both while also making a space feel more safe, friendly, and welcoming. Gracious and sensual shapes, soft angles and edges, and deep, luxurious seats specifically will be a big trend this year.
Rounded out furniture
Another result of the pandemic and people looking to make their homes more comfortable, furniture with rounded edges, curves, and little to no sharp angles is making a big push in 2022. The angular lines of furniture and the sharp, sleek, modern styles are softening to allow for more curvature and different silhouettes that aren’t as harsh.
Leather furniture and upholstery
Leather furniture is arguably always in style, but it will become increasingly popular in 2022. Leather has the ability to tell a story over time and comes in a variety of colors, making it a great addition to living rooms of practically any style. Of course, you can never go wrong with black, tan, crème, mahogany, and saddle brown. What specific design of leather furniture will be the most fashionable, you ask? – Classic, yet modern chairs, modern, angular leather sofas, and traditional leather chairs.
Traditional details and flair
Traditional design will never really go out of style, otherwise it wouldn’t be considered traditional, but in 2022 traditional décor elements are making a big comeback. This means details like pattern mixing, skirted and flanged furniture, English rolled sofas, wingback accent chairs, and antique pieces with intricate details and rich history. Materials like real wood, mohair, linens, and anything else that feels organic and nice to touch are also very popular. Considering all the change that’s happened, it’s no wonder people are craving comfortable, timeless nostalgia in their homes.
Sustainable and lasting style
Seeing the effects that “buy it and throw it away” consumerism has on our planet; people are opting to buy furniture and décor pieces that are sustainably sourced, made from sustainable materials, and will last for years. This focus on the environment also means that natural materials like clay, stone, and wood should be popular, and they’ll add some warmth and lightness to your space. Hop on to this design trend by repurposing, upcycling, or focusing on where you’re getting your living room furniture, how it’s made, and what it’s made from.
Biophilic design focuses on connecting the occupants of a space to the natural environment through the use of natural lighting, plants, natural shapes and forms, and ventilation. In its simplest form, biophilic design is all about bringing nature indoors. This focus on regaining a connection with the natural world is no doubt influenced by the extended lengths of time many spent at home over the past two years, largely isolated from nature. In addition to fostering a connection with nature, biophilic design is also meant to be soothing, comfortable, and calming.
Making the Most of Mirrors
People are always looking for ways to make their homes feel less cramped and maximize the amount of natural light they get. Mirrors will help you do both. Mirrors will not only make a room look and feel bigger, but they’ll also project the sun throughout the room, so no corners look dark and drab.
The 70s are making a comeback
Remember the bold colors, geometric shapes, and mid-century modern pieces of the seventies? They’re poised to make a big comeback in 2022. That means retro colors like mustard, sage, and terracotta, and the trademarks of mid-century furniture like teak wood tones, highly textured fabrics, and peg legs on sofas, cabinets, and chairs. You may be seeing a lot of fringe or shag rugs, hanging chairs, and rattan pieces as well.
The “broken-plan” design style marks a move away from the completely open floorplans that have been oh-so-popular in years past. In place of open-plan spaces is zoning, a result of the past two years where people have had to go to work, eat, relax, work out, and more from home. With people spending more time at home, they’re looking to use screens, partial walls, partisans, and large freestanding pieces of furniture to “zone off” sections of their space for specific activities or to provide an escape from the rest of the home.
Mixing patterns, prints, and finishes
In addition to making their spaces more comfortable and functional, add more visual interest to a space is a top design trend for the year. This is easily achieved by mixing together different patterns, prints, and finishes, so rooms no longer feel dull and lifeless but alive and energetic.