If you’re one of the millions of people who decorated your entire home in various shades of monochromatic gray over the last few years, prepare yourself – you’re about to enter the dreaded “dated” zone. The fickle tides of the interior design world are turning once again, and as we usher in 2022, we’ll be saying goodbye to all gray everything, open kitchen shelving, gratuitous signage, and industrial aesthetics and welcoming a cozier, earthier, more personalized vibe.
If your home is feeling a little morose, it’s time for a change. Cold neutrals have dominated the interior design world for years now, but many people are yearning for wellness, relaxation, and a connection to nature, leading to a desire for warmer hues. Ranging from pale flaxen beiges to rich, deep blues and greens, colors inspired by nature are about to take over.
A fun way to integrate this into your space is to find a photo of a nature scene you love and pluck your color palette from its elements: the salmon pink of a sky at sunrise, the cerulean of tropical waters, the sun-dappled gold sand, and the leafy green of beach vegetation, for instance. Use it to guide your choices for paint, tile, bedding, throws, and curtains (and please, for the love of god, leave the ubiquitous gray laminate and vinyl plank flooring in the 2010s forever).
If there’s one design style that sums up where things are headed this year, it’s Japandi. This cross between Japanese and Scandinavian modern design puts comfort and functionality on the front burner, but in a way that’s well curated, low-clutter, and timeless. Check out our guide to achieving this vibe.
Prints and Patterns
Image via Martyn Lawrence Bullard from the Shade Store
The push away from minimalism continues. Feel free to express your creativity with wallpaper, but rather than going overboard and plastering every surface, choose accent walls or small areas to make a big visual impact with whatever print or pattern strikes your fancy. Throw pillows, bedding, and curtains offer other opportunities to liven up the room with graphic flair. Wood grain, cork, nubby linen, and other natural textures and patterns bring their own fun quirks to the mix, too.