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Insider asked interior designers what the show’s trends will be and what’s coming out in 2022.
Interior designers predict that ottomans and nature-inspired design choices will be all the rage this year.
All-white, minimalist, open-concept living room styles are on the way out in 2022.
The pastels are in bloom.
Mary Patton, interior designer at Mary Patton Design, told Insider that we can expect to see more pastels in living rooms.
“Dare I say, the gray is over and the color is in,” Patton said. “Pastels are a great way to keep living rooms a little more traditional without overdoing it.”
As for the most popular pastel shades, Patton said she’s seen an increase in blush and pale pinks in living rooms.
Brown is gaining popularity as a neutral.
Lance Thomas, chief interior designer at Thomas Guy Interiors, told Insider that people can expect to swap shades of gray for brown as a new neutral trend.
“I think people are realizing that gray isn’t the only neutral that can be used to ground a space,” Thomas said. “I think brown, as a neutral, can bring comfort and humble confidence to a room. It warms up the room without screaming for attention.”
Thomas suggests incorporating this color through a walnut stain on living room furniture, copper tones in draperies, or a rich chocolate or caramel brown for fabrics.
Durable, more stain-resistant fabrics are a must.
Erika Lee, owner and interior designer at Decorating Den Interiors, told Insider that furniture with family-friendly fabrics — ones that can withstand a little more wear and tear — will hit living rooms in 2022.
“We’re going to see more livable luxury with family-friendly fabrics and more attention to detail,” Lee said. “Performance fabrics stand up to the spills and stains of everyday life.”
Some examples include wool, leather and denim.
Beanbags are here to stay.
According to Devin Shaffer, lead interior designer at Decorilla Online Interior Design, ottomans are a must-have because they’re minimal and can accommodate living rooms of all sizes.
“Pouffes are a great option for creating a more upscale, minimal vibe in living rooms,” Shaffer told Insider. “Stacked ottomans have been a designer’s best friend for many years when tasked with maximizing seating in large and small spaces.”
People can expect to see beanbags evolve in new ways with contrasting patterns and materials in 2022.
Asymmetric layouts and designs are trending.
Celebrity interior designer Nina Takesh told Insider that asymmetrical pieces are having a moment.
“Sofas like those designed by Vladimir Kagan in organic shapes are very popular right now,” Takesh said. “Asymmetrical pieces are also featured in many forms, whether it’s mirrors, side tables or even coffee tables, asymmetry is very much in fashion for 2022.”
The Japandi trend is on the rise.
Scandinavian and Japanese-inspired designs have been popular for years, but according to Katelynn Ostruszka, owner and lead designer of Katelynn Scott – Decorating Den Interiors, the emerging combination trend – Japandi – is on the rise.
“Japandi is the fastest rising interior design trend in 2022,” Ostruszka said. “…These two design styles have more in common than you might think. They each focus on simplicity, natural elements and comfort.”
Ostruszka suggests focusing on natural materials like raw woods and bamboo to evoke the combination of Scandinavian functionality with Japanese minimalism.
Living rooms will include more nature.
Alice Chiu, lead designer at Miss Alice Designs, told Insider that we can expect to see natural elements, such as wood and plants, in various forms in living spaces.
“We see a lot of wooden elements, from wooden vases in living rooms to the frame of a lounge chair or artwork,” Chiu said. “The warmth and character of wood is beautiful and people are naturally drawn to it. Let the wood shine and be the focal point.”
Along with using wooden elements as a centerpiece, Chiu also recommended bringing greenery like succulents, philodendrons, spider plants, or even larger fiddle-leaf fig trees into the living room.
On the other hand, all-white interiors are falling out of favor.
All-white interiors are known for their sophisticated, clean feel, but they’re becoming less popular.
“Instead, we’re seeing people much more drawn to soft, warmer neutral color palettes and cozier pieces,” Takesh told Insider.
“I think a lot of that is down to how our world has changed in response to the pandemic. This cold, white, hypermodern aesthetic can feel somewhat clinical or sterile in some way, while softer neutrals feel much more inviting and rejuvenating to our interior spaces.”
Open plan living rooms are on the way out.
Before the pandemic, open-concept floor plans were popular because they made it easy to entertain and connect, but their popularity is starting to wane.
“Open concept living has been popular for some time, but as more people have started working from home in the past couple of years, it’s proving to be an unproductive use of space and often lacks functionality and balance,” Ostruszka told Insider.
Ostruszka also predicted that more people will look for ways to create privacy and designated workspaces in their homes throughout 2022.
The trend towards minimalism is fading.
Although simplistic minimalism has been popular in recent years, interior designer Doniphan Moore told Insider the style is on the way out.
“Minimalism, which was once a design craze, is fading,” Moore said. “People are increasingly in tune with how their home reflects their individual style, which minimalism often dampens.”
Instead, people incorporate elements from various design trends and create pieces that match their preferences and tastes, which can include a mix of styles.
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