2022 Interior Design Trends

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Shades of Brown

Chocolate browns, camels and caramels—there has been so much color and pattern, especially pastels, the last few years and I think people will be ready for a palette cleanser.” -Mark D. Sikes

“Chocolate brown is back! And I for one as a ’70s baby am thrilled. But this time chocolate brown won’t only play with orange shag (cue my childhood living room) but also play well with other colors as a deep neutral for rich elegant timeless spaces.” -Danielle Colding, Danielle Colding Design

“Neutrals will take a bit of a back seat in 2022 as people start to experiment with color again, but the palette will stay very close to hues you’d find in nature. We predict paint rollers will be dipped in rosy, terracotta tones, swathing rooms from wall to ceiling for a complete monochromatic moment that envelops you in its coziness.” -Athena Calderone

“I think we're going to see a return of earthy browns in 2022—from cognac to burnt umber.” -Justina Blakeney

Nature-Inspired Surfaces and Objects

“With more time spent indoors than ever before, we’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature. This has simultaneously inspired a resurgence in natural surfaces—think stoneware, terracotta, marble, and travertine being used across the board from backsplashes to bathtubs, furniture, and decorative objects. The raw, porous, imperfect nature of these organic materials adds depth, soul, and visual intrigue while also mimicking the calming, restorative ambiance of the outdoors. This lure back to nature has also sparked an interest in large trees at home, from the elegant black olive to Southern magnolias.” -Athena Calderone

“Texture and things from the earth and the hand, like Akiko Hirai's pots. The inaugural show we launched at our new gallery, that Vogue covered with a beautiful story on women and clay, represents a devotion and decisive movement in design to defining art as objects you live with.” -Robin Standefer

“With folks looking to bring a little magic into their lives after a couple of very tough years, I see earth's magical wonders taking center stage: objects made from sparkling crystals and swirling marbles, mushroom silhouettes, pieces that incorporate raw natural materials and exotic flora and fauna motifs.” -Justina Blakeney

“As a designer it is refreshing to see a return to material-driven applications—and it doesn't seem to be cooling off. We see a desire for rich marbles, soft and organic materials, warmer tones and griege vs white on walls, earthy elements like wood, stone, and clay—this is all so classic and refreshing as it brings life to a space.” -Erick Garcia

Sculptural and Curved Furniture

“A curved form is subconsciously read as safe, friendly and welcoming. With everyone feeling a bit precious I think those softer shapes and angles will still be a big trend in 2022 in furniture as well as architecture.”-Sarah Sherman Samuel

“I love sculptural furniture. Our Catalpa series, named after a plant, is a perfect combination of nature and culture. ” -Robin Standefer

“More gracious and sensual shapes, curved edges and deep, luxuriant seats.” -Martyn Lawrence Bullard

High-Tech Homes

“Design continues to evolve with new advances in technology. Myself and many designers are embracing virtual design by leveraging this powerful new technology to create immersive spaces and highly engaging designs that feel both contemporary and futuristic.” -Kelly Wearstler

Leather Furniture and Upholstery

“1989 is calling and it wants … Sade, Lisa Stansfield-soft Italian leather sofas, Calvin Klein home, Armani Casa, and Terence Conran back!” -Robert McKinley, founder of Studio McKinley

“Leather in rich tones offset cooler metals and have the ability to tell a story over time as they wear through use—we shouldn't be afraid of age showing its face.” -Erick Garcia

Bold Patterns and Colors

“I believe we will see a move away from neutrals and people will be using more vibrant colors and bold patterned fabrics. Citrus green and RAF blue are colors I think we will see a lot of.” -Marcus Barwell

“The years of dull and muted colors have given way to bright, joyful colors that put a smile on your face.” -Timothy Corrigan

“The undecorated layered look of Bohemia celebrated by The Charleston Set, aka The Bloomsbury Group who bravely mixed patterned wallpapers with their art, will be setting the tone for 2022.” -Kathryn M. Ireland

Wallpaper continues to be a dominant element in interiors, with strong patterns and more textured materials being used to create spaces that envelop and cocoon you.” -Timothy Corrigan