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Interior Design Trends in 2022


Article by Eric Robb

Photography by Unsplash Photos

What exactly are our senses drawn to in 2022?

14 top interior designers have some ideas about what the design trends for our homes will be in 2022. For starters, several predict the rise of the earthy color of brown, displayed in fabrics like leather or even in terracotta walls. Others see a spike in nature-inspired surfaces and accents as well as soft, curvy furniture. Essentially, anything that feels warm, welcoming and cozy is in. Clients are seeking warmth & comfort in their interior spaces. Basically, they want a home that feels like a warm hug! 

Since the pandemic, our homes have become the main settings of our lives: where we work, sleep, and socialize. It’s made current homeowners as well as buyers who will be purchasing a home examine interior spaces to determine what we want to be surrounded with. We want our interior spaces to be ones we love and can see ourselves living in day to day for years to come. Every object we're surrounded by, must serve some sort of purpose.

One of the trends that is out, is all white everything! The new trend that is coming in in its place is to warm things up and to do away with the minimal look. So, what’s in?

Shades of Brown

Chocolate, caramel and camel are all shades of brown that are on the rise. These colors will serve as deep neutrals that add richness, depth and elegance to create a timeless space.

Nature Inspired Surfaces and Objects

Spending more time indoors leads us to want to connect more to nature, which has led to a resurgence of natural surfaces used in our interior spaces. From stoneware, terracotta, marble and travertine being used for backsplashes to bathtubs, furniture and decorative items. These organic materials add depth, soul and visual intrigue while providing a calm, restorative ambiance and balance to our space. 

It is refreshing to see a return to materials such as rich marbles, soft and organic materials, warmer tones and griege vs white on walls, earthy elements like wood, stone, and clay, which are all so classic and refreshing as it brings life to a space.

“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

Venetian Plaster and Limewash

Plaster finishes evoke times past, they are the textured backgrounds of our historical ancestry. These textural finishes on brick fireplaces, walls, and exteriors of homes will be a hot 2022 design trend.

Elevated Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor furniture will become more sophisticated and refined and our patios will become a true extension of our interior space. 

Dual Purpose Rooms

With another year of COVID variants our work and living spaces are one and the same. The kitchen becomes the conference room and our dining room table becomes the boardroom table. Rooms in our homes will be designed for double-duty with added storage and desks, etc. in an effort to create spaces that work harder for us.

Vintage Accents

Vintage accents provide a storytelling aspect to our spaces with their texture, warmth and sentimentality. Repurposing old and worn antique items adds new purpose to them and brings a rich sense of history and spirit into our space.

A Little Bit of Glam

Embracing of floral patterns, damask-printed wallpapers and contemporary shaped furnishings will add a touch of glamour. Be on the lookout for fringe and piping fabric details and finishes.


The focus will be on up-and-coming artists and their work. Consumers want artwork created by diverse, fresh faces to the art scene not the high-brow art collectors of the past.

Mixing Styles and Materials

One trend that is emerging that is reminiscent of the’80s and’90s is the mixing of two trends, one being very natural—white and creams, mixed with dark natural wood and washed linen textiles and black-and-white photography. The other is dark and moody mixed with stainless steel, jovial multicolor schemes and color blocking.


“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