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Ten significant trends in decoration for 2022

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Color, furnishings, style, and spaces are the top 10 decorating trends for 2022.

If there's one thing these ten decorating trends for 2022 have in common, it's color and sustainability. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the home has become more than ever a refuge, but also a place to work or to meet friends and share leisure time. Sofas are evolving towards more friendly and organic shapes; recycled materials are triumphing, colors are filling the rooms with joy (including the bathroom), and nature is coming into the house.

1. Sofas with enveloping shapes

If something has been made clear, the last edition of Casa Decor 2021, in Madrid, is that wide sofas and rounded shapes are trendy. What this reflects is that we long to feel embraced and protected. As we also saw at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris, cocooning, which triumphed a few years ago, is making a comeback. The Paris fair focused on the pleasure of being at home. "It feels good to be at home (...). It is not a revolutionary concept, but now it is seen with new eyes," said Elizabeth Leriche, one of the fair curators.

2. Vintage pieces in the living-dining room

The millennials inspired designer Simona Garufi in the streets of Madrid and their passion for finding antiques and vintage pieces in El Rastro for her proposal at Casa Decor 2021 (pictured). And we are not only talking about an aesthetic that wins points for warmth and personal, but also about a trend that connects with the circular economy that is imposed in the sector. "In Spain, we have a culture of throwing away and making everything new, but it is changing a lot, and in 2022, it will be a dominant trend to recover vintage pieces," said the professional Elisabet Brion.

3. Recycling as a tool for the creation

Indeed, products made from recycled or recyclable materials are no longer an exception. In the picture, the Ocean Chair prototype by Zuiver was exhibited at Maison & Objet in Paris. This chair is made from recycled plastic found in the sea on a 100% recyclable metal frame. Several recycled and more sustainable materials were also presented at Milan Supersalone 2021. One example is the proposal by Elaine Yan Ling Ng, a member of The Fabrick Lab: tiles made from eggshells.

4. Durable and timeless furniture

Assimilating sustainability is also about consuming less. Designers want to create lasting pieces, and individuals want to create works that won't go out of style. "We had a few years where everything was very temporary," recounted Alexandra Jurkiewicz of Helen Green Design Studio at Decorex 2021 in London. "Now people are happy to invest in pieces that will stay in the family or even in the house when they are sold," she added. Classic furniture brands such as Karl Hansen & Son and Fritz Hansen acknowledge experiencing an explosion in sales. Pictured is a new color for Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 chair.

5. The home office becomes independent

In 2021, telework was here to stay. However, in 2022, our homes will adapt to a circumstance that is no longer temporary. "Individuals want to feel that, without leaving home, they do change their working environment. Therefore, more and more people are asking us for soundproofed and isolated workrooms with their decoration", explains Josep Puigdomènech, from The Room Studio, responsible for the Modern time's office (in the image) at Casa Decor 2021.

6. Walls, furniture, and accessories in Pantone 2022 color of the year: 'Very Peri' violet-blue.

The Pantone Color Institute has chosen a beautiful violet-blue for 2022: Pantone 17-3938 'Very Peri,' a color that combines the freshness of classic blue with the energy of red. In the home, 'Very Peri' chosen by Pantone as the color of the year 2022 injects a fresh, fun, and creative spirit. The choice injects freshness into the space in the original Paris kitchen pictured. For example, it is a good idea to add warmth to a wooden floor. In addition, purples and blues are considered colors that bring a sense of rest, making them a fantastic choice for the bedroom.

7. Craftsmanship for decorative objects

At Maison & Objet 2021, it was confirmed that macramé and other artisan techniques are highly valued for making delicate and unique decorative objects. At Casa Decor 2021 and Supersalone 2021, vases with handcrafted aesthetics and materials such as glass, crystal, ceramic, or stone, but with an original finish, have triumphed. In the image, the Mess glass vases, which the designer Josefin Zachrisson presented with Mia Bergh in the installation Motion.

8. Bathrooms flee from white

In the report we did on the six bathrooms most saved by users of Houzz Spain during the period of confinement (in the image, one of them, located in Valencia), we already discovered a trend that is now confirmed 100%: there was only one white one because warm bathrooms and with colors in which dominates the presence of wood or materials that mimic its texture triumph. Also, the bathrooms we saw were colorful at Supersalone, Milan, Cersaie, Bologna, and the London Design Festival 2021; bathroom accessories, radiators, and shower trays are used to add a touch of color to the bathroom. Pictured, Flow Zero blue shower tray, by Acquabella.

9. Biophilic design is here to stay long live plants in the kitchen!

A Supersalone curated by Stefano Boeri, one of those responsible for making biophilia and contemporary design go hand in hand, only means that it is time to re-establish a link with nature from our homes. In Milan, plants were integrated into the furniture, as in the Oasi kitchen by Stefano Boeri Architetti for Aran Cucine (pictured), in the purest style of Bosco Verticale, an innovative 2009 residential project designed by Boeri.

10. Dress the rooms with sustainable and cheerful textiles.

Trend experts at the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt have presented their predictions for 2022: sustainable fabrics will be worn, made from recycled materials that will, of course, be recyclable. What's new is that sustainable textiles don't necessarily have to come in earth and ochre colors. Pictured here is a blue fabric made with printed cutouts and raffia ribbon by designer Christina Engsig.

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