12 big design trends you’ll see everywhere in 2022

So far, the start of 2022 has given us a heavy dose of deja vu. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. The mask mandates have returned. “Joe Millionaire” is back on TV. (We also did a double take.)

With everything looking sadly the same, it makes sense you’d want to do Something in your life seem different, even though the outside world continues to feel rote. That’s why we’ve consulted our stable of designers and trend setters to get a glimpse of the home trends they think will be huge in 2022.

And trust us, it’s the makeover you deserve. Here’s what to watch out for:

1. Vintage and handcrafted furniture

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Perhaps the only phrase we’ve heard more than “omicron” in recent months is “supply chain.” The shortage of common household goods and building materials has affected us all in one way or another. And if you’ve been looking to furnish your home or revamp your living room with a new sofa, you know what we’re talking about.

With supply chain issues and shipping delays stretching into months, many homeowners (and designers) are turning to vintage items they can find locally.

“One-of-a-kind pieces that can only be found in thrift and thrift stores are sure to be a hit,” says Stephanie Hearn Purcell, owner and designer at Reimagined Classics.

Keep your finds as-is for that on-trend “grand millennial” look, or touch up the pieces with a 2022 twist.

“We see remarkable objects using leftover materials to create something completely new,” Purcell says.

“Did you inherit Grandma’s old chest of drawers or cupboard?” Then coat it in a shiny new paint color, fill the interior with some funky wallcovering, add some new hardware and you’re done…it is very fashionable,” says Ana Cummings, Owner of ANA Interiors Ltd..

The vintage trend is also having a moment, as consumers want to avoid the big box stores and buy handmade goods, or even opt for DIY.

“From making furniture by hand to creating works of art, everyone knows someone who turns their passion for DIY into real income,” says Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency. “Supporting your fellow crafter can be a great way to get an original piece with a great story behind it.”

2. Indoor plants galore

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Speaking of vintage, in 2022 Riordan says we’ll travel back in time to the disco era with our obsession with houseplants.

“I haven’t seen a houseplant campaign like this since the late 1970s and early 1980s,” he says. “Along with these plants will be clever homemade pots, macrame plant hangers, and DIY reclaimed wood plant stands.”

Why the craze for greenery? You can thank the pandemic for that.

“With more and more people working from home, we as a society are looking for a way to connect with nature in our living and working spaces,” says Riordan.

3. No curtains (and extra windows if possible)

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In order to keep all these plants alive and healthy (and us, TBH), our homes will need an influx of light. So in 2022, free yourself from the curtains and embrace the bare window.

“Heavy draperies, colored roller shades and shades have been popular for a long time, but we’re going to see a push toward removing all window coverings and allowing light in,” says Riordan. “We are seeing a sacrifice of privacy in order to have more and more light in our homes. New builds will see a push towards larger windows and plenty of additional light sources in the home.


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4. Pet-centric design

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Quick poll: who? does not have have a new pet during the pandemic? Whether you’ve added a new furry family member or are just worried about leaving the little guy (or girl) behind when you return to the office, our homes in 2022 will be all about our pets.

“We serve our beloved furry friends in over-the-top fashion, incorporating food dishes and water taps in the carpentry and at floor level, washing stations complete with ramps in the changing rooms and beds for personalized pets,” says Cummings. “It’s a lot of fun, and guess what? These kind of customers will never complain!

5. Eclectic light fixtures

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One of the easiest ways to give any room a facelift is to install a new light fixture. And these days, the bolder the better.

“The light fixture has become a focal point and no longer an afterthought,” says Sunjay Williams. Williams and her husband, Daryl, were contestants on HGTV”Battle on the beach.”

The couple, who is real estate investors and real estate swimmers in the Atlanta area, look at the design keeping in mind what adds value.

“Mixed and interesting light fixtures can bring character to a home,” says Williams.

6. Curves

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Curvilinear furniture started taking the design world by storm a few years ago. Think circular sofas, shell-shaped armchairs and round mirrors.

And this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Designers say 2022 will have us embracing curves not only in our furniture and accessories, but also in our built-in elements such as kitchen islands, tub and shower walls, windows, doors and entryways.

“If you can build it with a rounded edge, even a kitchen island, it will be unique and different from your neighbor,” Cummings says. “These rippling patterns will make you swoon. There’s something very playful yet comforting about them.

7. Smarter kitchen storage solutions

Not all of us can be lucky enough to have a full chef’s kitchen with plenty of storage. If you’re tired of digging in the back of your cabinets to find the colander, consider adding deep drawers for pots, pans, and large bowls.

“Instead of playing Potty-Tetris in a cupboard, the deep pull-out drawers make finding the right potty a snap,” says Williams.

8. Woven furniture and accessories

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What was once considered only for outdoor use, woven and wicker furniture has made its way into kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, and more. Cummings has seen everything from sideboards to headboards “incorporating unique and unexpected woven elements.

“From handcrafted baskets to light fixtures, the woven element has taken the design world by storm. … It’s not just for the porch rocker anymore,” Cummings says. “The nautical and beach aesthetic energized this look. , as well as bohemian, vintage and “jungalow” looks, it all goes so well together. We love the natural colors and organic feel of it all.

9. Sultry and Sultry Bedrooms

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With all that still seems meh outside, we definitely need a sanctuary inside. In 2022, we’ll bring the magic back to the bedroom with moody decors reminiscent of luxury boutique hotels.

“I’m seeing more and more bedroom designs using asymmetrical proportions, unique mirrors, statement and strip lighting, and conversation-worthy bed frames,” Cummings says. “The accent walls feature a number of different cladding materials for layering effects, dimension and drama. The closets have glass doors and are meticulously compartmentalized and designed.

10. Luxury laundry rooms and pantries

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We spend so much time doing laundry and organizing our pantries, or at least some of us do. But in 2022, we realize that these pursuits don’t have to be joyless and aspirational. Wouldn’t those mundane tasks feel lighter if you were in a light, bright, and fun space?

“We realize that we should take joyful moments of inspiration wherever we are and whatever we do,” Cummings says.

That’s why designers say that in 2022 we’ll pay the same attention to the laundry room and pantry as we do to the kitchen and other rooms in the house. Today’s luxurious laundry rooms feature built-in storage, pull-out dryers, washing machines and dryers built into colorful millwork, wallpaper, high-end faucets and sinks, and ambient lighting, explains Cummings.

For pantries, Cummings predicts we’ll see beautifully organized storage of food and cooking utensils, and perhaps even a small pocket office to manage housekeeping.

11. Vinyl Plank Laminate Flooring

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Laminate vinyl plank flooring as seen in a flip Sunjay and Darryl Williams did in Powder Springs, GA.

Redoing your floors can be very expensive. But in 2022, people have gone for a much cheaper option that looks just as rich as tile or real hardwood: vinyl laminate plank flooring.

“Sometimes it’s even cheaper than carpet,” says Williams. “It’s a great way to update a room on a budget. Plus, it’s durable, water resistant, affordable, easy to install, and there are tons of options.

12. Dedicated home cinema area

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Even though we abuse our favorite shows on all kinds of devices (I’m not the only one watching “Succession” on my phone in bed, am I?), most of us still prefer to consume the endless deluge of content on a big screen TV.

But not everyone wants to see an 80-inch screen in their everyday living and entertainment spaces.

“We live in a market that loves their TV time,” Cummings says. “It makes sense to have a room for that.”

So in 2022, bring the theater to you. Turn the basement or an unused room into your own stylish cinematic living room, complete with plush, deep sofas.

“If you can nap on them, even better — you can even sleep over if you can’t make it to your room,” Cummings says. “Ambient lighting is nice, with a rich, dark color on the wall [to] give you that feeling of luxury. Throws to curl up in or a place to put your feet up and maybe a small table for your snacks is all you really need.

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