Trends you need to know for 2022 and Beyond
Interior design trends don't evolve in a bubble. They are a direct response to world events and the last 18 months have been as they say 'unprecedented'. We are seeing reactions to the pandemic not only in the way we decorate our homes, but how we live in them and consumer purchasing habits. For reasons we probably don’t need to explain, the past 18 months have not been the time for embracing ground-breaking design trends. Sure, we spent more time indoors than any other year on record, but this insularity was borne out of survival, and often tinged with emotions many of us would care to leave behind. But, as our calendars have now switched to 2021 and beyond, it is giving many of us hope for a renewed sense of purpose and greater clarity on how we would like to live at home. - Maya Vivian - Lead Product Designer and Developer, Basford Brands
This trend plays into the emotional value of our homes and reminds us that design is the keystone of the wellness movement. Our homes become our sanctuaries, creating places where we can find emotional as well as physical comfort, and can endure unsettling world events and fill the void of uncertainty.
Unsurprisingly, the desire for tranquillity within the home is high. With design being a response to human needs, we are placing value on instilling balance and calm in the living spaces, making it a place where one can switch off from work, technology and endless notifications. Design trends will seek to achieve calmness and serenity through natural textures, forms, colours and aesthetics.
Designers and owners are gravitating towards textiles that embrace flaws, natural textures, and subtle moments to add character to spaces.
The natural, earthy tones that have permeated our wardrobes for the last few seasons have hit our homes. People are embracing calming colour palettes that create a refuge in their home, we will see soft, warm and comforting tones and textures. For the past decade, greys have ruled the design world, but beiges and browns are now gaining popularity. The new colour palette includes golden beige, moss green, soft olive and earthy orange.
Calm may be the vibe we’re all gunning for in 2021, but that doesn’t necessarily mean stark white has to reign supreme. With more focus on creating a productive home environment while maintaining elements of play, homes are moving away from white walls. We are amidst a colourful revolution in the design industry.
Cheerful colours - during this time in the middle of a pandemic we feel uncertain and frankly, things have been looking a bit bleak. The last thing we want is for our homes to look dull and depressing especially as we're spending more time than ever at home. We will be seeing interior trends move away from colourless shades of grey, black and white that makes us feel nothing. More than ever we need to feel optimistic, so we turn to colour.
By using uplifting colours and a bold sense of renewal we welcome the new normal with open arms. It’s time to renew ourselves by embracing unified colours, playful styling and retro influences.
Yellow has been gaining influence for a few years now and was named the Pantone colour of the year for 2021. It is a friendly colour that is happy and optomistic. Used the right way it gives a cheerful cosiness. From sophisticated ochres and mustard, to blonde and warm beige and bold yellow, there are many tones of yellow that make it accessible to use at home.
Green is moving away from a fringe colour to hero, especially in hard surfaces such as cabinetry and tiles, and also in bedlinen. A soothing grey tinged eucalyptus shade works well with our light, and shades of olive, deep forest and mint are also popular.
Lean into Luxury
It stands to reason that in 2021, we want to elevate our homes with dramatic touches of luxury. The ultra-glamorous trend brings a luxurious jolt to the home. Consider how playful opulence and patterns lift an interior's mood and why this has become so important for this new era. It's a feeling of sumptuousness that redefines the home with all the comforts and refinements of boutique hotels.
Colours are deep moody & intimate – dark indigo blues, deep berry shades with blush pinks, metallics will be big.