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2022 design terms

At the start of a new year, we consider the terms on which interior design might evolve over the coming 12 months…

While we’re not a trend-driven business, (good design which is handmade to last will outlive trends all the way), we are mindful that our designs stay relevant whilst embracing our core principles. With this in mind, we consider how the terms of design might develop in 2022.

A renewed interest in bringing the natural world indoors, a drive to purchase and decorate more consciously combined with a confident colour palette looks set to characterise 2022. The desire for relaxation will continue to drive our decorating choices this year, and themes will unify around nature and embracing sustainability.

Shades of green

Green shaker kitchen with white Corian worktop

Be it evergreen, fern, sage or moss, a colour palette drawing inspiration from the essence of the great outdoors, rolling hills and sweeping landscapes that surround us will allow us to invite the outdoors in and embrace the power of nature to uplift and revitalise.

Having been confined to our homes under exceptional circumstances over the last two years, it’s little wonder an instinct to introduce a rejuvenating tone is set to kick start 2022. Pinterest has seen searches for green interior inspiration increase by 80 per cent over the past year, as we embrace a plethora of nature-inspired green tones.

The main positive psychological properties green communicates are peace, balance and harmony. It can rejuvenate and restore, giving the feeling of being connected to nature and feeling safe and secure – a very fitting hue to help us and our homes move through this inter-pandemic age.

Tactile textures

Modern, slab-door, family kitchen with oak breakfast bar

The materials we choose to introduce into our home and use to create our interior schemes will be carefully considered moving forward.

Continuing with a focus on biophilic design, we will seek out ways to introduce more texture and depth to our space by embracing natural materials. Plaster, clay and lime washes on walls alongside contemporary home accents crafted from tactile, rich-toned materials such as wood, bronze, and leather will inspire our homes.

The raw, imperfect nature of these organic materials introduces depth, soul and texture whilst also ushering in the calming, restorative ambiance of the outdoors. Immersing our interiors in wilderness-inspired hues and gentle textures will reset our minds and freshen our homes – bringing balance through their therapeutic properties.

Comforting curves

White bedroom chest of drawers with handle less drawersA curved form is subconsciously read as safe, friendly and welcoming; complementary to the notion of balance and rejuvenation via natural tones and materials, furniture and homewares with soft edges and organic curves are set to introduce comforting curves into our homes this year.

The familiarity found in rounded geometry brings a sense of relaxation, and normality to interiors – exactly what 2022 is calling out for. The supporting forms found in curved décor pieces will create a memorable home, full of character.

Easy on the eye, and helping to curate a gentle, inviting atmosphere, curved furniture and homewares will be paramount to constructing a soothing oasis in which to shelter from outside stresses.

Elevate the outdoors

An increasing emphasis on outdoor furniture and our available green spaces, be they balconies, terraces or lawns, will develop as we continue to spend more time entertaining outdoors.

Our gardens will become extensions of our interior design schemes that can be nurtured to nurture us. 2022 will see us becoming more imaginative with our green spaces and how we seamlessly blend outside and in.

Experimenting with unique hanging installations, staircase gardens, green walls and innovative outdoor furniture will continue to flourish in 2022, with an emphasis on creating soothing, plant-filled environments.

Conscious consumption

Carrara stone work top2022 will see a further focus on sustainable materials and responsible manufacturing. Investing in disposable, transient furniture and homewares is on track to become an outmoded approach to interior decoration.

Conscious consumption choices will be made, based on brands that advocate sustainable materials, responsible manufacturing methods, minimising waste or work to produce items with a cyclical lifespan that allow for end-of-life recycling or re-purposing.

Sustainability is not a trend, but a key design principle – a mindset shift that will see individuals will seek authentic interior solutions with integrity, without having to compromise on design or quality.


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