It's been two years since the pandemic started, and many of us are still working remotely from our homes, whether it's out of our makeshift office in the kitchen, living room, or whatever space is conducive to productivity. As we continue to navigate forward this year, be sure to carve some time out of your busy schedule to find ways to enhance and elevate your home. Lucky for you, we curated a list of the hottest interior design trends that will not only give your space a much-needed makeover but also restore a sense of hope and optimism about what lies ahead in 2022.
Remember: There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to embellishing your space, so use the following trends as inspiration, not prescription. If you're looking to sell your home in the near future, speak with an agent to find out how you can leverage these trends to appeal to home buyers.
50 Shades of Green
Green represents new beginnings and growth, so there's no better color to herald the new year. To create an uplifting and revitalizing environment, you could use a pop of jewel-toned greens. Whether it's adding a plush velvet green couch to your living room or adorning your dining room with a jade vase, your options to bring nature indoors through furniture and decorative pieces have never been easier. Try bringing color to your walls with BEHR’s 2022 paint color of the year, known as Breezeway. This shade of green with silver undertones was created to mimic sea glass. As the BEHR describes it, Breezeway “evokes feelings of coolness and peace, while representing a desire to move forward and discover newfound passions.” Before you know it, your home will become the ultimate destination for relaxation and restoration among friends and family.
What's old is new and what's new is old. Antiques and vintage items pay homage to the past and add extra personality and eclectic style to your home. They also preserve the memories of those who once had the great fortune of owning beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to embellish their space. To add some retro charm to your home, bring out your grandmother's antique floral porcelain vase and place it in the center of your dining table. Or add some brilliance to your living room with an art-deco table lamp. No matter what era you're partial to, there's a piece of furniture or accessory that will help you create an entirely new look.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
Whereas straight lines and sharp edges lend a sleek, modern feel, rounded shapes add softness to an interior space, giving it a warm ambiance. Going beyond circles, rounded shapes also include egg shapes, ovals, arches, and more. If your space looks too much like a geometry worksheet, try breaking up the harsh edges by adding a curved swivel chair or coffee table in your living room. Or add some oomph in your hallway with a beautiful, oval-shaped mirror to reflect a sense of freshness and relaxation that can't be seen with a traditional square or rectangle mirror.
Bright and Colorful Kitchens
Last year, neutral palettes reigned supreme in the realm of home décor. While this trend will remain popular for the foreseeable future, it's time to break out of the tried-and-true color scheme and embrace bold, vibrant colors. Liven up your kitchen with a splash of color; whether it's painting your walls a beautiful, seafoam green or experimenting with geometric prints and patterns, add some joie de vivre to the space. After all, your kitchen should inspire you to experiment with different recipes and come up with culinary masterpieces that rival those of your favorite Michelin star chef.
Little Black Accents
There's nothing quite like black accents to add a touch of sophistication and beautiful contrast to your home. This is especially true if your home is alight with natural wood tones or other organic materials. The same sentiment can be extended if you prefer a more minimalist space. Look around your house to see where you can incorporate some edge. Could your white sofa use a small, black side table to accentuate your living room's best features? Or perhaps you can add a couple of black throw pillows or rug to highlight the room's centerpiece. No matter how you want to incorporate this timeless color into your home, know that a little goes a long way.
Illuminate with Style
Equal parts function and fashion, statement lamps are making a comeback this year and they're poised for a bright future. Coming in all shapes, sizes, and colors, decorative lamps can put a spotlight on different areas of your home (especially rooms that don't get a lot of natural light). On the quest for a stunning architectural piece? Try perching a sculptural-metal table lamp on your coffee or side table(s). If you're looking for something more subtle yet still striking, a Grecian-bust table lamp on your nightstand might just be the inspiration you need to fulfill your New Year's resolution to read 30 pages of a novel every night before bedtime.