What’s in store for 2022? Well, that’s a loaded question, given the events of the last two years. But interestingly, it’s these events that are shaping future trends. Here’s how they are translating into our interiors, and some easy styling tips to get the look in your own home.
There are some practical reasons that vintage pieces are making a comeback – the first one being supply chain issues. If you’ve tried to order anything new in recent history, you’ll have noticed the lag in delivery time, attributed to material and staffing shortages worldwide. If you place an order, you could wait anywhere from three to six months for furniture, or up to a year for appliances and specialty items. For this reason alone, many will be looking at vintage pieces to fill the gap. Translation: second-hand and antique stores are about to get busy!
In addition to the availability of products, vintage pieces can also often come with a lower price tag and longevity, meaning they won’t quickly get dated. So, how to bring something old into 2022? Combine different types of wood with earth tones and mixed metals such as copper, antique brass and matte gold finishes. This creates a calming, organic ambiance, particularly in key areas such as the living and dining room.
To top this trend off, vintage furniture also has an eco-friendly appeal. A minor repair, some new upholstery and a fresh coat of paint will keep it out of the landfill!
Black accents will be a popular home trend we’ll see in 2022, whether it be art, hardware or decor. It’s a great way to add some edge and depth to more minimalist spaces: Light, neutral colours for the main elements of your space, like paint colours and large sofas, and then incorporate black accents for contrast.
The world’s colour authorities have shared their forecasts for trending hues and there’s a common theme for the 2022 colour of the year – a variety of green shades, from Benjamin Moore’s October Mist and Sherwin-Williams’ Evergreen Fog, to Guacamole by Glidden and Breezeway by Behr. Colour has been shown to impact mood, and green, in particular, is associated with stability, serenity, growth and nature – something we can all likely use a little more of, following the events of 2020 and 2021! It’s not surprising that this colour combined with other earthy colours is at the forefront of interior trends this coming year.
TIP: Aside from painting your walls, try incorporating plants as a non-committal way to green up your space. And aside from a pop of colour and freshness, plants work wonders for the soul!
Living Rooms Bars
Living room bars and drink trolleys will be huge in 2022. This trend started during the lockdowns and, as we’ve all got used to staying at home more, so why not bring the bar in! With everybody somehow still cooped up, I believe these mini bars will be staying for a while.
The pandemic led us to acknowledge the importance of our homes, I believe we will continue to see the demand for versatility in the home where one space can be transformed and moulded for different activities: a dining table or kitchen island can double as a desk for example.
My final trend is rooted in the concept of home as a cocoon, and textured fabrics are a great way to create that depth and comfort that your space craves. Light, neutral spaces are also a popular look for 2022, so textured textiles can bring balance to this simple backdrop. Opt for rich textures such as wool, knits and velvet for your pillows and throws, upholstery, window treatments and area rugs. Incorporate pattern and some colour, to create even more visual interest while staying true to your aesthetic.
The coming year promises to be action-packed, and all of the above trends contribute to a home that is warm and welcoming, and our refuge from what is happening in the outside world. Bring it on, 2022!
Toronto-based stager Red Barrinuevo is the property stylist on HGTV Canada’s Hot Market Series and the Principal Designer at Redesign4more. He is an award-winning interior stylist who was also named one of the most influential people in real estate staging this year by RESA Global. His firm is known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through its creative home staging, interior decorating, and design services. www.redesign4more.com