While the majority of people are focusing on their goals for 2022, we’re looking forward to the new year with one thing in mind: all of the design and décor ideas we can’t wait to see take over homes and offices across the world in the next year.
In preparation (and in an effort to stay one step ahead of the trends), we asked some of our favorite designers and makers to offer their predictions for the furniture and design trends that will be popular in 2022 (and beyond). Continue reading for their predictions on what silhouettes, materials, and styles we may expect to see in the next year.
“A trend we’re witnessing in furniture design… is the incorporation of curving lines in upholstered furniture forms and case goods,” says Betty Brandolino, founder and creative director of Fresh Twist Studio. To give you an example, we’ve witnessed an increase in the popularity of rounded couch backs and curved sideboards,” says the designer.
Kristin Bartone of Bartone Interiors agrees with this statement. Her prediction for 2022: “Curved furniture with delicate lines will be fashionable.” “Soft lines, arcs, and curves were included into almost every piece of furniture produced by nearly every manufacturer, from the most upscale to the most affordable options.” This was presented last year, but it has gained significant traction.”
It’s something Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs has also seen, and she’s noticed it on a smaller scale as well. The detail on couches, chairs, fireplace fronts, cupboards, and vanities is likewise fluted and ribbed, according to the designer. “It provides the illusion of art deco intricacy.” This design may also be traced back hundreds of years, when it was initially employed to embellish the columns of the Roman Forum.”
Surfaces with a textured finish
When we visited High Point Market in October, we saw that virtually all of our merchants were displaying textured fabrics such as boucles, tweeds, and crushed velvets. This signals that we will see a greater amount of texture in furniture items in the future, Brandolino said.
Caroline Brackett, of Caroline Brackett Studio of Design, concurs with this statement. For textures, she suggests that “anything fuzzy, nubby, or warm is quite on-trend right now.” “Comfort in general will be appealing in 2022,” says the author. “It is not necessary to compromise design, but since people are spending more time at home, furniture must be as comfortable as possible.”
In addition, Curtis points out that “boucle wool fabric is being utilized in a variety of ways—on furniture, cushions, and so on.” “The texture is wonderful, and it gives warmth and comfort to the space.” Because this material is becoming more popular, we will seek for less anticipated applications for it. While I think it’s a fantastic design feature, I’ll make an effort to keep it new and surprising!”
Metals with a matte finish
In terms of trends in finishes and furnishings for kitchens and bathrooms, Bill Darcy, chief executive officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, forecasts that matte finishes will become more popular over the next year.
The most popular designs for fixtures over the next two to three years will have less sheen and more matte finishes in stainless steel, nickel, and pewter, according to the designer. Stainless steel, matte or brushed black finishes, and motion control or touchless faucets will be the most popular finishes for these fast growing segments of the faucet market.
Antiques from the past
With the delays in the global supply chain, Brandolino predicts that vintage furniture will continue to be integrated into design for the foreseeable future.
In agreement with this is Eilyn Jimenez, who is the founder and creative director of Sire Design. “Rather than purchasing hasty furniture, customers are looking for items of high quality that will grow and change with them and their homes,” she explains. It is for this reason that vintage shopping is no longer restricted to the elderly exclusively. Younger clientele are looking for an alternative to mass-produced or catalog-purchased products, and they like to have pieces that express their individuality and can develop with them.
According to Kylie Bodiya, owner of Bees Knees Interior Design, combining old with modern is the way to go in this day and age as well. “We’re seeing a lot of trends that are leaning toward being timeless, so that designs don’t get outdated too fast,” she adds. “Mixing and matching contemporary furniture items with family heirlooms or antiques helps to create a timeless atmosphere—something old, something new!”
The Personality and Sentimentality of a Person
Gray Malin, an artist and photographer, believes that we will continue to see more and more of people’s personalities reflected in their homes, and that artifacts and furniture with sentimental or emotional importance will find a new position of honor in our homes. “There will also be a greater emphasis on sentimentality,” he adds.
Forget about making your house appear like a brochure or a staged area at your favorite home décor shop. Those days are over.” Instead, he says, “homes will be more individual and represent a location where people can feel comfortable, like themselves, and like they belong.”
Pieces of Art that are Worth Investing in
In spite of the fact that certain things have become more informal over the last decade, Malin believes that the trend toward incorporating more luxury and formal objects into the house will become more and more popular in the next year.” In contrast to a piece of quick furniture that is popular at the time but will not survive very long, “people are beginning to respect the concept of investing in higher-quality items that are well-made, sturdy, and long-lasting.”
Artwork and Decorative Details that are escapist in nature
Malin predicts that “people will be hanging more art that takes them to specific locales and has an escapist aspect.” “I believe that, in general, people will begin to make their homes seem like holiday destinations, curating the interiors to make them feel as if they are on a vacation, whether to a favorite destination they have been or a destination they have always wanted to visit.”
Wellness-Conscious Interior Design
For example, “whole-home health [is] a pretty significant trend for ’22,” says TK Wismer, design eye at appliance company CAFÉ. “So we’ll see designs with antibacterial qualities, such as copper,” he adds. “Browse for bronze and copper in lighting, furniture accents, and statement hardware on cupboards and doors,” says the designer. “
Furniture with a Geometric Twist on a Minimalist Theme
Among Wismer’s favorite looks from the most recent Fashion Weeks were “cutouts and cage trends,” which she describes as “some of my favorites.” Glass, semi-transparent materials, open grids and mesh, and other reveal-and-conceal elements are being used to bring a touch of drama to the home space as well. These elements are being implemented into cabinets, furniture, and even room separators, so you can get a peek of what’s within.”
“We all know that cane designs have made a major resurgence in recent years, and now we’re seeing them evolve into more geometric repetitions and grid forms,” she explains. For individuals inclined to a minimalist design, mathematical ‘purity’ and open patterns work particularly well since they provide a sense of airy lightness to a place without making it seem weighty or outmoded.
Designers predict nine furniture and design trends that will be popular in 2022 and beyond. Kristin Bartone of Bartone Interiors predicts that delicate lines and textured finishes will be fashionable. Textured fabrics such as boucles, tweeds, and crushed velvets are expected to become popular in the future. In terms of trends in finishes and furnishings for kitchens and bathrooms, Bill Darcy, chief executive officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, forecasts that matte finishes will become more popular over the next year. Eilyn Jimenez, founder and creative director of Sire Design predicts that vintage furniture will continue to be integrated into design for the foreseeable future.
Younger clientele are looking for an alternative to mass-produced or catalog-purchased products. Gray Malin, an artist and photographer, believes that we will continue to see more and more of people’s personalities reflected in their homes. Malin believes that the trend toward incorporating more luxury and formal objects into the house will become more popular in the next year. People are beginning to respect the concept of investing in higher-quality items that are well-made, sturdy, and long-lasting. Malin predicts that people will be hanging more art that takes them to specific locales and has an escapist aspect.
Glass, semi-transparent materials, open grids and mesh, and other reveal-and-conceal elements are being used to bring a touch of drama to the home space. For individuals inclined to a minimalist design, mathematical ‘purity’ and open patterns work particularly well.