Home decor trends to watch out for in 2022

It’s always exciting when a new season arrives and it’s time to update your home decor trends. A new year begins and just like you’d refresh your wardrobe, with new accessories, maybe some new shoes or a coat, our interiors can also benefit from a bit of a refresh.

Our homes are a constantly evolving mix of all the things we love – as they should be. So as with new season fashion trends, it’s the new emerging home decor trends that tempt us to update our homes – rather than change them entirely.

Home Decor Trends 2022

Unsurprisingly, the predicted trends to watch for in 2022 are all about embracing our new found freedom and re-engaging with the world around us. Colours are bolder, braver and more exciting. Patterns are reflecting more natural shapes and forms.

There’s no escaping trends. Whether you live by them or feel totally unaffected, from popular paint shades to furniture choices, everything designed for our homes is influenced by a wider trend.

Of course you could tap into more specific trends for the room or space you want to update. Take a look at  living room trends,  wallpaper trends and paint trends. This will ensure you’re ahead of the curve in all aspects of design. If you want a good overall understanding of what to look out for in 2022, here are our top eight to keep an eye on…

Trend 1. Lilac

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It’s already huge in the fashion world, so it wasn’t going to be long until this light shade of purple hit the interiors world too. For some, it may feel a little too reminiscent of the nineties era, but fear not, it has had a grown-up makeover. Now it works beautifully with metallic finishes, smart mirrored furniture and plush velvets, to create a glamorous yet pretty, chic style.

The idea of purple living rooms  might seem a little too ‘Changing Rooms’ to some, it’s actually been the natural move on from the ever popular millennial pink trend, and is set to be big for Spring 2022. Colour forecasters Pantone have just announced their Colour of the Year for 2022  as Very Peri, a more vibrant shade of purple. If this still feels a little too daring, then lilac is the stepping stone shade you need to inject some new, playful colour into your home for Spring.

Trend 2. Flowing shapes

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Celebrating the natural curves of the human body, this trend explores the fluid lines and spherical shapes often seen in nature. Lending itself to furniture, lighting and prints in artwork and on rugs too, although naturally calming, it can still feature some show-stopping pieces.

If you’re a fan of a monochrome palette, this trend is for you, as contrasting black and white creates a glamorous feel to this contemporary look. Bouclé love seats, statement rugs and simple, yet striking lighting will all give your home the wow factor.

‘Dunelm’s new Curves range reflects the trend for a softening of items for the home, to provide a more welcoming and cosseting feel. With hard lines becoming more fluid and curvaceous to give a feeling of movement within a room, our new curvier sofas and chairs,  will envelope you with a soft, textural and sensual experience.  This trend will be echoed across other home accessories and textiles to provide an elegant yet welcoming feel to your home,’ says Debbie Drake, Head Designer at Dunelm.

Trend 3. Scalloped shapes

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A trend inspired by the sea continues to feature most years and 2022 is no different. Scalloped edges and shapes is a style we’re particularly loving, for its whimsical feel and curvy lines, plus it’s ode to the humble seashell. Think beautiful piped edges to bedding, lacquered trays with scalloped edges, furniture with curved edge trim, rugs will scallop detailing. Basically anything that can benefit from an undulating edge, does! 

It’s also becoming a big trend in decorating as a scallop feature wall will bring a sense of fun and frivolity to a scheme.

Trend 4. Seventies style

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As ever with trends, we see the same ones come back round again, causing endless comments from parents and grandparents about how they remember it ‘the first time around’ (cue eye rolls). For 2022, the nostalgic designs of the Seventies will be a big look, featuring geometric prints, curvaceous furniture and luxe accents of velvet, brushed brass and glass.

We’ll even see the previously mentioned scalloped shapes making an appearance here, in headboards and tub chairs.

And tinted glass, another nod to bygone eras, will be creeping back into our homes. Andrew Tanner, Design Manager at Habitat explains, ‘The coloured glassware trend continues to grow. What started out as a niche tableware style has blossomed into home accessories.’

‘Retro, sepia shade pieces play into the popular Seventies look, typically seen in lighting designs as they create an inviting, subdued glow. We’ve introduced tinted glass designs throughout lighting, home accessories and tableware to keep up with heightened demand, experimenting with layered transparencies and two-tone styles to keep it fresh and new.’

Trend 5. Houseplants 

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As our connection with nature and the outside world intensified over the last year or so, it’s no wonder we want to bring more of the outside in, and house plants will continue to dominate our decorating schemes next year. So much so that Dulux have launched an entire palette of colours called Greenhouse, to reflect the boom of houseplant lovers that has emerged across the nation. 

But creating a tropical oasis inside our homes is all very well for the green-fingered, but what about the brown-fingered, less knowledgable plant parents among us? Well it’s thanks to the many great ‘faux’ options available up and down the high street and online, that allow us all to benefit from this leafy look. This trick is to mix the two, so your easier-to-care for house plants such as palms and succulents could be real, whilst the harder and more expensive options, could be artificial, but visitors to your home will never know. Just make sure you do so you don’t end up watering the fakes and dismissing the real ones!

Trend 6. Colour blocking

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We’re not just getting more adventurous with colour in living rooms and bedrooms for 2022 – bathrooms and kitchens are getting a bolder treatment too. A big new trend for all these spaces is to drench the entire wall in one colour, by painting and tiling it the same shade, creating a seamless and immersive cocoon. 

Think walls, radiators, ceiling roses, picture rails and skirting boards, all in the same shade, and even furniture and accessories if you’re really committed. While previously the fashion would be to keep ceilings and wood work in fresh, bright white, now we’re seeing more and more homes embrace the colour block and be much braver in their colour choices too.

Try this in a small room to start with, such as a downstairs loo, to create a cave of colour that reflects your personality.

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