7 Interiors Trends For 2022 And How To Introduce Them Into Your Space

‘Quality over quantity’ is a mantra well worth remembering if you’re considering an interior refresh

The importance of nature, the power of light and the influence of nostalgia. Four interior-design experts predict the most enticing trends of 2022 and share the ways they will be bringing them into their spaces for the year ahead. By KATIE BERRINGTON


Investment pieces

Mimi Shodeinde, Founder of Miminat Designs, will be focusing on the rule of quality over quantity in 2022. “For an easy new-season update, I recommend investing in a piece of statement art or sculpture,” she says. “It’s really true that one or two items can have an impact and my motto is to invest in the quality of design rather than quantity; a sculptural light, vessel, bowl or piece of furniture will lift your space without the need for a complete overhaul.”

Natural selection

“I think this year will see us bring the outdoors into our homes more by layering textures, natural materials and lighting to create serene spaces,” continues Shodeinde. “Working from our homes has meant that it’s important to bring an element of our natural surroundings indoors, so think about investing in nature-inspired surfaces and objects to easily get the look. In a recent project, for instance, I used different tones of wood [throughout] – from the dining tables to the chairs and bookshelves – to create warmth and texture.”

Sensory lighting

“I also think this season will have us really focusing on lighting and its transformative effect on our moods,” Shodeinde says. “I am [fascinated by] sensory lighting and how it can alter the mood of a space. In my latest project in London, I designed a series of large-scale light fixtures to create a uniquely subtle but warm environment – I suggest opting for a polished gold finish for a little dose of laid-back luxury.”

Authentic curation

“When it comes to a new-season update, I often find that the greatest inspiration can be found in the surrounding environment of a space,” says designer Kelly Wearstler. “Exploring the locale offers an opportunity to discover the adjacent culture, history and materials, which can then be brought into the home to create a truly authentic feel; as our surroundings are ever-evolving, this should also be reflected in our interiors. I find designs that play on the raw, natural beauty of an environment the most beautiful and refreshing. This could translate in the way a marble pattern echoes the movement of foliage outside a window or [reflects] a coastal view through salvaged driftwood and ceramics.

“These ideas can be incorporated into your space through homeware and styling accessories, too. For example, in my collection for NET-A-PORTER, I chose to explore a rich palette of marble and metal in bold geometric shapes.”

In this London home, designer Mimi Shodeinde has introduced different finishes, shades and tones to create a textured feel
I find designs that play on the raw, natural beauty of an environment the most beautiful and refreshing
Kelly Wearstler
In these spaces designed by Na Li (bedroom) and Tamsin Johnson (living room), warm tones, subtle pattern and unexpected elements result in rooms that are at once comfortable yet impactful

Nourishing nostalgia

“Home interiors will develop or evolve with you naturally, to some degree,” says designer and author Tamsin Johnson. “Most of us have spent more time in our own spaces lately and perhaps we will value comfort more than ever, along with a nourishing and uplifting sort of nostalgia. I think stronger color, gentler light and a soft tactility will encourage this.”

Plant power

“Being close to nature will be even more important in 2022, after two years of being indoors and working from home,” considers Na Li, co-founder of Holloway Li. “I’d recommend prioritizing natural light and filling your space with lots of plants and natural greenery. The new year is a great time to refresh neglected corners with foliage.”

Form and function

“I also predict that our home decor will see us choosing different themes for each space within the home, with dedicated functionalities to our rooms,” says Li. “People will seek more intimate spaces and will want to feel a strong sense of ownership and belonging within each space. Coziness will be key to rooms designed for relaxing. Investing in soft blankets and textured throws will help to create a feeling of cocooning.”


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