Is your home ready for a bold new look? Perhaps 2022 could be the year when you transform at least part of your living space. 

If redesigning part of your home is on your to-do list for this year, but don’t know where to begin, then you could take inspiration from some of the trends that are expected to be popular in the coming months. Here’s a flavour of some of the biggest and boldest to get you started.

The new living rooms

‘Biophilic design’ could be a key trend in 2022, Pinterest predicts, as millennials in particular seek “to increase their connection to nature and enhance their wellbeing”[1] by bringing nature into their homes.

If you’re wondering what biophilia is, it refers to humans’ innate love of nature, so in a home setting, that means having lots of plants.

Staircase gardens, ‘biophilic’ interiors and floral ceilings are all trending up, according to user search data from Pinterest.

Even if you just take inspiration from this trend, why not consider how you could make more use of house plants to brighten up your home?

Here are some examples of Biophilic design.

Barkitecture and cat rooms

We’re a nation of pet lovers, and there was a huge surge in pet ownership during lockdown, so it may not come as a surprise that pets - dogs and cats in particular - are influencing interior design. 

Pinterest is calling it Barkitecture[2]. But dogs don’t get all the fun, with some interior design gurus expecting 2022 to be the year of ‘Cat rooms’ — rooms dedicated entirely (or almost entirely) to cats.

If you have the luxury of a whole room going spare, could it become your pet’s own special domain? Or is barkitecture a barking mad idea? You choose.

Here are some examples

Boutique bathrooms

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to stay in a chic hotel room, then you may have lingered in the bathroom, to make the most of their spa-like facilities and luxurious features. 

You might even have dreamt of creating that boutique bathroom feel in your own home. If so, now could be the time to give it a go.

At least, that’s what many on-trend homeowners are expected to do in 2022[3], as they seek to create a luxurious, spa-like bathroom where they can escape to. Think sauna showers and freestanding baths, rather than boring functionality.

Here are some examples

Start from the front

How about outside your home? Well, “the front porch is the new destination”, according to one trend-watching report[4], which cites a five year high in 2021 of social media mentions of front yard or front porch. 

So, if you have some idle space out the front of your house, think of it like a new room that you can decorate and enjoy, they suggest. Projects could range from something as simple as painting your front door to building window boxes or planting some trees. Or if you want to be more 2022, you could hang ‘outdoor curtains’. 

Here are some examples

Dual-purpose rooms

Back in 2020, the sudden need to work from home meant that many people needed to make their home work much harder. Some rooms had to double up as work spaces, others for exercise and others for an escape or quiet corner to seek some refuge.

At first, these were seen as temporary, makeshift changes. But this year, multi-purpose rooms will become more of a permanent design feature, according to a 2022 prediction published by fashion bible Vogue. Now, when people design living spaces they’ll have that versatility in mind, whether it’s a guest room fitted with a desk, or a bedroom equipped with exercise equipment. 

Here are some examples

Sustainability … and a 70s throwback

Sustainability is expected to be another big interior design trend in 2022, as homeowners seek to reduce the impact of their humble abode on the planet. 

That might mean taking steps like trying to source materials and furniture from local suppliers to buying pre-loved and pre-used where possible. 

This trend is also expected to translate into a trend for a more vintage look in homes, as people breathe new life into retro pieces from the 70s in particular. As part of this 70s throwback, brown – in particular earthy shades - are coming back into fashion.

Here are some examples

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