As we approach the end of 2021, many of us start to reflect on the year that has passed and make plans and goals for the year ahead. Like always, gym attendance and peloton subscriptions will temporarily spike and you will also see people stocking-up on home organizational products in an attempt to become more streamlined and although these resolutions are clichés, they are with good intent and likely worthwhile when achieved. Our reflections however, tend to be more design focused so that we can continue to push the envelope and help our clients to create spaces that are on point. With that in mind, here are some themes and design trends we predict will be at the forefront of 2022…
A Return to Rustic
For years now we have enjoyed designs that are bright, clean and feel very new and although that will still appeal to many, we’re seeing the return of a more rustic aesthetic. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that everything is going to be dark and industrial but rather we predict that there will be more mixing of old and new. We’re seeing more people wanting to ‘upcycle’ pre-loved pieces by refinishing and reupholstering as well as a desire to incorporate antiques or new pieces with a more worn finish or patina. Fabrics are more natural too to create a laidback vibe. To illustrate this worn-in look, featured above is the living room in Kendall Jenner’s LA home. The photos featured in AD back in 2020 were surprising at the time but have rapidly grown on us. Perhaps a more relaxed feel is appealing now that we all find ourselves to be more “homebody”-esque post lockdowns?! In 2022, we predict you will see a lot more of this look.
A Need for Nature
We’ve always been fans of flowers and greenery in the home but now it’s become all the more essential and often comes in the form of super-sized dramatic branches! If something good came out of COVID, it’s that so many of us were forced to spend more time outside and were able to reconnect with nature. As things continue to return to normal in 2022, we predict there will be a lot of “bringing the outdoors in” both literally and with subtle nods through colour, texture and materials. The photo from AD featured above is of Mila Kunis’ and Ashton Kutcher’s LA home and is a stunning example of a more “natural” look.
Reimagined Multi-Purpose Spaces
The concept of a multi-purpose space is not new but the reality is, until COVID, most of us didn’t really need to use our homes for much more than sleeping, eating, lounging in front of the TV and hosting the odd gathering. Today however, our homes are also our gyms, offices, children’s play rooms etc. etc. Although some professions are heading back to the office, there are many people who will continue to WFH and we predict that this will involve some heavy reimagining of multi-purpose spaces in the New Year. Above is Meg Ryan’s chic-A-F Soho loft in AD. The room above functions beautifully as a family room, work space, library and probably much more!
Adding in an Oasis
If you’re anything like us, you’ve likely come to enjoy spending more time at home and look forward to it at the end of the day or week. To maximize that time, we predict that there will be a new focus to create personal oases in the home. What this means will vary person to person. It might mean redecorating master bedrooms and bathrooms for ultimate relaxation. Or, it could mean turning an unused spare room into a yoga or music studio! The room above is from AD and features a private yoga studio in Maine, designed by Gil Schafer. The possibilities are endless and we can’t wait to hear what your vision is!