What does 2022 look like to you? If you have a vision of refreshing your home with interior design ideas that not only look amazing, but are good for the soul too, then you’re not alone.
Over the last couple of years, the way we use our homes has changed. More of us than ever before need space for a home office, to workout, or even home school.
The way we feel about our homes has changed, too, which has led to a shift in the colours we’re choosing to surround ourselves with.
We’re reaching for colours that help us feel calm and connected to the natural world, such as safe greys and soft neutrals. We’re also seeking shades that bring us comfort and joy, and are full of warmth and optimism for a brighter, better future – think sweet pastels and warm oranges.
To help inspire your home decorating ideas in 2022, our experts have taken this year’s top 9 global design trends and put together the colours that are defining the mood of the moment, so you can be the first to try them…
Trend 1: Green Scene
This year we’ll be surrounding ourselves with the gorgeous greens found in nature, bringing the outside in. Dark and dramatic teals like emerald green and warm and earthy tones such as beige can be used in kitchens to extend our gardens, create bathrooms that feel like spas, and bedrooms brimming with biophilic inspired action.
Trend 2: True Blues
From deep ocean navy, to dreamy sky blue, blues will be used to create a sense of calm and positivity. Light blues such as Bright SkiesTM – Dulux Colour of the Year 2022 – opens up rooms, creates a sense of space and an upbeat and positive feel. On the other end of the spectrum, dark, moody blues are cosy and cocooning.
Trend 3: White Wave
A new-wave of white is coming, which means it’s time to embrace the ultimate neutral. From clean and cool whites like light grey, to cosy and warm colours such as beige, they offer simplicity in a complicated world. They create rooms for rest and reflection, while providing flexibility as a clean and unfussy backdrop, allowing accessories to really pop.
Trend 4: New Neutrals
2022 is all about combining warm nudes to create sumptuous palettes. Think rose pinks, rusty oranges and muddy creams. Beiges are anything but boring. Better still, ‘greige’ – combining all the warmth of beige but the sleekness of grey – is being hailed as ‘the perfect neutral.
Trend 5: Perfect Pastels
The sugary pastels of the 80s are back – think sorbet-inspired shades in strawberry pinks, mint greens and sherbet oranges. Refreshing and celebratory, they’re perfect for creating whimsical spaces. Think cool WFH studios for creative types or stylish kitchens for serious foodies.
Trend 6: Sustainable Style
Sustainable style is firmly top of the agenda. With water-based paint, furniture made from sound materials such as reclaimed woods or recycled glass, and by upcycling vintage finds, it’s easier than ever to make positive changes.
Trend 7: Wellness Rooms
Home gyms, a spot next to a desk zoned with colour for meditation, a cranny under the stairs carved out for reading, wellness is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Invigorating colours like orange motivate you to workout, while soft and serene shades such as green sorbet help you rest.
Trend 8: Dopamine Décor
Décor is set to follow hot on the heels of the dopamine dressing trend. As electric colours and no-holds-barred hues like acai berry purple, green and dark blue gain momentum, it’s time to be loud and proud with feel-good colour that causes a splash.
Trend 9: Unexpected Spaces
More of us are getting creative in the most unexpected corners of our houses, from boot rooms to basement bars. Big ideas deserve standout colour schemes. So don’t hide your gaming room away – make it pop in a statement shade such as yellow – or lean into green tones in your home office.