Chic, considered and guaranteed to bring your home bang up to date, these are the looks your space needs
Some might shy away from the idea of ‘trends’ for the home, preferring instead the longevity of classic design. However, such trends often reference or are built on what society is reacting to right now – events, politics, fashion, the economy – so it’s wise to at least be aware of the latest ideas and looks.
Below we’ve pulled together insight from across the interiors industry to show you exactly how to make your home trend-led in 2022.
Long gone are the days when people used to buy things just because they looked good. Now, interior decoration and homeware needs to stem from a core of good ethics. And handmade items rank high on this list.
If you’re thinking about village hall-style craft, then think again – the new handmade interiors movement has a distinctive luxury edge. It includes everything from design-chic pieces such as the Final Touch Handmade Wood & Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker, with its air of fine 1970s style, to bigger investment buys such as the Gooch Luxury Hand Knotted Pakistan Bokhara Handmade Rug. Crafted with skill and precision, items like this are by their very nature unique.
Aligning neatly with the drive and significant increase for chic handmade items is the requirement for them to be more sustainable. While some products might focus on one eco-friendly characteristic, others can offer several. The three key traits to look out for are:
- Materiality: is the item made from a more sustainable material? Look for products made from substances such as rattan, which is natural and fast-growing.
- Process: has the item been made in a more sustainable way or a way that has less impact on the environment? Look for products that don’t use dyes or harmful chemicals. Opting for organic bedding, such as our Easycare Organic Cotton Oxford Bedding, is a good start.
- Longevity: are you buying something that will last a long time? When buying homeware, ask yourself if it’s something you can keep and pass down to the next generation. This ‘buy once and buy well’ approach is something many brands and designers are putting at the core of their collections.
Post-pandemic, there has been a backlash against ‘safe’ design choices. Maybe we were all stuck indoors too long, but this new trend (as seen recently at the Maison & Objet interiors trade show in Paris) is one of sheer fantasy and indulgence, with many pieces looking positively out of this world.
Watch out for futuristic fantasy design across the board in interiors, from small accessory pieces to lighting and larger furniture items. Matthew Williamson’s latest lighting designs, including the Planet Dual Lit Glass Table Lamp, are everything this trend is about.
Brass is jumping the queue in 2022 as it proves to be a popular alternative to classic chrome or gold. Muted and soft in appearance, brass is set to filter through as a way of adding warmth – and a touch of metallic sophistication – to interiors.
Opt to be a little decadent with your choices, but make sure you look for modern designs rather than traditional style cues such as finials and intricate decorative detailing.
Forget heavy prints and garish retro colour, this look celebrates the best of high-end, west coast style from the disco decade. Think of celebrities such as style icon Joan Didion, whose cliff-top bungalow really nailed this vibe. Create your own version of the look with a design-chic armchair, a statement floor lamp and a retro record player.
Previously, art was considered largely a ‘final touch’, but there’s now a wave of interior designers who’re developing interior design schemes that include art at the centre of the look.
It’s the more contemporary pieces of artwork and poster prints that are really emerging as the ‘in thing’ to display. Think a personally tailored and edited selection of monochrome linework and bold graphic blocks of colour, and you’re on to a winner.