Starting a home improvement project can be daunting, but making sure you have a clear vision of the end result can make the process much easier. Before making a trip to the nearest home improvement store, ask yourself: What would I like my home to look like? Also, before deciding whether or not to tear down walls, think about the home design you’ll dress your home into.

To help you decide which one is the right one for you, we’ve put together a list of the most popular home design trends in 2022 below:

1. Natural and bold color schemes

After spending so much time away from the outside world, a return to nature is welcome in the form of the color palette adopted inside our homes. Here are some of the color schemes that might dominate 2022:

  • Brown

Thanks to its direct relation to nature, brown is likely to be fully embraced in 2022. It’s also a reactionary movement to obligatory gray that’s been in style for a number of years now. Most importantly, brown is a comforting color that’s bound to be found in many homes this year.

  • Green

Green – and its many shades – is not only the natural color of plants but also the symbol of eco-living, which has grown a lot lately. Moreover, emerald green – a richer version of natural green – is also rumored to have a moment in 2022. That’s according to a spike in interest for items in this shade sold on Etsy.

emerald green decor

  • Veri Peri

Veri Peri is blue with violet accents, and it’s Pantone’s predicted color of the year in 2022. While this color seems like a bold departure from brown and green, it harkens the features of an era of transition. It’s bold, imaginative and representative of the post-pandemic changing times.

2. Natural-looking interiors

After spending a lot of time inside the home, it’s time to invite nature in. That’s why 2022 is a year of natural surfaces making their way indoors. Think a return to marble, stoneware and terracotta as materials for backsplashes. Additionally, décor choices also include items that combine wood and metal.

Moreover, as part of the biophilic design, plants are a must as they’re a way to rekindle that coveted connection with nature. But this isn’t just your regular pot sitting in a corner or on a windowsill. It’s about going overboard with plants all over your home – on the walls, hanging from the ceiling and more.

3. More natural light

This return to nature in home design couldn’t be achieved without trying to draw in more natural light. Large windows and high ceilings are just one way to achieve that. Besides the living room and the kitchen, other rooms are also excellent candidates for the large window treatment, such as bathrooms – skylights are a must in 2022.

room with large windows

4. Vintage and sustainable furniture

Vintage furniture has always had a charm of its own, but this year it’s truly coming into its own. Besides being an eco-friendly furniture choice, buying vintage as a trend is also a practical one, given that there have been supply chains issues in the past year. To put it in perspective, vintage furniture is truly picking up steam, with people spending over $17B on used furniture in 2021.

As part of the effort to live sustainably, more eco-conscious locally made furniture, décor and accessories that are made locally became popular as buyers are interested in knowing the origin of each resource used to make the products they intend to buy.

5. Curved furnishings

It’s time to bid our square-shaped couches goodbye in 2022. Round, softer furniture is in – a testament to the love of nature that interior design is taking seriously. Comfort is still a priority, but a more refined and striking look is also what makes a piece trending this year. Expect round furniture and home décor to be a big hit across the board.

If you’re ready to embrace the new furniture trend, but you’re not quite ready to part with your modern straight-lined furniture, you can put it in storage. A 10’x10’ unit is the most common storage unit sized rented, but if you only have a few furniture pieces, you can fit it in a 5’x10’ unit. Additionally, if you live in a warm and humid area such as Florida, make sure to consider climate control too to avoid damage caused by heat and high humidity. Renting a self storage unit in Miami, Florida costs about $182/month.

6. Barkitecture

Barkitecture is a new home design trend that’s pet conscious. Pets are family, and they also need to feel at home. That’s why in 2022, having pet-friendly furnishings is a must. Do your cats have a scratching post that blends into the décor? Think about it next time you go to the pet store. Add a fun wall organizer where you can keep smaller pet paraphernalia such as their toys and leashes.

pet furniture

7. Maximalism

Minimalism might still be trendy now, but maximalism is coming back. It’s all about rich patterns and décor with echoes of the 19th French style. Patterned rugs, velvet and mohair exude that luxurious feeling and a layered look that maximalism is known for. It’s a perfect way to make your home more interesting and to impress your guests the next time they visit.

8. Patterned wallpaper

Bare painted walls are no longer, so get ready to welcome wallpaper in more spots of your home than before. Install on the ceiling or cabinets that need a little TLC. Printed wallpaper with a rich design is sure to make a statement. Strong patterns and even extra texture can create a warm and inviting environment.

9. Versatile rooms

If spending close to two years indoors has taught us anything is that our home space needs to work harder for us. With this in mind, we might need our bedroom to be more than a place for sleeping. It can also be converted into a workout room, if you add a treadmill, a Peloton or a yoga mat in a corner. The kitchen can sometimes be your home office, especially if your partner is also working from home. Thinking about rooms as spaces that can pull double duty is more essential now than ever.

multipurpose room - bedroom as a gym

10. Homework room

If the last two years hailed the home office as a new addition to the home, school-age children could also benefit from their own space to do their homework. This should be separate from their bedroom and playroom to ensure no distractions are around. Besides, having a dedicated space for one activity is a recipe for focus and success.

11. Retreat spaces

The breezy open space that the open floor plans provide might not be the best design choice in the present. In fact, it’s one of the design trends that’s going out of fashion in 2022, making way for semi-walled spaces/rooms instead. This new design responds to the need for restorative space and privacy. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce variety in your décor choices as you’ll have more separate spaces that can stand on their own.

retreat space - reading nook

12. Enhanced outdoors

Our patios have become our gateway to the outside world and our best chance to get that outdoor relaxation without leaving the premises of the home. That’s why the outdoor space is getting bedecked with comfy and elegant furniture to reflect that, basically, your backyard is truly an extension of your home. For a lot of people, the outdoor area can become a true-blue dining area during summer or all year round if you live in warmer climates.

Which new home design trend are you considering before home remodeling? Let us know in the comments section below.


Mirela is a real estate writer and lifestyle editor for Yardi. With an academic background in English and translation, Mirela now covers a range of topics including real estate trends, lifestyle and economy. Her previous experience in proofreading academic articles has inspired Mirela to choose a writing career path. In her free time, Mirela enjoys reading, but also hiking and creating art. You can contact Mirela via email.

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