6 best interior design trends to try for summer 2022 – and which ones to ignore in your home
The decoration boom is by no means over; if anything, it’s accelerating in 2022. The annual Houzz & Home survey by home improvement website Houzz, which was published earlier this week, found that 55% of homeowners are planning to redecorate this year – and the average spend on our homes is expected to reach £10,000 (up from £7,000 just three years ago).
But before you pull out the paint boards and start browsing the latest homeware collections, if you want your home to be up to date, you might want to think about what’s happening in the world of interiors.
Whether your plan is to do a little renovation of parts of your home or give your home a complete overhaul and makeover, we have a series of tips for you.
Here are six key trends to know for summer 2022.
Replace monochromatic walls with painted details
The feature wall may have fallen out of favor, but decorative paint effects have not. Adding a block of color to define a study or dining room, for example, is an easy way to add interest to a featureless room – and it’s much faster and cheaper than repainting the whole thing. ‘space. In the image above, a Teal wall has been painted with a block of Midnight Navy, both from Crown, which adds subtle drama.
Likewise, painting window frames in a bold tone that contrasts with the rest of the room is another way to add a splash of color, without committing to a whole new look, and it’s a job that can be done in a day. Even ugly uPVC windows can be given a smart new look with a coat of color – give them a good clean first and use an all surface primer such as Little Greene’s Intelligent ASP.
The images above (center and right) show how a single strip of color can transform a room by highlighting architectural elements. Opt for a contrasting color for impact, such as the thin band of Peanut Shell around the fireplace and the woodwork in a room painted Knoxville Grey, both by Benjamin Moore. Painting bolder stripes in a deeper shade of the wall color (here Cross Stitch and Made With Love, both from Crown) creates a tonal look.
Replace clinical cabinets with comfort kitchens
White is perhaps still the most popular choice when it comes to kitchens; but the minimalistic, handleless kitchen with all the clutter and appliances hidden from view is replaced in the style stakes with a warmer, more natural look – perfect for those who want a more soothing space to make their morning coffee. Think cabinet doors in rich, spicy colors – like in this kitchen (pictured) from Neptune, painted in mustard – and tactile bronze or leather handles.
As for accessories, textiles such as tea towels and chair cushions add more warmth and softness, and artwork or plates hanging on the wall bring personality to what can be a functional room. . For shelves and countertops, to create a reassuring environment of organized clutter (rather than clutter), keep vases, crockery and wooden cutting boards exposed, and hide less pretty things in cupboards and baskets .
Replace empty walls with wallpaper murals
Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her California home earlier this year — complete with a scenic mural in her dining room — the wallpaper mural has had something of a moment. Not only does a mural add drama and impact to a room, it’s also the most cost-effective way to purchase large-scale artwork for your wall.
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Designer Claret, which launched in the spring, sells artist-designed murals in bespoke sizes, made to order – as well as printing customers’ own designs; botanical designs are currently in vogue. Surface View, one of the first companies to offer a bespoke mural service, offers a host of designs, including collections inspired by artwork from galleries such as the V&A, National Gallery and Royal Academy .
Consider framing your mural by creating a frame from decorative moldings such as chair rail, which are cheap to buy at hardware stores and can be painted to blend in with the wall or chosen in a contrasting color.
Replace square furniture with scallops and curves
Anyone with a passing knowledge of Instagram or Pinterest will have noticed that the scalloped edge is the shape of summer. Forget square shapes and clean lines: it’s safe to say that it’s no longer hip to be square.
The cottagecore movement, with its penchant for pretty pattern, is partly responsible for this microtrend: the scalloped edge of a classic ruffled cushion is replicated on everything from bed linens, table linens and crockery to mirrors. and light fixtures; and if it’s rattan or gingham, so much the better.
Curvecore, as it might be called, also applies to furniture: the modern, monolithic sofas and armchairs that were fashionable in the 2000s now have a decidedly old-fashioned air, while curved sofas and elegant armchairs bring both one-piece softness and style (see the Venus Armchair by Soane Britain, the original design that sparked the vogue for pretty scalloped back chairs).
Replace TV dinners with maximalist tableware
The tableware trend that accelerated during lockdown is still going strong and has sparked a taste for patterned tablecloths, mixing tableware and colorful glassware. A good tablecloth is the shortest route to an elegant table and an easy way to turn a casual midweek dinner into an event. Plus, if your dining table doubles as a WFH desk during the day, throwing a tablecloth over it at 6 p.m. is a quick way to mark the end of the workday and set a different mood for the evening.
The new Quince Garden collection from Daylesford (pictured), in collaboration with Colefax & Fowler, features beautiful fabrics inspired by ancient botanical art, which would look just as good with plain white crockery as they do with decorative painted plates.
For those who prefer a more understated look, Cultiver, which recently arrived in the UK, has a good range of premium, neutral-coloured European linens.
Replace boring bedrooms with quirky headboards
Quiet bedrooms might be all the rage as we try to get sleep habits back on track after the pandemic — but quiet doesn’t have to be boring. The beauty of an on-trend headboard is that it gives the room a tailored look and, potentially, a pop of pattern – but since it sits behind the pillow, it doesn’t distract the eye when you try. to fall asleep.
The latest headboard designs are oversized (a good visual trick to make the bed appear larger and more plush), with a trendy scalloped design (see above) and covered in a floral or botanical pattern.
For a budget option, find a used rattan headboard and spray paint it – or simply paint a headboard shape directly on the wall behind the bed.
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