Interior design styles 2022 and how to get them

If, like most people, you’re your own interior designer, you’ve probably accumulated a fair amount of decor over the years. You love everything – okay, most – and, of course, it draws inspiration from similar styles (think minimalist and mid-century modern) for a result that makes sense. But it could stop just short of cohesion. What you really want is a space worthy of a viral tiktokand for this it is useful to know the elements of the interior design style you aim.

With the help of the pros at pacaso, we’ve decoded eight interior design styles that are popular right now and created a quick cheat sheet on how to recreate them at home. Whether you want to go big and bold with a maximalist or eclectic style, keep calm with coastal or cottage, or finally realizing the Scandinavian dream, below is a quick overview of each aesthetic, along with some tips for creating each one.


Picturesque is the vibe this traditional yet unpretentious style evokes. It dates back to 18th century Germany, where textiles were woven at home and furniture was handmade. Get the look today with rustic wood floors, clean-lined wood furniture, and a neutral color palette. Keep the curtains airy and minimalist – cottage style is all about the interplay of light and texture – and soft, plentiful lighting.


After years of living in dark tones of minimalism, maximalism is the explosion we needed in 2022. Here, art is free to take up an entire wall, shelves can overflow with trinkets and tchotchkes, and color is always the answer. The trick is to tie it all together with a line through – like the color red in the room above – and aim for a space-to-things ratio of 50-50.


grandmothers are not the only ones living this coastal life. This timeless aesthetic relies on natural elements and muted neutrals, like sandy taupes and greyish blues. Keep it light and airy with sheer curtains and an abundance of space, and while “coastal” is just a mood, you’ll want to add a few borrowed beach accents – think sea glass, to driftwood, and dune grass.

Art Deco

Whether you’re throwing parties like you’re Jay Gatsby or starting your two-hour bedtime routine at 7:30, art deco can work for you. The glamorous style originated in 1910s France and spread around the world in the 1920s, peaking in the United States in the 1930s shortly after Prohibition ended. It’s all about jewel tones, oversized pieces and geometric fixtures. Repetition is the MO of art deco: repeat elements, such as a simple shape, contrasting color, or similar patterns, throughout your room or home.


Tried-and-true minimalism isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. A successor to 20th-century Bauhaus, the streamlined style is a celebration of simplicity, not to mention one of the easiest looks for mere mortals to pull off. Although an open-concept space is the calling card of minimalism, you can invoke it with clean lines, lots of lighting, and a few must-have decor pieces. Pro tip for clutter-free living: Invest in furniture that doubles as storage.


Similar to minimalism but a bit warmer and more earthy, Scandinavian style is a clean and simple look. He warms things up by working with organic elements like wood, rattan and plants as well as soft colors (who among us can resist a mauve moment?), soft textures (chunky knits, where are you? ) and clean lines in hyper-functional furniture (Ikea didn’t invent this on its own).


While “eclectic” might conjure up a do-it-all approach, the style isn’t as random as it seems. Yes, it lets you choose from several aesthetics, but there is a crazy method: use one style for your furniture, then mix two to three complementary styles for your decor. More styles, and you might veer into hodgepodge territory – although we’ll never say never.

Mid-Century Modern

A design born in 1950s America, Mid-Century Modern is a versatile style that feels both timeless and vintage. Its trademark look is furniture with strong clean lines paired with bronze metal accents, geometric shapes, and bold pops of color. Given the popularity of mid-century modern over the past decade, many home decor stores sell compelling replicas, but flea markets, garage sales, and vintage stores are packed with the real deal.

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