Most of the world has spent a lot more time at home over the last two years. Many found that their spaces needed to be more adaptable as work and school shifted to home. Interiors could no longer be just for show. Real, functional spaces were needed as many people started living in their homes in a way they hadn’t before.
The pandemic had a significant effect on design trends as well. Imperfections became unique details. Flaws became an asset. Personalizing was more about raw, daily living than about putting a best foot forward.
Flexibility and adaptability has worked itself into architecture, design, and décor. A love of all things that bring comfort from cozy textiles to vintage details is a prevalent theme in current living room trends.
Here’s a look at 2022’s top living room design trends.
1. Organic Shapes
The biophilic trend will be hot in 2022. It is defined as a love of all things alive from organic shapes and curving lines, to incorporating more plants and natural materials.
Coming from an era of the crisp lines of Mid-Century Modern popularity, the curving lines of organic shapes is quite a shift. Amoeba-like furniture shapes are the poster child for this trend but there’s more than one way to capitalize on this living room trend. Look to rounded architecture, smoother shapes, and curved lines of all kinds to get the organic vibe in your space.
2. Multifunctional Spaces
If there’s one thing the pandemic shifted in design it was the need for more flexible spaces. The kitchen table became the office and the living room, the school room. This made a permanent impression on design and the result is spaces that do more than one thing.
One of the most important concepts in multifunctional spaces is zoning. Zoning takes open living spaces and splits them up into areas dedicated to different functions while keeping the space open.
Various things can be used to separate the space including plants, furniture groupings, partial walls, folding room dividers, etc.
Spending more time at home caused many people to add warmer elements to minimalistic homes. In 2022, paint colors are warmer, textiles are softer, and there’s more natural light. Designers are adding more lived-in type looks that combine simplicity with reality.
A fireplace adds instant warmth both visually and physically. There’s nothing quite like the effect of dancing orange flames to make the living room feel cozy. A fireplace with mantel, freestanding stove, or contemporary linear fireplace can be added without a remodel. An electric fireplace is pretty much plug and play.
Textiles also play an important role in creating warmth. Softer textures like velvet, boucle, and linen will be big players in living room design trends in 2022.
4. The Natural
Anything made by mother nature increases groundedness—a concept that slides perfectly into 2022 living room trends. Adding more plants to a space, more natural light, and more earth tones to the palette will introduce visual warmth.
Natural materials are one of the easiest ways to get a more natural feel to your living room. Wood floors with wool rugs are a good place to start. Rustic stone on a feature wall or fireplace surround adds coziness. For a more industrial feel, metal, brick, and exposed wood beams bring natural materials in abundance.
5. Vintage Vibe
Retro elements and vintage style have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. 2022 sees vintage making a big comeback in all kinds of ways. Vintage décor, antique furniture, even design styles are making a resurgence (Neo Victorian, Steampunk, Boho Modern, etc.).
Adding vintage items to the living room is as simple as buying antique furniture, light fixtures, art, even new pieces styled in a vintage design. Flea markets, thrift stores, and Facebook Marketplace offer treasures to complete a vintage design.
In the same vein as vintage décor, reupholstering takes seasoned favorites and gives them a refresh. It offers the benefit of a vintage structure with updated, fresh textiles. Looking for vintage furniture with an eye for reupholstering makes it easier to find the right pieces at the right price.
In a time when wait times for new furniture reach into months and months, reupholstering is a simple solution. Refreshing antique furniture is also good for the environment.
Hygge and Scandinavian design styles have enjoyed their time in the limelight for the better portion of the last decade. A new style is emerging that bridges the gap between well-loved Scandinavian design and a new design direction.
Japandi is a mix of Japanese design and Scandinavian design. It retains the simplicity and minimalism of Scandinavian style and encompasses the warmth of hygge, but adds an edge of forward Japanese style.
It fits right in with the mood of the moment with lots of natural elements, neutral colors, and plenty of plants. It’s a calming, balanced style that puts home comforts at the forefront.
8. Personalize with Handcrafts
More time at home also meant more baking and crafting. Interior designers responded and brought that homemade goodness into the living room design. The reality a craft brings into a design makes it not just personal, but also unique. And unique, personalized details are on-trend in 2022.
There are plenty of markets and boutiques selling handmade wares that are perfect for creating personal details. Items that reference personal identity or family favorites are excellent details to add to a design. .
9. Entangled Design
Another multifunctional space getting attention in 2022 is the outdoors. It’s already on trend to create outdoor spaces that are as comfortable and accessible as the indoor spaces, but entangled design takes that one step further.
This style blends the two spaces into one. Large glass walls that push back to extend the living room into the backyard will figure into designs now and into the future. This might play out as open air areas inside the house as well as rooms that extend into the outdoors.
10. Green & Blue
As design tastemakers selected colors of the year for 2022, there were two clear favorites, green and blue. On-trend greens span everything from deep, moody greens to gray greens. Anything that looks natural and cozy is a go.
Blue, nearly a neutral color itself, has long been a popular choice for the living room. This year steel blues, purple blues, baby blues, and as always, navy blues will be at the forefront of the color palette. There really isn’t a blue hue that won’t work in designs this year.
Gone are the days of perfection. The days of real, lived-in warmth have arrived. A warm, functional home that caters to the needs of a family living and working at home should be reflected in the design. That’s what 2022’s trends are all about.