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Your guide to design trends in 2022

This year, colours are a bit of a mixed bag. Neutrals and bright colours are both going to be popular. Pantone’s colour for 2022 is 17-3938
At Oliver Jaques, we like to keep you up to date with all the latest trends. This year, many of the key ones have been influenced by the amount of time we have been spending in our homes. It seems we now want a
little luxury in our lives, especially in our bathrooms. We are also aspiring to more mindful spaces, filled with plants, natural materials, and restful colours.

Colours
This year, colours are a bit of a mixed bag. Neutrals and bright colours are both going to be popular. Pantone’s colour for 2022 is 17-3938 – Very Peri – a kind of violet-purple that Pantone claims is both spritely and joyous.
Dulux’s colour of the year is Bright Skies – a more subtle, pale summer blue. And, according to Houzz magazine, other in-demand colours will include sage green, duck-egg blue, mustard yellow and any shade of
green. Colour drenching is another key colour trend – painting the ceiling the same colour as the walls, which produces far more impact than the usual white.
 
Sustainability
There has been a growing emphasis on environmental issues and that extends to our homes’ interiors. We are taking an ever-closer look at the type of materials being used and where they come from. As a result, natural
materials, such as rattan, cane and raffia are likely to be much sought after in 2022. House plants have been popular for some time, but have now reached a new level. In a movement known as biophilia, some people are designing their entire homes around them.

Themes
These days, there’s no overriding design style, there’s a multitude of different ones. This year, though, there are a couple of hot, yet contrasting style trends.

CottageCore: Our flight to the country has shone a spotlight on a less urban way of living and CottageCore is all about materials and finishes that are homely and imperfect. Think distressed finishes and gracefully ageing furniture.

Japandi: Although Scandinavian design remains popular, it has been around for a very long time. To freshen it up, many are now mixing it up with Japanese elements, such as darker woods, bamboo, and slatted wood. One trend that is likely to be on the wane is mid-century design.

Rooms
Bathrooms: If you are looking for clues for this years’ bathroom trends, you only need to take a look at Houzz magazine’s latest search data. According to them, during lockdown, we have been developing a taste for hotel-level bathrooms. Searches for them have increased by 435%. Searches for saunas have gone up by 1065% and freestanding baths by over 150%.

Bedrooms: Bedrooms are another area where we are looking for a little luxury. Colours will be more neutral than they are for other rooms, and fabrics natural – cotton and linen, in particular. Hotel-style panelling will also be in in 2022, as well as textured wall coverings. As always, clever storage will be a top priority.

Kitchens: Top of the kitchen list for 2022 is a statement worktop. Houzz reports searches for ‘chunky quartz’ were up by 417%. Islands with wrap-over worktops are another hot item and curves and copper will be everywhere.

Living rooms: Things will get more colourful here than in the rest of the house. Green velvet is going to be one of the bigger trends - on furniture, fabrics, and curtains. Statement lighting is also likely to be highly popular.
The natural world is coming to your living rooms, too, in the form of plants and animal prints. With home offices springing up all over the place, zoning will be key. This can be done with a rug, freestanding screens or even with colour or texture changes.

Gardens
The lines between inside and outside living are likely to blur even further during 2022, with kitchens, dining tables and rugs all moving outside.

Hopefully, this year will also see the end of the worst of the pandemic. As a result, we are likely to be spending far less time in our homes and it will be interesting to see how that affects the design trends next year.  If you are looking for a stylish new home in any of the areas listed below – all you need to do is give us a call at Oliver Jaques.

Bermondsey SE1/SE16
Brockley SE4
Bow E3
Canada Water SE16
Canary Wharf E14
Deptford SE8
Greenwich SE10
Lewisham SE13
New Cross SE14
Rotherhithe SE16
St Johns SE8 L
Stratford E15
Surrey Quays SE16
Telegraph Hill SE14