Spring is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to spruce up your home. If revamping decor is on your list, but you aren’t sure where to start, here are six trends emerging in 2022 that we’re already in love with.
1. Dual Purpose Rooms
According to Owl Labs, 62% of employees aged 22 to 65 report working from home at least occasionally. In light of this, many remote workers have had to get creative in maintaining their own work space at home. Not everyone has the luxury of converting an unused bedroom into an office, so a dual purpose room can be a lifesaver.
To create the illusion that the two spaces– “work” and “home” –are truly separate, try following distinct decor themes for each space. For instance, you might incorporate ultra-modern lighting fixtures and metal desk ornaments into your work space, then use a warmer color palette with homey/inviting textures like knitted blankets or faux fur ottomans for your living area. Partitions, dividers, or screens can also be extremely useful in separating one room into two spaces. You can explore dozens of online tutorials on how to spruce up dividers with hanging plants, a fresh coat of paint, or other simple decorations. Some room dividers even have built-in shelves
2. Travel-Inspired Interiors
With the COVID pandemic still restricting travel in some areas of the world, it’s easy to feel homebound, but this is a great opportunity to bring the world into your home instead! Kitschy statement pieces that reference trips you’ve already taken (or trips you’re excited to take in the future) can be the perfect addition to your home decor.
For instance, even if you haven’t made it to Paris quite yet, a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower may be just what your home (and your heart) needs.
3. Sustainable/Vintage/Repurposed Decor
In 2021, supply-chain issues started driving consumers to purchase secondhand or refurbished furniture and decor — items that are usually available immediately and at a lower price. Moving into the new year, these issues haven’t disappeared, so sustainability is more important than ever. As a bonus, opting for more sustainable purchases also provides an opportunity for you to explore your creativity.
Instead of purchasing your next piece of furniture at a megastore, consider buying it secondhand. Antique malls and thrift stores can be a treasure trove of unique, high quality decor. Alternatively, you may find what you’re looking for through online communities like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
4. Biophilic Design
Design expert Athena Calderone recently pointed out that “with more time spent indoors than ever before, we’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature.” And it’s true. Whether consumers are working remotely or simply spending more time at home rather than in public spaces, almost everyone is looking for a way to make their residence feel more inviting. To that end, connecting the home with nature in a tactile way (also known as biophilic design) has been a popular choice in 2022.
Biophilic design highlights humanity’s connection to the natural world. Thus, anything that connects us to nature in a physical way (through textures like wood, stone, geodes, and metal or spaces that utilize natural lighting) can fall under this category.
5. Pockets of Privacy
Anyone who has had their own room knows the unique pleasure of having a space that is entirely your own. Messy or clean, small or large, it’s yours. This experience is just as enjoyable (maybe even more so) as an adult than as a child, and it’s possible to find your own pocket of privacy even in the smallest apartment or house.
Take stock of your floor plan, and note any spaces that are not being utilized. A narrow hallway can be transformed into a reading nook. A large, unused closet can become a meditation space. A mud room can be used as an at-home gym. If you’re stuck on ideas, there are plenty of online tutorials to get you started.
6. Elevated Outdoor Furniture
If you aren’t able to find a space in your home to claim as your own, consider moving outdoors instead. As you reflect on how integral our porches, backyards, and patios have become to our daily lives, you may find an outdoor oasis more of a necessity than a luxury. In any case, upscale outdoor furniture and decor are a valuable investment, and the right pieces can last for several years.
Alternatively, those who don’t have a backyard or patio may opt to bring the outdoors in by utilizing traditionally “outdoor” furniture for their interior decoration.
Unfortunately, home renovation isn’t always as simple as switching out the furniture. For more complex projects, you may want an expert on hand. If so, AAA House Manager can be a lifesaver. AAA House Manager is a member-based subscription service that helps ensure the safety, health and comfort of your home with year-round home maintenance and repair services. Check out our available plans today to learn more about services like Essential Seasonal Maintenance, in-depth Home Assessment, and project consultations.