Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Home decor trends and styles change every year as designers keep track of the things that seem to be growing in popularity and why. While it is not recommended to follow the latest trend just because it seems to be the ideal choice there are reasons why some trends are popular with some turning into a staple in design. 2022 brought several trends for looks for the home, some that have been around for awhile but are just now gaining traction for good reasons. Let’s explore some of the top on the list so you can understand the benefits it offers and if it is a good fit for your home.
Nature inspired designs
Nature has remained an important aspect in design for quite some time not just because it looks pretty and adds a touch of color to the space but because it has several benefits such as:
Cleaning the air
Improve mood and concentration
Choosing to let nature inspire some of your design choices is a great way to create a soothing atmosphere in your home since the color green is known to produce a calming effect. Real plants also clean the air in your home which is wonderful for a healthier environment for your family. It can also be a help for those who work from home as it can help with your concentration and even productivity so think about placing a few in your work space or home office. There are several options that are a good choice for those who don’t feel confident in their green thumb ability like:
Fiddle leaf fig tree
Many of these options need little sunlight and water but provide your spaces with beauty and charm. Nature inspired design is not limited to just plants, you can choose to incorporate things like wood accent pieces or landscape artwork. Bringing in a little nature inside could be just what your family needs.
Functionality is a key phrase for many people especially when it comes to interior design choices. Homeowners are wanting to gain the most out of their spaces especially when square footage is limited. Opting for furniture pieces that can serve dual purposes is a smart decision such as a coffee table that can also store blankets or board games. Also think about areas of the home that can do more than just one thing. The kitchen island can serve as your dining room table along with extra needed storage. A guest bedroom can double as a home office when you select the right furniture pieces. More and more, homeowners are realizing the value of multifunctional spaces that allow them to get extra use from traditional areas in the home which is why interior designers look to maximize the space you already have. Spend some time on places like Houzz and Pinterest where you can glean inspiration from others who have discovered great hacks on creating multifunctional areas. Another important part is knowing the role of each room in your home and how it can be turned into something else as well. Understanding your needs is the key to the start of a good plan.
This trend is here to stay for the foreseeable future as it eliminates the temptation to gather clutter while still creating an elegant look for the home. The goal is to do a lot with little. Simplicity, clean lines, and a soft color palette are the main ingredients for a minimalist decor. Think whites, grays, and even some black with ornate traded for simplicity. If you assume that without the extras a home will look dull and boring you are wrong. Sometimes the best designs are the ones that focus on what matters. A furniture piece can now take center stage such as a couch with curves that captures the attention instead of everything else. This does not mean you can’t have color and accent pieces but if you prefer something less you can opt to go with that style instead.
Sustainable and eco-friendly options
Another important issue for homeowners is choosing sustainable products and eco-friendly options which can result in savings from energy efficient designs. Choosing this can reduce your utility bill while also making better choices for the environment. When it comes to selecting eco friendly materials think about:
Many of the items we would consider trash can often be turned into something useful or remade into another product entirely. Not only is it great for the environment but it can also be beneficial for your family since it reduces the use of toxic chemicals and preserves our natural resources. When doing a home remodel, think about items that can be reused such as old wood beams, they can be used for accent walls, materials for small projects in the home or even a piece of furniture. There are also several companies that offer recycled products such as glass which can be used in multiple areas of the home. Don’t forget to look around at some of the things you already own that can be reused or repurposed to serve another need. Often eco-friendly options provide charm and character that standard ones cannot, giving your home a one of a kind feel.
Geometric floor patterns
Flooring is an important part of the home as it is the most used section and should be given some thought. A pattern can completely alter the look of the flooring and there has been a recent shift to geometric floor patterns. Some examples include:
There are multiple ways to highlight the beauty of these patterns such as color and size though a neutral color palette is recommended when using a larger geometric pattern or it can be a little overwhelming. That is not to say you cannot use some pops of bold in the pattern, especially in smaller areas like bathrooms or mudrooms. Consider opting for solid color area rugs or furniture pieces as they can balance out the design of the room, this will also provide a place of focus for the eyes. Geometric patterns have several benefits such as adding visual depth to your home and bringing a sense of authentic style that reflects you. From stunning foyers to soothing bathrooms, geometric floor patterns can help create a luxurious feel to your home that welcomes you inside everyday.
Home looks for 2022
A new year provides new opportunities to see what creative ideas have become trends that result in new looks for the home. Remember not all trends are bad, some can provide us with new ideas that we never thought to do but look amazing. The best designers take the time to understand their clients needs as well as their personality so they can create a plan that is exactly what they need in every way. We love assisting our clients in taking the best trends and designing a home that is just right for them. Serving over 15 counties including Mecklenburge, Gaston, and Spartanburg, our experienced design team is ready to help you tell your own story through design. Connect with us today and let’s plan something amazing for your home.