Top 7 Interior Design Trends in 2022

Reinventing the look of your home or office is a great way to transition into a new year, and in 2022 there are plenty of wonderful design trends to choose from. The top interior design trends in 2022 are inspired by long-standing favorites but are also influenced by everything from social movements, to worldwide events. From bold shades to sleek likes to a new penchant for maximalism, there are trendy offerings for a range of tastes.

1. Mid-century modern

Mid-century modern design has held its own year after year —  the style has become a classic because it’s known for being as beautiful as it is comfortable. As we head into 2022, the familiarity of this style allows people to tick all the boxes when it comes to both comfort and style. 

Mid-century modern encompasses design from the 1960s and 1970s and emphasizes furniture pieces with robust construction and a cool retro style. To bring Mid-century style into your 21st century home, opt for bold colors, modern prints, natural wood finishes, and tapered legs.

A home with the ability to offer reassurance and respite from the outside world is highly valued, which is exactly what this style can provide. 

2. Sustainability and upcycling

Now more than ever, sustainability is in. It’s not surprising that sustainability and upcycling made the list of 2022’s top design trends! In fact, a study conducted in 2021 found that 85% of consumers have become “greener” in recent years — including with their home decor.

Fans of sustainable design often furnish their homes by upcycling vintage pieces, shopping secondhand, renting furniture, or repurposing furniture they already own by using their DIY skills. Looking to get in on the action and create an environmentally-friendly interior? Try mixing and matching pieces from different styles and periods to create a space that’s all your own.

3. Hopeful color tones

Hope is on the horizon in 2022, as evidenced by an uptick in bright, light, and lively interiors. The 2022 Pantone color of the year embodies the spirit of this trend. The shade — Very Peri — features the calming attributes of blue, while subtly incorporating a violet red undertone. These qualities are, according to the announcement accompanying Very Peri’s release, intended to create a “spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages creativity and imaginative expression.” 

This exciting and confident color is a lovely complement to any interior that needs a bit of life injected into it — but a little goes a long way. To incorporate this shade in your space, consider adding splashes of Very Peri against a neutral base—for instance, a colorful throw on a gray or beige-colored sofa.

4. Multi-functional spaces

Home is where the heart is, and for many, the office! An increasing number of workers have been remote over the past two years — and many are choosing to stay that way. Working from home has created a need to create stylish and functional spaces. For many, bedrooms do double duty as home offices or gyms while living rooms and kitchens serve as part-time classrooms and daycares. 

Whether working hybrid or fully remote, many have chosen to rework their current interiors to create multifunctional spaces.  When decorating a multifunctional space,  think of how you can effectively divide up your current floorplan to create spaces to meet your needs. 

Perhaps you have an odd-shaped recess in the living room that you could transform into a small reading or yoga nook where you can relax and recharge. Maybe by adding a Murphy bed with an attached desk you can seamlessly transition your spare room from an office to a guest bedroom in moments. The key to this trend is to think creatively and work with the space you have.

5. Incorporating nature

Both Hygge and Cottagecore have an important theme in common: they bring the outdoors in.  So, in 2022, expect interiors to incorporate colors that evoke the joy of the outdoors. Breathe fresh air into tired interiors with forest greens and sky blues that recall idyllic rural landscapes.

But replicating the color scheme of the outdoors is just one facet of this trend. Textures will also play a role. To bring the outdoors in, consider incorporating natural textures by using pieces made of rattan, timber, or bamboo, and by thoughtfully placing plants (real or faux) throughout your space. 

6. Maximalist design

2022 is all about individualism — and what better way to showcase your personality than through maximalism? Similar in spirit to transitional design, maximalism encourages the balanced curation of different styles. Those who embrace maximalism take care to blend old and new, as well as traditional and contemporary designs. 

This eclectic design trend disregards the need for a consistent style and instead promotes the idea that your interior should reflect who you are as an individual by mixing and matching pieces that mean something special to you. Your unique style and sense of humor are key aspects of this trend, as adherents are encouraged to fill rooms with color and kookiness that are a feast for the eyes.

 Busy, visually textured spaces are key to creating a lovely maximalist interior. Looking to dip your toe in? Play around with bold rugs, prints, throw pillows, and textures. 

7. Curved lines

Curves are playful, fun, and welcoming. They create spaces that feel soft, cozy, and happy — perfect for a peaceful retreat or bedroom sanctuary. So while the straight lines of mid-century modernism and urban industrial decor continue to be popular, curved lines have begun to make a comeback. 

While hints of rounded design made themselves known in modernism-inspired interiors, in 2022 you can expect to see a strong embrace of curved lines in everything from walls and cabinets to the backs of sofas and dining chairs. 

Stay on Trend in 2022 with CORT 

You can feel good about incorporating the latest interior design trends into your living space with CORT Furniture Rental. CORT makes it easy to stay on top of the latest trends without the burden of owning furniture long-term. And, we’re committed to sustainability. Our business model is sustainable by nature: our professionally cleaned and maintained furniture and decor are durable, stylish, and built to last through several rentals. Then, our gently-used items are delivered to CORT Furniture Outlet ready to find their forever homes — eliminating the amount of fast furniture that ends up in landfills.

Work with our experts to find and customize furniture packages that fit your needs and style. From furniture and decor to housewares, we’ve got you covered. Find a package that fits your style online or visit your local CORT showroom today.


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