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Interior Design Trends Making Magic in 2022

Let’s ring in the New Year with our forecast of interior design trends in 2022, shall we? We have taken out our crystal ball (hidden in one of our inset cabinets) to predict the hottest on-the-upwards trends in the upcoming year.

It comes as zero surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic greatly influenced interior design in 2021. It seems everyone was looking for the same things to make working and living at home a better experience: soothing colors and soft textures, livable indoor/outdoor spaces, and functional home offices. We all wanted our home to be our retreat, with a feeling of calm, comfort, and security.

Many of us will spend a lot of time at home in the coming year, so where we live will continue to play an outsized role. We predict a focus on renovation projects such as kitchen and bathroom remodels in Charlotte, NC and beyond, structural changes to reflect our changing lifestyles as we adjust to the new standard and new layouts in common living areas.

Experts expect remodeling to remain popular. According to Realtor.com, we will spend almost 5% more in the first quarter of 2022 than in 2021.

Whether you are looking for ways to make better use of your space, have rethought your needs based on life at home this past year, or want to increase the value of your home, take a peek at our predictions for the top interior design trends in 2022 for some inspiration.

Interior Design Trends in 2022: The Open Floor Plan, Revisited

Open floor plans have experienced waves of popularity since the mid-1900s. This model has many advantages, including more access to natural light, better traffic flow, increased sociability, and making it easier to keep an eye on the kiddos and any unruly guests you invite to gatherings.

With more and more of us at home for the past year-and-a-half, we are reimagining the open floor plan. While we’ll continue to enjoy open spaces for hanging out with family and entertaining in 2022, a craving for quieter rooms to retreat to will come into vogue. We predict the need for more “defined spaces,” a buzzword we will see more of in the coming year.

Instead of a total departure from open floor plans, which many homeowners have enjoyed for years, we look forward to the creative ways designers divide space, using sliding doors, dual-purpose bookshelves, curtains, furniture, and rugs. Families can still enjoy their home’s common areas together while creating intimate spaces with access to light without the need for a complete remodel.

ReVision Design Interior Design Trends in 2021
This large redesign in Foxcroft features a semi-open plan with the family room easily accessible from the kitchen. The formal dining room was relocated to be closer to the kitchen. A wide cased opening makes traffic and conversation between the two spaces more fluid, while still maintaining a sense of separation.

Interior Design Trends in 2022: Multi-Functional Spaces

Flexibility is the name of the game in interior design in 2022, as single-use spaces will become a thing of the past. We predict that versatility and flexibility in home design will be significant to transform a single area to accommodate different activities.

We’re calling this “convertible space,” which means we designed the room for multiple purposes. Several common examples are a living room or home office that’s guest-friendly, a home bar that can serve as an entertaining space and a clean-up space, and mudroom-laundry room combinations.

mid-century ranch home remodel multi-functional dining room
Once the least used room in the house, dining rooms are making a comeback! After nearly two years of a pandemic, people use dining rooms for home office spaces, school rooms, and places for family games and puzzles in addition to formal meals.

Interior Design Trends in 2022: Sustainability

Sustainability will be popular in 2022, as it seems to be steadily increasing as homeowners make more educated and conscious choices about consumption. Whether you invest in energy-efficient utilities when you remodel your bathroom or double pane windows in your home addition, they will continue to save you money for years to come while decreasing your load on the environment.

Natural and recyclable building materials will be must-have items. You can easily find designer furniture second-hand (for an environmentally friendly alternative to new) at one of several high-end consignment shops around Charlotte. Reclaimed wood flooring and rugs made from bamboo or jute are still popular, and everything from home accessories to countertops can come from recycled glass or metal.

Look for more natural wood, stone, brick, and ceramic finishes to lead the way in remodeling trends. Check out local artisans for pieces to incorporate into your home design, which will help you lower your carbon footprint while you give back to your local community.

sustainable interior design trend of 2022
The quartz countertop brand we specify the most delivers high-quality, attractive products (like the one shown here) that utilize recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing processes.

Interior Design Trends in 2022: Marble

If we had to pick one hard surface that will be predominant in 2022, we’d put our money on marble. It is versatile and beautiful and is available in various colors, patterns, and textures, from ultra-smooth to rough and rugged. It’s a timeless hard surface that compliments any type of décor, traditional or contemporary.

Use it creatively on walls, floors, countertops, and decorative details as well as furniture. Install it in patterned designs, such as chevron or herringbone to create an elegant look in your home. And with the quality of sealants continually improving, you won’t have to worry about staining.

marble as an interior design trend of 2022
In this main bathroom redesign, Calcutta marble serves as the foundation of this primary bathroom. It lends an air of formality, balanced by the slightly rustic, wire-brushed, quarter-sawn white oak vanity cabinet.

Now that you’ve had over a year to try out a new lifestyle and work style, you can look forward to 2022 to make the necessary adjustments so life can be even better. For sure, you will see predictions about shapes, colors, and fabrics. Still, we’re taking a look at the bigger picture: home remodeling projects to meet your needs, multi-functional rooms, and investment in cost-saving and earth-conscious techniques to protect your future. And marble – lots of it!

No matter what a New Year of design trends brings, there are always opportunities to improve your home, and your life with an intentional remodel and redesign. Reach out to schedule a consultation, and we’ll explore the best ways to enhance your home for your lifestyle in 2022.