Experts predict design trends for 2022


The New York Design Center conducted a survey of more than 40 interior designers across the United States who found that after the pandemic we will continue to invest in our homes. The designers determined that although the real estate market is inflated, 79% of people still spend money on renovating the homes they have purchased.

“We’re finding that customers are really looking into redesigning every aspect of their home, including utility spaces like laundry rooms, kids’ living rooms, and pantries,” says Kathleen Walsh, Access to Design designer for the New York Design Center. “The past two years have required all of us to take a close look at every room and it’s no surprise that customers are willing to invest more in the spaces where we spend most of our time. ”

38% said they were building the homes they wanted from scratch more than before the pandemic. 26% opt for larger homes.

“We are seeing a number of clients accelerating their plans to build a custom home (or second home) due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic,” says Annapolis architect Cathy Purple Cherry. “More and more people are deciding to make their dreams come true now, rather than waiting for the ‘perfect’ moment. I work with a young family in Virginia Beach who bought land three years ago with the intention of leaving it untouched for another 10, when they were financially ready to build. The pandemic kicked their plans into high gear and they set out to create the home they always wanted, but at an unexpected time. I think it also has a lot to do with older millennials learning to take advantage of finances at a younger age. They are also more concerned with leaving a legacy for their current or future family, while also making the most of them while they are young themselves.

When it comes to interior design, 40% predict a definite life. This means removing the open floor plan and balancing the home with designated work, home, and play spaces.

“There is a big movement towards a defined life,” says Jennifer Hunter, a designer with projects in New York, Washington, DC, Tenafly, New Jersey, Austin, Texas and Palm Beach, Florida. “With clients spending more time in their homes, they want the separation between church and state. Each space should be carefully thought out with a designated purpose. The biggest demand we’ve been getting lately is for a game room. We’re even building additions to homes above the garage so clients have more defined spaces. “

Kathleen Walsh agrees. “We’ve seen a shift in preference from open floor plans to more closed spaces that are still flexible. My clients crave time alone and personal space as we continue to navigate the pandemic. They invest in more elaborate home offices and devote entire floors to their children’s interests and activities. They are updating their living quarters to accommodate home functions. “

“I have had a lot of former clients who requested to turn their spare bedroom into an office during the pandemic,” says Peti Lau, a New York-based designer. “A lot of families had their children coming home from college and living with them, so a lot of the guesthouses turned into children’s rooms.”

Surprisingly, designers were also split between predicting color and pattern for 2022 (12%) and the other way around: soft, muted colors (12%)

“We thought we would see more interest in trending color splashes in 2022, but what we’re actually seeing is a more serene palette based, we think, on pure exhaustion,” says Lee Melhan, a New York-based interior designer.

Next come 33% (more than a third) of designers declaring that luxurious comfort is a big trend, with soft materials and shapes to provide a feeling of well-being. With more time at home, people are more sensitive to comfort and feel.

“Tactile materials and luxury in the home are a rising trend,” says New York interior designer Kati Curtis. “It cannot be at the sacrifice of durability and ease of use. Most of our customers have kids, pets, or just live their lives and want materials and furniture that they don’t have to worry about spilling a glass of wine on. Fortunately, there are so many options. ‘luxurious, performance fabric options that we don’t have to sacrifice luxury for performance In a house we recently completed in Rye, New York, all beautiful fabrics are, in fact, performance fabrics, and you wouldn’t know it never ! The client has 3 dogs and a new baby, so everything had to be durable, but there’s no sacrificing style! ”

14% declared year-round outdoor living spaces (patios, verandas, swimming pools) which are essentially extensions of the interiors.

Peti Lau says, “We’re getting a lot more exterior design requests, especially in the LA area where people could still be entertained, but outside. Much more furniture and exterior designs were in demand. “


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