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What's New in 2022

Over the past 18 months home is where we work, sleep, eat and socialize. Our homes have become the main backdrop for our lives, and that is shaping the design trends for 2022. Last year was all about blending style and practicality. But what's ahead in 2022? We have done our homework to uncover the top interior design trends for the year ahead.

Lesley Hodges, design manager at Saddleback Design, has insight of her own.

  • Countertops: Natural quartzite is all the rage; buyers are drawn to it for its beauty and durability. Engineered stone is still extremely popular as well. No maintenance and consistency in color keep this material as a best seller for Saddleback Design.

  • Flooring: LVP, SPC and WPC continue to take over the industry with buyers because of its water-resistant nature and durability with children and pets. Engineered wood is in a close second with buyers looking for wider plank width and natural and warmer tones.

  • Cabinet and countertop colors: We are seeing buyers lean toward lighter, natural finishes and painted cabinets. Two tone kitchens, open shelves and pops of color.

  • Tile: Color everywhere, as well as large format tile and new mosaics. Shapes, pickets, hex, elongated hex, circles and rhomboids, there is something for everyone. Feature walls, fireplaces, backsplashes will also be the center of attention.

  • Colors: This year we will see more palettes instead of just one specific color. Warm neutrals paired with soft colors, bright colors paired with white or black. With people spending more time than ever at home, they are creating spaces that reflect them.

From 2022 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute™ comb the world looking for new color influences. For 23 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

"As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vison of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time with its violet, red undertone, Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages creativity and imaginative expressions."

-Letrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Photo credit: Seth Caplan

From Good Housekeeping: Biophilic Design

Biophilic design principles will continue to be popular in 2022, with an emphasis on creating calming, plant-filled environments that establish a visual connection with nature.

Photo credit: Colin Price.

From Martha Stewart: Pigment-Packed Cabinets and Countertops

Bye bye all white. The need for comfort remains important in 2022. Paint allows us to surround ourselves with comfort and hues that soothe. Heavy-duty materials and finishes help battle the everyday wear and tear that happens faster now that everyone is home more often. Painted cabinets with open shelving are hot in 2022. The ability to mix and match offers even more individualism.

Photo courtesy of Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.

From Flooring Inc: Luxury Vinyl Flooring

In the past, wood has set the trend and other flooring manufacturers followed suit. However, LVP, SPC and WPC floors are pushing the envelope and, in response, so is wood flooring.

Durable, warm, resilient, and stylish, luxury vinyl is still going strong in 2022. This is the go-to flooring option for many people, and it will remain that way for decades to come. As technology advances, luxury vinyl mimics wood and tile perfectly. Decorative patterns are gaining popularity, and there is less upkeep and maintenance. So easy to clean.

What trends do you see happening in 2022?


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