Coming out of lockdown, many of us are looking around our spaces and wanting to make a change. This might be because we were all stuck inside staring at the same sets of walls for months on end between 2020 and today, or it might just be because we are enjoying the experiences of being in new places and wanting to refresh our own. Either way, redecorating and remodeling spaces is something of a trendy thing to do at present, with plenty of people seeking to change the look of the places they live.
If you’re seeking to redecorate some of the spaces in your house or apartment, it can be tricky to know where to begin with home decor or how to make some of the tougher choices. For example, which room to start with? What color palettes to use? How to know which fabrics will go with which wall colors? Will the items are chosen today look out of date in a year?
One way to combat this creative uncertainty is to look at the most recent trends in décor and redecorating. To give you some inspiration, and to provide an idea as to what’s possible when you begin to rearrange the spaces in your life, here are some of the top design and décor trends of 2022.
It’s All About the Outdoor Space
Anyone who has ever heard the term ‘curb appeal’ knows that a house is only as valuable as it looks from the outside. Particularly after all the backyard get-togethers and front porch catch-ups of COVID-19, the outdoor spaces of a house have taken on new importance in the overall décor aesthetic.
Consider changing up your front entryway to better reflect what you’re aiming to project on the inside: not only will it make your place look great to the neighbors and anyone else passing by, but it will help inspire you to take a closer look at the inside of your abode and see what could be changed there as well. Adding flower boxes, planters, wall decorations, or changing up the color of the door and its surrounding area is a great place to start.
You might also consider getting new doormats and accessories, or even redoing the stairs or the porch, depending on the style of your home.
Don’t Shy Away from Bold Colors
Gone are the days of bland, impossible-to-match beiges and creams dominating the color palette of chic homes. Now, it’s all about bold colors and striking patterns. Don’t be afraid to pick wall colors that are bolder and brighter than you feel entirely comfortable with: too many people play it safe and end up with a boring room they hate spending time in. Mustard yellows, navy blues, avocado greens, and rusty orangey reds are wonderful places to start.
From there, add in a pop of interest with funky original patterns on your accessories. Throw cushions, blankets, and pillows: these are all great places for unique fabrics that reflect your personality. Try visiting local fabric stores to see what they have to offer, or comb through thrift shops to find things that are no longer in print and suit your personality.
If you’re stressed about making your space too busy, you can keep your accessorizing simple and stick to clean surfaces. Let the patterns and colors speak for themselves.
One of the most impressive things you can do in a bathroom or a kitchen when remodeling your space is to add bold natural stones. For example, in a kitchen, a striking onyx countertop is a great way to make a bold statement while still being functional and chic. Not to mention, onyx is extremely durable and long-wearing: choosing it as a countertop has the benefit of saving you money in the long run.
Using stone in the bathroom also lends itself to a natural aesthetic and sense of calm. It’s easy to clean but doesn’t look as shiny and square as traditional ceramic tiles. Plus, the way that stone is cut also makes for more interesting patterns that are unique rather than cookie-cutter and boring.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate stone in elegant, functional spaces. Ground cover in the back garden or front pathways, or even big paving stone tiles in a large warm kitchen, are great ways to add a feeling of earthy comfort to any space.
You can even use stone in your furniture. Placing a large piece of stone by the front door for shoes is an elegant alternative to a shoe rack. Making a plant stand out of a few pieces of large natural stone is another excellent way to add a feeling of earthiness to a conservatory or kitchen space.