Feeling the urge to freshen up your space for 2022? If so, it’s time to leave certain decorating styles in the past and embrace the best and brightest of what is trending now in home decor. As we approach a new year, we’re noticing a shift towards more colour, more character and more comfort. From furniture with curves to cool ways to make your walls feel a little more luxe, we’ve rounded up 15 home decor trends that we’re predicting will be everywhere in the year to come.
Capturing Curve Appeal
When it comes to our living spaces, the past few years have taught us that comfort is key – as we can clearly see with one of the biggest upcoming trends in home decor: furniture with soft edges and plenty of curves. From sofas and sectionals with rounded silhouettes in the living room to headboards with graceful arched designs in the bedroom (psst: here’s how to DIY your own curved headboard in plush velvet), furniture with curves is absolutely in.
The movement away from hard edges isn’t limited to soft surfaces, as structural arches are another trending way to incorporate extra character and visual dimension to a living space. You don’t have to take on a major reno to achieve an arched effect, either. From playfully painted details to DIY accents (like the luxe-looking arches featured on these IKEA-hack bookcases), adding an arch instantly refreshes the trend-right appeal of a room.
Want to maximize the wow factor on your wall – but don’t want to invest a lot of time or money? Painting a few colour-blocked shapes is a simple way to bring major trend-right charm to a wall. As the Save My Reno team showed with this breakfast nook, a mix of shapes in a sophisticated colour palette adds interest and helps delineate an open-concept space.
Bringing Living Spaces Outdoors
Elevated outdoor living rooms are another big home decor trend for 2022. The distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces continues to blur, with more and more people outfitting their patios, decks and backyards for comfort and style that rivals indoor living rooms. The chic-and-compact city deck on this Montreal townhouse provides a beautiful example: surrounded by painted fencing for privacy, the space features comfy furniture, a round lamp and potted plants for a living-room experience – outdoors.
Building Faux Built-Ins
to keeping a clutter-free home, but bins and baskets aren’t the only way to tuck away items in your home. Pseudo built-ins – like this Ontario home’s long console that looks like a custom built-in, but is actually a DIY hack featuring a row of cabinets – are one of the most functional upcoming trends in home decor.
Framing Art in the Kitchen
Kitchen wall art is more than just a fun thing to post on Instagram (though it is a social media trend). Hanging a framed painting – like the colour-pop landscape in this Rock Solid Builds kitchen – in a safe spot is a simple way to bring bold colour and personality into your cooking space.
Going for the Gloss
Backsplashes are the perfect place to try out a trend in the kitchen. Your kitchen’s backsplash doesn’t take up a ton of real estate in the room, but changing it up makes a major impact. While there are always plenty of backsplash trends to choose from, we’re seeing more and more glossy, gleaming backsplash designs – like the modern grey tiles used in this Making It Home With Kortney and Kenny kitchen.
Cooking Up Some Green Themes
Natural elements underlay many of the most popular home decor trends this year – including cabinet colours. Whether it’s an early soft sage or bright tropical green (or, as this Home Town kitchen shows, both), shades of green make a stylish statement in the kitchen.
Putting Plants Everywhere
Another increasingly popular way to bring natural elements into your home decor is to, quite literally, bring more natural into your home by decorating with plants. While many of use have mastered the art of a plant or two in the living room, placing plants in less-expected spaces (like the bathroom or – as this bright, boho home shows beautifully – the kitchen) is a home decor trend that will really grow on you.
Choosing Bold Bathroom Flooring
We love a good bathroom tile as much as the next person, but we can’t help but love this emerging bathroom design trend: wood floors. While it’s important to use flooring that can hold up to the moisture and humidity of the bathroom, an increase in water-resistant wood products make this an option to consider. We love how Mina Starsiak Hawk paired wood floors with another come-back flooring trend – a herringbone pattern – in this Rock the Block bathroom.
Playing With Pattern
With a mix of maximalist elements and modern colour palettes and details, grandmillenial decor continues to be one of the hottest design aesthetics of the moment – and we’re betting we’ll see it even more in the year to come. One of the easiest and most eye-catching ways to take on the grandmillenial home decor trend is with pattern. Even better? A mix of multiple patterns scream grandmillenial in the chicest way, as this Home Town living room shows with an artful array of florals and stripes.
Embracing Japandi-Inspired Details
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Japandi decor – which blends elements of Japanese minimalist design with Scandinavian design influences – is also on the rise. When it comes to home decor trends, we foresee a rise in Japandi-style textiles bringing comfort to living spaces. This minimal Montreal home exemplifies this aesthetic with softly textured blankets and pillows topping neutral-tone and woven furniture.
Wainscotting the Walls
Wainscotting and wood panelling are making a major comeback when it comes to home decor trends. From true wainscotting to faux details, adding panels to the walls bring a major dimension to a space. For a more modern look, opt for feature walls in more asymmetrical and geometric designs (like the charming coral feature wall in this nursery featured on Farmhouse Facelift).
Sticking With Wallpaper
It’s a classic decor dilemma: wallpaper adds high-impact colour and dimension to a space, but it can be challenging to put up (and a pain to take down when you want to try a different home decor trend in the future). The solution for 2022? Try peel-and-stick wallpaper and wall decals for the best of both worlds. This home office offers a sophisticated example with wall decals creating a stunning feature wall.
Making It Multi-Functional
Multi-functional spaces – i.e., rooms, nooks and other areas that are designed to be used for numerous purposes – are trending in home decor right now, and we’re predicting they’ll only get more popular. As this Save My Reno living room shows with a home office area at the back, using design and decor is a smart way to augment the practical livability and functionality of your home – no matter its size.