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Interior Trends for 2022 (sort of!)

Having had a substantial root around in much of the available information relating to interior trends for 2022 I can tell you that the conclusions are not at all clear cut! To be honest I have been avoiding writing this blog partly because it’s not as straight forward as talking about a ‘Colour of the Year’ but also because now there is so much more to address from a wider perspective such as how our needs and wants have changed in society and also how we can contribute to helping our planet in this time of crisis. Our attitudes to trends for the sake of it are changing and talk of sustainability and the circular economy are gaining traction. We need to find ways to encourage this further whilst also celebrating stylish, authentic and original design in our homes.

 

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With the absence of the usual interiors fairs in recent years (such as Decorex and Maison&Objet), we haven’t been pushed in the familiar direction of key trends for the season which, let’s be honest, are usually created and driven by key manufacturers in the industry in order to sell products. As the majority of us have had to increase the amount of time spent in our home environments recently we are needing to take a more holistic approach to creating spaces that we want to spend time in and that, most importantly, also make us feel calm, connected and nurtured.

 

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 Image: Benjamin Moore Paints

A new appreciation for the natural world and our place in it is centre stage for the majority at last and I, for one, couldn’t be happier about that. The designs I create are always inspired by the natural world and my sketchbooks are also generally developed using materials that are to easily accessible and usually recycled. I used to teach Product Design and students were encouraged to consider the 3 Rs (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse) which have now been developed into the 6 Rs with the additional Refuse, Rethink, Repair to include and this has certainly encouraged creative thinking about the needs of our planet.

 

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There is also an appreciation for maximalism for those wishing to go wild after lockdown and colour and pattern clashing are up there with anything goes. For some, like Sophie Robinson (of Channel 5 Dream House Makeovers - so addictive!) that would be an explosion of bright colours whilst others such as the more restrained lover of neutrals, Kelly Hoppen, considers adding splashes of colour to an existing subtle palette would be preferable. Personally, I am more of a Kelly than a Sophie in my approach, opting for a calmer interior to bring me joy (see Benjamin Moore's 2022 colour palette below), but I do love Sophie’s passion!

Benjamin Moore 2022

A love for the candy shades of pinks, greens and yellows continues this year but now there is also a nod to sky blue and many of the natural shades and textures that connect us to nature, which includes all of the greens. As we recover from the recent turmoil we need to move our attention to what brings us joy, including our environment and that is a very personal thing. One would hope that making choices that share in the responsibility for our planet would be part of that joy and if we consider that alongside our pattern and colour choices that will surely make for a very connected and nurtured home.

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