Experts have revealed the interior design trends that are set to take over our homes in 2022 including curved details, statement hardware, rattan, stone furniture and long-lasting, durable pieces.
With Covid lockdowns forcing so many Australians to spend more time indoors, interior designer Jane Thomson said home styling has become a tool to improve moods and boost morality.
‘My clients are all so much more aware of how their environment affects their moods, mental health and even their relationships,’ she said.
Experts have revealed the interior design trends that are set to take over our homes in 2022 including curved details, statement hardware, rattan, stone furniture and investing in long-lasting, durable pieces
‘COVID has forced us to shine a light into the deep, dark long forgotten spaces in our abodes. The long-forgotten spare bedroom is no longer treated like the dumping ground for all things unwanted and has now become the hero and work horse of our homes.’
Below, Ms Thomson and co founder of designer rug brand, Miss Amara, Alexandra Tanya predict the hottest home styling trends for next year.
Home stylists are starting to steer away from straight lines and right angles are are opting for soft curves.
‘The number of products that now sport feminine curves will be seen everywhere and will probably be around for some time,’ Ms Thomson said.
‘From furniture to bathroom tiling and light fittings the curve is soft on the eyes and evokes feelings of a gentler time.’
Freedom’s range of stylish curved armchairs, ottomans and homewares are being snapped up by design lovers.
Home stylists are starting to steer away from straight lines and right angles are are opting for soft curved details
Freedom’s range of stylish curved armchairs, ottomans and homewares are being snapped up by design lovers
‘Think massive round handles, colours contrasting with the chosen joinery. In other words, affording a big personality to otherwise boring joinery,’ Ms Thomson said.
DIY expert, Geneva Vanderzeil was ahead of the game with this trend when she shared how to upcycle a $5 second-hand bedside table with statement handles she made from scratch in a video posted to Instagram.
She sanded down an old dark wooden bedside table, primed and painted it white then made the drawer pulls by gluing halved dowel poles to a circular placemat, cutting the circle in half and screwing each piece to the drawers.
DIY expert, Geneva Vanderzeil was ahead of the game with hero hardware trend when she shared how to upcycle an old bedside table with statement handles she made from scratch in a video posted to Instagram
How to: Geneva’s DIY bedside table
What you’ll need
Fine grit sand paper
1 x tin of primer undercoat
Paint roller and tray
1x tin of white paint
Wooden circular placemat
4 x long dowel rods
Jigsaw or hand saw
2 x small pieces of wood around 10cmx5cm in size
Drill and screws
1. Remove the old hardware
2. Sand the whole table down using the fine grit sand paper
3. Add a coat of primer and wait for it to dry
4. Apply two coats of white paint and allow to dry overnight
5. For the drawer pulls, cut the dowel rods into small pieces, around 30cm, and cut them in half length ways
6. Glue the pieces side by side onto the placemat and allow to dry overnight
7. Use jigsaw or handsaw to trim the excess dowel using the placemat as a guide
8. Cut through the centre to create the two drawer pulls and sand the edges
9. Drill the small wood pieces to where you want to place the drawer pulls
10. Superglue or screw the drawer pulls to the wood
Source: Geneva Vanderzeil for LJ Hooker
High-quality, durable pieces
While everyone loves a bargain, Ms Thomson said designer pieces from local Australian businesses will trend in 2022.
‘A lot of our amazing furniture designers are no more expensive than some upscale ‘designer brands’ designed in Europe and the US,’ she said.
‘Shipping is our biggest issue for the next year or so locally made will be the new go to.’
Alexandra Tanya co founder of designer rug brand, Miss Amara, said she is seeing customers considering their families needs in their product choices opting for rugs that can withstand wear and tear.
‘We have an extremely gorgeous and exciting collection coming in the new year that will withstand spills, pets, and more,’ she said.
While everyone loves a bargain, Ms Thomson said designer pieces from local Australian businesses will trend in 2022
While wooden furniture and homewares have never gone out of style, Ms Thompson said natural textures are set to be ‘even bigger’ in 2022
While wooden furniture and homewares have never gone out of style, Ms Thompson said natural textures are set to be ‘even bigger’ in 2022.
‘Think literal ‘lump of wood’ side tables, light fittings, stone coffee tables, timber dining chairs and timber lined feature walls,’ she said.
Stone will be one natural texture you’ll be sure to see in stylish homes in 2022.
‘Dining Tables, side tables, coffee tables teamed with brass and timber accents – stone is huge and not going away,’ Ms Thompson said.
This is another trend Instagram-famous home stylist Ms Vanderzeil was on top of as she created a gorgeous coffee table out of travertine stone pavers from Bunnings for just $58.
Stone furniture is a huge and not going away for 2022 especially when teamed with brass and timber accents
Geneva’s DIY paver side table
What you’ll need
Three 600mmx400mmx30mm travertine pavers from Bunnings
Selleys hold up glue
First, be sure to wear sturdy shoes as the pavers are very heavy
1. Lift up the first paver onto the short edge, and apply glue along the long edge, perpendicular to the floor
2. Lift the second paver and press it onto the glue, making sure that it is well centred onto the first paver. They should create a balanced T-shape
3. Apply glue to top edge of the T that is formed by the first two pavers. Add a decent amount of glue to ensure a good hold
4. Lift up the third paver and place it on top of the first two
5. Let glue dry for at least 48 hours
Source: Collective Gen
Alexandra Tanya, co founder of designer rug brand, Miss Amara, said sheen materials will be coming back in a big way next year with the Miss Amara range of Bamboo silk rugs that give off a subtle sparkle.
‘Materials like viscose and bamboo silk, or some machine-made materials can offer another dimension and a bit of a glimmer as you walk around the rug which feels uber-luxe,’ she said.
Rattan furniture and homewares have been flying off the shelves at popular retailers like Kmart, Freedom and Temple & Webster recently and Ms Thomson says it’s here to stay.
‘Whether inserted into joinery and chairs, to kitchen cupboards or buffets and bedheads but also used as wall upholstery and or panelling, rattan is great for creating mood and sound absorption,’ she said.
Kmart’s range of rattan furniture and homewares caused a stir with shoppers since it released in September.
Australian interior enthusiasts were delighted when the discount store added trendy woven pieces such as a $399 day bed and a $119 entertainment unit to its popular rattan collection.
Personalisation and eclecticism
Ms Thomson said for years design lovers have decorated their spaces to appeal to the masses with a view to sell.
‘For 2022 this has been thrown out the window,’ she said.
Rattan furniture and homewares have been flying off the shelves at popular retailers like Kmart, Freedom and Temple & Webster recently and Ms Thomson says it’s here to stay
Instead, designers are focusing on individuality.
‘Personalise your rooms for that special connection with yourself, Ms Thomson said.
‘It’s so important in order to curate that beautiful home into the sanctuary I’m constantly banging on about. Be brave, be you – after all, it’s your home.’