There’s no doubt that interior design is highly subjective. One person might really like large, overstuffed furniture and art that covers the walls, while another might prefer minimalism, blank walls and spaciousness.

Still, overall preferences when it comes to living, dining and bedroom spaces are created by our culture and society.

For instance, one word that continues to pop up on the internet in connection with interior design predictions in 2022 is “biophilia.” According to Merriam-Webster, biophilia describes “a desire or tendency to commune with nature.”

This can mean many things such as . . .

1. Bringing the Outside Indoors

A couple of years ago, bringing the inside outdoors was all the rage, as lawn furniture and weather-resistant appliances resembled indoor living spaces. This year, the prediction is that homeowners will add nature to their living, dining and bedroom spaces. This will take the form of houseplants placement as decorative interior pieces (such as plant-covered walls). It will also have an impact on overall designs, with color preferences trending toward greens, browns and neutral.

Speaking of a natural interior the next predicted trend will focus on . . .

2. Selecting Natural, Ecological Materials

This past year, environmental hazards due to climate change was a hot topic in the news. This, and other factors, is prompting a demand for a responsible approach when it comes to home goods and interior design. Specifically, homeowners will increasingly want organic materials in furnishings, fabrics and wall décor will increase in 2022. Furniture will boast recycled glass and reclaimed woods, while cork, as a material, will find its way into more living areas.

Additionally, homeowners will target retailers that embrace environmentally-friendly practices in manufacturing home goods. They’ll also be on the lookout for producers that operate sustainably and artistically; this will lead to a move away from mass production, with a focus on one-of-a-kind pieces.

And many of those interior efforts will focus on . . .

3. Mixing Vintage and Retro with Modern

It’s no secret that supply chain jams have led to delayed deliveries of just about everything from chickens to furniture to wall hangings to appliances. This is one reason why, in 2022, homeowners will intersperse antiques and retro interior products with more modern furnishings, textiles and accessories. In fact, younger people are interested in buying antiques with which to furnish their homes.

But this trend is popping up for another important reason. Homeowners want more personality, character and uniqueness in their living, dining and sleeping spaces. Rather than opting for streamlined modern, these individuals are turning to comfort and individuality. And, in a nod to environmentalism, reusing older pieces offers a very sustainable option, while freshening up a space.

Finally, because work practices are changing, another trend to anticipate is . . .

4. The Continued Evolution of the Home Workspace

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the dining room table and kitchen counter/bar doubled as a workspace. While businesses are re-opening offices, remote and hybrid work are in play, which will continue in 2022.

Interior design experts believe that the home office will expand from a crowded corner on a kitchen counter to more of a “zoned” space, separating living and working areas. This will also lead to flexible furniture that serve dual functions, such as attractive ergonomic chairs and desks that are functional and great to look at.

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