Bringing Nature Inside: This Year’s Top Interior Design Trends

From biophilic design to reclaimed materials, here are the top trends that will make your home an earthly delight.

Nothing makes a home look fresh and sleek like a fresh new look. It can improve your mood, your creativity and your dinners. This year, designers are going green, keeping things cozy and getting down to earth.

Here are some of the top interior design trends of 2022:

Biophilic design

According to Dwell, nature will continue to play an important role in interior design for 2022. Biophilic design emphasizes plants and green, natural visuals.

The pandemic has been a stressful time for Americans, and home decorating in 2022 is all about comfort and stress relief. Science has discovered that indoor plants could be an answer.

A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reported that foliage plants improved focus and attention in elementary school students when used as visual stimuli. Another study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found a link between indoor plants and reduced stress levels.

Curves are comforting

Curved furniture can help create a more comfortable environment by allowing people to feel embraced and secure. That’s why they’re making a comeback.

Speaking to 21oak.com, Evelyn Benatar, President of New York Interior Design Inc., highlighted the importance of home comfort for interior designers this year.

“The comfort is in a huge, huge forward motion,” she said. “During COVID, the way people dress, they want to be wrapped up, comfy and comfortable.”

Recovered materials

The pandemic has crippled many industries around the world, causing supply chain issues and product shortages. To combat lack of inventory and rising costs, many interior designers are turning to reclaimed materials.

In December 2021, online marketplace 1st Dibs conducted a survey of designers to predict the top home decor trends for the coming year. Durable and reusable material won out.

“For designers next year, going green extends beyond color trends and is about green thumbs and green living,” the survey says. “When asked which design trends will remain popular in 2022, almost all designers selected sustainable materials (nearly universal at 97%) and plants (93%), both of which reflect a desire to stay in harmony with the environment.”

Nature inspired accessories

Reiterating the importance of comfort and calm in the home, many designers are pushing their green approach to include more than just plants. Nature-inspired accessories can enhance the calming power of your home.

“With more time spent indoors than ever before, we are all looking to strengthen our connection with nature,” Athena Calderone, founder of Eyeswoon, told Vogue. “This has simultaneously inspired a resurgence in natural surfaces – think sandstone, terracotta, marble and travertine used in everything from backsplashes and bathtubs to furniture and decorative objects. Raw nature, porous and imperfect nature of these organic materials adds depth, soul and visual intrigue while mimicking the soothing and restorative ambiance of the outdoors.This return to nature has also sparked interest in large trees at home, from the elegant black olive tree to the magnolias of the South.

Earthy textures

Wood, leather and bronze are on the rise in home decor, according to dwell.com. It’s all in an effort to bring earthy textures back into the living space.

“There will also be more experimentation with textures like raked plaster, rougher clay or gritty stucco,” Frederick Tang, director of the eponymous architecture and interior design firm of Brooklyn. “These interior finishes have been very popular because they are so durable and can be made water resistant, but I think they will start to move outside, and even on custom furniture.”

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