Autumn and winter interior styling is upon us, and with that, the desire to stay warm and rugged up. So what exactly does 2022 hold for design trends besides cold, moody weather, hot chocolate and the chance to wear layers to stay warm? So far, 2022 has been all about a return to the 70s and bohemian chic, biophilic design and a warming colour palette that embraces everything natural and sustainable. This has extended into the cooler seasons, adding the additional desire to feel and see warmth with every glance.
The 70s Are Back!
The 70s are remembered for laidback styling, natural fabrics, earthy tones, and bringing nature indoors with free-spiritedness and optimism. This season those same elements will help warm up any space, creating a haven to come home to during the winter. The 70s aesthetic includes an eclectic blend of textures, designs, and patterns that run the gamut of symmetrical and harmonious to almost bold and clashing. These seasonal styles include:
- Animal print rugs, cushions and wall covering for those who want something bold and edgy.
- Woolly shag pile rugs, allowing you to sink into soft carpets effortlessly, creating a cosy feel to the space and the floors.
- Velvet furnishings, including sofas, footstools, and ottomans, radiate warmth and personality.
- Geometric shapes are used throughout the room in soft furnishings, wall art, and paint choices, adding a pop when matched with complimenting colours.
- Smooth curved edges everywhere – from furniture and tables to complementary accessories and ornaments.
All this and more are expected to feature in the autumn/winter seasonal home fashions for 2022. There is something for everyone with this style and colour trend, with many pieces offering a classic feel for years to come.
Bring Nature Inside
A significant element this season is a return to or retaining of biophilic design elements that were a regular feature in 70s decor. With the lean towards sustainability and natural furnishing in modern-day design, it’s no wonder that raw materials such as timber, rattan, crystal, and cork are so popular. These include earthy ceramics, macrame wall hangings, and other handmade items. Add to that bringing live nature inside with a houseplant, a small tree, or even a cactus or two, and you’ll have all the natural elements embraced in the era. An added benefit is that choosing the correct plants will help purify the air and brighten your living space in the cooler months.
It’s All About Colour
Colours recommended for the season continue in the natural theme. Look for warm natural colours this winter, with browns, warm greens, charcoal and soft earthy tones all fitting the bill for a place in your space. Why not consider adding a splash of seasonal colours with natural textiles and earthenware ceramics or perhaps updating your soft furnishings for something a little different? This season’s colour palette, with neutrals and naturals, can add a cosy and uplifting feel to any room. Or perhaps, if you’re due for a couch or armchair upgrade, consider something in sage green. Perfect for all-year-round use and constantly a trending colour favourite.
Fireplaces and Flame
There is no better addition to a house in the cooler seasons than a warming fireplace. Who hasn’t imagined curling up under a blanket warmed by a roaring fire to keep toasty on a rainy, snowy, or generally grey and gloomy day? So if you’ve been dreaming of bringing a new wood burner, gas fire, or something that gives the appearance and warmth without the open flame, this is the time of year to take the plunge and get a fireplace. Not only does it tick the heating box, but it also brings more of that natural rustic feel into your home, making it a bang-on-trend for 2022.
Tiles have long been a firm favourite to add a bit of colour or a unique pattern to all areas of the home. They are not only beautiful but can take high traffic and use. 2022 is seeing an expansion from where tiles are traditionally used, and they’re now being seen on headboards and feature walls inlaid with creative motifs and patterns. So when you want to experiment with daring colours and inspiring pattern arrangements, tiles really are the perfect form to make a distinctive and unique statement while adding creativity and bringing individuality to a space. From herringbone patterning to a linear configuration, or even something bold like a zellige design, choosing something that suits your taste this season is easy with tile designs with broad applications throughout the house.