Experts predict the 'newstalgia' trend will be big in 2022

Adding a touch of newstalgia into your interiors is easy and sustainable

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This year, in the world of interiors trends, we've seen Japandi arrive in a big way and learned that cottagecore is here to stay. Interiors experts are now predicting that in 2022 we'll embrace a trend straddling the two: 'newstalgia'.

According to online interior design service Modsy, we'll be mixing old with new to make our spaces feel contemporary yet comfortable. So, whether you're ahead of the curve or ready to incorporate more antiques into your modern home, here's how to dabble in this cozy but convenient home decor trend.

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Modsy's fourth annual 'State of the Home' trend report predicts Early American antiques will 'take center stage' in 2022. 'With interior designers leaning towards these pieces for their gorgeous patina, dark wood, and simple forms and 2021’s Met Gala theme, Americana, these pieces and furniture inspired by them will become much more popular,' says Modsy.

Dip your toe into the 'newstalgia' trend by displaying a mix of old and new accessories and decor pieces as part of your shelving ideas for beautiful walls that tell a story. Combining contemporary homeware with flea market items is easy, inexpensive, and sustainable.

The 'newstalgia' trend ticks two boxes: making your home feel updated and modern, and making it feel uniquely you. To us, it's all about thoughtful purchases, filling our homes with things that have meaning and remind us of happy memories, as well as incorporating modern tech that makes life easier.

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Modsy says 'newstalgia' fans should look out for three things when shopping for their homes: chunky furniture, classic silhouettes, and earthy neutrals. 'In large furniture pieces and smaller accents, we’ll see a trend towards chunky silhouettes and thicker forms,' says Modsy. 

Rather than dainty legs or subtle curves, the interior design professionals say shapes will be more robust and chunky, taking a cue from Art Deco and 1980s styling. We’ll also see more classical silhouettes in our furniture, from wingback chairs to slipper feet.

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In 2022 Modsy also expects white, cream, and ivory sofas to give way to richer, earthy neutrals. Camel, taupe, cognac, rust, and sage will still feel neutral but add richness to the space. 

For many of us blending old with the new is second nature, but we love the idea of combining fuzzy, cozy nostalgic interior design ideas with modern convenience. And it does away with fads and fast fashion, which we absolutely need to be doing in 2022.

Millie Hurst

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.


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