Ah the loyal living room - the hub of every home, where the whole family tribe flocks and flops. In recent times these sociable spaces have played honorable host to all - from Zoom work meetings, to zen yoga sessions, and of course the world’s biggest Netflix binge marathons. Needless to say, these hardworking, multifunctional rooms definitely deserve a spring fling juge, with the freshest living room trends for 2022.
The good news is that you don’t need to go into extreme demolition-renovation mode to transform your space into an Insta dream sensation. There's no need to ditch your best sofa, or buy all new furniture! Take action with these cracking 2022 home decor trends ideas and create an entirely refreshed sanctuary, with an aesthetic swoon factor guests will envy.
Living room trends 2022
Directional themes for home decor trends in 2022 focus on sustainability; bringing nature indoors through the use of house plants and shades of green, to help you create a cocooning sanctuary with natural materials, curved silhouettes and quiet neutrals.
Sylvia James, interior designer, Home How (opens in new tab), comments on what we’ll be seeing for modern living room ideas in 2022: ‘Multifunctional, airy spaces will dominate. There's been a lot of focus on health and well-being recently. So it makes sense that our houses will continue to reflect this in the use of natural materials, plants, and, more generally, light and airy designs.’
She explains: ‘Since we're still spending more time at home, multifunctional areas are essential for managing all of the things we do at home. For example, a coffee table to hold drinks but which also has storage so items that need to be put away can be in an easily accessible place. This makes home life more easy and convenient, and saves space and cost.’
So how exactly will this ethos reveal itself in the living room trends of 2022?
1. Nature nurture
‘In 2022, we will see an increased usage of natural materials - from decorative elements to furniture itself. We'll also see calm, nature-inspired colors and textures become more prevalent, especially in communal spaces like the living room', says Milwaukee-based interior designer Anna Franklin, Stone House Collective (opens in new tab).
'Earthy textures, organic natural shapes, raw materials, and greenery will all be elements that ground the home for design longevity.'
2. Modern rustic
Continuing the authenticity stance, texture stories will play heavily in 2022 living room trends, as consumers crave tactility and connection as an antithesis to digitally dominated lifestyles. Choose textured living room flooring to add texture underfoot.
‘One of the main trends for 2022 is authenticity,' says Lorena Williams, head of product design and visual creation, Amtico (opens in new tab). 'People are looking for elements of craftsmanship and heritage in their products. Textures play a big role in this trend. Interestingly, we have a bigger demand for rectangular shapes, which feel more natural, and can be easily used to create a more contemporary look.
'Rustic and painterly features work together to blur the lines between rural homes and urban spaces, adding warmth and coziness to any room.'
3. Red ranger
If the whole ‘keep calm with neutrals’ thing isn’t your style, then you’re in for a hot home trends treat. Color confidence is soaring as homeowners unleash the roller and experiment with using bold shades in exciting new ways. Try color blocking by painting designated shapes or areas in contrasting colors – a fantastic home decorating idea to create vibrant interest whilst zoning a space, particularly effective in multifunctional rooms.
As the color of danger and passion, red is often underused in our rooms. But that’s all changing according to Marianne Shillingford, creative director, Dulux (opens in new tab): ‘We’ve learnt that there is more than one choice when it comes to shades of red paint, from lipstick red to a burnt orange color and rusty terracotta, opening up a whole new world to dip into. All rich colors love west facing rooms and if they are rooms in which you relax, you can be brave and try deeper shades like Cherry Truffle and Red Ochre.’
4. Boho wanderlust
Tactile textiles, playful details and spiced chalky colors explore a wanderlust spirit abundant in creative warmth. Create a soul-happy space filled with artisan pieces sourced near and far, that honor traditional craftsmanship. Woven and dried materials up the authentic, sensory appeal. Welcome colorful folksy additions for a character-fuelled flourish. But why stop at the living room? Inspire an eclectic home makeover with boho bedroom ideas and beyond.
5. Modular marvels
The ever-evolving modern home demands flexible living room layouts with multi-functional furniture options. Taking inspiration from simplistic Scandi design, individual modular pieces have become mix and match design heroes. Create unique pieces of furniture tailored to your home’s specific needs, with easy to move around designs geared for modern living – the possibilities are endless.
‘We wanted to ensure we were creating upholstery designs that are practical and serve a purpose without forfeiting on style. You can really get creative with how you pull together a modular set – choose contrasting fabrics to make a design statement or let the clean lines and defined shapes be the hero feature,’ advises Patricia Gibbons, from the Sofa.com (opens in new tab) design team.
6. Green goodness
When it comes to nature inspired shades for interiors, Ben White, design and trade expert, Swyft (opens in new tab), believes that green living rooms will become increasingly prominent in homes in the next year.
‘Bringing the outside in; it’s a trend we’ve spoken about for a while, but this year it will come into fruition. We will see green and natural tones blended into our interiors through the use of plants, timber and terracotta. We might also see the use of green velvet sofas, sage or olive painted walls or jute textured rugs.’
Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux (opens in new tab) agrees: ‘After so long trapped indoors we have come to appreciate the power of nature to uplift and revitalise us. Color-wise we are throwing open the doors and windows and inviting every shade of nature in for tea.’ We can really welcome this as one of the best living room trends 2022!
7. Indoor jungle
Joining the 2022 green color trend, our potted friends are growing and blooming indoors. Plant parents rejoice! Bring an air purifying dose of nature-nurture indoors with a diverse family of potted, leafy-lovelies. Not only do indoor plants look amazing, but they provide several health benefits too – double win. From reducing stress levels to cleaning the air, and even absorbing and reducing background noise, the health benefits of houseplants is impressive.
Incorporate a variety of exotic and native indoor plants and succulents into your space to add revitalising texture. ‘Pot’ large plants in baskets for a boho twist; raise medium sized species in plant pots on legs to stagger heights and add interest; and dangle tumbling varieties in hanging planters to continue the green goddess vibes up high. Missing the green fingers? Fear not – there’s a whole host of amazingly realistic faux plants on the market, so everyone – regardless of horticulturalist skillset – can benefit from potted pretties without the anxiety of over watering.
8. Optimistic forecast
These days, there’s an added impetus to create the ultimate happy home – a joyful retreat that inspires us and lifts our mood on a daily basis. Bright lamps, statement accessories and playful pattern mixing ideas channel the mood of the spring fresh, sunshine-infused season, sprinkling living rooms with much-loved designs and fun factor. Homes, like never before, will be lived in, laughed in and much loved.
‘Inspired by the bright and breezy aesthetic of a country bolthole – think crisp, whit-painted wood-paneled walls and an abundance of natural light – this look is fresh and playful. Vibrant yellow hues and shades of blue, with dashes of rich red, are offset by pale hues to create an upbeat yet relaxed palette, while the furniture and accessories are a harmonious blend of simple and statement,’ say interior experts at Oka (opens in new tab).
9. Thoughtful up-cycling
As homeowners drift towards a more mindful and conscious way of living, interiors are becoming less involved with the throwaway culture of consumerism. Embracing a meaningful heirloom approach, we’re learning to utilize what we’ve already got, and repurpose, upcycle and get creative with how we decorate our spaces. It’s amazing how you can transform your space with just a few secondhand furniture additions and easy DIY decoration ideas.
Sophie Hill, marketing, insight and innovation at Rothley (opens in new tab), comments: ‘We’ve seen a clear shift towards more conscious choices, whether that is materials or extending the life of items around the home rather than buying more things.
Low-waste living and upcycling is at the heart of creating a mindful home, and we have definitely seen a rise in upcycling which is likely to continue - from people making over old furniture items, to making garden furniture out of wooden pallets.
For the less experienced DIY-ers, taking an old piece of furniture and customizing it is a great way to reduce waste, and also means no one else has the same piece as you! It is amazing what a new set of legs can do to a set of table and chairs. My personal tip would be to make a habit of visiting local charity shops – you’d be surprised by the gems you can find.
10. Mono curves
Monochrome has always been a classic color combination for interiors, largely owing to its versatility and timeless appeal. A big player for living room decor trends in 2022, black and white living rooms will deliver a contemporary attitude with graphic geometric designs, softened by curve appeal pieces.
When it comes to window dressings, choose imposing vertical stripes for architectural impact. Style chic seating with geometric designs to continue the graphic pattern nods without confusing and dominating the space. Choose furniture in solid, color block neutrals – grey sofas blend seamlessly, to balance and define the overall look.
Soften a monochrome scheme with cocoon-style furniture inspired by the curves of the human body. We're talking shapely boucle sofas, asymmetric armchairs and flowing forms. Add warmth and depth with textured, neutral-toned textiles.
‘Curved furniture is a trend that took off this past year, and we’ll continue to see this 60’s and 70’s-inspired trend in homes. These curvy pieces - whether it be a decorative mirror to a statement-making barrel back chair - soften a space and add a little fun,’ says Anna Franklin.
11. Maximalist rugs
Dazzle from the floor up with a statement rug design exploding in technicolor pattern. Living room rug ideas can be real space-changers. Curate a maximalist living room with a more is more approach to decorating (adios minimalism), incorporating bold prints, bright shades and layers of luxe textures. A personality-bursting scheme will entertain all the senses.
‘We love strong rug designs and big colorful geometric patterns for a maximalist living room look. Think about adding statement accessories that share or contrast with the color of your rug for a unique aesthetic that will transform the home,’ says Tasha Green, director at Weaver Green (opens in new tab).
12. Dedicated spaces
Chloe Jonason, interior stylist, predicts we will see a further move away from the open-plan living space in 2022: ‘A return to sectioned living areas rather than the open plan will be big this year. With people working from home more, there’ll be a need to create work stations, desk nooks, Zoom friendly areas, and relaxing spaces.'
Reflect on how you use your space and what you need to get from it. Learn how to arrange living room furniture to create a welcoming and functional area that can serve all its necessary purposes.
13. Holiday pastels
Whilst we’ve been stuck in one spot, home trends inspired by sunny destinations in have been big – think pastel decorating ideas that make you think of the beach and the warmth.
‘Uplifting pastels reminiscent of holidays set the tone in this nurturing contemporary scheme, where on-trend curves and circular shapes cocoon and comfort. Soft and welcoming, with reflective chrome and spherical details, the mood is inviting and lighthearted - a place to kick back and relax,’ says Gisela Lancaster, buying manager at Sofology (opens in new tab).
For an easy and effective DIY decorating idea that ties in with this living room trends 2022, paint a wall arch to add a colorful, architectural element.
What are the furniture trends for 2022?
Interiors are continuing to get ahead of the curve (get it?) with fluid, rounded furniture in 2022.
Claire O'Brien, head of design, Splashback, explains, 'Seeking comfort in our homes and cocooning from the world is not a new trend, but this lifestyle choice has moved on a notch with our design preferences. From gently arched walls to shapely sofas and mirrors, it’s all about curves.'
She continues: 'Curves have an immediate empathy with nature and are a welcoming feature to any interior. They help us feel connected to our surroundings, making us feel warm and safe. These curvaceous forms can be seen in cabinets, headboards, sinks and a range of accessories as well as kitchen islands. Whether it be lozenge shapes, scalloped edges or purist circular motifs, adding the curve to an interior creates a sense of non-confrontational assertiveness.'
Is gray still in for 2022?
The experts at The Paint Shed (opens in new tab) have analysed Google search data of Farrow and Ball (opens in new tab) shades to predict which interior paint colors will be big in 2022 and whether gray living room ideas are still some of the best: 'Of course we wouldn’t be completely without grey, but it seems we are moving away from the lighter tones, preferred by home influencer Mrs Hinch (opens in new tab), and are opting for moodier, dramatic shades of this popular color.'
Farrow and Ball’s Railings (opens in new tab) receives 11,840 average monthly searches for example – Railings is a soft black which has undertones of blue, perfect for creating dramatic interiors.