Remember the moment you first see Iris’ (played by Kate Winslet) charming Surrey cottage in the movie The Holiday? When you feel all warm and cozy with “I want to go to there” vibes?
Well, this is the year to bring those serene English countryside vibes to your home and decor—and it’s easier than ever with inspiration and product brimming from every home decor account and brand out there.
The vibe of 2022 home decor trends is traditional meets sustainable meets cozy. Sourcing vintage and antique materials, accents, and furniture pieces became necessary more than ever last year largely due to inventory shortages and delays in shipping, while #Cottagecore and #grandmillennial soared as the top trending hashtags on TikTok, all paying homage to one thing: traditional, English-inspired decor.
Expect to see a lot more wood paneling, detailed floral wall coverings and fabrics, muted earthy colors, and luxe textured materials, as seen in recent projects of dozens of leading designers nationwide. I was able to chat with expert Caitlin Flemming, San Francisco-based designer, about a few of her favorite trends she’s been leaning on.
And the question you’ve probably been wondering about when it comes to refinishing your floors—yes, classic dark hardwood floors are back after the long reign of natural white oak dominating flooring selections for the last decade. Here are my predictions for 13 home decor trends that will influence the market in 2022.
Green cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms, green walls, wood trim, accent furniture—green is everywhere. I recommend sticking to more muted, earth tones with gray or beige undertones as opposed to saturated or pastel options. See a few favorites below.
2. Dark Wood
Odds are, if you built a house or refinished wood floors in the last five years, you went with a white oak or similar look in a fabricated material. While medium to dark wood floors never went out of style, they’re coming back in a big way in 2022. The rich, classic look anchors a room and nicely sets a stage for whatever furnishings you plan to put on top of it. Tip: Anyone who owns or is looking to buy a home from the ’90s to ’00s that might have cherry red floors (popular back then), I recommend refinishing in a dark-finish to hide the red hues.
3. Antiques, Vintage & Other Pre-owned Furnishings
Shipping delays, labor and materials shortages, and logistical puzzles have wrecked havoc on designers’ timelines the last two years. Designers and homeowners have gotten creative, relying more and more on sourcing readily available materials in the form of antiques and vintage pieces. Flemming has been a master at sourcing and designing with antiques since she first started her career. “I have always loved mixing antiques with more modern furniture in the homes I design. It gives a space a soul,” she said.
Tip: If motherhood and work leave you with little time to browse antique shops and flea markets, familiarize yourself with Facebook Marketplace. It’s a treasure trove of beautiful antiques and gently used pieces—often at great prices!
4. Floral Prints
Floral wallpapers and fabrics have grown more popular for years now, but 2022 design is embracing a “more is more” sensibility: pattern on pattern on pattern. Expect to see small, prairie-inspired, and block prints on walls, window treatments, furniture, and accents.
“I’m finding myself gravitating to pattern on pattern in rooms,” Flemming said. “The important thing is to mix the scale of the pattern as well. Large-scale patterns next to smaller ones is my favorite combination, whether it’s on a wall or a fabric.”
5. Warm Earth Tones in Fabrics
While I will always be a firm believer in investing in neutral furniture as a base for a room design, I love all of the earthy colors I am seeing in online shops and designers’ Instagram feeds. Marigold, moss, stone, soot in luxe velvet and textured linen adorn sofas, headboards, chairs, and more. It’s like bringing the English countryside hills into your home.
6. Hearth Oven Hoods in Kitchens
I credit the rising popularity of English-based Devol Kitchens both on Instagram and their new show for the increasingly seen hearth-style oven hoods. These architectural, custom-built designs are reminiscent of centuries-old kitchens when hearths were necessary for indoor cooking over an open flame. Modern iterations integrate built-in shelves for easy access to spice and oil storage and ambient overhead lighting. They definitely eat up a lot of counter space, but boy, does the design impress.
7. Fluted Detailing
This thoughtful, small-scale detail creates a big impact and became more popular two years ago in custom cabinetry for bathrooms and kitchens. Fortunately for the masses, stores have taken notice and unveiled beautiful collections showcasing fluted designs. I’m thrilled to see this gorgeous detail become more mainstream in 2022.
8. English-Inspired Decor
As if this wasn’t already made clear, many of the trends leading the home design industry in 2022 are inspired by English countryside decor. Traditional architecture, rich wood finishes, luxe patterned fabrics, patinated hardware, landscapes and portrait art pieces, and more. Our English Rose arm sofa collection with Interior Define is the perfect example of this. And now big box stores are leaning into these trends, but a lot of it can be sourced second hand at affordable prices.
9. Painted Trim & Ceilings
I have loved this look for the last several years and am thrilled to see it showing up in more and more home renovations on social media. White ceilings and trim are classic and reliable, but the tone-on-tone look that comes with painting the trim and ceilings along with the walls creates a cozy and dramatic statement for the simple cost of a can of paint.
Tip: I recommend pairing this trend with the aforementioned floral wallpaper treatment for a truly custom design look!
10. Rounded Furniture Lines
Home brands everywhere are showcasing collections with rounded edges and lines. From chairs to dining tables to nightstands, curves are replacing straight lines and leaving a softer, more romantic look.
“Furniture with simple curves can soften a room. The subtle curve of this dining room table makes it an inviting room to enter and not too formal,” Flemming said.
11. Conical Lamp Shades
When I first saw conical shades popping up two years ago, my brain was confused. It reminded me of lamps from my childhood in the ’80s and ’90s—a style long gone. But I also absolutely loved it. I went with my gut and ordered the oversized lamp, a definite statement piece. My Instagram inbox was immediately flooded with questions on where to find it. Since then, I see everyone from Target to Etsy to high-end retailers selling lamps with conical shades, replacing the popular drum shades of the last two decades. Designers take it a step further and customize them with patterned fabrics, but you can find sellers on Etsy who will do this for you!
“People often don’t realize how important a good lampshade can be to good design,” Flemming said. “I like using pattern on lampshades. It softens the room and adds the perfect light.”
12. Floating Shelf & Slab Backsplash Above Ovens
I might be biased because I used this trend in my own kitchen after seeing it and falling in love with the design, but the floating shelf above a slab backsplash kitchen trend shows no signs of retreating. I get a dozen or so DMs from people a week asking me how my contractor fixed it to the wall (to which I have no answer, as I didn’t watch him do it). A dramatic veined marble is definitely the showstopper route to go with this design, but I went with the practical quartz material that mirrored calacatta marble. It works for my family needs and we love it. It opens up the room and gives me a display for spices, salts, oils, and beautiful accent pieces.
13. Checkerboard Floors
Another design that has been around for centuries, the traditional checkerboard pattern is being used in entryways, bathrooms, mudrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms and is fairly reasonable to source depending on what stone you use. I personally am thrilled to see another timeless classic making its way into homes again, leaving homeowners with the comfort that their decision won’t be “out of style” anytime soon.