Discover the top 8 interior design trends for 2022

Trend is often a misleading term and can be off-putting to some people.  No one wants to jump on the latest ‘trend’ only to find out that it was a ‘fad’ soon after, do they?  So with that in mind, my focus is to share the longer term, directional changes you can expect, rather than on design styles or fads which come and go quickly.  In light of that, it’s no surprise that many of the interior design trends for 2022 aren’t significantly different from the last year or two.


a general direction in which a situation is developing or changing

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In a nutshell, 2022 is all about finding the perfect blend of comfort and style! As we’re looking for more and more comfort and rejuvenation in our homes, we see our design trends addressing this need.

Here is my selection of the top design trends that you can incorporate in your home in 2022.

1. Embrace imperfection

There is a growing movement toward handmade finishes and organic shapes with natural imperfections being embraced.   Handmade tiles, specialised finishes such as Venetian plaster, or mismatched timber can all add a soft, warm and organic feel to a space.

Embrace imperfection- top 8 interior design trends
McMillan Design | Double Bay Project

2. Get curvy

I’m happy to report that curves look like they’re not going anywhere fast.  Friendly curves and arches are a wonderful way to soften architectural forms, and bendy shapes and curves in the home create a sense of comfort, and relaxing feeling.  Look out for curves in joinery, arches, furniture and more.

Get curvy- 8 interior design trends
McMillan Design | Wollstonecraft Project

3. Warm neutrals

The shift away from the cool, grey-toned neutrals continues as we seek out warm, cozy colours that help us feel grounded.   We’ll see the neutrals picking up warmer hues with greige (a colour between beige and grey), beige and soft terracotta providing a new neutral base to layer from.

The perfect warm white
Double Bay Project | McMillan Design

4. Multifunctional spaces

Our homes are playing multiple roles these days, from relaxing, working, studying, to working out.  And with many embracing working from home as a new norm, we are seeing work zones as a key requirement for many of our clients.  But with often limited space it’s about creating flexible and multi-functional zones within the space we have.  Maybe that’s a built-in desk in the living room that can be hidden away with a sliding panel when you are entertaining, or transforming an un-used wardrobe or stairwell space into a mini office space.

Work from home space
Double Bay Project | McMillan Design

5. Nature-inspired

There is a continued desire to connect more with nature and to bring the outdoors into our homes.  Our love of nature-based colours continues with soft greens and blues still strong.  We’ll also see lots more natural finishes and fibres taking preference over synthetic, with timber and stone such as travertine and terracotta featuring big, both in our indoor and outdoor spaces.   Biophilic design also continues to gain momentum with plants, natural light and organic forms being incorporated in our home design.

nature inspired - top 8 interior design trends
McMillan Design | Wollstonecraft Project

6. Sustainability

With sustainability high on the agenda we’ll see more recycled and eco-friendly materials, less of the fast/mass-produced furniture in our homes.  There is also likely to be further focus on locally-sourced and made products in order to counter the supply-chain challenges and increasing freight costs we’re seeing.

In tandem with the imperfection trend we’ll see more upcycled, repurposed furnishings, hand-crafted décor pieces and vintage items that tell a story, rather than mass-produced pieces.  Why not check out your local markets, or Facebook market place, to pick up a unique piece (or two) for your home?

Sustainability - top 8 interior design trends
McMillan Design | North Bondi Project

7. 70s vibes

Rattan, timber panelling, houseplants, decorative hanging textiles, terrazzo?  Yep, you guessed it…we are in the midst of a bit of a 70’s revival with nostalgic colours and finishes, creating a warm and welcoming effect.

We can expect to see more of the 70’s coming through with deep browns, some stronger pops of colour, graphic patterns, brick work and wallpaper all playing a role. Don’t freak out though, the key is to keep it a bit more low-key, and just select a couple of cool pieces to create a warm, comforting feeling with some fun 70’s vibes.

70s vibes- top 8 interior design trends
McMillan Design | Double Bay Project

8. Textural surfaces

With our lack of human contact thanks to COVID-19, we are craving tactility, touch, and connection more and more, and we are seeing them push through into design elements.   Finishes such as Venetian or stucco plaster, ribbed or fluted timber, grass cloth wallpaper, brickwork and natural stone, are all great ways to create visual intrigue without adding actual pattern to a space.

textural surfaces - top 8 interior design trends

Feeling inspired to try some of my favourite interior design trends for 2022?

If any of these ideas have gotten your creative juices flowing and you’d like to make some changes in your home but aren’t sure where to start, I’d love to help. Simply click here to book a complimentary 20min Discovery Call or enquire about working together here and we will be in touch.


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