“2022 will be all about intentional design.” —Kate Lester, creative director and founder of Kate Lester Interiors
In the wake of the pandemic, home took on a new, more important meaning. That certainly hasn’t changed. If anything, home will continue to remain at the heart of it all—where we live, work, and play.
With the population spending increased time at home, “We see people customizing their spaces more for the long term, rather than to fulfill a short-term need,” says Nitesh Chaudhary, director of innovation, supply chain and technology at Jaipur Living.
“2022 will be all about intentional design,” notes Kate Lester, creative director and founder of Kate Lester Interiors. “We will see more people really using spaces thoughtfully after spending so much time at home during the pandemic. We are focusing on creating really special, curated spaces for our clients.”
With a move toward more curated designs also comes a more conscious approach to product selection. “Fewer, carefully selected pieces and curated accessories are what it’s all about in 2022,” says Lester. “Less is more—but make it really special.”
Adds Jaipur Living CEO Asha Chaudhary, “While comfort will always be key, people are looking to invest in products that speak to their values, like supporting artisans and creators, sustainable production, and conscious consumerism. Now, we take more time to reflect on what is most important in our lives and the lives of those around us.”
Expect a greater emphasis on artisan-made and one-of-a-kind pieces. “Folks are purchasing more vintage, secondhand, and one-of-a-kinds than ever,” says Kate DePara, senior designer at Jaipur Living. “We also believe that consumers are connecting with the soulful authenticity of an heirloom or vintage piece in a big way—it brings an element of humanity and artisan handcraft to the home.”
Likewise, the industry is seeing a shift toward natural and recycled materials as homeowners become more aware of how their spending choices impact the world around them. “Consumers are becoming more conscious about what they are buying, what it’s made of, and how it affects the environment,” says Nitesh.
See also: Ethically Crafted
Bring the Outdoors In
The harmonious connection between indoors and out will only increase in 2022. “Especially in more temperate climates, the lines between strictly indoor and strictly outdoor have blurred,” says Asha. “The outdoors have become an extension of our interior decor, while interiors look increasingly more to performance and durability. The backyard is yet another extension of the redefined home.”
Designers are also looking to nature when it comes to design elements—from organic shapes and earthy hues to natural materials with tons of texture. “Colors, shapes, and repetition found in nature are inherently soothing and bring peace and life to the home,” says DePara. “We see a continuation of colors found in nature and natural organic forms coupled to bring the outside in. We also see a lot of black iron and a variety of stone in hardware, and furniture that begs a for soft, textural, natural nubby contrast in soft goods.”
See also: How to Bring the Outdoors In
Go for the Bold
After two years of uncertainty, one thing is certain in the design industry: There are no rules. “In 2022, we’re kicking it up a notch,” says Lester. “I am leaning toward a bit more color and interesting patterns. It’s important to me that the spaces we design tell a story about the people who live there, so I am obviously really excited about the new Manchaha collection of rugs from Jaipur Living. The vibrant patterns and vintage-inspired vibes are on a lot of our inspiration boards for the coming year.”
For Barclay Butera, founder of namesake firm Barclay Butera Interiors, 2022 will bring even more bold, fabulous designs for his residential clients. “We are absolutely anticipating 2022 will be another banner year,” he says. “I’m most interested in creating spectacular, glamorous but very comfortable homes for my clients. We will continue to do the same in 2022 and onward.”