It’s safe to say that our interiors and how we use them, have been transformed tremendously these past few years — (looking at you covid-19.)
With Home and Office spaces being designed to better fit our new needs, many spaces are beginning to look entirely different.
Current trends in office design focus on safety and comfort but also other elements such as color, lighting, textures and sustainability that will continue into 2022 and beyond.
From design aesthetics such as acoustics and greenery to a greater focus on multi-functional spaces- designers, homeowners and companies alike, are always looking for ways to maintain a healthy, productive, and beautiful environment.
We invite you to take interest in these top Design Trends for 2022 for Commercial and Residential spaces:
1. NATURE INSPIRED DESIGN
Nature Inspired Design, a.k.a. Biophilic Design has been shown to reduce stress, improve focus, boost creativity, and improve overall well-being. With the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on employers and employees alike, implementing nature elements, in an office space will be more important than ever.
Look to incorporate natural elements like wood, water, and plants into your space. This can be done by using materials like wood, bamboo, or stone, or including waterfalls, fish tanks, and plants. Utilizing raw fabrics, materials, and colors resembling the outdoors is a great way to bring the outdoors in, and liven up any space.
“After over a year of being shut inside, there has been — and will continue to be — a focus on regaining our connection to the natural world through the use of biophilic design principles, meaning there will be an emphasis on creating calming environments with natural lighting and ventilation, incorporating plants and creating a visual connection with nature.” — Amanda Thompson, Aline Studio
2. RETRO // “INTERIOR NOSTALGIA”
According to designers; vintage – nostalgia inducing furniture is a trend that’s here to stay this year. Expect to see geometric patterns, curved shapes, bouclé textures and a lot of bold colors and patterns reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s.
“Seventies decor and colors are back. We will be seeing more terracotta, sage and mustard colors as well as mid-century furniture trademarks — peg legs on cabinets and tables, teak wood tones and highly textured fabrics.” — Malka Helft, Think Chic Interiors
3. MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPACES
Whether an employee at work or a family at home- we all want options when it comes to our live/work space— We don’t want to feel like we’re locked in one room all day. Using furniture to create a multi-functional space, allows for less to be more. For Residential Homeowners, this could mean extending your kitchen or your living room to becoming a functional workspace or separating one room for dual purpose.
At the corporate offices this may look like, Modular Wall structures, unassigned open work stations, cafe areas, casual areas with couches, formal conference rooms, or other gathering spaces for employees to do various work.
“As we get into another year of COVID variants, our living spaces continue to double as our work rooms, which is the new normal. The kitchen continues as the conference room and the dinner table is the new boardroom table.” – Kathryn M. Ireland
4. HOME AT WORK
Yes you read that right.
Now that people are in the groove of working from the comfort of their homes, it’s only right to prioritize that comfort in the workplace. Bringing a sense of warmth and homeliness to a corporate setting is easy to do. Some ways to incorporate home at work are: Plush carpeting, Comfortable seating, Warm diffused lighting, Curtains, Indoor plants.
5. CURVED SHAPES
According to psychology, Curved shaped furniture helps create a calming/ relaxing environment. Decidedly, curved shapes appear organically in nature where as straight structural shapes are man made. In 2022, curvy furniture is about to have a heyday. As we continue to shift away from straight-lined minimalism and toward cozier interiors, our furniture is getting softer and more sculptural.
6. TEXTURED WALLS
As more and more people seek to improve their environments, we see a steady growth in Accent walls. Whether it’s a fun wallpaper print, fabricated wall coverings, accoustic panels, wood or metallic designs- we love seeing more movement and textures in a home or workspace.
Say goodbye to plain old white walls in 2022.
7. ROOM ACOUSTICS
Speaking of acoustic wall panels, in 2022 we expect to see an influx of interest in designing rooms with acoustic sound support.
We’re not just talking foam on the wall. There are now acoustic products of all kinds that support noise reduction and sound quality in both commercial and residential settings. Sound travels. And with options such as desks and seating, screens, lighting, wall coverings, planters and more, acoustics have become a greater priority than ever.
“The main concern with acoustic solutions or acoustic products (noise reducing products) is the quality of their make-up – how they are built, types of materials, geometry, etc.” – Hernan Saurit, BuzziSpace
8. NATURAL / DIFFUSED LIGHTING
Natural light never goes out of style. But in 2022, sunlight and warm diffused lighting will become even more important, as we trade bright artificial lighting for calmer light-filled rooms that do it all. This trend is supported by open space designs, but if you don’t have access to windows with natural lighting, diffused warm lighting is the way to go. Designers should consider the light reflective value when selecting design elements. For instance, matte flooring and walls in lighter colors can allow for light to bounce more efficiently in a space.
9. ELEVATED OUTDOORS
As the pandemic continues, Elevated outdoor furniture is a continued trend. People are looking to expand and extend their living/work environments into their outdoor spaces. Sophisticated and refined outdoor furniture means not having to sacrifice your home or business’ style. We expect to see more intricate and comfortable designs outside for entertaining guests/ clients, or even just to work in the fresh air.
“Outdoor furniture will become more sophisticated and refined as we continue to spend more time entertaining outdoors, and our patios become true extensions of our interior décor.” – Timothy Corrigan