2022 Home Design Trends We Love

Read on for some home design trends to look for and love.

Although home staging is different from interior design, we still follow the trend forecasts and add trendy elements to our staging projects. Here are some of our favorite trends that we are currently crushing on.

Natural Elements

Colors, textures, and patterns inspired by nature take center stage this year. Look for botanical and floral patterns for upholstery, window treatments, and accent pillows. Think of natural tree and driftwood table bases, grasscloth wallpaper, and shades of brown, gray, and green.


Green is gaining in popularity not only for walls and accents but also for cabinetry. This natural tone can act as a neutral in darker shades of forest and olive, or it can add a punch in eye-catching lime and chartreuse. Add pops of green to your throw pillows, bedding, and art for natural impact.

Rattan, Cane, and Reeded Furnishings

We saw a lot of these elements last year, with brands such as Serena and Lily on the rise. This trend is especially relevant in coastal areas. Reeded furnishings create a textural element with carving wood to create interest. The more traditional elements of cane and rattan are now being used in more modern applications.

Multipurpose Rooms

With the pandemic giving us a new perspective on the importance of home, spaces for work/live/play within the home are essential. Rooms that have a dual purpose, such as a home office that doubles as a guest bedroom, a dining room that can be used for games and puzzles, and an outdoor porch with a kitchen are gaining in popularity. Showcasing different rooms in the home for varying purposes adds appeal.

Upcycling and Antiquing

As a result of recent supply-chain issues and long lead times, antique and vintage shopping are more popular than ever. Customers are turning to alternate shopping options due to many vendors having lead times up to 26 weeks. With more personal and eclectic styles on the forefront this year, adding unique and vintage pieces makes good sense.

Rounded Shapes

With fewer square lines in furnishings, the trend for this year is moving toward curved and rounded edges. Look for round and oval dining tables, rounded-back sofas, and curved barrel chairs for 2022. Not in the market for new furniture? Try adding a new round coffee table or round mirror to your home.

Grand Millennial and Cottage Core Style

These two styles are examples of maximalism. The philosophy is that more is better! Both styles embrace antiques, patterns, and eclectic elements. Grand Millennial is more formal, mixing heavier fabrics like chintz with large gilded mirrors, and patterns that reflect a more upscale style. Cottage Core takes on a more rustic approach, with floral prints, indoor plants, linen textures, and vintage books.

Warm Neutrals

Time to warm it up! Everything from wood flooring to paint colors have shifted from cool grays to warmer greige and beige tones. Lighter wood floors, camel leather, pops of goldenrod, and tan linen are all back in style. Committed to cool grays? Add warm elements such as a brown leather chair, pillows in a beige and gray pattern, or a jute rug. Tone-on-tone neutrals and mixing warm with cool are always on-trend.

About Joni:

With over 20 years of experience in the design industry, Joni Laycook recognizes the importance of adding style to any space. Her expertise includes residential, hospitality, and commercial design, home staging, event styling, and merchandising. She truly enjoys the process of transforming spaces.

This article, written by Joni Laycook, originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of Chesapeake Real Producers. Follow Chesapeake RP on Instagram and Facebook.