When it comes to our homes, we’ve learnt a lot from living through a pandemic.

In the early days of COVID, we saw an explosion of home maintenance with DIYers and Marie Kondo-inspired declutterers weathering the isolation storm by crossing off lingering jobs from their to do lists.

Not only are our abodes a sanctuary for rest and relaxation, but for a large majority they have become our workspaces and where we have helped home-school our children. They have become our gyms, our yoga studios and locations for leisure.

As a result, we now want more from the places we live. We want smarter, more functional and organised homes that accommodate our busy lives but are also calm, serene spaces to help nurture our souls.

For that reason, making the right interior design and home décor choices is integral to achieving a desired vibe that meets each facet of our lives.

Here’s some home design trends we’re likely to see more of in 2022.

Natural, sustainable surrounds

Bring the outside in and be at one with nature.

Natural materials and textures have been gaining popularity over the past few years and are on trend again in 2022.

Surrounding yourself with timber and earthy tones can improve your wellbeing and help you to feel more relaxed and grounded in this busy, technology-driven world we’re in.

Think light-coloured timbers in the same vein as Scandinavian styles coupled with organic materials such as cane, rattan, linen and cotton to help bring balance to your life through your interior décor. Onyx, marble and granite textures are also in vogue.

Pairing timber cabinetry with wood floors and neutral light fittings can look fantastic amid lush surrounds and pops of green, so it’s worth investing in a collection of indoor plants.

Beyond natural internal flourishes, there is also a growing awareness of sustainable and eco-conscious housing practices, which means more and more new homebuyers are considering clever design, energy efficiencies and solar power in their homes as added extras.

Less is more

Simplify your set-up.

Most of us went into overdrive when COVID hit, cleaning out cupboards, decluttering and making mega donations to local charity shops, so we’re well on our way when it comes to minimalistic living.

The basic art of purging your home of chaos and clutter to create a minimalist feel has long been a key theme for beautiful interior designs – and that mantra continues in earnest in 2022.

Create a zen den with plants

Not only can the right indoor plants make your home look and feel amazing, but they have incredible personal benefits including helping to reduce stress, enhance wellbeing and improve air quality.

While fiddle leaf fig trees and monstera are still ever popular, trailing satin vines, banana plants, ficus umbellate, ferns and flowering plants have been tipped to trend when it comes to adding greenery inside your home in 2022.

But don’t go overboard. There’s a fine line between creating a lush, welcoming haven and living in a greenhouse.

Multi-functional spaces, smarter furniture

During COVID our homes become more than just a roof over our heads. They became our workspace, our ‘schools’ and our place for recreation and relaxation.

Now more than ever, we appreciate the need to have clear separation between our lifestyle spaces and where we work – even if they’re one in the same place.

And that means being smart about the layout of our homes, with most abodes now offering dedicated studies or offices, as well as having opportunities for flexible multi-purpose spaces. Working from the kitchen table is not only inconvenient, it’s uncomfortable.

Smart furniture or furniture that can be converted or used for a multitude of purposes is also proving popular. For example, if you work from home you may consider a fold away workspace where you can store your laptop so your job isn’t front and centre 24/7, or transform your balcony or sunroom into a small office. Moveable walls can also be an asset if changing the functionality of your home is important to you.

History has shown us that sometimes events (like lockdowns) are out of our control. But we can be agile and adaptable by having spaces that accommodate multiple aspects of our lives.

The soft touch

At the same time that we have seen an emerging softening in architectural form, interior décor and furniture has also become more delicate and feminine.

Integrating softer furnishings, including rounded, curved or sculptural furniture can also balance out bold, stark, clean lines in the architecture of your home.

Colour it up

When it comes to choosing a palette for your home, there has been a noticeable shift away from greys and whites; and more focus on warmer, earthy colours, including creams, tans and neutral browns.

Pops of colour are also getting a look in, most notably flashes of greens and black accents, which are popular tapware in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.

Or dress up your walls with an impressive mural or large artwork to really personalise the space.

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