Year after year, trends in interior design emerge – and just as quickly, they vanish into thin air. But there’s no denying that some trends are worth looking into, and some are good enough to stay and be a standard. It’s always exciting and fun to figure out new palettes and furniture and other decorative elements that stand out, and it’s equally fun to incorporate them – particularly if you are designing your first (or your nth) show home. Show homes are fun and different from a typical home in that you can be as creative as you want to be and go all out with the décor, but you also have to keep in mind that the design of your show home must be generally liked. But what is in store for the show home this year? We’re looking at an incredibly clever area that has to deliver every time: the living room. Here, then, is an in-depth look at living room trends for your show home in 2022.
• A play on patterns
Showhome interior design experts like Blocc have been noticing a change in how patterns are viewed by many – instead of the minimalist look that was all the rage a year or two ago; people have been making more use of patterns in their interior design projects. But it’s all about subtlety, so we don’t suggest using bold and bright prints and using prints on everything from the rugs to the walls to the fabrics. Instead, the key is to use patterns strategically and sparingly, like a wallpaper pattern with a brick or stone floor, to make it look interesting but not too jarring.
• Texture can set the mood
Nowadays, it’s also about texture – especially for the walls and ceilings. For example, more people will use tongue and groove details on the ceiling to add architectural depth and contribute to the texture. Even fabric can add texture to a room – think curtains or drapes that add softness and warmth to the living area. Even the lighting fixtures can add more texture based on the material used, be it wall sconces or spotlights and even a big chandelier suspended grandly over the main staircase.
• Everything in nature
One big trend in colour palettes is natural colours – earthy browns and bright greens to pale yellows. If you want your show home to exude natural beauty, use elements inspired by nature and colour palettes that include warm white, beige, blue, green, and brown. These colours and details offer comfort, and it’s easy on the eyes, too. It is especially true with furniture in a natural wood colour that will make any space look lighter and airier than most.
• The ’80s are back
Now here’s something that may surprise you – the 80s are back, and they’re back with a vengeance. Geometric shapes and bold colours are back in fashion, and those vintage stores with their 80s finds are in! Wall covers are fashionable, as are fabric rugs in bold patterns and colours.
• The biophilic trend is here to
If there’s one trend that looks like it’s here to stay, it’s the biophilic trend. What is it? It emphasises calming and relaxing environments through the use of natural ventilation and lighting and the creation of a visual point or connection with the natural world.