With 2022 coming to an end, let’s take a look at some of the most popular trends for furniture, which ones we’re over, and what we’d like to see more of! Whether you’re looking for a refresh or new decor, there’s something for everyone.
With the past few years trapped in our homes, it’s no wonder we’re trying to make our spaces feel less clinical and white, and are embracing brighter colours or softer tones to effervesce more calming qualities.
1. Multifunctional furniture
An incredible 30% of the UK workforce is working remotely at least once a week in 2022, so it’s no wonder multifunctional furniture has recently seen a rise in sales. Whether it’s a foldable table to use as a desk in a small space or a chair that doubles as storage space, more people in the UK are buying multifunctional furniture.
2. Sustainable swaps
It’s no secret that sustainability has significantly affected the shopping habits of eco-conscious shoppers. With a report revealing that a huge 81% of people would prefer to buy from sustainable sellers – this is a trend that will continue to emerge for the foreseeable. By choosing to buy upcycled furniture, you’re helping the prevention of new wood from being cut and choosing a much better quality product. This is due to old-growth wood being superior to new-growth wood, because of its tighter growth rings which lead to denser material. It’s more durable, less likely to warp, and more eco-friendly.
3. Textured surfaces
Paneled walls have effectively transformed many rooms, elevating a luxurious feel of a once boring bedroom. Texture doesn’t just have to be on the walls though. Add depth to any room through the introduction of a textured seat, or curtains.
4. Vintage accents
Whether 70s vintage is your style, or Art Deco vintage, placing accents of these into any space has become increasingly popular. A more mature style can instantly add character to a room through the use of lamps, seating, or accessories.
5. Pattern play
Another notable trend has been the reintroduction of patterns. Most popular in recent years has been a biophilia-inspired pattern, embracing nature and all things natural, from botanical prints to natural colours and shapes. Sticking with nature and natural patterns, animals have also made appearances in recent furniture trends. With designers opting for colourful wallpapers including tropical birds, or upholstered furniture featuring a handsome stag.
6. Bold choices
The only way to truly transform a room is to throw colour at it! By choosing a bold sofa colour, or side cabinet, you’ll be able to create a stunning feature piece that you can then follow throughout the rest of the room in smaller details.
7. Traditional details
Echoing the familiar styles of the late 90s and early 2000s, soft yellows and blues paired with light wood are being used again to emulate a sense of comfort and nostalgia for many. With skirted furniture and the incorporation of antique pieces being reintroduced to lounges and living rooms, it is a safe choice for those who love tradition.
8. More is more!
Although minimalism is favoured by many, it can sometimes leave a room feeling lacklustre. If a calm room feels unsettling to you, why not try a maximalist approach? Mixing colours, textures, and patterns to create an explosion of pigment will certainly liven up a room.
An incredibly trendy interior fashion is the influence of Scandinavian furniture. Although Scandinavian furniture isn’t a new concept, we have been seeing a lot more of it. The neutral tones paired with simple clean lines encapsulate the hygge way of living.
10. Green with envy
Speaking of colour, an incredibly popular colour this year has been green. Whether it’s sage or a deeper shade, green has been splashed across the walls of many rooms this year. Sherwin-Williams named Evergreen Fog, their colour of the year for 2022, with other designers also opting for shades of green as their favourite choice.