8 living room decorating trends for 2022, according to designers
Remember the formal living room? A space dedicated to cocktails and afternoon tea? Thankfully, that concept has existed in the past, and today’s living room serves the actual name it was given: a place to hang out. direct and just. Therefore, living room decorating trends for 2022 are moving towards an aesthetic that complements what we need: a multifunctional room that responds to us right where we are.
So what does a modern living room look like today? We asked some of the top designers, and their sentiments encourage a closer look at how this room not only looks but also how it makes us feel, think, and dream. Right now the trend is towards “methods that enhance the experience during a stay there,” said Elena Perelli, co-founder and co-owner of Las Perelli. Luxurious couches, beautiful scents, natural lighting and organic accents. Each of these approaches points to the fact that living authentically means enjoying every second we have.
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Trend #1: Marshmallow Soft Furniture
If we had you at “marshmallow,” the credit goes to designer Susan Bednar Long, principal and owner of SB Long Interiors. The Dallas-based designer is seeing a major trend toward what she describes as “marshmallow-style soft furniture.” Think floating, cloud-like, and daydream. The idea here is to blend in and create a livable space that ultimately feels as appealing as it looks.
The couch reigns in the living room. The trend is based on a high-quality design that combines a curved sofa with oversized round arms and luxurious all-white and neutral fabrics, says Long.
Trend #2: Reflective moments
A gorgeous mirror has long been an interior designer’s dream trick to unleash the energy of a space. Eliza Fox, lead designer at Flow Smart Living + Interiors, says mirrors are big for 2022. The popular accessory “reflects natural light, creating a larger space,” she adds. .
The key to finding a striking mirror for the living room is to treat it like a work of art. Consider framing an important factor, just as when wrapping a photograph or painting. Larger mirrors that hang opposite a window will capture more natural light, thus reflecting a larger beam of light and expanding the room.
Trend #3: Emphasis on light
According to design sisters Beatriz and Elena Perelli, the founders of Las Perelli, lighting is just as important as the tangible items in any room. “We have always taken light very seriously,” says Beatriz, “particularly focusing on the quality of light”. In terms of quality, the duo is meant to aim for soft casts and nothing too glaring or blue (ie many LED bulbs out there).
The Perelli sisters proposed a combination of light sources projecting at different angles. This includes low light, which they say creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere, and floor lamps. One thing they avoid is harsh overhead ceiling lighting. The idea is to create a weave-like aesthetic of different beams.
Trend #4: Rich trees and woods
“The living room is moving in a more natural direction,” says Pearson Turnbull, owner of Santa Ynez General. This means incorporating items straight from the woods and natural materials including lots of wood (and even stone). “For 2022, it’s all about tactics,” he added.
“Of course, we all have more houseplants than we know what to do at this point,” said Turnbull. He suggests complementing the green look with neutral tones and textured wood pieces, from wooden chairs to accent items.
Trend #5: Feminine curves
Take a moment to consider classic living room furniture: Shapes tend to be straight and boxy. This is changing in 2022 Andrea Rodman, principal designer and owner of Andrea Rodman Interiors. Furniture with beautiful organic shapes, rounded curves, more sculptural elements will be huge this year, she said. “I feel an attraction to more feminine elements in interiors with people wanting more comfort and a nice quiet space to spend their time.”
Look for seats with curved corners and a curvy silhouette. Doing just one part like this can soften the rest of the room. Rodman especially loves the sculptural chairs from Hem. She shared: “They are extremely comfortable with the airy feeling of sculptural light.
Trend #6: Luxury pet accessories
We design our homes for people, but our furry friends run after the house just as much. More than 23 million American households have adopted a pet during the pandemic, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Now this requires some attention to the living room, long ago Remodelista The occasional editor and interior designer Meredith Swinehart sees this year as going to be big. “Now that we are facing an ongoing pandemic and more people are regularly spending more time at home, they are upgrading their gadgets,” says Swinehart, who has designed a line of accessories for dogs and cats. family is less obvious like their pet supplies”. fill this need. “When they were around it all day, pet owners realized how much their pet things color the living space and they wanted something that both humans and animals could love. .”
Swinehart tells me that many people are investing in better pet beds after realizing how much time their furry loved ones are spending with them. When looking for a new cozy piece for Fido, consider comfort and quality that go hand in hand with aesthetics.
Trend #7: Versatile multi-use items
After all we’ve been through and continue to go through, we’re taking a cue from The Eagles and going to move on to “Take It Easy.” That goes with the way we live at home and the way we decorate. This is the path that Jennifer Rhode, chief designer at Jennifer Rhode Design, says she will follow. “I have always been a supporter of spaces with minimalist, adaptable furniture, and after living through almost two years of being cramped, I think it is imperative for living rooms, especially to be resilient. recovery and super function,” she commented. “More than ever, they need to be flexible to meet so many demands.”
Rhodes says to look for living room items that serve several functions. She especially loves an otter or a “hunting dog”. These pieces are multi-purpose, she says, and function as extra seating, side tables and footrests; “They can be easily moved, so you can manually redesign your space to best serve your current needs.”
Trend #8: Cozy vibes
The Perelli sisters make our hearts sing when it comes to living room goals for 2022: Keep it cozy, inviting and fun, they say. After all, this room is for life—And that must mean our best, most fulfilling lives. “We think playing music and lighting candles in the living room is more of a practice than enhancing the experience of being there,” says Elena. So go slow, take it easy and take it all.
Consider your touch and smell for your living room. The Pirelli say toss chunky blankets on top of sofas, place large natural rugs on the floor (even multiples!), and add in books, scents, and photos to create a The true mood is you.