New Year, New Decorating Trends for 2022

Rounded couches are in vogue in 2022
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Happy new year! What a great time to think about bringing more happiness into 2022 by sprucing up your home décor.

So, what’s new in the new year? Let me tell you and let the decorating begin.

When it comes to color, neutrals take center stage with beige replacing gray. If you’re a fan of color, greens will dominate with a bold emerald or softer sage. Prefer a blue hue? Cobalt will replace navy as the top pick.

When it comes to fabrics, you’ll see furniture and accessories in nubby bouclé, luxurious velvet, and silky Chinese prints.

Pinterest foresees “limitless luxe” in home fashions this year especially for millennials and Gen Xers who are searching the online bulletin board in large numbers for opulence throughout the house, believe it or not, including laundry rooms, basements, and garage interiors.

Due in part to supply chain issues, vintage furniture graces the scene again this year, including mid-century modern, art deco, and brutalist designs. A new style in furniture brings rounded shapes including sofas and chairs with curved backs, arms, and legs. You’ll even spot curved kitchen islands in this year’s designs.

Speaking of kitchens, you’ll see fewer upper cabinets and more windows to bring in both fresh air and natural light. Long linear backsplash tile is all the rage, too. For example, 4 x 12” vertical subway tiles in a crackle finish or herringbone pattern remain in vogue.

Bathroom remodeling plans on the horizon? Houz forecasts lots of pull-out shelves, in-drawer electric outlets, and other hard-working storage like cubbies and hidden hampers. And don’t forget the multiple showerheads and sprays as well as practical design elements for aging in place including grab bars, curbless showers, non-slip flooring, and shower benches. Relatively inexpensive and easy to install, don’t skimp on heated floors for extra spa-like pampering.

Finally, thanks to the pandemic, this year we’ll see more emotional escape rooms – a term that’s new to me but not a new concept. To support your wellness and mental health, homeowners are planning everything from home massage rooms to music rooms. (I’ll write more about this trend in a future blog.)

In closing (and you’ve heard me say this before), I agree with the experts at The Spruce, “Though it’s always important to design a space in a way that feels best to you, trends are a great blueprint to follow or simply an exciting way to jazz up a room that may have been feeling a little down lately.”

Interior decorator Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior, offering creative solutions at reasonable rates. Learn more at and see her quilts on Instagram @secretaryinteriordecorating.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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