CHICAGO — CB2 has released its 2022 Next in Design Report, offering its second annual report on interior design inspiration as well as a look at how challenges from 2021 impacted home purchases and shaped interior design trends.
CB2 reached into its arsenal of industry experts, product merchants and more than 1,000 interior designers from its Design Trade Program to find out what trends are garnering excitement in the year ahead.
“As we were faced with a new set of challenges in 2021, home continued to serve as the place where we could safely land and express ourselves,” said Ryan Turf, president of CB2.
Here is what the experts think will light up the design world in 2022:
- Luxury For All: Unapproachable attitudes when it comes to luxury are being replaced by a democratization of design, with good design becoming increasingly accessible.
- Home As Therapy: Design this year will be defined by blending the beautiful with the functional, cultivating an indoor/outdoor lifestyle and embracing natural elements. Shades of green from sage to emerald inspire calm and are anticipated in not just upholstery and textiles, but more unexpected applications like marble.
- Return of Decadence: People are craving reveries, indulging in glamour and bringing a sense of opulence to their small group gatherings. Designers note that with the return of home entertaining, “people are willing to spend on seating again.”
- Fewer, Better: The quality of design comes into sharper focus, from materials to craftsmanship to sustainability. 31% of interior designers plan to incorporate more sustainable materials into their 2022 projects,by integrating elements like FSC- certified woods, organic cottons and other earth-friendly materials. Vintage and vintage-inspired pieces will continue to be popular, and while Mid-Century Modern is still going strong, this year designers predict inspiration will lean further into French and Italian designers from this era.
The report also gives insight into what was motivating homeowners’ interior decisions in 2021:
- The outdoor category saw a nearly 50% increase in 2021.
- Boucle, concrete and black were hot, and customers searched for these colors and textiles the most throughout the year.
- 42% of the labor force is now working from home, and while 10% of Americans sought more space by moving to less populated areas, many were still seeking solutions to maximize the space they had, with 34% of designers reporting an increase in clients seeking multi-functional spaces.
To explore the full CB2 Next in Design Report, go online.
CB2 conducted its interior design survey between Dec. 8-12, 2021. This year’s survey collected 1,061 total responses from interior designers across the United States.