13 living room trends 2022 that will inspire a makeover (2022)

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Ah the loyal living room - the hub of every home, where the whole family tribe flocks and flops. In recent times these sociable spaces have played honorable host to all - from Zoom work meetings, to zen yoga sessions, and of course the world’s biggest Netflix binge marathons. Needless to say, these hardworking, multifunctional rooms definitely deserve a spring fling juge, with the freshest living room trends for 2022.

The good news is that you don’t need to go into extreme demolition-renovation mode to transform your space into an Insta dream sensation. There's no need to ditch your best sofa, or buy all new furniture! Take action with these cracking 2022 home decor trends ideas and create an entirely refreshed sanctuary, with an aesthetic swoon factor guests will envy.

Living room trends 2022

Directional themes for home decor trends in 2022 focus on sustainability; bringing nature indoors through the use of house plants and shades of green, to help you create a cocooning sanctuary with natural materials, curved silhouettes and quiet neutrals.

Sylvia James, interior designer, Home How (opens in new tab), comments on what we’ll be seeing for modern living room ideas in 2022: ‘Multifunctional, airy spaces will dominate. There's been a lot of focus on health and well-being recently. So it makes sense that our houses will continue to reflect this in the use of natural materials, plants, and, more generally, light and airy designs.’

She explains: ‘Since we're still spending more time at home, multifunctional areas are essential for managing all of the things we do at home. For example, a coffee table to hold drinks but which also has storage so items that need to be put away can be in an easily accessible place. This makes home life more easy and convenient, and saves space and cost.’

So how exactly will this ethos reveal itself in the living room trends of 2022?

1. Nature nurture

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In 2022, we will see an increased usage of natural materials - from decorative elements to furniture itself. We'll also see calm, nature-inspired colors and textures become more prevalent, especially in communal spaces like the living room', says Milwaukee-based interior designer Anna Franklin, Stone House Collective (opens in new tab).

'Earthy textures, organic natural shapes, raw materials, and greenery will all be elements that ground the home for design longevity.'

2. Modern rustic

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Continuing the authenticity stance, texture stories will play heavily in 2022 living room trends, as consumers crave tactility and connection as an antithesis to digitally dominated lifestyles. Choose textured living room flooring to add texture underfoot.

‘One of the main trends for 2022 is authenticity,' says Lorena Williams, head of product design and visual creation, Amtico (opens in new tab).'People are looking for elements of craftsmanship and heritage in their products. Textures play a big role in this trend. Interestingly, we have a bigger demand for rectangular shapes, which feel more natural, and can be easily used to create a more contemporary look.

'Rustic and painterly features work together to blur the lines between rural homes and urban spaces, adding warmth and coziness to any room.'

3. Red ranger

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If the whole ‘keep calm with neutrals’ thing isn’t your style, then you’re in for a hot home trends treat. Color confidence is soaring as homeowners unleash the roller and experiment with using bold shades in exciting new ways. Try color blocking by painting designated shapes or areas in contrasting colors – a fantastic home decorating idea to create vibrant interest whilst zoning a space, particularly effective in multifunctional rooms.

As the color of danger and passion, red is often underused in our rooms. But that’s all changing according to Marianne Shillingford, creative director, Dulux (opens in new tab): ‘We’ve learnt that there is more than one choice when it comes to shades of red paint, from lipstick red to a burnt orange color and rusty terracotta, opening up a whole new world to dip into. All rich colors love west facing rooms and if they are rooms in which you relax, you can be brave and try deeper shades like Cherry Truffle and Red Ochre.’

4. Boho wanderlust

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Tactile textiles, playful details and spiced chalky colors explore a wanderlust spirit abundant in creative warmth. Create a soul-happy space filled with artisan pieces sourced near and far, that honor traditional craftsmanship. Woven and dried materials up the authentic, sensory appeal. Welcome colorful folksy additions for a character-fuelled flourish.But why stop at the living room? Inspire an eclectic home makeover with boho bedroom ideas and beyond.

Debbie Drake, design director at Dunelm (opens in new tab), comments: ‘Rattan is here to stay. Bring the outside in with clusters of dried flowers in bud vases.’

5. Modular marvels

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The ever-evolving modern home demands flexible living room layouts with multi-functional furniture options. Taking inspiration from simplistic Scandi design, individual modular pieces have become mix and match design heroes. Create unique pieces of furniture tailored to your home’s specific needs, with easy to move around designs geared for modern living – the possibilities are endless.

‘We wanted to ensure we were creating upholstery designs that are practical and serve a purpose without forfeiting on style. You can really get creative with how you pull together a modular set – choose contrasting fabrics to make a design statement or let the clean lines and defined shapes be the hero feature,’ advises Patricia Gibbons, from the Sofa.com (opens in new tab) design team.

6. Green goodness

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When it comes to nature inspired shades for interiors, Ben White, design and trade expert, Swyft (opens in new tab), believes that green living rooms will become increasingly prominent in homes in the next year.

‘Bringing the outside in; it’s a trend we’ve spoken about for a while, but this year it will come into fruition. We will see green and natural tones blended into our interiors through the use of plants, timber and terracotta. We might also see the use of green velvet sofas, sage or olive painted walls or jute textured rugs.’

Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux (opens in new tab) agrees: ‘After so long trapped indoors we have come to appreciate the power of nature to uplift and revitalise us. Color-wise we are throwing open the doors and windows and inviting every shade of nature in for tea.’ We can really welcome this as one of the best living room trends 2022!

7. Indoor jungle

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Joining the 2022 green color trend, our potted friends are growing and blooming indoors. Plant parents rejoice! Bring an air purifying dose of nature-nurture indoors with a diverse family of potted, leafy-lovelies. Not only do indoor plants look amazing, but they provide several health benefits too – double win. From reducing stress levels to cleaning the air, and even absorbing and reducing background noise, the health benefits of houseplants is impressive.

Incorporate a variety of exotic and native indoor plants and succulents into your space to add revitalising texture. ‘Pot’ large plants in baskets for a boho twist; raise medium sized species in plant pots on legs to stagger heights and add interest; and dangle tumbling varieties in hanging planters to continue the green goddess vibes up high. Missing the green fingers? Fear not – there’s a whole host of amazingly realistic faux plants on the market, so everyone – regardless of horticulturalist skillset – can benefit from potted pretties without the anxiety of over watering.

8. Optimistic forecast

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These days, there’s an added impetus to create the ultimate happy home – a joyful retreat that inspires us and lifts our mood on a daily basis. Bright lamps, statement accessories and playful pattern mixing ideas channel the mood of the spring fresh, sunshine-infused season, sprinkling living rooms with much-loved designs and fun factor. Homes, like never before, will be lived in, laughed in and much loved.

‘Inspired by the bright and breezy aesthetic of a country bolthole – think crisp, whit-painted wood-paneled walls and an abundance of natural light – this look is fresh and playful. Vibrant yellow hues and shades of blue, with dashes of rich red, are offset by pale hues to create an upbeat yet relaxed palette, while the furniture and accessories are a harmonious blend of simple and statement,’ say interior experts at Oka (opens in new tab).

9. Thoughtful up-cycling

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As homeowners drift towards a more mindful and conscious way of living, interiors are becoming less involved with the throwaway culture of consumerism. Embracing a meaningful heirloom approach, we’re learning to utilize what we’ve already got, and repurpose, upcycle and get creative with how we decorate our spaces. It’s amazing how you can transform your space with just a few secondhand furniture additions and easy DIY decoration ideas.

Sophie Hill, marketing, insight and innovation at Rothley (opens in new tab), comments: ‘We’ve seen a clear shift towards more conscious choices, whether that is materials or extending the life of items around the home rather than buying more things.

Low-waste living and upcycling is at the heart of creating a mindful home, and we have definitely seen a rise in upcycling which is likely to continue - from people making over old furniture items, to making garden furniture out of wooden pallets.

For the less experienced DIY-ers, taking an old piece of furniture and customizing it is a great way to reduce waste, and also means no one else has the same piece as you! It is amazing what a new set of legs can do to a set of table and chairs. My personal tip would be to make a habit of visiting local charity shops – you’d be surprised by the gems you can find.

10. Mono curves

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Monochrome has always been a classic color combination for interiors, largely owing to its versatility and timeless appeal. A big player for living room decor trends in 2022, black and white living rooms will deliver a contemporary attitude with graphic geometric designs, softened by curve appeal pieces.

When it comes to window dressings, choose imposing vertical stripes for architectural impact. Style chic seating with geometric designs to continue the graphic pattern nods without confusing and dominating the space. Choose furniture in solid, color block neutrals – grey sofas blend seamlessly, to balance and define the overall look.

Soften a monochrome scheme with cocoon-style furniture inspired by the curves of the human body. We're talking shapely boucle sofas, asymmetric armchairs and flowing forms. Add warmth and depth with textured, neutral-toned textiles.

‘Curved furniture is a trend that took off this past year, and we’ll continue to see this 60’s and 70’s-inspired trend in homes. These curvy pieces - whether it be a decorative mirror to a statement-making barrel back chair - soften a space and add a little fun,’ says Anna Franklin.

11. Maximalist rugs

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Dazzle from the floor up with a statement rug design exploding in technicolor pattern. Living room rug ideas can be real space-changers. Curate a maximalist living room with a more is more approach to decorating (adios minimalism), incorporating bold prints, bright shades and layers of luxe textures. A personality-bursting scheme will entertain all the senses.

‘We love strong rug designs and big colorful geometric patterns for a maximalist living room look. Think about adding statement accessories that share or contrast with the color of your rug for a unique aesthetic that will transform the home,’ says Tasha Green, director at Weaver Green (opens in new tab).

12. Dedicated spaces

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Chloe Jonason, interior stylist, predicts we will see a further move away from the open-plan living space in 2022: ‘A return to sectioned living areas rather than the open plan will be big this year. With people working from home more, there’ll be a need to create work stations, desk nooks, Zoom friendly areas, and relaxing spaces.'

Reflect on how you use your space and what you need to get from it. Learn how to arrange living room furniture to create a welcoming and functional area that can serve all its necessary purposes.

13. Holiday pastels

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Whilst we’ve been stuck in one spot, home trends inspired by sunny destinations in have been big – think pastel decorating ideas that make you think of the beach and the warmth.

‘Uplifting pastels reminiscent of holidays set the tone in this nurturing contemporary scheme, where on-trend curves and circular shapes cocoon and comfort. Soft and welcoming, with reflective chrome and spherical details, the mood is inviting and lighthearted - a place to kick back and relax,’ says Gisela Lancaster, buying manager at Sofology (opens in new tab).

For an easy and effective DIY decorating idea that ties in with this living room trends 2022, paint a wall arch to add a colorful, architectural element.

What are the furniture trends for 2022?

Interiors are continuing to get ahead of the curve (get it?) with fluid, rounded furniture in 2022.

Claire O'Brien, head of design, Splashback, explains, 'Seeking comfort in our homes and cocooning from the world is not a new trend, but this lifestyle choice has moved on a notch with our design preferences. From gently arched walls to shapely sofas and mirrors, it’s all about curves.'

She continues: 'Curves have an immediate empathy with nature and are a welcoming feature to any interior. They help us feel connected to our surroundings, making us feel warm and safe. These curvaceous forms can be seen in cabinets, headboards, sinks and a range of accessories as well as kitchen islands. Whether it be lozenge shapes, scalloped edges or purist circular motifs, adding the curve to an interior creates a sense of non-confrontational assertiveness.'

Is gray still in for 2022?

The experts atThe Paint Shed (opens in new tab)have analysed Google search data ofFarrow and Ball (opens in new tab)shades to predict which interior paint colors will be big in 2022 and whether gray living room ideas are still some of the best: 'Of course we wouldn’t be completely without grey, but it seems we are moving away from the lighter tones, preferred by home influencer Mrs Hinch (opens in new tab), and are opting for moodier, dramatic shades of this popular color.'

Farrow and Ball’s Railings (opens in new tab) receives 11,840 average monthly searches for example – Railings is a soft black which has undertones of blue, perfect for creating dramatic interiors.

FAQs

How can I decorate my living room 2022? ›

In 2022 we are seeing a resurgence of color, pattern and maximalist interior decorating trends. The key is to contrast bright colors with plenty of neutrals and natural materials, to avoid an overwhelming look.

What is the decorating trend for 2022? ›

For furniture design trends in 2022, look for curves, texture, and comfort. You'll see lots of curved chairs, sofas with gently sloping arms, and round poufs in velvet, linen, and nubby boucle fabrics. In addition to natural wood tones and vintage pieces, we'll also see a return of black accent pieces.

What Colours are in for living rooms 2022? ›

Green, grey, and navy are the most popular living room colours for 2022. New research by Swyft Home found that we are making bolder choices in our living spaces, embracing bright and rich shades, as well as some more unexpected colours.

What trend is replacing farmhouse? ›

Cottagecore. The new hot style that is on the rise is Cottagecore. According to an article published on realtor.com, “While slightly similar, this trend is replacing the popular modern farmhouse trend, which may be on its way out, according to designers.

What are the colors for 2022 home decor? ›

Every color of the year 2022 is either a green or a blue shade. Pantone, Behr & Dulux chose a blue 2022 color of the year. With Pantone opting for the most vibrant blue (and almost purple) shade. And Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and PPG chose a green color of the year 2022.

Is gray still in style for 2022? ›

Yes, while gray has seen an uninterrupted reign over recent paint trends, its reign may conclude in 2022. However, this shift is perhaps only expected in the interiors world, as Anthony Barzilay Freund, the editorial director at 1stDibs, explains.

What is the most popular color for a living room? ›

According to many interior designers, white is the most famous living room color of the year.

What is the new wall color for 2022? ›

October Mist by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore's pick for color of the year 2022 is a soft, silvery-green called October Mist 1495. This botanical shade mimics the pale green of a flower stem and serves as the foundation for the brand's larger 2022 color trends palette.

Which two colour combination is best for living room? ›

Purple and pink, teal with white, yellow with grey, yellow with blue, green with teal, and brown and white are some of the best color combinations for living room.

How do you renovate a living room on a budget? ›

Here are seven living room renovation ideas to consider when you're on a budget:
  1. Rearrange furniture.
  2. Add built-in bookshelves.
  3. Install or update wood floors.
  4. Refurnish the room.
  5. Take down walls.
  6. Freshen up the fireplace.
  7. Redo molding or trim.
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What is the new color for 2023? ›

Vining Ivy by Glidden

The color of the year 2023 from Glidden Paint by PPG works well with both contemporary and classic styles.

What is the most popular interior wall color? ›

As the reigning champion of interior paint, white is a color that transcends both time and decorating styles. White can make a room feel bright, fresh and up-to-date in settings ranging from modern to traditional.

What is the 2023 color of the year? ›

The paint company has selected—drum roll, please—Redend Point (SW-9081), a blush-beige suggestive of desert tones, as its 2023 Color of the Year.

Do you center a picture over a couch or wall? ›

When the couch isn't centered on a wall, center artwork over the couch, NOT the wall. If you center a piece (or grouping) on the wall, but the couch is off-centered, it will look out of balance.

When decorating a living room where do I start? ›

Start by rearranging the furniture to play with your living room's layout and change the way it looks. Get a few frames and upgrade your art wall decor using family photos, prints, and easy-to-find posters. Add greenery with house plants to elevate the space, and think about painting a wall or two to create more depth.

Is wallpaper on trend for 2022? ›

Wallpaper is a key trend for 2022, and the insatiable appetite from consumers doesn't look like abating any time soon. Whatever your taste, there are wallpaper ideas for everyone, from traditional florals and trompe l'oeil, to contemporary geometric and tropical patterns or animal motifs and architectural designs.

Are white cabinets going out of style 2022? ›

First, let's talk about white kitchen cabinets … these aren't going anywhere in 2022. A white kitchen is classic and never goes 'out of style'. It may not always be the current trend, but white kitchen cabinets are always beautiful. We'll also continue to see the two-tone cabinet color trend in 2022.

What is replacing shiplap in 2022? ›

Mark Our Words, This Design Trend Is the Shiplap of 2022

If the unfortunate fate of shiplap—and modern farmhouse as a whole—has taught us anything, it's that design is cyclical, and what's 'new' will eventually become 'cheugy. ' The latest architectural trend we're noticing everywhere? Doorway arches.

What is the most popular home decor style? ›

Traditional. By far the most popular design style, traditional is a mix of beautiful, timeless and well-defined elements, as shown in this kitchen from olive.

What color is replacing gray? ›

Brown is becoming a popular alternative to traditional neutrals. Interior designers told Insider that people are choosing brown color schemes over white and gray because they're inherently warm.

What is the most popular color in 2022? ›

Leading paint companies Benjamin Moore, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams all agree: 2022 is the year for gray-green. The sophisticated hue symbolizes balance and harmony often seen in the natural world.

What is the exact color of the year 2022? ›

PANTONE 17-3938 'Very Peri' is the color of the year for 2022. The color belongs to the blue family, containing a violet red undertone. The lovely violet-infused blue tone is already present in nature, in the form of vivid plumage and graceful lavender flowers.

Is brown furniture coming back 2022? ›

It's on our radar as one of the top trends for 2022, and we're seeing brown home decor pop up all over our social media feeds. This rich neutral brings a sense of warmth and familiarity at a time when we'll take all the comfort we can get.

Is beige back for 2022? ›

"Over the past few years, we've seen neutrals start to warm up and sustainability and organic living emerge as key design trends. This will culminate in 2022 with tones like taupes, beiges, biscuits, and mushrooms taking center stage, along with nature-inspired hues, particularly greens," says Wadden.

Are white walls still in for 2022? ›

White walls are pretty classic but are definitely still on trend. While dark, moody walls are very popular, white is the light and bright neutral option that is most on trend at the moment!

Is brown furniture coming back 2022? ›

It's on our radar as one of the top trends for 2022, and we're seeing brown home decor pop up all over our social media feeds. This rich neutral brings a sense of warmth and familiarity at a time when we'll take all the comfort we can get.

Are feature walls outdated UK? ›

'Although we still use them, we think feature walls in general are slowly becoming less prevalent, as people become more courageous and treat all of their walls instead of just one,' says Clarke. 'We encourage this, as it makes a real impact and can make a room feel more complete.

What trend is replacing farmhouse? ›

Cottagecore. The new hot style that is on the rise is Cottagecore. According to an article published on realtor.com, “While slightly similar, this trend is replacing the popular modern farmhouse trend, which may be on its way out, according to designers.

Is gray still in style for 2022? ›

Yes, while gray has seen an uninterrupted reign over recent paint trends, its reign may conclude in 2022. However, this shift is perhaps only expected in the interiors world, as Anthony Barzilay Freund, the editorial director at 1stDibs, explains.

Is white paint still in style 2022? ›

White paint offers a blank canvas for which we can make our own, and I predict white paint colors will continue to be a top choice for many in 2022." Nicole Gibbons of Clare paint expects the same.

Which wall should be the accent wall in a living room? ›

When choosing an accent wall, you'll want to pay attention to the room's dimensions. If you're decorating a long, narrow living room, for example, you'll want to choose the farthest short wall in the room to accent. This makes the wall feel closer and helps balance the shape of the room.

Is Chrome Coming Back in Style 2022? ›

Interior Design Trend: Chrome

Some mixed metals and others full-on embraced the silver shine. From coffee tables to dining tables to shelving to vases and other accessories. If you want to add a touch of trending decor in 2022, I highly suggest sprinkling in a couple of chrome pieces in your space.

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