The new look

What does the new year hold for our homes? Here’s a look at trends for 2022


Retro is never not on trend, but for 2022 there’s a look towards the clean lines of 1960s modernism. Think teak furniture, coloured glass objects, angular lamps and geometric patterns. Danish design brand Hübsch, formed in 2010 by Flemming Hussak, Jannie Krüger and Daniel Henriksen, has a retro aesthetic with a contemporary feel, with its stylish glass accessories, crafted wooden furniture and Scandi simplicity.


Throws, cushions and upholstery in a variety of textures add a patina to an interior that will counteract and soften starker elements or angular furniture. Linens, wools, crinkled cottons and fringing will all create a warm feel, while mixing and layering different textiles adds visual depth. Rugs in seagrass or sisal will complement shearling accessories, and linens in saturated hues create depth and contrast.


This is much more than just a trend, and combining creativity with sustainability is a focus for the future. Hadeda’s Malawi cane furniture is all woven and built by hand. Every piece in the collection of chairs, love seats, loungers, tables and headboards is a one-off, woven ethically and by skilled craftsmen. The cane and rattan look is still going strong, with caning on cupboards and cabinets proving another strong look for 2022.


Everybody is bored of navy, weary of inky greys and tired of pale grey. White walls are looking very fresh and appealing right now, especially when combined with other trends including plants and teak furniture. But it’s not as simple as you might think. Builders’ brilliant white is a definite no, and finding the exact shade for your space will require countless tester pots that may look incredibly similar but are in fact worlds apart. The wrong white is definitely not a trend for 2022.


Living with plants has been a trend for some time, and it’s not going away. Plants improve your indoor air quality, they’re sustainable and plastic-free, and they invite emotional investment too. Note that we’re only talking about real plants here: faux is definitely not a good look for plastic-free 2022. This year, it’s the bigger, the better when it comes to plants.


Rounded edges give furniture elegance and a softness that’s very 2022. Turned wood chairs, curved sofas and rounded corners on tables and cabinets create a luxe elegance that’s very zeitgeisty. And in the same vein, round mirrors aren’t going away, while circular lamps and objects add to the soft look. Scalloping on rugs and throws is another growing trend.


Kitchens have been blue for several years now, but the standard is changing and 2022’s hottest kitchens are green. Alongside a focus on sustainable living, and in a leafy, plant-filled environment, green-painted kitchen units and cabinets look contemporary and stylish. Green tiles and green floors are also gaining popularity, though perhaps not all at once.