If I had one word, to sum up, my feelings as we move towards the end of the year and look forward to brighter horizons in 2022, it would be hope. Through recent years we have seen major upheavals in our lives. There have been devastating effects, which too many continue to deal with. But, there has also been an unusual amount of time to be still and think. To reflect on our surroundings. This includes reflection on our lifestyles, the environment, and how work must be balanced with life. In essence, how to do things better. More than ever these themes are influencing interior design. So, what are the three major trends to look out for whilst we move forward into 2022?
Rooms do not just need to look good, they need to be functional. Open plan living is a continuing trend, as well as the emphasis on being able to work, study and socialise at home. Remote working looks like a habit that will continue as businesses seek to economise on office space and employees seek more flexible working. So what does this mean for our Kitchens and Bathrooms?
They will have to work harder than ever before and be adaptable to different uses. Kitchens are continuing to evolve and are now the most multifunctional and used room of any house. With more people using the space, for multiple uses, and the desire for it to be open, designers are finding clever ways to add subtle features which cleverly partition the various ‘zones’. Minimalism is bunkering down for the long term and hot water taps are increasing in demand as people working at home need quick access to tea and coffee.
Bathrooms are increasingly providing us with the ability to escape from our busy lives; whether we’re working from home, or have little ones running around, we’re looking more and more at making our bathrooms serene, relaxing spaces. Neutral textures and colours, as well as steam rooms built into showers, all allow us to have a spa like experience at home.
Sustainability is less of a trend, as opposed to something that will simply be affecting our choices more than ever - we need to know where things come from and be asking ourselves how sustainable they are. Products are improving to reflect this and interior design is now increasingly having sustainability at its core.
Timeless design is more important than ever, with quality products that will stand up to use. Materials will reflect this and they will be purer and natural (see below), as opposed to being too polished or plastic.
For bathrooms, it is not just about saving water; though, V&B’s award-winning new ‘twist flush’ that saves over 19,000 litres a year is playing an important part in a key issue. Sustainable bathrooms are also about the lifespan of the products, cleaning that doesn’t use harsh chemicals and using materials that are ethical.
This involves wood. But not the type of wood that a first reading of the word might imply. Biophilic design stems from biophilia or, ‘the love of nature’. In essence, this involves incorporating nature into our indoor environments to create peaceful, calming atmospheres.
Exposed natural materials play a large role here, but so do natural light, greenery, colour, and fresh air. In particular, glass is becoming very important – floor to ceiling windows to reduce our barriers with nature, but also large lightbulbs, for example.
As we move forward into 2022 these three trends are certainly worth keeping an eye on as interior design evolves. In the end, though, the most important thing to remember is that it should represent who you are and what you consider important in your life.