Grandmillennial style, pet-friendly furnishings, statement sofas, elevated offices, and nature-inspired palettes are trends to bookmark, say our experts.

As we begin this brand-new year, there's one question that's on everyone's mind: What's next? Trends might come and go faster than you can say "open-concept floor plan," but if the past two years have taught us anything, it's that so much can change seemingly overnight. If you're in need of proof, look no further than your own house. While quality time at home was once reserved for nights and weekends, many now treat their spaces as a multi-functional headquarters. (Not only is your home where you eat, sleep, and relax, but it also acts as your office, gym, and restaurant.)

To help offer some insight into what's to come in the world of home décor this year, we asked four interior designers about the trends they think will dominate in 2022. Their responses run the gamut between old and new: Some believe the formal offices and nature-inspired interiors of 2021 are here to stay, while others are partial to more luxe touches. But, no matter which trends pique your interest, it's safe to say your home is in for a bright, aesthetically-pleasing new year.

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Grandmillennial Décor

Though Ariel Orkin doesn't subscribe to the fleeting nature of trends, she is partial to grandmillennial phenomenon that is currently having a moment. For the New York-based designer, this is one trend that's showing no signs of slowing down. "I do think chintz, antiques, and trim will continue to grow in popularity among a younger set in 2022," she shares. "I'm really happy to see a younger generation embracing traditional design with a fresh twist." Nowadays, many brands are offering a fresh take on this style, however, Orkin says it's possible to find historic pieces on a budget. "Buy local and vintage," she shares. "If you follow your intuition and learn what you love, you start to collect things that inform your own personal style—versus following trends and then feeling like your home is dated a few years later." While scouring an estate sale is a great way to unearth a hidden gem, Orkin also favors online destinations like Chairish and 1st Dibs.

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Luxe Touches

For Taniya Nayak, 2022 will be all about home's little luxuries. "I'm adding chic statement pieces everywhere, from living rooms and bedrooms to laundry rooms and renovated basements," the designer shares. "By incorporating just a few luxe touches, you will spruce up a room and make your décor feel bright, shiny, and new. The good news is that there's more than one way to give your space some fancy flair. While Nayak is partial to velvet, metallic accents, and mirrored details, you can always create a wow factor with oversized accessories. "I personally love a big statement clock," she adds. "A statement mirror is another way to add a touch of sparkle and depth to any room."

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Pet-Friendly Furnishings

Why limit the little luxuries to the humans in your home? Nayak says pet-focused décor—which she lovingly refers to as "barkitecture"—is poised to make a splash in 2022. "People want to treat their pets, but in a way that's not disruptive to their décor," she shares. "Pets are part of the family, and now it's easy to give them something comfortable to lounge in that's also stylish." And, similar to your own luxurious touches, "barkitecture" can be tailored to fit your space, needs, and budget. "Incorporate pieces into your home that are inspired by your pet, such as a fun wall organizer that's perfect for hanging leashes and collars," Nayak adds. "Of course, 'barkitecture' should also include chic accessories for your furry friends."

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Eye-Catching Couches

Come 2022, Erin Gates gives you full permission to redefine the phrase "sitting pretty" with a colorful (and smile-inducing) sofa. "After years of neutral sofas, I think we're going to see people taking more risks with fabrics and colors," the New England-based designer explains. "People are investing in their homes seriously these days by making sure they are decorated in a way that makes them feel good—so committing to patterns and colors people love instead of defaulting to neutrals to be 'safe' will be much more popular." This budding trend is all about making a statement, so don't be afraid to embrace your bold streak. While your space and design taste guide your final decision, jewel-toned velvets, bold stripes, and whimsical florals are all modern-day favorites.

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Sophisticated Studies

When shelter-in-place orders went into effect in 2020, many homeowners haphazardly converted their closets, guest bedrooms, or empty corners into a home office. Two years later—with remote work still very much so a part of our reality—more and more people are making the home office a permanent fixture. "[The ongoing pandemic] has taught us a lot about how we need our homes to function, and a dedicated workspace with a door that can separate work from home, when both are in the same place, is essential now," Gates says. "Turning a spare bedroom (or even closet) into a functioning office is something we're seeing a lot of people do these days." Of course, the study doesn't have to be all business. Gates says it's a great opportunity to experiment with wallpaper, bolder colors, and inspiring window treatments. Best of all, you don't need to have unlimited square feet to embrace this trend. "Really assess your home and how it functions and how you can carve out a dedicated workspace for yourself," she says. "If there aren't any extra rooms or closets, try investing in a beautiful secretary that you can close up at night."

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Earthy Touches

After spending so much time in the great outdoors, it's only fitting that we bring Mother Nature's influence inside. "For 2022, we are loving earthy palettes for the home," shares Cortney Bishop. "We're taking our favorite earth tones and mixing them with our favorite patterns." Admittedly, nature-based tones have been having a moment throughout 2021; however, the South Carolina-based says we'll see a shift in how we use those soothing green and brown hues. "Layering and mixing patterns creates an inviting, warm ambience in your space," she explains. Whether you experiment with various prints or incorporate a few plush textures, one thing's for sure: the final result will be oh-so-cozy.


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