And just like that…our final 2022 trend prediction post. I had to say it once:) This one is probably my favorite since my dream kitchen and primary suite are still a few years away (HA). So diving into my saved folders on Instagram and Pinterest, browsing other design sites and designer’s portfolios, I get to connect the trend dots to see if there are any that might work in my little abode (and in yours of course). This year might be one of the most fun years yet because of the style varieties and general playfulness. I think we can all agree that we will take playfulness and fun as much as we can in this year. To the trends!
Colorful Dining Room Tables
I have lots of fun memories of sitting around the dinner table. You know like negotiating with my parents on how many green beans I had to eat before I could get up from the table (we usually settled on three). But despite all the happy memories, having a colorful dining table was not one of them and after looking at these photos I wish it had been.
We’ve all seen the poorly painted tables of college yesteryear but this isn’t that. This is prettier (and higher quality). Adding a brightly colored dining table to an otherwise neutral dining room keeps popping up on my feed and it feels like a breath of fresh air. It says “I’m grown up but know how to have fun still.” I think that should be everyone’s goal…unless you have zero intention of wanting to have any fun (boring).
But hey, I can appreciate being not totally ready to go full color. If that’s the case then dining tables (or a dining table as a desk) with colorful legs could be the answer. A toe (or leg) dip in the pond if you will. Oh and if you’ve ever wondered what the drummer of the Arctic Monkeys dining table looked like, it’s that super cool one on the left.
Dramatic Canopy Beds
Ok, most canopy beds are pretty dramatic but what’s been coming up feels just a tad more so. Like a theatre major that also got their master’s degree. I love the one above by, you guessed it, Beata Heuman. The actual bed is just a normal bed! So to kick it up to maybe even a Ph.D. level, she created a whole (and very elegant) canopy situation from her ceiling. It makes the room look super tall, and perfectly balances a modern-traditional mix.
Gimme that drama, gimme that pattern play. I love the absolute boldness of the cabana stripe and color that Sophie Ashby chose for her stepdaughter’s room. It’s so dreamy and structured yet looks a bit oversized which I think is my favorite part.
How do y’all feel about big dramatic canopy beds? Next question, did you love building indoor forts when you were little?? Same vibes.
Extra Long Ceiling Lights
OOO baby there is actually nothing I love more than a beautiful, chic, and relatively impractical design choice/trend. Welcome to the “Extra Long Ceiling Lights” portion of this design program. When I first saw these lights above, I immediately was like, “how can I get one?!” I won’t be getting one for now (I’m sure they are quite expensive) but I think if you don’t have young kids and 20/20 vision (aka no crash collisions) and you love this look – DO IT FOR ME. And hey, those might be able to be adjusted so they lift up for when people are over.
We see this a lot, right? Designers take normal decor pieces and play with the proportions. I think it’s so fun because actually reinventing the wheel is veeeery hard to do. So if you come over to my future dream home and bump into a ceiling light, sorry in advance:)
Ah it’s so beautiful. Okay, onto the next.
Extra Tall Table Lamps (Or Floor Lamps On Tables)
Another kinda crazy idea that I like A LOT and have been seeing more and more of! Actually, when Dabito put his new Jungalow x Target floor lamp on his credenza, I immediately tried it (except I don’t have a credenza and it was a small side table). It just looks cool and super unexpected.
Look how cool this lamp looks on this side table by Kellie Brown. Both this and the Jungalow lamps work at a higher height is that they both have “shades” that block any glaring light bulb action. Remember that if you want your floor lamp to reach new levels.
The lamp on the left is a classic oversized table lamp from Ferm Living that I am very into. Then the one on the right might actually be a very fun floor lamp but gives the same oversized table lamp illusion. How cool is it?!
The “It” Mirror Mirror
I feel very confident with this prediction. Not only because I’ve seen it everywhere (that will be evident soon) but Emily Henderson herself loves them and bought one when we were all vintage shopping together in Long Beach last summer. Side note: Emily thought this design was Tramp Art but according to a commenter it isn’t. Does anyone know the official name?
This is it! It’s beautiful, unique, and just the right amount of decorative. Simple but special, you know? 🙂
They clearly add the perfect amount of contrast and vintage to a wallpapered bathroom. Exhibit A and B.
Or in a bathroom with the coolest pedestal sink I’ve ever seen. Also, Kennesha Poe-Buycks of Restoration House and Cassandra Lavalle of Coco Kelley put together this gallery wall with you guessed it, a VERY cute and little mirror.
The final piece for this trend solidifying itself is that Studio McGee designed a modern burl wood option that is on sale now at Target. I rest my case.
Mushrooms aren’t just for babies and Gen Z (although they are loving them too). Em has loved a mushroom motif in design for a long time. They add whimsy and are super fun. That is obvious when you look at the room above. Somehow that stool is both chic and playful. The dream.
These cuties are actually a DIY by Tracey Hairston and are a much more affordable option to the ones on the market. Yes, mushroom stools can get VERY pricey.
But like I said the kiddos love them too and this is a sweet classic version (that’s also maybe a table lamp). This room is incredible in every way (also check out that canopy) but the mushroom really helps to make it feel less serious:)
Gen Z is generally killing it in the whimsy and playful category. So mushroom decor makes A LOT of sense. I guess we’ll see if they eventually trade them in for more neutral options in the future.
Castle Chic – Wrought Iron Elegance
This one is close to my heart because I have fallen hard for this trend. On my balcony, a little on the patio, and for my living I might have found the coolest $6 iron candelabra there ever was from a thrift shop in Chicago. Sorry for the tease:)
Anyway, while the trend is all things wrought iron (but simple and more on the organic side), candle holders are at the heart. Look at those beauts above!
This isn’t your parent’s decorative wrought iron wall sculpture (sorry mom and dad). This is the traditional yet special sculptural moment that really makes a statement. Think how much more awesome that standing candelabra would look with tall candles?!
High-end designers have really leaned into this trend. Remember this stunning piece from the home Jane Hallworth designed??
Then Tali Roth has stolen my heart with those sconces and chairs. It makes the space come to life.
For furniture, the “iron wave” is super in. Everyone from Athena Calderone, to Nate and Jeremiah (no last names needed), to Nicholas Obeid, Tali Roth to only name a few. So next time you are out vintage shopping, keep those eyes sharp.
Disco Balls (But Big Ones)
When we all looked at this home tour last year we were stunned by that huge disco ball. It’s incredible. We then of course started to see more and it made us all real happy. But the trend here is the size.
Sure these sizes aren’t the easiest to find (because smaller disco balls have absolutely been happening). But if you see a bigger one that’s affordable grab it! It’s going to be literally big this year. Em wanted to give her opinion on some of these trends, so here she is. Emily Henderson, everybody:
Nothing says “sexy” like a flat beige bedspread and yet we are all pretty into this less fluffy look. There is a level of non-fuss utilitarianism that we love visually, although I (Emily) do not want to sleep in this bed. Ever. The vibe is purposefully off-putting, not meant to be inviting and warm and for that, I’m attracted to it – like a teenage boyfriend who plays hard to get. There is a tension in the non-attraction, and we appreciate the inversion of boldness.
It’s earthy, yet flat. Warm yet COLD. A bed I love to look at and jump on, but maybe not snuggle into. This is an obvious rejection of the triple-layered duvet fluff look of the last ten years, and we appreciate the shift visually, but I prefer comfort at all costs.
Well, fine… so pretty and simple. These feel warmer and like there is some comfort underneath these secret linen layers. I love the idea of the fluff beneath the flat.
Here we go. A broken stripe (check), blue and white (check) hits of mustard (check), and moody AF (check). This room is wildly inviting even without a fluffy feather in sight. The key to this look, regardless of pattern or color, is to have it fall onto the floor and spread out like wings. It’s a lot of restrained drama.
One more to prove that you can have a bedspread over a comfortable duvet. It’s a ‘get the look’ and a ‘get the comfort’ that we approve of.
Medium (And Reddish) Toned Wood
After years of light Scandinavian woods, we are delighted that there is a shift towards not only darker but even redder toned woods. I think like anything there is a saturation point and while white oak and the likes fit certain houses so well (mine, my brother’s, the mountain house) this shift broadens the options and just allows for deeper tones in the home, should you crave it.
While the straight-up mid-century retro look is not having a moment, we are seeing a return of the more orange teak like the cabinet above. There is a bold warmth to it that can help offset light tones (like the floor). And there is a rebelliousness that says ‘I’m still into mid-century’, which we stand behind.
We love all good quality wood (preferred less shiny) so it’s nice to see more red and warm tones gracing our internets.
While the years of White Oak and Ash aren’t over, we are excited to see more wood grains joining the table (wink).
Mini Shelf Gallery Wall
This is a case of the power of repetition. Are you a gallery wall or an art installation? Either way, it’s elevating or giving a lot of attention to the object that it holds up and we like this intentional eye grab. It adds far more dimension than a gallery wall, but still with a looseness that allows for creative freedom.
There is something really simple, but powerful about doing the same object on the same shelf over and over and over, or hell odd objects on different shelves. I suppose the boldness of drilling into your walls so many times makes us feel uncomfortable in a really good way. Respect.
Tonal Wall To Wall Carpet And Upholstered Furniture
Curtains are matching your carpet again, but this time we have a new player – the furniture. We love this tonal look of the wall-to-wall going now up the bed and onto the bedding. It’s soothing and strong. We don’t mind it at all over here.
Both of these are such incredible examples of restraint that also requires some boldness (wall to wall carpet). I LOVE this look and will absolutely employ it in the farmhouse. It makes the room look bigger, your eye is stopped less on the ground and instead raised up high towards the real focal point – the wallpaper.
YES. This tonal blue and chartreuse look is magically soothing. The floor melds into the bed and invites you in. It’s not dissimilar to the mountain house kitchen where the wood flooring was the same as the cabinetry, creating a seamless horizontal then vertical look. I’m VERY into this and want to do this in our bedroom.
SOLD (on this idea). How soothing is this combination of fabrics in that incredible green color? Jess found this image, but I want it to inspire our family media room (but with a more comfortable sofa). It’s like a uniform for your house – done so very well.
So there they are! What do you think? Inspired? Rolling your eyes? 🙂 Let’s chat!
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