9 of the Biggest Living Room Trends to Look Out For in 2022, According to Designers

published Nov 7, 2021
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No one can predict what the future will hold, but designers do have a pretty strong sense of what to expect when it comes to trends that will be making waves in living rooms come 2022. I spoke with nine design pros, who each chimed in regarding the looks and techniques you’ll definitely want to consider incorporating for an on-trend living space next year.

Curvy and organic-shaped furniture

“I think this is a natural evolution from the current mid-century modern revival trend that introduced us to iconic sinuous pieces such as Jacobsen’s Egg Chair. We are now going to see Vladimir Kagan-inspired curvilinear sofas.” —Designer Charles Almonte, founder of Charles Almonte Architecture and Interior Design in Silver Spring, Maryland

Multifunctional, airy spaces

“There’s been so much focus on health and well-being that I think our homes will continue to reflect that in the use of natural materials, plants — and, generally [designing] light and airy spaces. And, because we’ve been home more than ever before, multifunctional spaces are key to handling the myriad of activities we do at home these days.” —Designer Maryline Damour, principal at Damour Drake LLC in Kingston, New York

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Warm tones and accents

“I think people are really craving a sense of warmth and comfort in their homes at the moment, so we will continue to see the use of organic tones such as chocolate brown, camel, putty, ochre, and rust. Curating your space and adding additional small items makes the space personal, and layering textiles, furniture, and more helps keep the warmth.” —Zoe Feldman, principal designer and founder of Zoe Feldman Design in Washington, District of Columbia

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“Lived In” Finishes

“We are seeing a return to a more ‘lived in’ look: less stark living spaces with sharp lines and minimal accents and more layered patterns and rich hues for an inviting gathering spot.” —Amanda Louise Campbell, principal designer and founder of Amanda Louise Interiors in Greenville, South Carolina

Bringing the outdoors in with natural touches

“After being cooped up in our homes during the pandemic, I think we will see more of the ‘bringing the outdoors in’ concept. Large living room doors, windows, or panoramic doors will be a consideration for interior architects.” —Designer Charles Almonte

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Vintage furnishings

“I foresee vintage being a big trend in 2022! Vintage pieces make a space feel unique and homey. And with long lead times, vintage pieces offer not only environmentally friendly options (woo hoo!) but also often are a faster one, too.” —Designer Julia Newman Pedraza, founder of Julia Adele Design in Los Angeles, California

“We anticipate seeing a lot more vintage furniture being incorporated in 2022, given the current global supply chain issues. Production line delays and the subsequent prolonged lead times on furniture orders has driven consumers to turn to antiquing more than ever. We love and embrace this trend for many reasons (we are suckers for antiques!) but are most excited about its impact on sustainability.” Designer Melissa Lee, founder and creative director of Bespoke Only in New York City, New York

Modern retro decor

“After being in quarantine, people are taking more risks and looking for more fun in their homes. I am anticipating a boost of color with bold patterns from the ’70s mixed with modern clean lines to make it more contemporary. After all, history does repeat itself.” —Nichole Samuel, principal interior designer and owner at Goddess Interiors in New York City, New York


“Many of my clients are choosing to reupholster existing pieces rather than purchase new. Their decisions have been based on a variety of factors, including long procurement times due to supply chain issues, a desire to be more eco-friendly, and continuing to see traditional styles in a new light. When reupholstering, we’re replacing original linen and silk blend fabrics with high performance ones, which now come in a diverse range of fantastic options.” —Designer Michelle Tremont Boyd, founder of Michelle Tremont Design in Alexandria, Virginia

Upholstered chairs

“What I’m forecasting for a trend in living rooms next year are more upholstered chairs — not just upholstered in the body but also fully upholstered separated arms and legs. Chairs like these add a tailored look to any living room and in a fun color can be a good redux of what otherwise might feel a tad stuffy.” —Designer Clara Jung, principal at Banner Day Interiors in San Francisco