Arguably the most exciting part of being a homeowner — or apartment renter — is getting the opportunity to decorate and design a living space that truly encapsulates who you are. If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times — during the pandemic our homes became the nucleus of our lives, and they still play that role today. So, whether you prefer muted monochrome and minimalist elegance, or bold patterns and funky colors, how you design your space will reflect the way you are feeling and set the stage for your well-being.
But, decorating your home can feel very intimidating, especially if you’re hoping to design a space that will stay in trend & bring that sense of come today & for years to come. Fortunately, there are plenty of style gurus and home design experts out there who are willing to share their design tips and tricks. We’ve rounded up our favorite interior design trends and recommendations for 2022:
Pick A Color Scheme
Regardless of how you describe your style, one thing that remains consistent for everyone decorating their home is to start by choosing a color scheme. Having a color scheme in mind right from the start will make choosing the details, like artwork and other decor pieces, much easier.
As we begin to spend more time at home — whether it’s working from home, hosting small, intimate gatherings, or just adjusting to life post-pandemic (ish), we’re looking for an aura that feels warm, welcoming, and comfortable (as opposed to the chaos that the pandemic ensued). As a result, we have seen that nature-inspired Earth tones are at the forefront of color trends this year. Muted greens, warm browns, and calming creams are taking over a variety of creative spaces, including the interior design space.
Opt For Timeless Trends Instead Of Dated Statements
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than walking into your home and realizing every piece of decor you once thought was in style now feels a bit dated and out of place. So, if you’re choosing to revamp and redesign any of your living spaces this season, keep in mind what styles are jaded and consider more inspiring decors instead. For example, gone are the days of classic farmhouse-inspired decor (and all-white minimalism). Instead, consider leaning into the modern artisan style, guided by natural patterns and colors. Check out this list of other dated design trends (and what to try instead) from Real Home.
Accent With Accessories You Love
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: invest in accessories that you truly love. Even the seemingly small things like a piece of artwork, pottery or a decorative lamp can elevate a room’s elegance and aesthetic. If you take the time to truly think about what you want to decorate your space with — how you want the pieces to make you feel and what the pieces should look like — you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own personal oasis every time you enter the room.
At Folden Lane, we believe deeply in the Japanese design approach of Wabi Sabi which states that, “A house can be designed and calculated, but a home should embody the spirit of those who live in it. We celebrate and showcase a home's imperfections,” says Folden Lane founder Ben Spivack.
So, we encourage you to look toward your own personal experiences when choosing decor for your home. Pick out a few pieces that stand out to you while you’re traveling, or dig deep into those family heirlooms that have been sitting around waiting to be displayed in a place of honor again. The more personal, the better in our opinion!
But, even though you want these items to feel personal and unique to you, (instead, the person should celebrate themselves – wabi sabi – whatever brings them warmth, joy, comfort. At the end of the day the thing that matters most is YOU & your happiness. Who cares if it’s not on trend? According to Vogue, the biggest decor trends this year once again lean into the idea of connecting with nature despite being confined to our homes. Textiles like stoneware, terracotta, and marble are the frontrunners in decor trends currently.
Choose Your Storage Bins Wisely
It’s undeniable that some household accessories are chosen more for function than for aesthetic purposes. Things like storage bins and other organizers are necessary when decorating your space. But, they don’t always have to be an eyesore. This year, ditch the cheap plastic bins and unsightly countertop organizers and opt for our customizable vegan leather storage bins instead.
True to trend, the Folden Lane storage bins perfectly encapsulate the idea of connecting with nature from inside the home. These bins are elegantly handcrafted with luxe, responsibly-sourced materials.Complete with dividers and labeling toolkits, these bins can be completely customized to fit your unique storage needs. Plus, choose from four different earthy, calming colors to elevate the decor of your space while keeping you beautifully organized.
Invest In Good Lighting
Last year, when suggesting tips on how to elevate your home office space, one thing we pointed out was to pay attention to the lighting in your space — and that’s still true today. Because technical things like lighting so often get overlooked, it’s easy to ignore just how much of an impact it can have on the design and aesthetic of your home. Whether you’re looking to build a serene and calming atmosphere with warm lighting and lots of candles, or you’re trying to brighten up the space with as much natural light as possible, investing in good lighting can dramatically change the feel and atmosphere of your home.