There's been a boom going on in the home renovation market since the global pandemic hit. This week, as so many Australians are looking to renovate and plan an interior design project, I thought I would share an interior style guide for 2022 and my tips on how to best plan an interior styling project.
A perfect home starts by establishing a combination of decorating styles, accessories and homewares that reflect your personality and what is popular in terms of global interior style. If done well, it not only provides aesthetic appeal but can improve our mood and emotional wellbeing. It’s all about creating a space that feels inviting, relaxing and calm to YOU.
You might be thinking… “Where do I start? What are the different types of interior styles? How do I choose the one that works for me? I want to switch up my style, but I can’t decide which direction to go in.”
Interior style and design trends evolve over time much like fashion trends. However, while fashion can be quite transient, interior design styles tend to be more timeless with core styles that transcend time. These core styles are updated and renamed but can fit into the following main categories:
- Mid-century Modern
- Beach Style
You’ll see that the designer furniture and collections at Cranmore Home & Co fit into these core design styles. Coastal fits into Nautical and Beach style, Farmhouse is a combination of Traditional and Mediterranean, Vintage Inspired covers Eclectic and Contemporary covers Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Industrial and Minimalist.
Coastal / Nautical / Beach Style
Coastal design is defined by seaside elements and colours. It is all about bringing everything great about the beach into your home. Whether that is the natural textiles of timber, rattan and greenery or the calming coastal colours like whites and neutrals. Traditionally nautical incorporates references to sailing and can emulate the interior of a working, sailing ship. Hamptons is often categorised into Coastal interior style and embraces white as the key colour and usually a pop of blue or other accent colour.
Farmhouse / Traditional / Mediterranean
Farmhouse styling prioritises practicality, simplicity, and rustic charm. It is all about making a home feel inviting, reflecting the aesthetics of rural architecture. Think striped linen bedding matched with metal wall lights and a lovely big soft rug underfoot. Farmhouse style tends to also embrace modern comforts, creating a look that feels both cosy and stylish.
Vintage Inspired / Eclectic
Vintage inspired styling is just that, blending old and new, creating plenty of character and a unique aesthetic. You can create a vintage interior with new products if they have been inspired with designs and textiles from the good old days.
Contemporary interior design style is defined by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. It is a way of living with a timeless approach. Clean lines, minimal styling and modern colour palettes are all elements of a good contemporary style
Interior Style Guide 2022
When planning an interior styling project, start by putting together a mood board to understand which style you prefer. I’ve created a mood board of each design style for you to use as a guide (as pictured above).
During this process I recommend researching 2022 design trends and other style guides online to get a broad view of what’s happening within the industry. Here’s my curated list below:
Sustainability will be a major focus from organic fabrics to natural light and airflow through open-plan spaces. Be sure to look out for soft furnishings and other pieces that are created using eco-friendly materials.
Oversized table lamps or introducing multiple large lamps across the rooms of your home is another trend. Outdoor pendant lights are particularly popular when styled with rugs and timber furniture to make your courtyard, balcony or pergola feel like an internal living room. You’ll see large glass pendants as part of this trend which also provide a nod to more sustainable and natural materials being used.
Handmade, vintage-inspired pieces
Consider handmade pieces with a vintage/boho feel including tapestries for your wall, handcrafted vases and embroidered cushion covers. Textiles with contrasting and complementary textures will be big.
Rustic, curved, organic shapes
Rough and rustic, organic shapes will be everywhere including tables, sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and ottomans, headboards and dining chairs. You’ll even see rugs in round, oval and kidney shapes.
Darker, richer, walnut tones will take over from the lighter blonde woods that have featured in design trends for a few years now. These darker pieces work beautifully with the layered, moody interior vibes being seen across the globe signaling a move towards pre-loved, timeless, antique-style furniture.
Natural colour palette with pops of blue/purple
Colour is a big part of what makes up an interior design project and for 2022, the pantone colour of the year is a warm blue called Very Peri. It is said to blend the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red to introduce an empowering mix of newness.
Natural tones like rich muddy gumnut green will bring instant calm and a sense of serenity to your space and will be mixed with muted, organic tones such as raspberry, ochre, terracotta and olive green.
Dulux has introduced three palettes for 2022: Wonder is a selection of lilac, blue, rose and lemon pastels; Restore has comforting charcoal-purple, buttermilk, forest green and moss colours; and Flourish has cosy and reassuring colours like muted earth-based greens.
Find the special pieces you’ve identified
Lastly, to finalise your design process, you need to find the special pieces you’ve identified. You can spend some time online at Cranmore Home & Co or work with me through my signature Furniture Finder service. Together we create a master moodboard and then I source designer furniture from different retailers across Australia. As an interior designer and owner of Cranmore Home & Co. I am lucky enough to be able to pass on discounts from a number of suppliers, not just the ones featured on my website. If you’d like to work with me to bring your 2022 Interior Style Guide to life, then fill out this form.
I hope this guide inspires you and helps you with your interior styling journey.
To start the process and to find designer furniture in Australia visit our website for more information.