Home design is more important to many of us than ever before in the wake of a global pandemic. We’ve sheltered at home, now it’s time to upgrade our spaces. However, creating a cohesive interior design isn’t an easy feat.
Fortunately, trending designs can be cheap, sustainable, and efficient. All it takes are a few good ideas to get started. If you’re searching for inspiration, these six design trends are worth trying.
One of the most important trends of the modern era is minimalism. Minimalism consists of a less-is-more design approach that focuses on sleek angles, open spaces, and a reduction of clutter. The advantages of such an approach are many. These include:
- Simplified housekeeping
- Money saved on furniture and decor
- Reduced stress and more open space
But you might be wondering how to go about creating a minimalized space. To start, you’ll need to specify your goals and aesthetic and then align your choices from there. For example, you can minimalize your bathroom by installing a built-in medicine cabinet, perhaps behind a mirror where it can be incorporated into the natural lines of the room.
With minimalism, your home will feel bigger, brighter, and more comfortable.
Sustainability is trending not only in the design space but across just about every industry. That’s because efficient, green choices can mean money saved. With three-quarters of people interested in reducing their negative impact on the environment, sustainable interior design tips are worth trying in 2022.
To enhance the sustainability of your home, consider these tips:
- Install energy-efficient appliances
- Maximize natural light and heating
- Implement WaterSense-labeled toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines
From here, conserving resources is simple. As a result, you’ll save on your utility bills and reduce your impact on the environment at the same time.
Biophilic, or nature-loving, design elements are trending as a way to feel closer to nature in the comfort of your urban or suburban home. But how can you establish such a connection indoors?
There are many elements of biophilic design, all of which can be simply incorporated into a sustainable and comfortable home. Here are some examples:
- Upgrade windows and maximize natural lighting
- Incorporate natural textures (like wood)
- Add water features
These decoration tips can help brighten and naturalize a room. Paired with recycled materials, they can even add to the overall sustainability of your space.
Using vintage and reclaimed materials has become a compelling trend of 2022 design for several reasons. First, these items add character. Second, they conserve the resources that would otherwise be spent on creating a new item.
As you revitalize your space with a modern design, vintage can be exceptionally useful. Not only do reclaimed materials and furnishings typically cost less but they can also offer the charm you’re looking for.
Here are some tips for integrating recycled materials in your home:
- Buy furniture, doors, trim and more second-hand
- Complete DIY projects with recycled items
- Minimize waste in your design efforts with clean products and packaging
Focusing your interior design efforts around existing materials is a great way to modernize your home while reducing environmental impact. Fortunately, you’ll be able to find most of the materials you’ll need from local thrift stores, second-hand hardware shops, and the endless range of online marketplaces where DIYers can trade recycled goods.
Additionally, technology is another trending element of interior design. Smart home systems offer convenience and transparency in a home that can intersect with decor to create an ideal space. From smart lighting to smart thermostats, energy-efficient smart home strategies offer design benefits worth trying.
These are some tech-centered ways to elevate your smart home:
- Integrate smart lighting that adapts to your routine
- Use smart appliances that can self-adjust to maximize energy efficiency
- Consider electronic frames for cycling pictures and artwork
With the right approach smart technology can change your space for the better, adding convenience, personalization, and even greater sustainability.
Last but not least, privacy has become a dominant trend of 2022. That’s because many of us now complete much of our work and schooling from home. Families find themselves all together in the same space throughout the day with the popularity of remote work in the pandemic era. As a result, privacy has become a valuable feature of any home.
Incorporate more privacy with interior design through tips like the following:
- Add floating walls of thin paneling or plastic sheeting
- Use curtains to partition rooms
- Arrange bookshelves or build in compartments to create room dividers and work nooks
Tips like these can help you make the most of interior design in the pandemic era. Since so much of our focus these days is on creating more functional, sustainable home environments, these features all can elevate your home.
Consider these design trends from minimalism to privacy to add value to your space in 2022. By incorporating these elements, you can design the perfect home for your post-pandemic living requirements.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.