Updated: Mar 13
According to Better Homes & Gardens, there are eight points shaping the new trends for the new year:
Since every paint manufacturer has selected a shade of green as the number one choice of color for 2022, it is obvious that green is the most desirable color.
One reason for green comes from being confined for the last couple of years. We need to bring the outdoors in and green is the color of nature. When I designed my home 18 years ago, the entire home flows with sea colors: green, blue and aqua. But for some reason, I painted the gathering room an off white. White was always good, but off white was never in my personal color pallet. For most of a year, I sat in that room, watching TV, with my arms crossed over my chest. I called one of the painters and asked her to come paint that room and then went to Home Depot and selected a shade of green (no paint swatches, just picked one). I couldn't believe my eyes! The dark furniture popped, the white trim glowed, the outdoors poured into that huge room and I never felt uncomfortable in that room again. Ever!
2. Curved Lines
If you have been checking Pinterest lately, you will see lots of curved lines in furniture as well as arches and painted accents on walls. If you don't have any classic curves in doorways, etc., you can easily acquire the look with a simple can of paint and very little time.
3. Warm Neutrals
You can never go wrong with neutrals ... unless you have been craving pops of color since 2020.
4. Layers of Texture
There is nothing that creates warmed and adventure to a room design that to add layers of texture. You can do this with rugs, frames, comfy throws, lots of pillows.
5. Mixing Vintage and New
So many new designs are knock offs of vintage pieces, it is hard to distinguish between vintage and new ... except for one thing. Years ago, furniture was made far better that it is today by manufacturers. You may want to keep your vintage pieces authenic, especially when it comes to furniture.
6. Biophilic Design
The world we live in today is always coining new words. This design form, simply explains, that we need to be outdoors and are therefore bringing the outdoors in through the use of color (greens), materials (naturals woods and rattans) and, of course, plants. Not sure of the word, but the concept is superb!
7. Decline of the Home Office
I understand the concept. Those who have been working from home no longer want to be closed off from the rest of the home and family, and are choosing to create a work space within the living area. This can also be good for little ones. But some of us do need a separate space so consider this one your choice.
8. Shopping Locally
With the decline of reliable shipping and concern from overtaxing the environment, many people are choosing to shop locally, eliminating the need for distance shipping. Especially if you are someone who wants to touch and feel an item before you purchase it, you will find local markets to be exciting and quite bountiful, not to mention somewhat more economic. Shopping online is not for everyone, but stores are disappearing at an alarming rate and will probably continue to do so in the future. That's why markets such as Lakewood 400 Antiques Market are a great choice for your shopping experiences.
Now that we know what the professionals are forecasting for the new year let's talk about our own homes.
There has never been a homemaker who has not evaluated their home over the holidays. While we are doing everything we can to provide a warm home celebrating the season, wonderful meals and surprises for the family, we are constantly surveying our home. We may be just itching for a new look or something to brighten up the surrounding with which we have become so familiar and need a new look for 2022.
I have a habit of discovering items I don't have and think I need. One year it was a cranberry spoon for jellied cranberry sauce. This year a friend gave us luscious pink grapefruit and my vintage grapefruit spoons with the bamboo handles couldn't be found. New ones will be acquired in January. No doubt.
For 18 years now I have been quietly hating the incredible, large, round antique dining table I chose for my home when I designed and built it. I have always had a passion for farm tables. Will this be the year I bless someone with my round table and finally select one of the fabulous farm tables at Lakewood 400 Antiques Market? Bet on it.
And then there's new linens and nightstands for the bedroom ... hauling the old sofa to the dump ... moving the reading chairs to where the sofa was and setting a new grouping where the chairs were ...
That's what we do. We shop for ourselves in January to fill holes in our home decor. And then there's the cash my loving sweetheart gave me when he becomes a deer in the headlights when it comes to buying me a Christmas present. I've learned to live with that quite well, like the set of small copper ladles I gave him as a present (which was really for me). But there is something about that hard, cold cash that is constantly teasing me on my desk. Glad the Lakewood show is coming soon!
Jan Jones writes for Lakewood 400 Antiques Market and is the author of Finding Me: A Motivational Journey of Discovery for Young People available on Amazon and at www.3CatPress.com
Read more of Jan's Articles at janjones.design
All photos are from Pinterest. Sources: www.bhg.com and paint manufacturers