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Interior Design Trends and Predictions Fall 2022

Michelle Jackson has studied art and interior design since 1983. She attended design school and has worked as an artist/visual artist.

Interior Design in 2022

The last few years have seen a dramatic shift in interior design trends. We went from white everything to a more personalized colorful pallet. It's the end of Farmhouse decor (unless you live in a Farmhouse). Jewel tones, velvet, wallpaper and bold color are the current design direction. This shift in thinking and life style has given birth to all new trends in creative living and design. People are finding their personal style. Let us explore the current trends and what is coming up in interior design.

Dark Academia

Beautifully done dark Academia room by Catherine Bronte

Beautifully done dark Academia room by Catherine Bronte

One of Ralph Lauren's many homes.

One of Ralph Lauren's many homes.

Dark Acedamia

Starting off strong we have Dark Academia taking the internet by storm. Built in book cases full of curated objects, dark moody wall color, intricate molding (walls and trim) and furniture that looks like it walked out of a college professors home are staples of this Dark Academia style. While many people may think this is a new style, Ralph Lauren has been doing this for decades. In my mind Lauren has perfected Dark Academia. While Laurens style might lend itself more to an air of English Equestrian estate, it's the same elements as Dark Academia.

Whatever the inspiration, I appreciate the intelligence behind the Dark Academia design movement. The intriguing essence of old English architecture mixed with books, random objects and comfortable yet beautiful furniture creates a mood that makes you want to sit in a chair and read about Faulkner. This style has been around for a long time and I'm hoping it sticks.

Grand Millennial

Grand millennial dining room.

Grand millennial dining room.

Grand (Gram) Millennial Style

Recently Grand Millennial or Gram Millennial has popped up in trends everywhere from Architectural Digest to TikTok. It seems like there is always a style that is trending to the super eclectic taste. Right now that eclectic style is grand millennial. Imagine if you designed your entire house by shopping the houses of your elder relatives mixed with some modern pieces that you picked up, throw in a mix of patterns and you have grand millennial.

The grand millennial style embraces the sentimental value of objects and lovingly gives them a new status in the home. It might seem like a thrown together thrifted style, however this is intentional. The mix of objects creates a story and juxtaposition that feels like home. Grand millennial also does something you won't see in other trends and that it that it presents objects as is without the tedious up cycling (Although some people are still painting furniture).

Maximalism

Maximalist living room with an edge.

Maximalist living room with an edge.

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Maximalism

Maximalism happened in response to stark minimalism. The post pandemic behavior of people, created Maximalism as an outlet for creativity following months of living in mostly white designed homes. if you took the most interesting items you've ever found and Organize them into a room in a "no holds barred" kind of way, you would have Maximalism.

When Maximalism is properly executed it creates almost a rich exquisite feel to a room. It's not creative hoarding, Maximalism is curating objects and presenting them artistically. In the photo above we see an art wall that is completed using all black frames. This is an organized display of art. There's order in Maximalism and knowing when to stop collecting is what separates the style from hoarding.


Bohemian (Boho)

Bohemian Design Living Room

Bohemian Design Living Room

Boho Bedroom

Boho Bedroom

Bohemian Design

Bohemians were artists in Paris during the 19th century who were literally thought to be from Bohemia. I only mention that because in modern society we think of Boho as a hippie movement. Boho is a common term used to express a earthy artistic design aesthetic. Currently you'll see Boho used to describe a room that uses natural furniture materials such as rattan or bamboo, house plants, colorful ethnic art, and art created from natural materials. At it's heart, Boho is a hippie vibe that envelops the idea of spiritualism in design.
As a movement we are seeing more people go to an off the grid living style that lends itself to Boho style rooms. the beauty of boho style is that it works with nature and literally can be accomplished in any area. My personal favorite is a desert boho style that incorporates native elements. If you feel like you are a free spirit this might be your style.

Hamptons Style

Hamptons Style

Hamptons Style

Hamptons Style

Design has had an obsession with the upscale yet casual style of Hamptons Decor for as long as I can remember. Based on the wealthy vacation homes in the Hamptons this style is a little costal casual mixed with leftover tuscan design from the early 2000's with a tiny bit of academia. Basically it's Pottery Barn style. If you are looking to transition out of farmhouse style Hampton style is probably not a bad decision.

Hamptons is a lot of white mixed with dark (usually blue) accents, handmade pottery (terra cotta, earthenware), light wood furniture, sparse use of pattern, and lots of natural light.
Hamptons style is another one that Ralph Lauren has perfected. His Hamptons classic style is a great inspiration. The trick to Hamptons style is the use of casual yet durable materials mixed with subtle accessories.
The great thing about Hamptons style is that you don't need strong architecture to pull it off. You can create the Hamptons style in a very plain white box room. If there is a down side to this style isn't the white furniture. Any mom can attest to the white couch and toddler reality. Choose wisely.

Danish Modern

Blush colored Danish Modern furniture.

Blush colored Danish Modern furniture.

Danish Modern (80's pastel reboot)

The word vintage is loosely used to describe lots of things and if you are from Generation X the thought of 80's pastels rebooting into design might make you cringe. However, here comes the an updated Danish design. We are about to see the full blown onslaught of 80's Danish. If we are honest places like Target have been skirting this design for a while selling decor items that have gold metal legs and accessories with clean lines.
If you were on team gray for the last few years, transitioning into Danish Modern won't require much of a change. It's clean lines, practical no frills style make Danish modern an easy look to create. in the picture above the velvet furniture is paired with a bold wallpaper that absolutely could have fit into the 1980's. You should start to see this design come into main stream during the fall of 2022.

Closing Thoughts

As the old saying goes everything that's old is new again. Finding one's personal style is a journey. If the in thing doesn't appeal to you then just keep looking. Eventually you will happen upon the style that speaks to your heart. Like clothing, once you find your style you just need a refresher every so often to keep your environment from feeling dated. Until next time... Happy Decorating!

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