Interiors trends 2022: the looks heading into your home — from ‘pet architecture’ to emotional escape rooms

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Hellenistic revival: design with a nod to Ancient Greece   (Pinterest)
Hellenistic revival: design with a nod to Ancient Greece (Pinterest)

A tool in the armouries of interiors obsessives worldwide, Pinterest is well-known for its moodboard functionality — helping amateur and professional renovators imagine how colours and styling ideas might look together before committing.

This means it can tell what homewares people are lusting after before they take the plunge for real in their homes.

Now, the scrapbooking website has revealed its trend predictions for the coming year.

With previous predictions including the rise of “Japandi aesthetic” — Japanese design meets Scandi minimalism — and “neon rooms”, the site’s crystal ball is clearly functioning.

So what home upgrades will we all be making next year?

The new report reveals huge annual increases in home-related search terms for design features like “rage rooms” (pandemic stress, anyone?) and “biophilic architecture” tipping these among other trends to watch for 2022.

Pet-led interiors

Are you a pandemic-puppy parent and ready to change everything — including your home’s interiors — to suit your new addition with no expense spared? With “luxury dog rooms” one of the top interiors trends, rest assured you’re not alone.

Pets in mind: interiors designed around pets, think dog beds crafted from furniture and enviable cat houses (Pinterest)
Pets in mind: interiors designed around pets, think dog beds crafted from furniture and enviable cat houses (Pinterest)

It’s estimated 3.2 million UK households bought pets in the year to March 2021, so it’s hardly surprising that searches like “catify your home”, “cat house design”, “luxury dog room” and “dog beds made from furniture” have soared - with the report flagging pet-influenced interiors as a look to watch out for next year.

Let it all hang out

“Emotional escape rooms” are another trend-in the-making.

A space at home to escape to — to unwind or rage in — away from the eyes and eyes of the rest of the household. Dreamy.

Emotional escape rooms: spaces to rage or relax in (Pinterest)
Emotional escape rooms: spaces to rage or relax in (Pinterest)

Described in the report as “safe spaces for feels”, where else could be better to have a retreat than a designated room within the safety of your own home?

Biophilia

Elsewhere on the list of top trends to look out for next year are all things “biophilic” — plant-first design that increases a person’s connection to nature and enhances well-being, says Pinterest. Think staircase gardens, floral ceilings, living walls and ponds.

Biophilic: plant-first design that will boost a person’s connection to nature (Pinterest)
Biophilic: plant-first design that will boost a person’s connection to nature (Pinterest)

Upgrade your utility room

Luxury in the least-expected places comes next. Pinterest describe these nooks and crannies as "forgotten spaces that become conversation starters when you have guests over," so luxury bootility rooms - a cross between a boot room and a utility space - basements, gaming rooms or garages are expected to be among the top locations.

More than 700,000 people moved home in England and Wales in the year to March, according to the ONS. With so many pandemic movers having swapped the city for the countryside in a race for space post-lockdown, we’re certain there will be a fair few deciding they’re in dire need of a luxury boot room-utility upgrade in 2022 — or as soon as weekend pub walks take on a more Tough Mudder aesthetic.

Curve appeal: rounded sofas, desks, lamps (Pinterest)
Curve appeal: rounded sofas, desks, lamps (Pinterest)

The last two on the list of home trends are “curve appeal” - think curved home bars, pool decking and rounded sofas - and “Hellenistic revival”, taking inspiration from Ancient Greece with everything from Corinthian columns to Aphrodite-inspired, floral wallpapers.

Predictions made in previous years include eye-catching dinnerware, from coloured glassware to handmade plates, alongside Japandi and neon.

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