Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2022

Lockdown made interior designers out of many of us, with research from Audley Villages finding that 42% of the UK revamped their home while we stayed at home.

The newfound interior designers took steps such as giving their walls a fresh lick of paint (67%), updating curtains, rugs or upholstery (37%)buying new furniture (30%) and changing the lighting (27%).

As the end of the year fast approaches, those who’ve been bitten by the interior design bug are looking for new inspiration on how to update their living spaces going in to the new year. This can appeal even more to older people looking to downsize to a modern property after generations living in the family home.

Jen Bernard, Founder and Managing Director of Bernard interiors has shared her top five trends for home décor for going in to 2022, where reconnecting to nature and a focus on colours are the standout themes.

Cosy fabrics

Cosy fabrics

Cosy fabrics such as bouclé and shearling are perfect for bringing warmth and texture to a space. They are hard-wearing but also soft, making them perfect for a variety of applications from furniture to cushions. The bouclé trend is definitely here to stay and there are a lot of affordable pieces available from high street retailers such as Zara Home at the moment, and searches for 'boucle chairs' skyrocketing on Google.

Seventies style

Warmer shades bring comfort to our homes in the cold and dark Autumn / Winter months. The 1970’s colour palette including rich mustard, orange and burgundy tones bring a ‘fireside feel’ to the home. Geometric patterns inspired by the 1970’s also bring character and interest to any interior. These retro colours and patterns can be introduced into the home through scatter cushions, rugs or decorative accessories.

The Spanish vibe featured in our travel-inspired decor ideas uses rich orange tones

Seventies decor
Cheerful pastels

Cheerful pastels

Trend forecasting and colour consultancy, Pantone, recently unveiled a range of cheerful pastels as their Spring/Summer colour trends for 2022. The colours ‘fuse our deep connection to nature and the need for comfort and functionality.’

Farrow & Ball have also predicted a number of pastel shades that will be popular in 2022, including ‘Breakfast Room Green’ and ‘Stone Blue’. These chalky shades are crisp and refreshing, boosting feelings of positivity and wellbeing.


The maximalist interior style where more is more has been trending for a few years, however, it’s bigger than ever at the moment. Channelling the free-spirited essence of the celebrated Bloomsbury artists, the trend includes ruffles, fringing, tassels, bold colours and vibrant prints! The perfect style for bringing playful details into your home in 2022.

Maximalist decor in a room
Natural materials

Natural materials

The importance of reconnecting with nature has been highlighted throughout the pandemic. As a result, we are seeing lots of sustainable and natural materials being used within interior schemes.

Sisal, jute, rattan, wicker and bamboo are very versatile and can be used in many different forms to bring a fresh and organic feel.

Read more interior design tips from the Audley team and our expert, Jen Bernard. Be inspired with seasonal trends and timeless designs.