New year, new me? How about new year, new interior design! If you’re looking for some home design inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the inside scoop on all things 2022 trends! From new technology to colours and blasts from the past, Tania Richardson, co-founder and CEO of Tomas Pearce Interior Design, explains what to expect.
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Here’s Tania Richardson’s Take on Interior Design Trends Ahead for the New Year
What are some of the biggest kitchen trends ahead for 2022?
A kitchen of the future will be larger and sleeker. Some of the main features we anticipate seeing more of is the introduction of a double island, or having two kitchens in one – a chef’s kitchen for preparing the food, and a kitchen for family gathering and dining. We also believe hardware on cabinet doors will become a thing of the past. If any, the hardware will be knurled with two-tone finishes.
Kitchens will be more functional and have new technology integrated into the design, including touchless and interactive appliances, as well as digital robot assistants who respond to commands. They will have spaces for stowing away large appliances like mixers and blenders, while other appliances, like coffee machines, will be built-in to the design for a sleeker and cleaner finish. Lighting is a huge part of kitchen design as we see more interactive lights built into drawers, cabinets, and pantries. Spotlights will also be used to create ambience and help set the mood in the kitchen.
Large walk-in pantries are becoming increasingly popular for their functionality. Pantries will feature lots of open shelving, glass partitions, and are customizable per each client’s needs.
Are there any specific colours, finishes or kitchen features that we can expect to see more of?
While kitchens will look sleeker and simpler overall, mixing materials will add depth and excitement to the design. We will see a range of cozy earth tones, or bright saturated coloured cabinetry such as cobalt blue and shades of green. Tabour wood, combined with unique textured materials like ribbed glass, and even glass metal-framed cabinets will also be popular.
Metals will continue to be popular in kitchens, especially black, bronze, and copper mixed with gold and nickel.
Kitchen islands will have rounded corners, which softens the look and makes it more unique. We may also see simple geometric lines, combined with architectural lighting to create ambience.
Glazed tiles are remerging as a popular option for the backsplash, and the same goes for mesh cabinetry door faces, as well as marble with dramatic seismic veining.
Are there any specific trends from the past that might be making a comeback next year?
As with all things design, periodic styles eventually find their way back. Retro 80’s design elements are being reimagined and integrated with technology. For example, tambour wood, which we have been seeing in paneling and furniture design, is also making a comeback and is here to stay. We are seeing modern furniture lines with traditional elements like caning.
You speak about biophilic design, line art, and the shift to focus on R&R when it comes to luxury design – how would you say these trends transcend beyond Canadian borders?
It’s safe to say that after the year we’ve had, the entire world is collectively re-evaluating their living spaces. Blurring the lines between the outdoors and interior of our homes most definitely transcends beyond our borders. Also, thanks to technology and globalization, design trends are now formed collectively and it’s common to see similar interests and trends worldwide.