Our homes should be a sanctuary, and with the past two years resulting in us spending more time at home than ever before, it’s no wonder that we’re keen to make our homes as beautiful and comfortable as possible. From the growing importance of sustainability to organic elements, colour combinations and uniqueness, 2022 offers up a range of interior design options – here are a few of the essential practices you should consider incorporating into your own property this year that will help you make your home stylish and elegant but still unique to your taste.
Homeowners often feel like creating a perfectly symmetrical space will result in better interior design, but it isn’t always the case and sometimes, it can simply make the space feel formulaic and bland. Instead, opt for balance rather than symmetry. Play around with mismatched pieces, off-centre wall hangings and contrasting textures that add personality and interest to your home. Asymmetrical elements add intrigue and give visitors more to explore.
Combine basics with luxury
There are certain items in the home that are essentials, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be infused with elegance and style to elevate your home overall. For example, handmade luxury dining chairs can transform a dining room from bland and uninteresting to something special and a place you want to spend time in. When you’re designing a room, think about the ways in which you can upgrade staples and essential items to give them a luxurious edge.
Plan thoroughfares with purpose
A common interior design mistake that homeowners make is trying to include too much furniture into a space without thinking about how people can move around easily. It can make a room feel too cluttered and uncomfortable. Consider where the most frequently-used thoroughfares are in your home and allow for plenty of space – at least 90cm in width – so that two people can pass each other comfortably. It will make the layout feel more purposeful and considered.
Get creative with texture
Leather, wood, wool, metal…there are so many textural elements you can choose for a room and combining them can add interest and fun to a room. Don’t feel as though you have to match materials rigidly in order for a room to look cohesive and styled, as the opposite can still look elegant if it’s done with intention. Pair wooden shelving with rustic ceramic pieces, for example, or a glass coffee table over a shaggy wool rug for a cosy and inviting look.
Size up on furniture items
Once you’ve decided on the furniture you want or need in the room, consider the scale. Too often, we choose items that are too small for the size of the space, and it can leave the room looking empty or unfinished. In a large, spacious and bright room, you need a large sofa and footstool to match. Even a small room should have one large-scale statement piece that serves as the central focus of the space. The balance between large and small items creates a cohesive and visually appealing look.
Colour block for impact
Colour is an important element of interior design but it’s also one of the most difficult to get right. Colour blocking can be a great way to add colour into your home in an easy but impactful way, and it gives your room a fun twist on the more traditional colour schemes or wallpaper. You might go for a statement wall in a solid colour, add geometric shapes to add punches of colour in amongst neutrals, or block off three-quarters of a wall in a particular colour, finished off with a contrasting colour.
Layer monochromatic shades
When you’ve chosen the core colour of your room, layer different shades of the same colour which will create a polished look. By sticking with the same colour, you can’t go wrong as you can guarantee that all of the items will pair perfectly, but the range of shades and tones will still keep the room interesting.
The world of interiors is broad and there are many directions you can go in when it comes to decorating your own space. But some features are essentials regardless of the type of property you’re in. From luxury staples to getting creative with colour and shape, these interior design musts will help you create a stylish home that’s inviting and on trend.