Spring is the season of change and that means there is no better time to get started on a new design project. Many of us have reimagined the look, feel, and uses of our homes and this new perspective has opened up a new world of design possibilities that designers and homeowners are eager to make the most of.
Home remodeling is on fire and a Harvard study on remodeling activity predicts spending on home improvement and repair to continue to rise through this year. So what should you do?
Trends can be tricky, especially with design elements that are made to last for a lifetime. So unlike the pop colors and statement pieces that might wake up your wardrobe for a season, these picks are both trendsetting and timeless, meant to speak to the moment while setting you up for years of enjoyment.
If you're ready for a change, check out our top 10 design trends for spring 2022.
1. Checkerboard Charm
Checkerboard hits all the right notes. It’s playful but structured and the combined sense of joy and order is a recipe for design success. It might be having a moment but checkerboard is truly timeless and one of the most versatile patterns out there, equally at home in conservative Traditional spaces and out-there eclectic homes.
Look to the large format marble checkerboard floors in Europe, richly colored tile installations in Morocco, English kitchens, and worn cafe floors and it's easy to see that this nostalgic pattern isn't just a flash in the pan.
Floors are the classic setting for checkerboard but you'll be rewarded for pushing the boundaries. Applications like showers, backsplashes, or fireplaces make the ubiquitous pattern appear brand new, and alternative tweaks like our Handpainted Squiggle Tile advances the pattern into a new era.
2. Nature’s Inspiration
Nature is no doubt the longest-running design inspiration in history and it’s safe to say it's en vogue as ever.
Our connection with the outdoors has percolated into our homes as we seek to recreate the organic relief that nature offers us.
Greens, blues, and yellows are perennial favorites for spring but look for the humble brown to make a big impact in upcoming designs. Rich leathers, burnt umber accents and unglazed pottery all add a splash of warm earthy nature to your home.
And as always, plants are the ultimate way to bring the outdoors in.
3. New Traditional Style
As we rediscover things from the past, we reinterpret them with sensibilities that fit with the moment we find ourselves. A mixture of tradition and contemporary design, New Traditional is less heavy and more fun than the ornate, matchy-matchy decor while still being timeless and elegant.
Layering in texture and colors is a hallmark of this New Traditional–think fine fabrics such as velvet or silk, jute rugs, and long curtains–as well as furniture that loosely coordinates but isn’t a matching set. Rich, saturated colors that pop against neutral backgrounds are common, along with dark & moody accents. Florals are scene-stealers in New Traditional, especially in wallpaper, but also in furniture or curtains.
Vacation is a state of mind more than a destination. And many of us have come to realize the benefits of a break from our everyday lives are just as easily achieved right at home–and in smaller chunks than a week or two away.
Enter the spa bathroom, where with the right design an hour or less, you can be as relaxed and rejuvenated as a 5-star experience affords with the added benefit of more privacy and less travel time.
Wet room bathrooms, spacious showers benches, and soaking tubs styled amongst soothing greens and neutrals recreate the spa experience in a sanctuary all of your own. Less is often more in these spaces and spa bathrooms often draw on Modern, Scandinavian, and Minimalist designs to achieve their sense of calm.
Trendsetting yet timeless, freshen up your space with our curated spring selections. Featuring 2x4 Ceramic color samples in Tusk, Eucalyptus, Salton Sea, Clover, Morning Thaw, Adobe, Palm Tree, and Hunter Green. Click here to sample.
5. Sustainable Design
Sustainability is the defining challenge of our time. Luckily, as each year passes and sustainability becomes even more imperative, consumers are demanding more sustainable products and business practices with conscious companies responding in kind.
Fireclay exemplifies sustainable manufacturing and firms like Elemental Green are leading the way to link designers and homeowners with sustainable building materials.
Choose materials that are made with sustainable manufacturing practices, consider energy efficiency in your overall design, and decorate with antique, vintage, or upcycled pieces when it works with your vision.
There was the man cave, the she shed, the playhouse, and the in-law apartment. Every year, someone in the family gets renewed attention and a special part of the home to call their own. This spring, it’s the loyal and loveable dog that gets the star treatment.
A custom dog house is a great project if you’re already doing home renovations as leftover siding, roofing material, and even handmade tile can quickly take the classic doghouse to the next level with a cohesive look.
Indoors, a dog shower could change your life and the life of your furniture, especially for active pets. A designer dining area might just be what your best friend deserves!
7. Reimagining the Office
With many companies reinstating in-person work or hybrid models, the return to the office is anything but business as usual. Both bosses and workers have learned lessons from up to 2 years of work-from-home and are bringing them to the commercial setting.
To lure existing staff and new talent to the office, companies are bringing elements of home–and the outdoor time it offers–to the workplace including gardens, treehouse lounges and even honeybees.
Bees might be out of the question in your office, but look to create areas that are both relaxing and engaging.
Creating a homey environment with designs drawn from residential spaces helps workers have a positive state of mind to be more productive and happy at work.
8. Outdoor Upgrades
After a long winter in any given year, spring is going to have us buzzing for any excuse to be outside. Now’s the time to break ground on that pool, upgrade your patio with a relaxing water feature or install a hardscape for parties and barbeques all the neighbors will be talking about.
More than ever, the principles of interior design are being applied outdoors. Sofas with weather-resistant fabric you'd easily mistake for indoor furniture creates comfort and style to rival the living room. Upscale outdoor lighting fixtures create ambiance night and day. And details like waterline pool tile or an outdoor backsplash add the same impact as their bathroom and kitchen counterparts.
9. First impressions
You may have recently remodeled your kitchen or bathroom or redecorated your bedroom or living room, but what about the spaces that guests see first? First impressions are everything they say and the look of your foyer, entryway or mudroom sets the tone for your entire home from the moment someone arrives.
These areas get a lot of traffic so they should not just be easy on the eyes but also durable underfoot. Choose finishes that will hold up over time and for a look that lasts for years to come.
10. Playful Patterns
At the end of the day, no matter what trends appeal to you, let’s all agree to have a little more fun than we did the year before and express ourselves with more confidence than ever before. That goes for your design choices too.
Even if you never stray from neutrals and haven’t done something daring since that chalkboard paint in 2010, take this moment to try something new and exciting.
Have fun with pattern! Floral patterns, bold wallpapers with classic tile offsets, plaid patterns, herringbones, stripes, checkerboard (see #1), whatever you’ve always wondered about but never got the chance to try. Carpe design and don’t look back. Your inner child and future self will thank you.
Tile shown: 3x12 in Desert Bloom, Sorbet, Koi, Lemon Cream, Neptune, Turquoise, Amalfi Coast, Glacier Bay, and White Wash // Design: Brittany Buchser // Install: C. Cook Custom Interiors // Photos: Cameron Behbahany
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