Luxury, Healing, Decadence To Dominate Design


Luxury, healing, and decadence are the main themes forecast for décor this year, says the ‘2022 Next in Design Report’ from home furnishings retailer CB2. It says that the challenges of 2021 had the home continuing to serve as the place where people could safely land and express themselves. 2022 offers a fresh take on how people relate to their homes and home décor. Luxury as an exclusive offering is being replaced by a democratization of design. Good design and luxurious components are increasingly accessible for all. Healing is important to homeowners as they turn to heal from all the challenges that resulted from a worldwide pandemic. Home is a place of healing and should serve as an escape to support one's overall wellbeing. Design to reflect this will be defined by blending the beautiful with the functional, cultivating an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, and embracing natural elements. Shades of green from sage to emerald inspire calm and are anticipated in not just upholstery and textiles, but more unexpected applications like marble. Clients are also looking to incorporate feel-good materials associated with healing properties, such as selenite or alabaster. This year will also bring a return to decadence. The report says people are craving reveries, indulging in glamour, and bringing a sense of opulence to their small group gatherings. There's an element of maximalism at play, chasing joy through design by leaning into extravagant adornments and abstract shapes. Designers say that with the return of home entertaining, "people are willing to spend on seating again."