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ARTICLES | 19 MIN READ | 2022-03-04

Design Tips and Trends for 2022

Designing your new home? How exciting! Picking out features and finishes with your Design Centre Consultant is a big part of choosing your home’s overall aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops there. Paint colours, light fixtures, wall art, and even table décor can all add to the personality of your new space, letting people know who you are the moment they step through the doors. 

As with most things, design and décor trends go through ebbs and flows. Let’s take a look at some of the latest design trends room by room, so you can be in the know as you start to choose pieces for your own home. 

Dahlia Single Family Home

Image: The Kitchen of the Dahlia Single Family Home

Colours

Colours can make or break a room, turning it from a drab area to a lively gathering space. This year’s Pantone Colour of the Year is Very Peri, a purplish-blue meant to encourage “personal inventiveness and creativity.” It’s a striking colour, perfectly suited for accent cushions around the living room, toothbrush holders in the bathroom, or even placemats in the kitchen. 

Other popular colours this year are grounded in nature, like Sherwin-Williams Evergreen Fog, Benjamin Moore October Mist, and Glidden Guacamole. Whereas Very Peri is better suited for accent pieces — it can be a bit overwhelming as an entire wall — these natural colours lend a soothing tone to any room. 

 Kitchen of the Killarney Single Family Home

Image: The Kitchen of the Killarney Single Family Home

Kitchens

With the help of your Design Centre consultant, you’ll put together a cohesive kitchen you’ll love for years to come. 
Keep in mind the impact of a unique tile shape when choosing your backsplash. This is a big trend right now, and it’s less noticeable than choosing a bright colour — which is not a bad thing! Unique shapes in a neutral tone carry more longevity than a standard shape in a bold colour. When it comes to designing your own home, the Design Centre has you covered with many different install patterns for backsplash for you to choose from.

Your kitchen will also benefit from smaller décor pieces as well. The trend of muted greens is also carrying over to kitchens, so look for accent pieces like fruit bowls, vases and small counter accessories that meet the mark. And, if you’re willing to make more of a commitment, vintage furniture is making a comeback! A statement table and chairs can create an eye-catching juxtaposition between your sleek new kitchen and retro eating area. 

Bedroom, Minto Communities Ottawa

Image: The Secondary Bedroom of the Dahlia Single Family Home

Bedrooms

Looking to make a statement with your bedroom? Start with the headboard! Bold, almost overpowering headboards are all the rage right now. How you choose to do this is up to you, whether it’s an oversized upholstered masterpiece or a unique gallery wall to create the same effect, all eyes should be drawn to the headboard when you walk in the room!

In terms of colours, blue is the way to go for 2022. It’s a calming colour that brings feelings of tranquillity and peace, which we could all use a little bit more of before dozing off. Curved canopy beds are in style for bed frames, as are platform beds. It all depends on the overall style you’re going for. 

Family Room of the Killarney Single Family Home

Image: The Family Room of the Killarney Single Family Home

Living rooms

The style you choose in your living room will likely echo throughout your home, and vice versa. We already know greens and earth tones are the trending colours, but don’t be afraid to toss some browns in there as well. The colour palette of the ‘70s isn’t necessarily making a complete comeback, but this year’s trends are definitely pulling inspiration from the decade. 

Perhaps the biggest trend for general living spaces is nature, more specifically sustainability and biophilic design, which means including plants, flowers, and natural elements to the room. This helps bring it to life, while sustainable décor — like upcycled or thrifted items — adds a unique, personal touch. 

Something else to consider? Bold patterns. Rugs, throw pillows, wall art or even lampshades with eccentric and striking patterns are a great way to add flavour to a room without making permanent changes. They can be swapped out as trends come and go, making it a low-commitment décor investment. 

Bathroom, Minto Communities Ottawa

Image: The Bathroom of the Elderberry Single Family Home

Bathrooms

Look for bathrooms to become mini-spas in 2022. Soaker tubs, steam showers, and minimalist design are all taking over as people seek self-care solutions in the comfort of their own home. Organic elements also come into play here, with things like bamboo shelves or actual plants that thrive in humidity making great décor options. Plants also help purify the air, so you can’t really go wrong. 

For fixtures, matte black is what’s in for 2022, as are mounted vanities that don’t take up floor space. The overall theme for bathrooms in 2022 is relaxation and calm. The space should be uncluttered, neutral and inviting for you to spend time in it, not just brushing your teeth before going to bed. 

Design and décor trends can be great guidelines to help you pick the look and feel of your new home, but at the end of the day it’s about what makes you feel happiest. Your Design Centre consultant will be able to help you create a cohesive aesthetic you’ll love waking up to every day. You can also check out our Design Centre Catalogues to stat getting inspiration.

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