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Three design trends that will dominate 2022

Surrey interior designer Helen McClure predicts the trends that will see us through 2022 - including vibrant colour, sustainability and the importance of a harmonious home office.

If redecorating your home is at the top of your list in this new year, you’ll want to know what’s hot and what’s not! Trends come about as a reaction to a growing challenge that needs to be answered.

Godalming interior designer Helen McClure from At Home By Design shares the three trends that will become increasingly important in the next 12 months.

Colour

Living room styled in blues, interior design

With the Covid pandemic dragging on, energising pops of colour are still going to be big this year. Paired with earthy neutrals, which help to ground us, and link us to nature, colour can revive and boost our mood. Dulux has interpreted global trends and come up with Bright Skies, a fresh blue, that reflects the sky and fresh air. Farrow & Ball also have a natural blue in its top list in the form of Stone Blue. If you’re looking for a something leafier try F&B Breakfast Room Green. And to set it off, pair it with a neutral such as F&B School House White or Dulux Birch Root.

Sustainability

Handmade chair and upcycled wooden cabinet painted orange
A handmade high-backed Windsor chair and upcycled wooden sideboard handpainted in vibrant orange.

Everyone may have flown home from COP26, (oh, the irony!) but it’s now that the hard work begins. Looking at how we renovate our homes will be a growing conversation in 2022. It’s hard to justify changing our interiors if they are perfectly serviceable. However, interior design is not just about functionality. It’s also about how we feel in our homes. It’s about creating an environment that makes us happy and allows us to deal with our mental health by creating a sanctuary from the busy world outside our front door. Buying sustainable materials is one way we can limit our environmental impact, as well as buying locally, upcycling and recycling.

WFH

Home office space

Life may never go “back to normal”, so having a space at home to work is becoming an essential part of a home, and a selling point when you move. A home office doesn’t have to be a dedicated room. If you lack space, it can be a nook or a corner of a room. What it does have to be, in order for you to be productive, is dedicated to the task. That means desk space to do your work, clever storage, ergonomic furniture and suitable lighting. Your house is your home first and your office second, so the two have to live in harmony, or neither will work.

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At Home by Design is a boutique interior design studio based near Godalming run by designer Helen McClure. Helen offers a tailored service and a unique approach to design – with something for everyone and every budget. Follow Helen on Facebook and Instagram, or get in touch helen@athomebydesign.co.uk

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