2022’s Top 3 Interior Design Trends So Far

We are finally over the halfway mark of 2022 and it’s time to show off the interior design trends of the year so far! Interiors are ever changing, but we have seen a rise in these three trends which seem to be sticking around. Bluethumb’s Interior Designer & Trade Manager Alexandra has filled us in with her picks for 2022’s trends.

1. Minimalism

Minimalistic glass vases.

Emma Young‘s Minimalistic Glass Vase.

When people hear the phrase Minimalism it is often related to the way someone lives their everyday life, making decisions that create less stress and simplifying it. And while this will benefit and help you achieve better moods, Alexandra recommends also “adding in minimalistic designs into your home to improve on your overall state of mind”.

Minimalist art has simple and neutral elements – its clean lines, neutral colours and limits in materials can help create a calm and inviting space. Minimalist design emerged in the 20th century and has been a popular choice in homes ever since, with it being a top interior trend of 2022. With so many people now living in units and apartments, many of us have less space to work with, making a minimalistic approach necessary. A limit on the space you have to work with means you’ll more likely appreciate a “less is more” style, with a focus on functionality over design. 

It’s been found that the spaces you spend time in can have a direct impact on your mental health. We know the last few years have been stressful and we all want to make our spaces a place for rest and relaxation again, rather than places for work or study. People are wanting to enjoy their spaces, and in some cases that means stripping it back to its roots and no longer embellishing a busy home style.

There are plenty of minimalist artworks that can help add mood or personality to a space without overpowering it. Alexandra adds, “for the people who are unable to fit large pieces of art, there are also smaller ceramic and glass pieces that can spruce up a bookcase or side table.” Click here to view our latest curation all about Minimalism

2. Earthy Tones 

trending earthy tones in Rochelle Wilsons 'Stay For Sunset'

Rochelle Wilson’s ‘Stay For Sunset.’

Earthy tones are the colours we see in nature which are more natural than vibrant. Earthy tones tend to have a soft feel to them, and can sometimes blend into a space better than bright colours. A bright white can give a room a fresh and clean feel, but without the addition of colour it can be clinical. Alexandra explains, “by adding earthy tones, it can help create a warm and inviting space without it being too loud and in your face.” 

Terracotta tones and muted browns help create a calm environment mirroring a desert landscape. Our everyday life is often filled with the usual stark brightness and metallicness seen in technology and modern buildings. But by creating a space that eliminates those cold tones and utilises the muted warm colours that you often only see within nature, you can make a toasty and comfortable space. 

There’s a wide range of earthy tones to choose from – whether it be the greens seen in plants, the pinks seen in sunsets, or the oranges seen in the dusty desert – you can find an earthy piece to work well in any space. 

If you like the feeling of a simple and neutral space, but you don’t know how to add colour to it, earthy tones can help you do just this. Alexandra explains, the addition of earthy tones to a space with brick or wood woven through it “can lift from the existing colours and enhance the space, making it feel more homely and inviting.” 

You can find earthy artworks by these sought after artists: Jen Shewring, Kyralee Shields , Kahlilla Rigby, Emiley Rose and Gina Ward.

You can see more earthy tones in these two curations: ‘Chocolate Brown’ and ‘Great Outdoors’.

3. The Female Figure 


Female figure inspired art

Angus Martin’s ‘Inflorescence’.

The female figure has been a popular subject matter for years, being prolific in the Renaissance times where women’s figures were on full display. The detail that went into the art then was high and could almost pass as a photograph, with the skin tones and body shapes accurately depicted and realistic. While the female figure is still predominantly used as inspiration, it has changed to a more simple design in recent years. 

This simplified female figure can now been seen in artworks and sculptures in homes across the country. Female busts, torsos and hips have been donning several shelves, celebrating the natural curves of the human body. “These simple yet striking designs really amplify a room, and add that touch of femininity to sometimes masculine spaces,” Alexandra explains. This interior trend is making its way through the art sphere and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.

The female body has influenced artworks in a more subtle way, with curves being the focus of many pieces in our ‘Curve Appeal’ curation.

Many Bluethumb artists celebrate the female form in this way, including Angus Martin , Kate Florence and Irma Calabrese.

To see what styles and designs have been trending in the past, view Alexandra’s interior trends of 2020 and 2021.

Tamara Dean in her studio
Tamara Dean: Celebrated Photographer & 2022 Bluethumb Art Prize Judge

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