As art galleries, museums, theatres, and other creative spaces around the world were among the first to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, people began investing in their homes with money that would have otherwise gone toward vacations, new clothes, and other cultural experiences like concerts and exhibitions. Then, when it seemed like we wouldn’t be able to fly out and fill up our social calendars again in 2021, we decided to spend more on our houses. When it comes to high-end design, there’s more money to go around right now, and with art being a limited resource, purchasing art feels more special than other elements of our interiors that we’ve been shopping for over the past year and a half, which are less unique and tell more about our personalities.
Boston-based designer Katie Rosenfeld attributes the current art boom, particularly among millennials, to social media and increased screen time since March 2020. Emerging digital platforms have made art more accessible to all ages. Screen weariness is true, but it’s also created an opportunity for more individuals to invest in art for their homes, thanks to both the increased time spent scrolling through Instagram and the need for real-life experiences and beauty.
The evolution of interior design tends to be a gradual process. The previous two years have seen our houses work harder than ever before. The way we see and feel our houses has changed substantially in 2021 after spending so much time inside, upending patterns in 2022 in an equally significant way. Bright and stark minimalism is quickly becoming a thing of the past. As a result, in 2022, we’re turning to warmer colors and memento-filled rooms to provide us pleasure and comfort.
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Design trends like mid-century modern, which have dominated the previous five years, are here to stay, but in 2022 you can expect to see them updated with a 70s vibe. Earth tones, such as chocolate browns, umbers, ochres, and oranges, are making a comeback in fashion this year in the manner of the 1970s. You don’t have to worry if you’re experiencing flashbacks of shag carpets of yore. The Old Livonia chair by Italian designer Livonia is a perfect example of a subtle and serene combination of these colours in 2022.
Lines that Slightly Curve
Furniture will also be a part of the retro revival. Boxy couches are out of the question! The Penelope Sofa and the Aimee Stool, both designed by Victoria Maria Geyer, will continue to be popular in 2022 in their position. These sculptural shapes and smooth edges create an appealing and luxurious ambience.
A riot of colour and floral pattern
This year, white is no longer trendy. Very Peri was chosen as Pantone’s colour of the year for 2016. Instead, in 2022, we might expect to see bright colours all over our houses. Offset earthy tones with periwinkle and violet hues, or RAF blue and forest greens for a more modern look. Flower and geometric motifs are also finding their way back into the home decor market. If you’re not a fan of the retro-chic wallpaper of the 1960s and 1970s, consider a statement piece like Sumit Mehndiratta’s kaleidoscopic rose from Karmascope 7.
Imaginative and Fresh
Art collectors are looking for human connection via figurative works like Daria Zaseda’s Decadence and Bernard Simunovic’s Summer Breeze in this post-Covid age. If you’re looking for a fresh, new viewpoint in your home in 2022, go no further than a collection of up-and-coming artists. You can easily locate emerging artists on SINGULAR thanks to our Emerging Artists badge.
Incorporate the Environment
Interiors that represent your travels will be more popular in 2022, thanks in part to the ease of international travel. You may create a year-round sense of adventure in your house by showcasing art and design from all around the world. Marble, terracotta, and wood are among this year’s most popular design materials. Take a cue from the raw and tactile textures of these natural materials, which lend dimension and a soothing, restorative vibe from the outdoors to your decor.
Paintings in neon colours
Tamu Green, the lead designer of Lux Pad Interiors, predicts that art traditionally utilised in commercial and hospitality settings will soon find its way into the homes of more and more individuals. She encourages TZR to “think neon signs.” Even bespoke apps may be developed by firms like Yellowpop, which makes them more accessible to the general public. It’s all in how you use them, according to her. Add a placard on a gallery wall or next to a sculpture on a pedestal for a museum-like look. In general, it’s best to simply stay with one idea.
DROOL Art’s creator and CEO, Alex Liepman, is also seeing an uptick in neon art, but in a different form. Illuminated neon signs that seem to leap out of the page, he explains to TZR. A modest but eye-catching flash of colour can wonderfully change a space without hurting your eyes, so go no further if you’re seeking for the ideal balance.
Curves in the Art
This year’s huge design trend, “Curvalicious furniture,” is here to stay, according to Liepman. If you want your wall art to seem clean and coordinated, consider using the same softer edges in it. Their “feminine and forgiving” nature may quickly create an atmosphere of safety in a space, according to the author. And they’re fantastic for adding vivid colours into a space “since they lend so readily to large, bold patterns,” says the author.
For the year 2022, it’s no surprise that people are looking forward to more upbeat compositions. People may express themselves and their feelings via this artwork, says Greenberg. “I’m noticing an increase in encouraging sayings and graphic letters in huge print,” he continues. Artists are in high demand right now for pieces featuring cheerful people, sweet childhood memories, animals, and other upbeat themes. She suggests that you look into the work of Matt Crump, Humberto Cruz, or Dara Piken if you’re looking for art that will make you grin.
Art that Takes Its Influence from the Natural World
As a result of the catastrophic events of the last two years, Liepman believes that many people have developed a respect for nature and the great outdoors. Because of this, more and more people are bringing it into their homes. According to the designer, “blue is predicted to be huge in 2022 because the watery blue tones and sky-blue hues can create a very natural and peaceful vibe to a home, while also teleporting you to your happy place”. Combine light blues with deeper or sea green tones to create a coherent look in the rest of the space.
This year, art that represents nature and has a relaxing effect was in great demand, according to Greenberg. A few of her favourite examples of this kind of work include ArtSugar’s hanging flowers and plant-themed art prints, as well as images of sunsets, lakes, and lush vegetation. “In 2022, these landscapes and places may reverberate via wall art in various ways.”
The Influence of Other Cultures on Art
Green predicts that in 2022, global influences on domestic art will continue to retain sway. For a simple way to add a little global flair to your home’s decor, you may simply hang items or photos you’ve collected while travelling on your walls. Adding textures, such as baskets made of woven fibres may provide a sense of place, according to the designer. It is recommended to obtain your cultural goods straight from their culture of origin, according to the designer.
Green, on the other hand, advises that the only limit to putting your discovered artefacts into your walls is your creativity. “As long as you are not sacrificing the integrity of the thing, don’t be scared to adapt [items] to fit your needs.” Using African masks as an example, she says she “framed them to give them greater presence and size on a previous piece.”
Paintings in a Minimalist Style
Maggie Holladay, the creator of the online gallery Claude Home, says she’s seen a decrease in the use of the term “maximalism” in the art world in recent years. “Investment items that will endure a long time and mix in smoothly with the rest of the design are what people are looking for.” “Focusing on one item that speaks to the section of the space that you want to emphasise,” she tells TZR, rather than over-accessorizing, is the way of the minimalists, she says. In order to discover a piece that complements your design concept, working with modern artists to develop timeless investment pieces is a key trend.