2022 Design Trends for Small Spaces

When it comes to interior design for small living spaces, such as apartments and condos, less is more in 2022. According to the experts at Apartment Guide, a scaled-back and subdued approach reflects a desire for serenity after the rollercoaster ride of the past two years—and counting. Here are some of their top design trends for the year ahead.

A return to a vintage vibe signifies the desire for individuality that can only be achieved with unique, older pieces, as well as the movement toward sustainability. Upcycling antique and tag-sale items not only gives your space personality, but is also more environmentally friendly than buying new.

Given the throngs of people now working from home, it’s no surprise that looks that evoke warmth and comfort are topping the trends. Many small-space dwellers are opting for pillows and throws that are more comfortable than they are stylish. Of course, given the many great options available, it’s not hard to find accessories that offer both. 

Neutral colors and earth tones
Interior colors inspired by nature add a calming, less-distracting vibe to small spaces. Colors like Sherwin Williams' Evergreen Fog and Benjamin Moore's October Mist, both of which are their respective colors of the year, are soothing and refreshing all at once.

Black accents
Given the upswing in neutral colors, black accents will also be on the rise, adding depth and character to small spaces. Look for black and dark gray shades in kitchen and bathroom hardware, picture frames and other decorative accents. The good news is that black is easy to incorporate into almost any design scheme. 

Staying on theme with the overall trend of creating more calming environments, we can expect to see a variety of textures, serving as a way of adding interest without using a variety of distracting colors. Try a combination of textures in neutral tones, such as chunky throws, faux fur pillows, embossed wallpaper and various woods.  

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