2022 Design Trends

The last 18 months have seen us re-evaluate every aspect of our lives, including our homes. Now, more than ever, they are our haven, offering pockets of comfort and calm. Design trends are reflecting this change in behaviour, with a shift towards features that encourage tranquillity and rest.

Here are our top design trends to look out for in 2022 and beyond.

Green thumbs

It’s never been more important to create a link between the outdoors and indoors. While previously this may have been through indoor plants and vertical gardens, 2022 will take this one step further, with biophilic design principles set to dominate home design. Floor-to-ceiling windows or doors that offer both natural light and a visual connection to the outdoors; designated areas for indoor plants, and natural timber finishes and furniture will help strengthen a connection to the natural world, creating a calming environment for years to come.

Multi-functional spaces

How we interact with our homes has changed significantly over the last two years, so it’s only right that versatile design will be an important trend moving forward. Instead of separate rooms for each and every activity, rooms will be designed to adapt as you move through your day or week. For example, an office may become a home gym or spare bedroom through smart storage and creative features like fold-down beds or cupboard desks. This will also expand to open-plan living spaces, with doors innovatively used to create an element of privacy when required.  

In with the old, out with the new

As Melbourne’s leader in heritage home restorations, we’ve always advocated for recycling, something we expect to see adopted by the wider industry in 2022. If restoring or renovating a home, materials should be repurposed where possible, either used as is or transformed into something new. Unique design features like stained glass windows and intricate architraves will also rise in popularity, as many look to embrace the detail and history of times gone by. Vintage furniture can form the perfect complement to this style, adding a lived-in look to any home and making it feel instantly accessible and comfortable.


In the search for cosy and comfortable home design, it’s hard to look past curved design. Rounded windows and doors, mantelpieces, or even waterfall corners on countertops and headboards can instantly soften a space, creating a sense of ease and tranquillity. You could even go as far as a curved wall along a hallway, or barrel-vault ceiling. These larger architectural details can be complemented by less permanent curved furniture, such as tables, rugs and couches.

Texture and tone

Gone are the days of smooth white interiors – texture is here to stay, with the introduction of tactile fabrics and materials that add a warm element to a home.  We expect to see the likes of natural timber, bronze, clay and leather appear in kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces and bedrooms, strengthening that connection to the outdoors.

Bold colours are also set to make a comeback, with wallpaper and bright accents offering an opportunity to show off your personality, while also adding a little emotion to your space. Colour therapy is here to stay, as more people look for their home to support their mental wellbeing. Calming blues and greens, as well as earthy pinks, burnt oranges and clay tones, are all going to be popular choices, with the use of neutrals to add contrast.

Looking to build or renovate a home that is both timeless and on-trend? Get in touch with the skilled team at SECON Constructions today.

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