There are a number of quirky home decor trends that have become popular in the past year, many of which have become viral on social media platforms. However, Canadian interior designer Nick Lewis has warned that some of them may not stay here.
In a video posted to the TikTok page @nicktalksdesign for his audience of 168.7k followers, the interior designer highlighted three key “2022 interior design trends” that he believes will not be “permanent.” Nick said, “Looking into my crystal ball is never easy, but let’s try.”
First, he addressed the trend towards colorful plaster walls, which are typically created by painting over the roughly plastered surface. Plaster saw a resurgence in 2019 as interior designers paid homage to nature and earthy elements.
Nick explained, “The really colorful ones give me a kind of 90’s textured wall that I think is going to look very dated very soon. Something about the texture on the light colored walls really shows contrast and I think it will become dated very quickly.”
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However, this does not mean that all variations of the trend will die out. He added, “I have higher hopes for these really creamy neutral walls that make your home look like a sun-kissed mansion.”
The second trend that Nick expects to go out of style affects kitchens and bathrooms in particular. “One trend in interior design is to use the same material over and over again,” he explains.
“What a lot of high-end designers do is put marble on the floor, ceiling and all the walls. A sort of marble coffin, if you will.”
While the trend first came into vogue for minimalist, modern homes, typically paired with white furniture and neutral palettes, a hunger for lighter hues means many designers are pairing the luxury trend with bolder color palettes. Although it’s trending now, Nick warns that it could quickly fall in popularity.
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“I think it looks very over the top and quite ostentatious,” he said. “Marble is beautiful, but I think this is an example where you can have too much of a good thing.”
Finally, he draws attention to the lounge area, where sofas have become the focal point. Nick thinks the “cooky sofa” trend may be on the wane.
From kidney bean designs to ones that wouldn’t look out of place in a mid-century Los Angeles home, eye-catching sofas have been popping up on social media design accounts in recent years. But while these brightly colored pieces of furniture often come at a hefty price tag, Nick warns they could be an investment that people will soon “become bored” of.
“They’re everywhere now,” he said. “But I just don’t find some of them practical or particularly timeless.
“This is going to be a statement to put in the homes of the rich for a while until they get sick of it, and then they’re going to go away for another 20 years.”
Three trendy paint colors for 2023
Paint companies and interior design experts have predicted the top paint colors they think will be trending for the year.
Viva Magenta has been announced as Pantone Color of the Year 2023. Pantone said: “Bold and fearless, Viva Magenta is a vibrant color whose exuberance encourages a joyful and upbeat celebration and writes a new narrative. This year’s color of the year is powerful and empowering.”
Paint maker Benjamin Moore has announced its color of the year as Raspberry Blush. The fiery red-orange hue compared to that of a sunset. “We’ve had colors that are on the cooler side of the color wheel for a number of years, and now we’re really seeing a shift towards warmer colors,” said Andrea Magno, director of color marketing and development at Benjamin Moore.
Experts at Lick also suggest some neutral tones will remain on trend, although they recommend pairing these with earthy shades of orange, green, and even teal. Lick trends expert Matlida Martin commented, “In 2023, we expect people will be drawn to a nature-inspired color scheme of grounding neutrals paired with earthy oranges, rich greens and mentally stimulating aquamarines.”