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The Top Home Design Trends in 2022

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You’ve been to countless furniture stores, you’ve looked at all sorts of interior design styles on Pinterest, and you’re still not exactly sure what you want in your home.   

I mean, there are a lot of design styles out there – and a million different takes on each one! You might just need a place to start. Just an idea of what to do to get the ball rolling on your upcoming design project. 

You know what? Sometimes knowing what’s trendy is a good place to start.   

It doesn’t mean that you’re not unique and you’re not going to add your own personal variations, but it can certainly offer a launching pad for some really inspirational designs.   

At McElheran’s Furniture + Design, we’ve been helping our customers find their personal style since 1994. Our goal is for you to be able to express yourself and feel right at home with whatever furniture and styling you choose.   

Our in-house designers, Design Guides, have worked in design for over 60 years combined. They are committed to staying up to date with what people want so they can help you find your inspiration along the way.  

One of our Design Guides, Shelley, will go over the popular design styles she’s seeing in 2022 and the inspirations behind these trendy looks. Plus, we’ll throw in some common elements of each, so you know what to look for if you like what you see! 

Home Design Trends for 2022

What is farmhouse style? 

With a rustic charm, farmhouse style is practical, clean, and inviting. The simplicity lends itself to a more modern and stylish look, while the repurposed agriculturally inspired elements create a cozy and lived-in atmosphere.  

barnboard dining table with six upholstered dining chairs over a neutral area rug

The inspiration behind the farmhouse style 

Known for incorporating a comfortable and homey feel into any look, HGTV’s Joanna Gaines has made quite an impact in the design world with her farmhouse inspirations. Taking cues from rustic, industrial, and vintage styles, Joanna Gaines brought the farmhouse aesthetic to the forefront in recent years. And, due to its timeless elements, it looks like it’s here to stay. 

Why we love the farmhouse design style 

The farmhouse look gives off a cozy and lived-in vibe. The distressed wood and natural elements display a casual and soft atmosphere, inviting anyone to relax and enjoy the space.   

From a styling standpoint, farmhouse is quite simple. You’re generally not contending with a ton of different colours, and the upholstery is kept pretty neutral.   

An attractive component of a farmhouse style is that it’s attainable and easy to replicate. Especially if you’re just adding a couple of farmhouse-inspired accessories, like milk cans or a repurposed trough, it’s actually quite cost-effective.  

As much as the farmhouse style is trending right now, bringing in traditional pieces, like Windsor-back and spindle chairs, gives off a much more timeless and classic look to the overall design style. 

Common elements and accessories of a farmhouse design 

  • Barnboard 

  • Milk cans 

  • Tin buckets and pails 

  • Mason jars 

  • Dried flowers, decorative grass, wheat  

  • Logs and wood accents 

  • Pottery 

  • Shiplap and wainscoting 

  • Repurposed crates 

  • Distressed wood 

  • White and cream upholstery 

Similar design styles to farmhouse 

Rustic, Bohemian, Traditional, Country, Transitional, Industrial, Contemporary, Shabby Chic, Modern 

What is mid-century modern style? 

Mid-century modern is an eclectic mélange of old and new. It’s somehow futuristic yet nostalgic at the same time. Here, we see a lot of clean lines and angular shapes. The mix of organic materials, like plants, balances out this otherwise crisp and distinct aesthetic.

mid-century modern wooden dining table with four dining chairs in front of a buffet and picture of a butterfly

The inspiration behind mid-century modern style

Mid-century modern style has been around for a while, but it’s recently seen an uptick in popularity. It’s that cycle of influence - once it goes out of style (if it ever does), it will come back eventually.  

We could credit Mad Men for bringing this style back - we certainly have that show to thank for the now-iconic Draper sofa. And even though Mad Men has been off the air for quite some time, the desire for functional, clean, and compact furniture lives on.

Why we love mid-century modern 

Mid-century modern is familiar. Again, we’ve seen it before.  

And sometimes, when we’re feeling a bit wayward (if that’s the case for you), we look to things that ground us.   

At its core, the mid-century modern style is functional – every piece of furniture serves a purpose. There is ample opportunity to accessorize, but décor is generally kept to a few statement pieces as opposed to a number of small accents.

Incorporating plants and other natural elements also gives your space a natural, calm, and retreat-like feel.

Common elements and accessories of mid-century modern design 

  • Woods like teak and oak
  • Plants 
  • Macramé 
  • Glass accents
  • Geometric patterns  
  • Mixture of different textures
  • Wicker
  • Earthy tones
  • Ceramics

Similar design styles to mid-century modern 

Bohemian, Transitional, Contemporary, Eclectic, Minimalism, Scandinavian

What is minimalism? 

At its core, minimalism is simple. Everything in your space has a function, and it is completely void of clutter. Sleek lines, open floor plans, and compact furniture give off a clean and practical atmosphere. 

sectional in front of large windows and blank wall, with accent chair and small coffee table over an area rug

The inspiration behind minimalism 

Remember a couple of years ago when we were folding our shirts into tiny rolls and throwing away all of our old DVDs because they no longer “sparked joy?” Hello, Marie Kondo.   

Yes, she’s the reason why we’re so into minimalism, even now.  

We’ve taken the whole idea of “less is more” and implemented it into home design. 

Why we love minimalism 

There’s nothing like coming home to a clean, uncluttered space, no? Less clutter is instantly calming and comfortable.   

Minimalism puts a focus on quality over quantity. If you no longer feel the need to spend money on accessories or seating that is rarely used, you can put that money toward better-quality, long-lasting furniture. 

Common elements and accessories of minimalism design 

  • Negative space 

  • Neutral base 

  • Natural lighting 

  • Clean lines 

  • Honestly, not much because – well, minimalism 

Similar design styles to minimalism 

Modern, Contemporary, Scandinavian, Mid-century Modern

What is maximalism? 

As much as minimalism focused on “less is more,” with maximalism, “more is more!” It is a delicate art – you don’t want to overwhelm your space - but when it’s done right, maximalism can bring a lot of beauty and intrigue to your home. And, it allows you to showcase all of your belongings at once. 

One of our Design Guides, Shelley, has a client, Judy, that says that maximalism "is an -ism that [she] truly lives by!" And Judy has certainly figured out how to embrace and show off all of her favourite things. See below for Judy's amazing living room!

picture of a clients living room adopting the maximalism principles of a lot of design, texture, and pattern

The inspiration behind maximalism 

Recent period pieces in pop culture, like Bridgerton or The Crown, have re-introduced us to a world of maximalism. Maximalism can be seen as a sign of opulence and regality because you are showing off all of your prized possessions. 

Why we love maximalism 

You have worked hard and found success because of it. And now you can show it off! With maximalism, you get to put everything you love on display.  

There’s no need to hide anything just because it “doesn’t go” with the rest of the aesthetic. 

You can find freedom in maximalism, too. There is definitely room to play with your style. It’s an opportunity to express yourself and show off your individuality. 

Common elements and accessories of maximalism design 

  • Walls full of art and décor  

  • Bold, rich colours 

  • Sentimental pieces 

  • Pattern 

  • Blending of styles 

  • Gold finishes 

  • Knickknacks and chotchkes 

  • Fully stocked bookshelves 

  • Intricately patterned rugs 

  • Additional smaller pieces of furniture to fill space, like cocktail tables 

Similar design styles to maximalism 

Traditional, Contemporary, Eclectic, Victorian, Bohemian  

How do I incorporate more than one design style together? 

Perhaps you’ve looked at these trendy design styles and realized that you like different elements from each. They can work together – it can be done! Check out 8 Tips on Marrying 2 Different Design Styles for tips on how to get the best of ALL worlds! 

And next time you’re in the Edmonton area, drop by our showroom and chat with our Design Guides to see how you can start implementing these different styles into your home.

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