Society has undergone significant transformations in the way people live and work. Naturally, that’s been a catalyst for change in both home and commercial interior design. Because of this, 2022 is going to be transformative. Take a look at our interior design predictions for next year.
Changing the Process of Design
These new ways of living and working will lead to changes in the way designers approach their craft. Here are some strategy changes we anticipate:
A Modular Mindset
In the past, creating a modular space meant that a facilities crew could transform a space as staffing grew or needs changing. It was a major effort that required planning but still allowed places to be flexible.
Now, modular design has taken on a new meaning. Businesses require space that they can transform quickly and easily to answer demands and challenges brought on by new projects, even changing workforces. This will lead to designers choosing furnishings, such as modular seating, or flexible spaces such as technology-enhanced pods or pergolas that can be modified as needed to meet clients’ needs.
Optimism About Technology Dominates
Designers sometimes have challenging relationships with technology. It can both enhance and complicate the design process.
Despite this, attitudes about technology in design are leaning decidedly positive. Interior designers are much more excited than wary about advances in modeling software, AI technology, and augmented reality.
Disappearing Global Headquarters
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the work-from-home wave that many say was coming in the future. A large percentage of professionals have chosen to remain working from home. As a result, businesses will reconsider whether the expense and resources required for large, centralized headquarters are worthwhile. In many instances, the answer will be no.
This will lead to smaller, decentralized offices. Designers will also find themselves working on home office spaces as well as coworking spaces.
Top Interior Design Trends
Of course, it’s impossible to discuss trends without addressing what spaces will look and feel like in the near future. Here are a few design trends that will prevail in 2022:
More Green Space
Whether it’s adding plants or other natural elements to indoor office spaces, putting in outdoor seating, or transforming building rooftops into fresh-air retreats for employees, designers will add more green to the workplace in 2022.
Comfort as the Priority
Now that people are accustomed to working at home, design in 2022 will focus on comfort. That will be reflected in the choice of soft furnishings, lighting, and work areas customized according to each worker’s needs.
Focus on Hybrid Workspace Design
Hybrid offices are designed to accommodate employees who work at home the majority of the time but come to the office to use technology or collaborate with others. New office spaces will reflect this with fewer traditional workstations or enclosed offices and more open work areas with conference and smaller privacy pods provided.
Stay on Top of What’s Trending
Are you ready to see what 2022 has to offer? See some of our newest products on Hello Raye.