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The best interior design trends for summer 2022 – and the ones to avoid in your home

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 19/08/2022 Jessica Doyle
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The decorating boom is by no means over; if anything, it’s building up pace in 2022. The annual Houzz & Home survey undertaken by home-improvement website Houzz, which was released earlier this week, revealed that 55% of homeowners plan to redecorate this year - and the average spend on our homes is set to reach £10,000 (up from £7,000 just three years ago).

But before you get out the paint charts and start browsing the latest homeware collections, if you want your home to look up to date, you might want to consider what is in and out in the world of interiors. 

Whether your plan is to do a small revamp to parts of your home or give your house a full overhaul and makeover, we've got a series of top tips for you.

Here are six key trends to know for summer 2022.

Replace one-colour walls with painted details

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The feature wall may have fallen out of favour, but that’s not the case with decorative paint effects. Adding a block of colour to define a desk or dining area, for example, is a simple way to add interest to a featureless room – and it’s much quicker and cheaper than repainting the entire space. In the picture above, a wall in Teal has been painted with a block of Midnight Navy, both by Crown, which adds subtle drama.

Likewise, painting window frames in a bold tone that contrasts with the rest of the room is another way to add a splash of colour, without committing to an entirely new look, and is a job that can be done in a day. Even ugly uPVC windows can be given a smart new look with a coat of colour – clean them well first and use an all-surface primer such as Little Greene’s Intelligent ASP.

The above pictures (centre and right) show how a single stripe of colour can transform a room by highlighting architectural features. Opt for a contrasting colour for impact, such as the slim strip of Peanut Shell around the fireplace and woodwork in a room painted in Knoxville Grey, both by Benjamin Moore. Painting bolder stripes in a deeper shade of the wall colour (here, Cross Stitch and Made With Love, both by Crown) creates a tonal look.

Replace clinical cabinetry with comforting kitchens

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White may still be the most popular choice when it comes to kitchens; but the minimalist, handleless kitchen with all clutter and appliances hidden from sight is being replaced in the style stakes by a warmer, more natural look - perfect for those who want a more soothing space in which to make their morning coffee. Think cabinet doors in rich, spicy colours - as in this kitchen (pictured) by Neptune, painted in Mustard - and tactile handles in bronze or leather.

When it comes to accessories, textiles such as tea towels and chair cushions add further warmth and softness, and artworks or plates hung on the wall bring personality to what can be a functional room. For shelves and countertops, to achieve a comforting environment of organised clutter (rather than mess), keep vases, crockery and wooden chopping boards on show, and hide the less pretty stuff in cupboards and baskets.

Replace empty walls with wallpaper murals

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Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her California home earlier this year - complete with a scenic mural in her dining room - the wallpaper mural has been having something of a moment. Not only does a mural add drama and impact to a room - it’s also the most cost-effective way of buying a large-scale artwork for your wall.

Designer Claret, which launched in the spring, sells artist-designed murals in bespoke sizes, made to order - as well as printing customers’ own creations; botanical designs are currently on-trend. Surface View, one of the first companies to offer a bespoke mural service, has a wealth of designs on offer, including collections inspired by artworks from galleries such as the V&A, the National Gallery and the Royal Academy.

Consider edging your mural by creating a frame from decorative mouldings such as picture rails, which are cheap to buy from hardware stores and can be painted to blend in with the wall, or picked out in a contrasting colour.

Replace boxy furniture with scallops and curves

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Anyone with a passing acquaintance with Instagram or Pinterest will have noticed that the scallop edge is the shape of the summer. Forget boxy forms and clean lines: it’s safe to say it is no longer hip to be square. 

The cottagecore movement, with its penchant for a pretty motif, is partly responsible for this microtrend: the scalloped edge of a classic frilled cushion is being replicated on everything from bed linen, table linens and crockery to mirrors and lighting; and if it’s in rattan or gingham, all the better.

Curvecore, as it could be known, also applies to furniture: the modern, monolithic sofas and armchairs popular in the Noughties now look decidedly old hat, while curved sofas and elegant armchairs bring both softness and style to a room (see Soane Britain’s Venus armchair, the original design that sparked the vogue for pretty, scallop-backed chairs). 

Replace TV dinners with maximalist tableware

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The tablesetting trend that went into overdrive during lockdown is still going strong, and has evoked a taste for patterned tablecloths, mix-and-match crockery and coloured glassware. A good tablecloth is the shortest route to a stylish table, and an easy way to turn a casual midweek supper into an event. Plus, if your dining table doubles as a WFH desk during the day, throwing a tablecloth over it at 6pm is a quick way to mark the end of the working day and set a different mood for the evening.

Daylesford’s new Quince Garden collection (pictured), in collaboration with Colefax & Fowler, includes beautiful cloths inspired by antique botanical art, which would look just as good with plain white crockery as they do styled up with decorative painted plates.

For those who prefer a more understated look, Cultiver, which arrived recently in the UK, does a good line in top-quality, neutral coloured European linens.

Replace boring bedrooms with statement headboards

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Calming bedrooms might be all the rage as we try to get sleeping habits back on track post-pandemic - but calm doesn’t have to mean dull. The beauty of a statement headboard is that it gives the room a tailored look and, potentially, a hit of pattern - but as it’s behind the pillow, it doesn’t distract the eye when you’re trying to drift off. 

The latest headboard designs are supersize (a good visual trick to make the bed appear bigger and more sumptuous), with an on-trend scalloped design (see above), and upholstered in a floral or botanical pattern. 

For a cost-effective option, find a second-hand rattan headboard and spray-paint it - or simply paint a headboard shape directly on to the wall behind the bed.

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