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Much like recent evolutions in fashion, interiors are increasingly becoming less about what is trendy and more about personal expression. “Rather than specific trends declining, we are seeing the lines between different styles blurring, “says Gemma Riberti, head of interiors at WGSN.” A key example of this is minimalism and maximalism. As the line blurs between these two approaches, this has empowered consumers to find their own take on either. This is leading to a highly personal and more nuanced approach to interiors.” Regardless of our want for individuality, several decorating trends have emerged thus far this year. After having collectively endured more than two years of tumult, it seems we are clinging to familiarity more than ever. Our homes have become refuges and their interiors are all about feeling calm, seeking comfort, and loving color. Landscape palettes Consumers’ love affair with soothing greens, grays, and earth tones continues, but it’s not necessarily a simple case of aesthetic preferences. Neuroaesthetics, an innovative area of scientific study, has found a proven correlation between mental health and beauty in both natural and designed spaces, and it’s infiltrated the design trends of 2022: Savvy designers are embracing the call to create rooms that feel connected to the outdoors in the color of walls, furniture, and accessories. “Research shows that natural color schemes and organic forms like those found in nature reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase productivity and creativity, and make us happier,” says Michelle Lamb, editorial director at The Trend Curve. “Perhaps because humanity has never needed the healing powers of nature more than we do at this moment, there is a quest to take this approach even deeper.” Natural materials The design movement toward biophilia has evolved beyond the inclusion of plants in decor, and into the furniture itself through natural materials like rattan, wood, and stone Comfort above all Maybe we are all just feeling a little fragile, or maybe we’re not yet ready to give up the work-from-home, everyday athleisure experience, but many of us are still not ready for sharp edges in our interiors. Plush, tufted, and luxuriously upholstered furniture pieces and accessories are trending and proving that you can be both stylish and cozy at home. NOVEMBER 2022 / 17