With more than 600,000 pieces on its site at any given time, the online vintage marketplace Chairish knows a thing or two about evolving home decor trends and can anticipate what its shoppers will be looking for in the new year. And with its recently released 2022 forecast, the company is ready to share its predictions. “This report presents the home decor styles and items our merchandisers and data analysts have identified that are increasingly in demand,” says Noel Fahden, the company’s VP of merchandising.
Focusing on lavishly detailed surfaces, plush textiles, heirloom accents, and fanciful artworks, this year’s report reflects the shift to the at-home lifestyle born during the pandemic. These days, designers are prioritizing comfort and clients’ personal style: Homes not only need to accommodate a number of different functions but also provide a sense of escape from the troubles of the outside world.
Still, some of their predictions may look familiar, with standbys from decades past—hello, tortoiseshell and nostalgic florals!—making a return. (These home decor trends are all based on mostly secondhand goods, after all.) Still, there are lessons for today’s designers: “So many trends in design and home decor start in vintage and antiques,” says Fahden. “Often, what may feel like a new aesthetic to some is actually a classic or iconic style that’s reemerging after 20 or so years.”
Here’s what the pros at Chairish are predicting.
In centuries past, a coming-of-age ritual for aristocratic European men was a continental tour, filled with educational visits to ancient ruins and Renaissance masterworks. Sketches and purchases made along the way served as fodder for the youth’s later endeavors (and supported a contemporary zeal for antiquities and Neoclassicism). While the grand tour may be a thing of the past, its legacy lives on in interior design. Introducing a historical, heirloom, antique, or vintage piece can quickly change the mood of a room, imbuing it with depth and a focal point—which may be why this trend has lasting appeal in 2022.