Designers' Favorite 2021 Trends They Hope Live on in 2022

black and white living room

Amanda Thompson

As much as we enjoy using the new year as an opportunity to start fresh and welcome new trends into our living spaces, there are also many styles from 2021 that we're not willing to part with just yet. And it turns out we're not alone. There are plenty of designers who agree that some of this past year's best looks deserve to stick around into 2022 and beyond. We spoke with over 15 pros who shared the 2021 trends that they hope will continue to shine into the new year and beyond.

1. Curvaceous Furniture

“I’ve been most excited about seeing the beautiful trend toward curvaceous furniture continue. When I moved into a new apartment four years ago, I wanted a curvy, deco-inspired sofa. But they weren’t easy to find, so I ended up buying a vintage sofa and having my upholsterer reimagine it in the style I was looking for. Now you can find beautiful, deco-inspired chairs and sofas everywhere. I definitely think that trend will last into 2022 and beyond.” — Orlando Soria, HGTV designer and author

2. An Eclectic Mix

“I would love to continue seeing an eclectic blend of styles. A nice mix of warm, earthy colors, mid-century modern furniture, industrial accents, and statement wallpaper all together can make a pretty unique and vibrant space.” — Helene Landau Cartaina, BHD Interiors

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3. Vintage Finds

“Although rarely considered trendy, I have seen a bigger interest in finding 'found' objects—ones that evoke emotion, intrigue, and bring personality to a space. Homes should reflect our uniqueness, and sourcing vintage pieces is a perfect way to do that.” — Wendi Young, Wendi Young Design

“Blame it on the supply chain, but this year vintage furniture seemed to really be everywhere! I love mixing old and new, and I love the feeling of history that a great vintage piece lends to a space. Plus, it's sustainable, so I hope to see vintage pieces continue to be all the rage in the coming year(s).” — Justina Blakeney, designer, author, and creator of Jungalow

4. Wallpaper

Wallpaper continued its comeback tour in 2021, and I’d love to see more of it in 2022, especially since I just launched my debut wallpaper collection with A-Street Prints. I love how wallpapers can elevate any space and make it more interesting—from a tiny powder room to the ceiling in a kid’s bedroom—and there are so many beautiful options out there that are classic without being super formal or dated.” — Erin Gates, designer, blogger, and bestselling author

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@afrobohemianliving

5. Personal Touches

“We love how personal spaces are becoming, truly reflecting the people that live in them.” — Tania Forbes & Monet Masters, nationally acclaimed interior designers 

6. Sustainable Style

“There’s no need to choose between style and sustainability! These past few years have taught us how important our homes are as a sanctuary and place for healthy living….Even the smallest of choices in our homes can have a large impact!” — Thom Filicia, designer and regular on HGTV and BRAVO

7. Biophilic Design

“Biophilic design is one of my favorite trends from 2021, and I am sure it is here to stay. It emphasizes surrounding yourself with colors and textures found in nature, using natural and organic products, and also using plants as part of home decor.” — Swati Goorha, an award-winning interior designer

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8. Cocktail Setups

“We went crazy designing home cocktail bars in 2021 and hope it continues, because who doesn’t love happy hour at home?!” — Rona Graf, founder and principal designer of Grace Blu, the HGTV Designer of the Year 2020

9. Repurposing Furniture

“I think repurposing well-loved pieces is not only environmentally conscious but also brings a sense of sentimentality to a space, whether you are a maximalist or a grandmillennial.” — Charles Almonte, certified architect and interior designer

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10. Warm Hues

“I’m loving the trend toward warmer woods and earthy colors, even when combined with cooler tones like grey or white. This connects us with nature and inspires a calm and grounded feeling in our homes, which is what we all long for.” — Beth Stein, New Jersey-based interior design

11. Homework Rooms

“Children continue to drive design spaces, and homework is not going away. As the world turns, people may continue to opt out of full classroom settings and opt in for more private spaces and creating ‘mini corporate offices’ for their smallest bosses. These rooms are equipped with interactive smart boards, prerequisite high speed WiFi, and plenty of plug-in outlets. Homework rooms can also be repurposed later for college student startup headquarters or an adult home office.” Georgia Zikas, principal interior designer of Georgia Zikas Design

colorful patterned living room

Kaley Elaine Photo for Mimi Meacham

12. Color and Prints

“After more of a subdued few years in terms of fabrics, I see people embracing fun colors and unique prints in their everyday furniture. Utilizing colorful printed fabrics, custom upholstered sofas, chairs, and window treatments will be fun, fierce, and another way to bring personality into the space. Walls, doors, and millwork will get a colorful facelift with greens, blues, mauves, and yellows to uplift and frame the prints.”Mimi Meacham, luxury interior designer

13. "Well" Design

“This is a focus on the health and wellbeing of the inhabitants of a space. We now realize and understand how our built environments influence our health, productivity, and overall mental state.” Amanda Thompson, principal designer and founder of ALine Studio

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14. 1970's Influences

“We will be seeing more of the terracotta, sage, and mustard, as well as mid-century furniture trademarks—peg legs on cabinets and tables, teak wood tones, and highly textured fabrics.” Malka Helft, interior design firm named Best of Houzz 2021

15. Stained Wood

“More and more I am seeing the use of natural wood in homes, which immediately creates a sense of warmth. Think white oak and walnut, as opposed to cherry wood which still feels dated.” Jennifer Markowitz, designer and founder of JNR Designs