Tap Into the Latest Design Trends to Make Your Staging Pop in 2022
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, which is why thoughtful, professional, and on-trend home staging
has become a critical part of the buying and selling process. Poor
lighting, sparse furnishings, and clutter can all distract from the
property, while a little polishing can paint the home in its very best
light. Additionally, a perfectly staged home could potentially fetch you
a higher price and a faster sale. Staying up to date on the latest design trends may seem daunting, but don’t worry — The CE Shop is here to help!
The Top Home Design Trends for 2022
While staging should essentially convert the home to a blank canvas,
incorporating a few modern, stylish elements adds intrigue and
freshness. Plus, as we kick off a brand new year, there are plenty of
new trends to try. According to Vogue, here are the top home design trends for the new year:
1. Warm Brown Tones
Fans of the ‘70s, rejoice! Deep, warm shades of brown are making a comeback. Designer Mark D. Sikes
foresees plenty of “chocolate browns, camels, and caramels — there has
been so much color and pattern, especially pastels, the last few years
and I think people will be ready for a palette cleanser.”
Pro Tip: If your clients are bored of brown, consider incorporating some other on-trend colors. For example, Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year is Very Peri, a playful shade of lavender, while Benjamin Moore opted for October Mist,
a calming sage green. From accent walls to throw pillows, stepping away
from the white-on-white color scheme is sure to bring your listings up
2. Sculptural Furniture
When staging a home, every design element should make a positive impression. Enter: furniture that doubles as art.
This year, experts predict that curved, organic pieces will take
center stage. “A curved form is subconsciously read as safe, friendly,
and welcoming,” explains designer Sarah Sherman Samuel.
“With everyone feeling a bit precious, I think those softer shapes and
angles will still be a big trend in 2022 in furniture as well as
Martyn Lawrence Bullard,
an L.A.-based interior designer, agrees. “[Expect] more gracious and
sensual shapes, curved edges, and deep, luxuriant seats.” Sounds like
the ideal place to kick back and complete some closing paperwork!
3. Vintage Pieces
While the rise of thrifting
is nothing novel, 2022 will exemplify the blending of old and new.
Antique and vintage elements add character, texture, and dimension to
any space. Take a note from the pros and encourage your clients to play
around with anything from heirloom china to vintage furniture.
“Whenever I can use vintage, I will,” said designer Athena Calderone.
“From a design standpoint, vintage is the protagonist of every room —
it has the power to influence the storytelling and direction. Their
patina brings a touchable texture and warmth to every space, not to
mention a sacred sentimentality. But aside from their decorative
propensity, these rare antiquities are stylishly sustainable. By
repurposing the old, the damaged, the jagged into something new, we’re
reducing our footprint while bringing a rich sense of history and spirit
into a space.”
4. Mix-and-Match Design Styles
In the same vein, 2022 will see design become more flexible. For
example, clients don’t need to stick to a strictly Mid-Century display
anymore. Mixing, matching, and combining design styles is actually a surefire way to ensure your listings appear both modern and classic. Get it?
“Paying attention to the subtleties will be important in 2022,” said
designer Erick Garcia. “Like how a beautiful vintage solid wood armchair
can offset an otherwise contemporary home, activating the space, adding
warmth and invitation.”
“Design continues to evolve with new advances in technology,”
explains designer Kelly Wearstler. “Myself and many designers are
embracing virtual design by leveraging this powerful new technology to
create immersive spaces and highly engaging designs that feel both
contemporary and futuristic.”
Home Design Trends to Avoid in 2022
Now that you know what’s hot, let’s discuss what’s no longer, quite literally, in Vogue:
Open Floor Plans
Okay, this one may not technically qualify as a trend, but we have to acknowledge the fact that open floor plans have been on life support
for a few years now. While the extra space is great for entertaining
and maximizing natural light, the vastness can also feel cold,
impersonal, and, in the age of COVID-19-induced remote work, downright impractical.
While you may not be able to help a client completely change their floor plan, you can encourage the use of designated zones
within the space. For example, area rugs, pendant lights, room
dividers, and even the use of color can all help segment off even the
airiest open floor plan.
Evoking ‘80s-era texture, bouclé
is the nubby, woven fabric that swept the interior design world in
recent years. From throw pillows to accent chairs, the benefits of
bouclé include added depth, an air of coziness, and an element of
interest without introducing loud colors or distracting patterns.
Unfortunately, though, according to experts, it is possible to get
too much of a good thing. “I think after two years it’s time to move
on,” said Marcus Barwell, Managing Director at Soho House Design. “I still love [it] but there is a point where enough is enough,” echoes Danielle Colding of Danielle Colding Design.
Fans of modern and Mid-Century modern design may want to sit down for
this one. “The square armed boxy sofa has definitely been retired,”
said Martyn Lawrence Bullard, an L.A.-based interior designer.
On the whole, linear furniture is being replaced with softer,
comfier, and more organic options. Overstuffed chairs and plush couches
will put your client on the cutting edge but, of course, a modern sofa
probably won’t make or break the sale.
Stage for Success
While you do want a staged home to look fairly neutral and timeless, a
few on-trend touches could set your property apart. This is especially
true as we navigate a market unlike any other, where buyers are out in
record numbers, often paying higher prices and looking for something
new. Whichever trend you choose to tackle, spruce up your listings to
evoke an emotional response and stage your way to the sale this year.