Six Big Picture Wellness Design Trends For 2022 (2023)

This is the time of year when we learn about the top colors of the year, which decade is making a style comeback, and whether wallpaper or stainless steel appliances are in or out right now.

This trend report won’t answer any of those questions, as its focus is on macro design details that impact the safety, accessibility, functionality and health-enhancing potential of people’s homes. With Americans facing more time in their residences because of yet another wave of COVID, these wellness design trends can have a tremendous impact on their overall well-being.

1. Calming, Nature Inspired, Personalized Spaces

“After two-years locking down, we will see more place-based relationships between homes and the distinctive ecological features surrounding them,” predicts Kerrie Kelly, an award-winning interior designer, author and trend forecaster for Zillow and Houzz. “This meansan increaseduse of local organic materials while maximizing sunlight, fresh air, plants and other natural elements,” she explains. “Home needs to be a safe haven that is restorative and regenerative, especially in our bedroom spaces,” she adds, and involves creating transitions between work and rest spaces, simplifying decoration and supporting a calmer lifestyle.

Simple doesn’t mean minimalistic however; it means choosing personalized details that speak to the resident. “Aspeople are traveling less, they have more expendable income, so creative expressions of personality infuse interior design. Furnishings, rugs, art and paint reflecting travel destinations bring this idea home and ‘feed the soul’ via personal expression,” she adds.

2. Increased Use of Technology


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Hands-free and voice technology are definitely here to stay, asserts Janice Costa, design industry veteran and founding president of the KB Designers Network. “While everyone hopes the pandemic will wane in 2022, we’ve gotten so used to the no touch thing as part of our germ avoidance strategy, we’ve come to realize that it’s just smart from a hygienic standpoint.”

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This has turned into touchless options for faucets, toilet handles, lights and other essentials. Costa notes that while many homeowners have grown less virus-phobic at home, “Touch-free isn’t just about avoiding germs, it’s about food safety, general cleanliness and convenience.” As Siri and Alexa have become ubiquitous, we’ve also seen a greater reliance on voice automation. “It no longer feels artificial or surreal the way it once did,” she observes.

For bathrooms, which have become even more important as personal escapes in crowded home settings, the industry executive says advanced lighting will be a strong trend. “You’re seeing incredible mood lighting in showers that can recreate a vast array of experiences; there are products that make you feel like you’re showering in a forest under a full moon, or like you’re standing under a sparkling, sunlit waterfall.”

Light therapy grew in popularity during the pandemic, she notes, and predicts, “I expect to see that really blossom in 2022 as we realize the power of light to impact our mood, lower our stress levels, increase our energy level or soothe and calm us after a tough day.”

“People will become familiar with opening and closing shades by voice, letting kids and pets in or out of the house, being able to see what's happening in the home and across the property (you've been warned, porch pirates!) and sharing that information with authorities, quickly, if needed in case of an emergency,” observes technology professional and podcaster Katye McGregor Bennett, consultant to residential products manufacturers and the Home Technology Association.

Part of the technology discussion is privacy, she adds, and with more affordable devices flooding the market, “The formidable challenge we face is in the broad-based adoption of off-the-shelf technology that typically doesn't offer the type of security or data privacy needed to reduce the risk of a cyberattack or cybercrimes in general. It's unfortunate, but price points and easy availability drive purchases and invite inherent risk.”

3. Health Supporting Features and Layouts

“Acoustical privacy, air filtration systems and natural light among interior spaces will be essential and we will see more biophilic design, flexible rooms, sliding doors and walls, and soundscaping applied in home offices,” Kelly comments.

One major COVID-inspired change Costa anticipates is a shift away from ‘open everywhere’ floor plans. “That trend didn’t hold up well during the pandemic – when multiple people are using a space together, you get noise pollution, you get odors that move from one room to the next, you lose much needed privacy, and you don’t get the same sense of cleanliness. While I don’t think we’re going to see walls everywhere, I do think we’re going to see more spaces designed with privacy niches in mind, so you get the feeling of openness without it being one big open space.”

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Bennett expects to see increased use of home fitness areas, reading rooms and media or home theater spaces. “It's my belief that we will see music, lighting, and shading playing a much stronger role in these environments and throughout the home,” the technology pro says.

Unlike in past decades when showing off your big screen or massive speakers was the trend, subtle will be the dominant trend going forward. “Products that support these experiences will take a lead position; discreet speakers that deliver great sound but blend into the room and motorized shades and lighting that can be programmed to seamlessly create a zen-like scene. Screens or TVs that hide away until commanded into use help maintain aesthetics but also reduce visual clutter.”

4. Increased Functionality Without Fuss

Costa points to low maintenance surfaces and organizational enhancements that support health and well-being as strong 2022 trends. “People are spending more time at home, whether it’s adults working from home, or kids doing remote learning. Both mean homes are seeing more traffic and more wear and tear, making it tougher to keep them clean. This is going to continue to be a key driver toward easy care surfaces and organizational products because no one likes clutter, and no one wants to do more cleaning than they have to!”

She also sees these trends impacting space planning. “I think we’re going to see a growing interest in mudrooms where people can decontaminate, removing dirty shoes or outerwear before coming into the house proper.”

In all-important kitchen spaces, Costa sees design moving away from micro solutions like UV sanitizing cabinets and vegetable cleaning modules to a macro approach. “We want fresh, clean spaces that are aesthetically appealing, and that incorporate hygiene seamlessly. That can mean everything from high quality air purifiers that are whisper quiet to products like faucets that incorporate ozone into the water to better clean vegetables to self-cleaning sinks and dishwashers with high-quality sanitize cycles – things that fit seamlessly into the design rather than calling attention to their hygienic benefits.”

Laundry areas, for those whose homes have them, have grown in importance. They’ve adapted to the pet popularity trend, Costa notes. “Those pets need space for feeding stations, litter boxes, toys, beds, crates, grooming stations and storage for supplies.” Crafting is another trend that has grown, and makes sense to land in the laundry room with its low maintenance surfaces, water source and storage potential.

Laundry appliances themselves are getting more functional and wellness-focused with steam and mood-lifting colors. Laundry rooms themselves are getting brighter and more decorative as they serve more purposes.

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5. Enhanced Outdoor Living Spaces

With people seeking to avoid crowds, especially with the increased transmissibility of COVID’s omicron variant, private outdoor spaces have gained more importance. “Outdoor design is shifting focus away from aesthetics and space layout to occupant well-being and experience-driven environments among friends and family,” Kelly observes. This translates to the full spectrum of outdoor possibilities, from work to play, study to healing. All will be “used by all occupants in fuller and deeper capacity,” the designer predicts.

Part of this trend is enhanced outdoor cooking and entertaining capacity, Costa points out. “Forget burgers and hot dogs – you’ve had people preparing full holiday meals outdoors, experimenting with smokers, rotisseries, flat top grills. They’ve discovered that today’s outdoor appliances offer a huge degree of cooking flexibility, and they’ve discovered that eating outdoors feels good, the meals taste better, entertaining is less stressful and there’s a certain intimacy, gathering around a fire pit to tell stories, or watching a movie together on a big screen TV with this great sound system under a beautiful night sky; it’s expanded our vision of what entertaining can be.” This trend will continue post-pandemic, she believes.

Technology will be a force in creating these premium outdoor living environments, Bennett notes. This will take the same discreet aesthetic as indoors with hidden speakers, path lighting for safety and ambiance, TVs that can withstand the elements and hide away when not in use and highly desirable space adaptation. “Motorized shades that quickly convert an open-air patio into a cozy, semi-enclosed space that helps control temps and keeps bugs out are highly desirable. Apps that control each of these make it more enjoyable and will be front-of-mind for many, but the emphasis will be on ease of use.”

6. Alternative Building Strategies, Technology and Materials

As builders and homeowners have seen supply challenge shortages, price increases, storm damage and other climate change impacts that drive up the costs and timeframe for new, rebuilt or improved homes, the appeal of innovative thinking is growing. Kelly points to 3-D printing technology and concrete construction as two prominent examples.

“Concrete block construction delivers benefits such as the strength to better withstand weather extremes (e.g., hurricanes and fires).” Producing them with 3-D technology could deliver those benefits faster and more affordably, getting storm-ravaged residents and first time homebuyers into safe new homes faster.

Bennett comments on the importance of smarter home technology as part of whatever construction approaches are taken: “Peace of mind and mental health should play a significant role in wellness design, and that starts with the foundation. Not just the physical foundation but the digital foundation, the network which facilitates fast, secure, and safe connectivity throughout the home and that prevents cyberattacks. Without a robust network, technology cannot function as intended and people become weary, leery, and frustrated.”

Technology leaders are looking at this issue and creating a single smart home standard, but whether this will come to fruition is unknown at this point. The fact that global brands that work far beyond the home space want us to have such a standard may emerge as 2023’s top trend.

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Author’s Note:Bennett, Costa and Kelly will be participating in aClubhouse conversationon Wednesday, January 5 at 4 pm Eastern (1 PM Pacific) to discuss these trends in depth and answer participant questions. This session is open to everyone. Those who miss the live event can find a recording the following Wednesday on theGold Notes blog.


What design trends are out for 2022? ›

In 2022, designers are ditching faux-distressed furniture, redoing kitchens to erase the all-white mode, and tossing boho chic throw pillows and wall hangings that are ubiquitous in the farmhouse trend.

Is farmhouse style out for 2022? ›

Modern Farmhouse

There will be far less shiplap in 2022. While Chip and Joanna Gaines are far from over, their signature modern farmhouse look isn't something many interior designers will be living, laughing, or loving in 2022.

What are the current trends in interior design? ›

Interior design trends seem to be taking a more eco-friendly approach as people are moving towards warm tones and natural elements. Decor elements made either from real or faux natural materials are in high demand, as they add a natural and authentic look to your space.

What Colour is replacing GREY? ›

Brown is becoming a popular alternative to traditional neutrals. Interior designers told Insider that people are choosing brown color schemes over white and gray because they're inherently warm.

Is GREY going out of style 2022? ›

Navy and gray are on the way out

The report also highlighted a declining interest in navy (down 43%), mustard yellow (down 27%), and light gray (down 25%). Yes, while gray has seen an uninterrupted reign over recent paint trends, its reign may conclude in 2022.

What is replacing shiplap in 2022? ›

According to Munson, these trends are out for 2022: shiplap on walls (go instead with tile, plaster, or rattan); all-gray or all-white kitchens; barn doors (replace them with pocket or French doors); accent walls (stick with monochromatic walls that blend seamlessly with decor); and matching furniture sets, which ...

What trend is replacing farmhouse? ›

Cottagecore. The new hot style that is on the rise is Cottagecore. According to an article published on, “While slightly similar, this trend is replacing the popular modern farmhouse trend, which may be on its way out, according to designers.

Are white kitchens out of style 2022? ›

The short answer to this question we've been hearing a lot recently is: “Absolutely not! White kitchens are here to stay…in 2022 and beyond.” The simple truth is, the best white kitchens never go out of style. They provide a clean, fresh, versatile background onto which you can infuse a variety of décor preferences.

What is the interior color for 2022? ›

If estate sales dominate your weekends and you adore interiors with intricate, traditional case goods, PPG's 2022 Color of the Year — Olive Sprig (PPG1125-4), a muted, protean green — is the updated backdrop of choice for your treasures.

What are the colors for 2022 home decor? ›

Every color of the year 2022 is either a green or a blue shade. Pantone, Behr & Dulux chose a blue 2022 color of the year. With Pantone opting for the most vibrant blue (and almost purple) shade. And Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and PPG chose a green color of the year 2022.

What is Joanna Gaines interior design style? ›

Joanna Gaines' style can be described as updated rustic enriched with details and accents of different styles determined by the preferences of home owners. We see her very often combining rustic with industrial or farmhouse with vintage. Of course, modern or even glam accents aren't missing from her designs too.

What are the new colours for 2022? ›

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Is beige coming back in 2022? ›

Nature Tones

This will culminate in 2022 with tones like taupes, beiges, biscuits, and mushrooms taking center stage, along with nature-inspired hues, particularly greens," says Wadden.

Is beige replacing gray? ›

Gray is beginning to move away and be replaced by a softer, more homey neutral tone—beige.

Will dark wood come back in style? ›

Lotta Lundaas, Founder and CEO of Norse Interiors says that darker wood pieces will be popular in 2022.

Are all white rooms going out of style? ›

IS WHITE STILL A TRENDY PAINT COLOUR FOR WALLS? Yes, based on my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients, white is still going strong. This doesn't mean that every home can pull it off, but white walls are definitely popular and I don't see that changing in the coming year.

Is white trim going out of style? ›

White trim is still very much in style. More people are choosing white for their trims because they create a clean and charming look. White can also be paired with different shades of colors especially pastel ones. White trim also looks good against dark-colored walls.

What is timeless interior design? ›

Timeless design specifically can be defined as an interior design that will never go out of style, it has a staying power and it is created not to be temporary. A timeless design, in fact, will last for years and can be brought up to date with changes in accessories and accents.

Is Brass Coming Back in Style 2022? ›

Brass is one of the all-time favorite fixture materials and has never really gone out of style due to its versatile look and feel. For those looking for a vintage organic feel, a rustic style or a beachy aesthetic, then brass is the style for you.

Are arched doorways out of style? ›

According to Houzz, doorway arches and interior curves are set to be one of 2021's biggest interior design trends. Since we're spending more time at home than ever, it seems only natural that we want our rooms to feel softer and larger all at once.

Is Buffalo check going out of style? ›

Buffalo check plaid never goes out of style. The simplicity of this comfortable pattern allows it to coordinate with a variety of decorating styles. Buffalo plaid decor is made up of only two colors intersecting to create a neutral third color that gives it more presence without looking fussy.

What is the most popular home decor style? ›

Traditional. By far the most popular design style, traditional is a mix of beautiful, timeless and well-defined elements, as shown in this kitchen from olive.

Is shiplap Still in Style 2022? ›

So back to the long answer – yes, overall, shiplap will be done a lot less in 2022 and is no longer “trending”. It will continue to be used in coastal or period style homes when appropriate. There are so many other types of trim that can add beauty to your walls!

What countertops are most popular for 2022? ›

The most popular and trending countertop for 2022 is a marble countertop. Closely trailing behind is concrete countertops and butcher block countertops. What countertop edge is in style 2022? Waterfall edge countertops have been on the come-up for years now.

Are granite countertops out of style 2022? ›

Granite countertops are a kitchen trend to avoid in 2022. They were the standard in the 90s and 2000s but now they just make a kitchen look dated. The new trending countertop is quartzite, a beautiful (and pricy) favorite that took kitchen design by storm.

What is the most popular kitchen cabinet color for 2022? ›

White is still the most popular kitchen cabinet color in 2022 and beyond. However, we are seeing a shift towards warmer and more natural tones. We cover the best colors for cabinets from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams like Simply White, Dove White, and Chantilly Lace.

What do you think the next big design trend will be? ›

Large and Bold Typography

Typography makes up a considerable amount of design, and it gets bolder and bigger nowadays. It is a part of the maximalism trend, which is also a part of 2022. Bold fonts grab the attention and build a hierarchy among design elements.

What is trending now in graphic design? ›

3D Illustrations & Animations🙊

Flat design has had its moment, but, as we enter 2022, we're seeing more and more 3D illustrations and animations pop up online. 3D design and animation design both have a wide range of applications, and brands are discovering innovative ways to use them in their collateral and branding.

Where can I find design trends? ›

Follow Websites in Your Industry

Patternbank, Pattern Curator, Spoonflower, to name a few. These websites not only create their own collections of trend reports and mood boards, but they also organize their websites so that it's easy for you to explore popular design themes.

What are consumers looking for in 2022? ›

In 2022, consumers want to feel a stronger connection with brands, be part of a community, and get more value from their purchasing experiences.

What are the colors for Fall 2022? ›

According to fashion's top designers, we're in for a very regal 2022. Just look at the color palette! Royal purple, jewel-tone teal, and burning red are all trending hues incorporated on the Fall/Winter 2022 runways, each with its glamorous style.

What is Y2K design? ›

The Y2K aesthetic is an aesthetic that was prevalent in popular culture from the late 1990s to early 2000s. It comprises futuristic design, synthetic tunes in music, distinctive hardware design, encapsulating fashion with fur and plastic, and cyber-inspired movies and video games.

What is Frasurbane design? ›

'Frasurbane' Is the New 90s Decor Trend Based on... the Show 'Frasier'? The aesthetic means steeping yourself in beige, espresso, serif fonts, and the glory years of post-grunge Gen X. by Mary Frances "Francky" Knapp. New York, US.

What are some of the biggest trends in the product design field? ›

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What is new graphic design? ›

As we could all use positivity in our lives, designing rounded graphics and lettering styles will be a popular trend for 2022. The 2022 trend is exaggerated through elongated forms and psychedelic colors instead of the typical bubble fonts and shapes found on children's products.

How will graphic design change in the future? ›

In about ten years, graphic design will become more immersive as the paper will become obsolete. In other words, all designs will be digital and have a website feel. Note that the designs will need layers to allow users to click deeper into designs, allowing people to sell products without pitching.

What is a digital design? ›

Digital design is a general term that is more relevant now than ever before. Put simply, any kind of design that appears in a digital format (on an app or website), rather than in print (on a physical page), is considered digital design.

What do you do to improve your design skills? ›

  1. Study design theory. A proper understanding of concepts such as grid theory can transform your work (Image credit: Future) ...
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  3. Start a side project. ...
  4. Experiment. ...
  5. Talk to other designers. ...
  6. Read a book. ...
  7. Try changing your software.
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