The 2022 interior design trend: Healthy well-being

From blurring the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, to opting for natural material finishes: these are the 2022 interior design trends that help address the longing for a holistic and healthy environment within our homes.

Interior Designer Katherine Ann Correa, March, the chairperson of the Interior Design Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, believes that well-being is the design highlight for 2022.

Benilde Interior Design Program chairperson interior designer Katherine Ann Correa, March.

“We have been forced to slow down and spend time in our homes because of the pandemic. This drove a strong desire and more reason to create a space that reflects both visually and affectionately what we feel and need,” she added.

To achieve this, Correa suggested starting on planning, considering the choices of material finishes, as well as looking into the indoor air quality. Rooms, she reiterated, should be adaptable to cater to fluid lifestyles.

Add natural element with wood accents and indoor plants.

Trend forecast giant WGSN, which provides trend insights from over 250 experts around the world, confirmed that flexibility has never been more in demand. And our very own one-room bahay kubo that can serve all the functions that every family needs comes to mind.

Create a work-out space.

“Over the last two years, people realized the flaws in their living spaces and saw the need to transform them,” Correa explained. “Since our mobility is limited, we look for [our own] retreat for active, social and work venues after a long work-from-home day. This led us to create transition spots.” Coffee nooks, home gyms or work-out rooms, and entertainment areas with movie projectors are still popular amid the stay-at-home set-up.

Neutrals and earth colors are the 2022 tones.

Correa, who is an advocate for heritage conservation, noted that there is a continuous yearning to find nature within the home. Based on the WGSN report, 2021 material selections such as stone, concrete and wood are also being carried over this year. 

Diffuser and essential oils add comfort to the home.

Nature-inspired surfaces and objects join the indoor houseplants as accents. Marbles, stone veneers, stone-like tiles, antique pastel walls, lime wash and concrete finish take reign.

Coffee nooks remain popular amid the work-from-home set-up.

For the tones, neutrals and earth olors complete the vibe, while peppering the room with soft curvy furniture pieces to add coziness. Uneven shapes like live-edged tables, on the other hand, bring the character of meaningful imperfections. Scent diffusers and essential oils likewise help bring a restful feel.

Indoor garden brings in the element of the outdoors.

Those who wish to elevate their homes may utilize domestic technology, such as electronics that may be controlled via mobile phones.

Correa deduced that D.I.Y. home makeovers will continue to be a trend. “Retreat – the healing home is the best way to describe this,” she concluded. “As consumers stay at home longer, all activities each day are mostly done inside, which means more reasons to design areas that can comfort and heal.”