By Megan Slack published
As we sit on the fringe of 2022, it is perhaps only inevitable that thoughts are turning to design trends for the year ahead. And, while it is impossible to predict the future, designer Shea McGee has shared her forecast for the seasons to come – and it looks highly romantic.
In an exclusive interview with H&G, the Dream Home Makeover star revealed that she will embrace romantic textures this 2022 – but what does this interior design trend involve? Here, Shea explains all you need to know before flirting with this maximalist movement.
How to incorporate romantic textures – according to Shea McGee
'I'm excited to lean into more romantic textures and prints like ruffles, scallops, floral patterns, and even fringe in the upcoming year,' Shea says. She adds that she will experiment with the trend 'on everything from bedding to styling accessories.'
It is perhaps unsurprising that romantic textures will have their moment next year. Chintz trend shows no signs of wavering – while fringe is evident in stylish schemes on both sides of the Atlantic. However, while these textures may have Shea's seal of approval, the designer warns that styling various patterns and hues can be tricky to navigate.
Scale your space
Explaining how to mix patterns on her blog, Shea recommends playing with scale in interior design to ensure the prints don't compete with one another – especially when styling within a vignette or an entire room. 'For example, if we start with a large-scale print in a pillow combination, we might choose something with a smaller, more intricate pattern to complement it,' she says.
Make a sophisticated statement
While Shea McGee admits that subtle patterns are perfect for completing a design, she suggests 'choosing bold patterns that will add the right amount of detail into your new year scheme. 'Whether it's florals on florals in a kids' space or a sophisticated wallpaper in a powder bathroom, large-scale pattern choices go a long way to make an impact,' Shea adds.
The designer also urges you to mix organic patterns (those with more movement and curves) with geometric shapes to maintain a balance in your room.
If these decorating ideas are Shea McGee approved, who can surely disagree? We expect a bold and beautiful new year ahead.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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