We talked to the trend experts to find out what bedroom trends will be big in 2022 and beyond. While the classics remain – crisp, quality bedding, good accent lighting, practical clothes' storage – there are some wonderful new looks and bedroom ideas for the year ahead that you'll want to embrace.
Bedroom trends 2022
These are the bedroom trends proving popular so far in 2022.
1. Be bold with blue
If you crave a calming atmosphere in your main bedroom in 2022, blue – in all its variations – could be the solution.
Katie Lion, an interior designer with Kitesgrove, chose blues for this small but soothing space: ‘The inky teal is a beautiful color that instantly feels sophisticated and calming. We didn’t want it to take over the room, so we limited its use to the headboard, cushions and built-in cupboards, then used a paler blue for the walls and ceiling (Farrow & Ball’s Skylight), which helps the room feel light and balances the darker tones.’
Katie used space-saving tricks such as wall lights (Padma sconce with wicker shade from Arteriors) to create more surface space on bedside shelves, and discreet under-bed storage.
2. Layer your bedroom to perfection
The bedroom of the 2022 is all about layering – whether that’s tonal variations of color on different surfaces, a mix of patterns that playfully explore a particular palette or a dynamic blend of textures. Two or three variations of each is enough to develop a richly pleasing space that is the last thing you see at night and the first thing the next day.
Interior designer Katharine Paravicini is adept at adding small points of visual interest to her schemes: ‘Interest and lots of subtle detailing are brought to the room with the use of trims on the curtains and also on upholstery. And we bring in other textures such as reeded bedside tables, brass wall lights, ceramic lamps or a rattan ceiling light.’
3. Supersize your headboard
Grand, super-sized headboard ideas have been a thing for a while now but the style is evolving. Colorful matt patterns have replaced glossy monotonal textures and shapes have become more complex. The rectangle has been superseded by curves and free-form asymmetrical pieces that are almost pieces of art in their own right. Find an upholsterer with headboard experience and discuss your ideas for shapes, sizes and fabrics before you make the order.
4. Use art as the backbone to your scheme
A bedroom is perhaps the most private and intimate space in the home, somewhere you can truly relax and be yourself. Art, then, is particularly significant here. A favorite artwork is a classic starting point for a bedroom color scheme. Make this your color cue – experiment with the colors used, select two or three, then take it from there.
‘We designed this vibrant girl’s bedroom to complement the client’s art collection,’ says interior designer Kate Guinness, who sourced the rug in Morocco.
5. Have confidence when it comes to color
Getting the color right in a room can be a tricky business. Even with all their experience, it can take time for professionals to make a decision. There is a lot to consider – the size and shape of the space, the available natural light and its direction, who it is for, etc.
‘A large space can often handle a blanket of color that works with both north- and south-facing light,’ says Tom Morris of Morrisstudio. ‘If wall colors are strong, I tone down the colors in the furnishings, or vice versa.’
If you’re the type who likes (or needs) a bit of get-up-and-go in the morning, consider earthy tones of red. While not traditionally thought of as one of the best bedroom colors, these orange-red colors are at once energizing and romantic.
6. Put bedroom lighting at the forefront
In a bedroom, different levels and types of lighting can help switch the mood from practical – getting ready for work, say – to relaxing or reading before going to sleep. And it’s something that also needs to be considered when choosing colors.
Sarah Barker from Vanrenen GW Designs thinks about functionality as well as aesthetics when selecting the right lighting for a bedroom. ‘Lighting needs to be low and atmospheric but it is important to be able to read. I am not so keen on overhead lights in bedrooms so we often use small wall lights next to the bed for additional attractive light.’
7. Use a boho chic color palette
Bring color and character to your bedroom with a mix of home-made pieces and one-of-a-kind buys. Sometimes in decorating, you need to stop worrying about what goes with what and go with the flow, follow your instincts and choose patterns and pieces that make you happy.
Opt for the warm side of the color wheel, which includes reds, oranges, yellows, and yellow-based greens. This exotic shade of paprika orange adds a boho vibe to this bedroom, especially when teamed with other bohemian bedroom ideas, such as bamboo, rattan and wicker furniture and shots of cinnamon red.
Neutral shades with a red or yellow base bring warm tones to a decorating scheme – layer different tones and colors for added depth. A contrasting color from the cool side of the color wheel can balance out a scheme dominated by warm colors, like a sharp violet with a rich yellow for example.
8. Introduce colored furniture
Using colored furniture makes it easier to change up an otherwise neutral space. This works particularly well for bedrooms where children may grow out of, or get tired of, particular colors and pieces. Sydney-based interior designer Tamsin Johnson developed this consciously sophisticated scheme with a rich green bookcase taking centre stage.
‘This bedroom belongs to a little girl and we wanted to create something calm and feminine but also something that she can grow into,’ explains Tamsin. ‘The green antique French carved oak bookcase with soft yellow highlights anchors the room while the soft mauve linen bedding provides a tranquil element.’
9. Focus on the headboard
When it comes to buying your bed and headboard, you should really spend the most your budget will allow as this is a long-term investment. Get the largest size the room can take to give the most impact. 'Headboards are an inexpensive way of transforming a bedroom. They are essentially alternative forms of artwork,' advise the experts at Andrew Martin (opens in new tab).
'With the rise of the boutique hotel and its trending look in residential design, the headboard has become a brilliant focal point in bedroom decor. Look to the Firmdale Hotels for inspiration on using brave color and pattern, and have fun coordinating your headboard with a wallpaper or throw. Don’t be afraid to choose a more outlandish style, as this only adds more character.'
10. Bring the outside in
'During lockdown, many people couldn't access nature as often as they’d like and the ones that could sought more, as it is so valuable to our mental wellbeing,' explains interior designer Emma Green at Emma Green Design (opens in new tab).
'The way this can be achieved is by framing, and therefore highlighting, the views out of windows by adding floral wallpaper or introducing greenery. This can be seen in the bedroom above, where the pale green wallpaper behind the bed links so well to the trees outside the window and seems to draw them in.'
11. Clear the clutter with clever storage
Storage has become an integral part of the design process, and we anticipate that it will continue to dominate, as we aim to clear the clutter for a calm and restful bedroom.
'Smart, well-considered bespoke joinery can really improve not only the aesthetics of a room, but create a sense of calm as, if everything has its place and is stored away, so can the working day be stored out of sight and mind,' says Emma Green.
According to Doug Haswell, Furniture Manager, Caple: 'Fitted furniture is becoming more popular for a neater finish in the bedroom. After all, research suggests that people can spend one-third of their lives in bed so it’s important to make sure your surroundings are comfortable. With everything hidden behind closed doors, this will certainly improve your sleeping conditions.'
'Choose neutral colors for a more relaxing décor and consider simple door fronts with less detailing. After all, the less busy a bedroom is, the more conducive it will be for a good night’s sleep. In fact, bedroom styles have evolved to be sleek for a smarter finish so flush-fronted doors are popular as are more neutral shades. Designs have also altered over the years and some can now feature a built-in finish for a less-cluttered look in a bedroom made for a good night’s sleep.'
12. Bring in botanicals
Fresh and inviting, the botanical trend is a simple way to add character and energy to a scheme.
Energising and uplifting, plants and plant motifs have huge decorative potential in the bedroom and enduring appeal. Botanical prints for fabrics and wallpaper are pretty without being over-feminine and they work just as well in modern, country or classic schemes.
An intricate botanical fabric acts as both a decorative bedhead panel and a pleasing focal point.
What is the new bedroom color trend for 2022?
'For 2022 we have moved away from dark charcoals and towards the warmer tones of nature, like deep reddish browns and terracotta, which are strong and subdued but achingly fashionable,' says Color Expert at Farrow & Ball, Joa Studholme. Incredibly chic by day and cozy by night, they bring a grounded but luxurious atmosphere that is thought-provoking as well as soothing, particularly when paired with other hues found in the natural world.'
'In challenging times, we crave warm tones that will enrich our homes and create cozy sanctuaries away from the outside world. Luxurious colors like red can be added to the most neutral of palettes by using them in the rooms we use at the end of the day, when we most want to relax and be comforted.'
According to Natasha Bradley, Lick Home (opens in new tab) Color and Interiors Expert: 'We have seen a huge trend in colors that make your bedroom a calm and comforting space that you can come to after the working day. As more people look to finding a balance between work and home life.'
Blue is one of the most popular colors for bedrooms. It has a positive effect on the mind and body because of its connection with the sky and ocean, which can make anyone feel immediately relaxed. Painting your ceiling in a dark blue causes the body to produce a chemical that gives you a feeling of tranquillity so don’t be afraid to experiment with different hues.
Green is another restful color which is always trending for bedrooms. As it’s settling on the eyes, it is known to make people feel refreshed and closer to nature.
What is the latest bedroom trend in bedding?
People are beginning to invest in the best mattress, best mattress topper and quality bedding, something that I always recommend to my clients,' explains Natasha Bradley. 'It is the most important element in a bedroom – you spend half your life in bed so it’s crucial that you invest in these items – or your sleep will suffer!'
'There’s definitely a move towards relaxed bedding and comfy sheets,' says Gemma Gordon Duff from Gordon Duff & Linton. 'Linen, organic bedding and chunky wool throws are hugely popular right now and add to that feeling of sanctuary.'
Is grey still in style for bedrooms in 2022?
Grey bedroom ideas are still incredibly popular, but as we spend more and more time in our home, we have started experimenting with warmer neutrals, especially in the bedroom.
According to Tiffany Duggan, grey has very much been and gone: 'We love color and a fully grey palette has never really been our thing. We do love neutrals too but err towards warmer colors such as soft buttery whites, bones and plaster hued nudes. I think grey based greens and blues are lovely and a perfect foil to brighter more impactful patterns and colors but the cool, commercial greys of the last decade do seem to be fading in popularity.'
On the other hand, grey tones will always be in style because they are easy to work with,' says Natasha Bradley. 'They allow you a base shade that you can then bring other shades such as greens and blues in too.
However, choosing the right greys for your home is really important as you can end up falling into a trap where the grey hue you have chosen ends up making your home feel dull and lifeless. When in reality the right shade of grey can make a space feel warm and sophisticated. Choosing a grey hue with a warm undertone of soft green can bring character and color into your home.'
What are the bedroom trends for 2022?
'The bedroom should be a relaxing sanctuary in which to rest and recuperate,' advises Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director of Kelling Designs and KD Loves.
'Where previously muted, neutral tones have been popular, we are now seeing a huge move away from minimalist interior schemes with clients being more daring with design choices. From statement wallpaper and creative wall finishes such as polished plaster through to bold and colorful fabrics and bed linen, clients want to inject personality into their homes, and this is no different in the bedroom.'
'Headboards are once again becoming popular, with big, bold shapes in bright colors and patterned fabrics being a go-to choice. It's all about creating a focal point and making a real statement and an upholstered headboard will really allow you to show off your personality, whilst being comfortable and practical too.
'We are seeing more and more clients opting for headboards with taller, curved silhouettes pairing them with rich patterns and colors to anchor their interior design scheme,' says Emma. 'This proves once again that bold tones can be just as restful as muted shades.'
'Key colors include rich reds and oranges, mustard yellows and bold greens, with blues continuing to prove popular for a classic, timeless scheme. Nature-inspired prints are also a must-have, with prints inspired by florals and foliage to bring an element of the outdoors in.'
'We are also moving towards increased personalization when it comes to design. Bespoke, fitted bedsides with integrated power points and wireless charging provide storage for the essential items people need within arm’s reach.'
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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