Spring 2022

Get Grounded

Words by Andrea Glinn

To-the-trade designer showrooms indicate that the new neutrals are earthy—goodbye, gray!—and patterns may remind you vaguely of your granny’s house.


ith another year of COVID-19 behind us and an uncertain future ahead, globally we need hope and comfort.

Recent product releases available exclusively at showrooms reserved for professional designers illustrate how manufacturers are using earthy neutrals—browns, greens and blues—to create calm and grounded feelings. Companies are also reintroducing classic patterns to invoke familiarity and nostalgia—but recoloring and refreshing them to feel new again, providing a positive expression of moving forward into a new era while honoring the underlying values of our past. Too much for retail theory? Then just take a browse and, well, exhale.

Design & Detail names 2022's trend “Organic and Natural.” Greens and browns are the new neutrals.

Top: Schumacher Feather Bloom Sisal wallpaper in Venetian Pink. Bottom left: Harlequin indoor/outdoor collection; Woodland Ferns and Calathea shown. Bottom right: Zuri rug from Jaipur Living. Background: Schumacher Halcott Sisal Wallpaper in Forest. Photos courtesy of Design & Detail.

KDR Designer Showrooms identifies the overall 2022 trend as “Grandmillennial,” a revival of traditional patterns in modern colors and a fresh introduction to a new generation of designers and consumers.

Optimism and nostalgia rule these rooms. Left: From Stroheim, ottomans in Bengaluru fabric, a fanciful tree of life botanical print. Curtains in Isabella. Avni Maze wallpaper. Right: Pillow in Kochi Toile, a colorful reinterpretation of an Asian classic; headboard in Varanasi Guava, both from Stroheim. Bottom: Marguerite wallpaper in Cacao and Sevres Stripe fabric from Clarence House’s 60th anniversary collection.  Photos courtesy of KDR Designer Showrooms.

Designer’s Library forecasts a trend of geometric and floral prints and textures, especially in neutral browns and blues.

Top left: Industrial meets organic in the Acate collection from Vahallan. Top right: Indochine wallcoverings from JF Fabrics. Bottom Left: Metallic leaf columns are laid into rough texture in the Sendai collection of hand-painted wall coverings from Vahallan. Bottom Right (from left to right): Acute, Ginny, Ahoy, Silhouette and Serpent from JF Fabrics. Photos courtesy of Designer’s Library.

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