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Decorating and colour trends 2022, habitat plus

Welcome — The ripple effect created by recent challenges has been hugely disruptive for decorating and design trends, given the massive interruption to global supply chains and the cancellation of significant fashion and design events.

This has opened things up to more opportunities for creativity. Decorators are taking matters into their own hands and creating clever and colourful solutions that are unique to their personal wants and needs, as well of those of their family, rather than being dominated by fast fashion and quick trend turnover.

Whether you're building new, moving or simply looking to redecorate your home to better suit your personality and lifestyle, we've rounded up the best of the best paint and decorating ideas in this habitat plus to help inspire your next project, from quick weekend refreshes to total home makeovers. Sorted by colour, mood and theme, it's easy to find something to suit every style and taste.

We encourage you to use this habitat plus to inspire imaginative ideas of your own. We'd love to see what you create – and perhaps your creativity might be just the inspiration someone else needs to get started on their decorating project.

Happy decorating!

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Paint, wallpaper, decorating and colour trends 2022

Sit back, relax and enjoy all the articles from this habitat plus booklet! Simply click on the story below of interest and read the full article or use the search function for a particular topic.

2020 Trend Spotter Look for this 'trend spotter' symbol to find out where you can learn more about another hot trend shown elsewhere in this book.


Greens reign supreme

Greens reign supreme

From fashion to interiors, there is no hotter hue right now than green. As recently as last year, it was lighter shades of sage that were the dominant variation, but there has been a sharp shift as greens have become less grey and instead have taken on far warmer and yellowed undertones... more


The sky's the light

The sky's the limit

The world’s all-time favourite colour, blue, is always relevant. Evocative of the sea and sky, no hue is said to be more relaxing or restful... more


Lighter than air

Lighter than air

Recent events have reminded all of us of the need to take (or make) time to switch off and tune in to what’s really important: our own wellbeing and the health of those we care about... more


The new neutrals

The new neutrals

After two decades of cool, flat greys and whites reigning as the preferred neutrals, there has been a shift towards warmer and more complex options. Character neutrals, which feature more depth in their subtle undertones, are all the rage... more


Timeless and classic

Timeless and classic

There is a good reason classic designs are called timeless. These colours and shapes evade the normal waxing and waning of trends because they quite simply always look good, no matter what year or season it is... more


Steeped in drama

Steeped in drama

For a long time, dark and dramatic paint colours were thought to make homes feel claustrophobic. But those who have taken the plunge with smouldering selections like Resene Double Foundry, Resene Dune, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Astronaut know the real power that these colours have to transform a space for the better... more


Spiced just right

Spiced just right

Deliciously delectable colours like caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee and toasted, nutty hues are reaching sky high popularity and have been making a scrumptious impact on our homes... more


Down to earth

Down to earth

The decade long obsession with motifs, colours, materials and silhouettes popular in the 80s has waned and made way for 1970s influences... more


Inspired exteriors

Inspired exteriors

For those building new or undertaking a full update of their home exterior, blacks and near blacks such as Resene All Black, Resene Foundry and Resene Element are the paint colours of choice to get a contemporary look on their walls and fences... more


Other trends

Other trends

The resurgence of paint effects – and, in particular, limewashing – has, without question, become one of the hottest trends around. Also – using contrast • painterly dots, dashes and strokes • handpainted pinstripes • murals • colour blocking • open shelving • panelling • arches • playing with colour • geometric wall designs • tropical themes • animal motifs • statement/conversational wallpaper • using bright colours • using purples - lilac to aubergine... more


Stylists colour loves

2022 colour and decorating trends from Habitat plus

Contributing stylists: Gem Adams, Kate Alexander, Amber Armitage, Megan Harrison- Turner, Laura Lynn Johnston, Annick Larkin, Vanessa Nouwens, Emily Somerville-Ryan, Leigh Stockton and Melle van Sambeek.

Contributing photographers: Bryce Carleton, Simon Devitt, Wendy Fenwick, John Foster, Melanie Jenkins and Studio South.

Selected photos courtesy of Izzard Design, JWA Architects, Nood, SGA (Strachan Group Architects) and Totem Studio Architects.

Wall in Resene Triple Pearl Lusta, timber headboard in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, floor in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta, sideboard in Resene Hemlock, large vase in Resene Brown Bramble, plant pot in Resene Cashmere and bud vase in Resene Sour Dough. Bedlinen from Foxtrot Home, cushion and rug from Città, slides from Blackbird Goods.

 

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