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Six design trends for the 2022 International Furniture Fair in Cologne (Italy)

Cologne 2022, which takes place from January 17 to 23, coincides with the beginning of the year and is a great way to discover more and stay up to date with relevant industry trends and innovations for 2022.

Trend #1

Six predicted interior trends that will define developments and innovations in home living will be presented at this show. Here's a glimpse of what's to come.

Decoration has become an integral part of interior design.

Home living is increasingly becoming an expression of individuality, an ongoing process influenced not only by trends, but also more by our personalities, lifestyles, seasonal changes, and natural variations.

Regardless of their stylistic preferences, the themes of interior trends are becoming more and more common to reflect the seasonal changes of nature.

Interior design departments are once again taking décor seriously, and even in minimalist interiors, the use of seasonal accessories to create strong, perfectly executed décor is no longer seen as a stylistic sin.

Decor is becoming a collage that is constantly changing with the seasons and our perception of nature.

When shopping for furniture, it is important that the furniture is neither too extravagant nor too boring, and that you consider the degree to which the furniture can be utilized and the degree to which it can change as a backdrop.

Add personality by using walls, sofas, and furniture as a neutral backdrop as the seasons and our view of nature continue to change.

Trend #2

Out of necessity, the digital world is becoming more and more important in our daily lives - and homes are integrating this, with interior design adapting to this growing connectivity.

Smart apps are becoming increasingly diverse, reliable and easy to use, and can be tailored more precisely to the specific needs of residents.

Technology is becoming part of the furniture, especially in the kitchen, which is the most connected room due to the multiple options for connecting kitchen appliances.

In addition, by becoming an artificial intelligence-based hub, homes are adapting to new ways of working remotely.

Connectivity helps to make our lives easier and smarter, but most importantly helps the environment in terms of energy optimization, temperature regulation, air purification, water control: this could be the future of the smart home.

Trend #3

As home prices rise, the furniture industry responds to the challenge of creating maximum comfort in small spaces.

Furniture and furnishings should adapt to changing needs, especially in times of pandemic.

In fact, there will be a greater demand in the future for affordable modular systems and compact freestanding products that are scalable (allowing them to adapt to different room sizes), variable (with pull-out technology, etc.) and versatile.

Now that the focal point of the home is the dining table, which has to adapt to the needs of the home, and other furniture elements such as sofas, modular design is becoming more common.

Furniture should not be adapted in size, but should also meet the ergonomic needs of the home, for example with a lift design that turns the home office desk into a standing desk.

Streamlining the available space brings new multifunctional solutions and new aesthetics for a perfectly neat and tidy feel in small multifunctional interiors as well.

Trend #4

The home of the future has blurred boundaries: not only between indoors and outdoors, but also between (semi-)public and private, and between different zones - living and cooking, living and dining, living and working, living space and bathroom.

Areas with specific functions are no longer enclosed, but are partitioned by decorative and furniture elements, using elements such as (removable) partitions or permanent built-in units or carpets to mark important areas.

In rooms with few walls or partitions, furniture must be able to stand alone and make an impact, and separate pieces no longer have the "best side".

Side tables can double as seating, bathroom furniture increasingly looks like any other room furniture, and outdoor furniture is inspired by the indoors.

Mobile furniture on wheels, such as the classic service trolley, is now particularly popular, as a result of the obvious influence of these borderless spaces.

Outdoor spaces are now considered "second living rooms": balconies, terraces and gardens have been carefully designed and decorated to become welcoming living areas with high-quality outdoor furniture.

New solutions such as waterproof fabrics, smart furniture concepts and new flooring allow for both indoor and outdoor use, blurring the boundaries between spaces.

Trend #5

Urban lifestyles, remote working and flexible working patterns are creating new living spaces such as long and short term apartments, shared living and working areas.

As a result, there is a growing demand for new furniture solutions and concepts, as well as for high-quality and functional rental furniture.

The more centrally located the co-living facility is, the more the concept of the apartment building tends to diversify, combining work, leisure and family under one roof.

Long-term and short-term apartments represent a new and important segment of the interior design industry.

In creating co-living spaces, it is important to create trendy interiors with stylish designs as a way to attract new customers through Instagram and social media.

Trend #6

Quality is a true luxury, and it is now synonymous with features such as traditional craftsmanship, quality materials, and soft-edge design.

The environmental crisis of the past few years has finally shifted the interior design industry towards quality and away from the "more is better, cheaper is better" shackles of years past.

People want houses that are more environmentally friendly, more stylish, more colorful, more natural and more sustainable.

This new concept of "natural luxury" is expressed in materials such as finely crafted woods and leathers, with softly contoured, smooth-feeling marble and other stone finishes that are a perfect match for the new touch.

Furniture should also be durable and have a story to tell. The demand for comfortable spaces is also growing - especially in the wake of the pandemic.

As a result, the need for natural tones and natural ambiance is also on the rise.

Colors are directly inspired by nature: sandy beige, brown tones leaning more towards taupe than chocolate, and even gray tones seem to be inspired by earthy tones.

In addition to neutrals and natural tones, the demand for intense shades is also growing.

From warm ochres to shiny honey yellows, from soft terracotta to vibrant saffron, from delicate greens to vibrant olives and more.

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