Decor and Design Trends: A Visual Report

By Anja Joubert

- Richard Beckett is a probiotic designer and believes that our future walls will be diverse ecosystems, supplying us with necessary nutrients.


Indigenous solutions

From cooling systems to floating cities, architects and designers are looking toward ancient civilisations and taking inspiration from pre-industrial intelligence to future-proof and build climate-resilient infrastructures.

- Reacting to extreme weather conditions and inspired by Mayan civilisation, Tulum in Mexico utilises a geometric latticed roof design that self-cools, making it independent of mechanical air-con systems.


Healthy interiors

There’s a move towards the use of organic, sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, and wood. We’ve renewed our appreciation for their anti-bacterial benefits and their organic characteristics that connects us to nature.

- Image: Wall to wall wood interiors (curved & “cave-like”)


Data into design

Information designers are developing data visualisations into a new, graphic art form. Presenting vital research around topics crucial to our modern consciousness in easily accessible visuals has long held vital educational value, but now takes on a richly textured, invitingly interactive life of its own. 

Image: Raw Colour design studio

Image: Giorgia Lupi turns data designs into art and fashion ranges



TikTok designers

With 8 billion views, it’s safe to say that #interiordesign is an influential force on this ascendant platform and in the wider world. An emphasis on accessibility makes TikTok’s varied interior design conservations particularly fun, and the styles for which creators advocate are particularly easy to achieve even as trends filter in and out to more mainstream media platforms.

Images:  Show some accounts @interstellar_isabelaar and @joshandmattdesign


Tomorrow’s home

Technology is becoming a more deeply integrated part of how we live, and an emphasis on wellness is key. Home comforts can take on a whole new meaning with innovations from sleep-monitoring mattresses to multi-sensory digital styling that enhances our mood and shifts with it.


Designing with nature

Biophilic design refers to a closer, more beneficial connection between nature and architecture. It’s based on bringing the natural environment, plants, and even microbial life indoors in meaningful ways. Humans and businesses are finding innovative ways to blur the lines between outdoor and indoor and even ‘build’ with nature.

- Image: Lo-TEK Design by Radical Indigenism book by Julia Watson


Renewed materials

Waste is becoming a valued resource. Innovations in upcycled materials are delivering beautiful new aesthetics and product opportunities that will continue to be of interest as sustainability remains top of mind.

- Image:  Statement podiums and shop fittings in new Ganni stores made from recycled plastics.


3D textures

The search for soft outfits on Pinterest was up by 185% in 2021. Soft textures, volume and craft-like creations offer a sense of comfort and some feel-good factor.



Flexible leases in co-living and co-working spaces are driving a new way of living, making a low-commitment lifestyle, with added benefits, accessible. Coupled with the rise of subscription-based furniture rental companies, this trend makes it clear that home-orientated business and brands understand the need to become increasingly service-driven.

Image:  Pretty things but without the commitment. HARTH.SPACE furniture rental company


Building in the Metaverse

Expect more immersive experiences as AR and VR technology continues to develop, push forward, and become more mainstream. Brands are jumping on board by building digital worlds, showrooms and games that transition seamlessly between the worlds of the virtual and the real.

Image: Nike creates virtual world ‘Nikeland’

Image: Cloud Housing by Lucia Tahan