2022 Ideas to Steal: Wall Coverings, Color & Paint

From grass cloth to slat walls, neutral color and next-level texture are trending like never before
Design by Prospect Refuge Studio, photo by Amanda Marie

Naturally Neutral

Although black is back for good, color palettes are also growing increasingly more brown—flaunting stunning shades that trend from taupe and tan to chocolate and cream. If pops of punctuated color aren’t your preference, a more neutral route will still provide color but in a subtle, understated fashion. How to make these neutrals even more exciting? “Layer them through the use of texture,” suggests Amanda Lorenz of Henri Interiors. This Prospect Refuge Studio primary bedroom demonstrates the trend in a timeless fashion.

Photo by Paul Linnebach

Get Graphic

If there has ever been a time for pushing the boundaries of interior design, 2022 is certainly it. Add fun and creativity to your spaces with graphic prints, shapes, and colors— even out-of-this-world wall coverings. This children’s place space by Mantis Design + Build wouldn’t be the same without a wooded wilderness adorning the walls.

Photo by Alyssa Lee

Tantalizing Texture

Whether you’re planning to revamp your space with a fresh accent wall or commit to a full-room redo, consider a thin, wood-slat wall or textured wall application (We are loving the example in the above Lake Country Builders project!) to add visual appeal to your home. In this specific project, the wall treatment is made with sanded down plywood, which was applied to the sheetrock and then painted for a 3D effect.

Photo by Spacecrafting
Photo by Spacecrafting

Up, Up & Away

Turn up the visual volume, and cover your ceilings with color, pattern, and texture. Dolezal Creative Design + Build did it perfectly in this kids’ bedroom (above), while RLH Studio carried color throughout a bunk room (right) by coordinating the ceiling selection with complementary floor runners.

Dark & Decadent

All things monochromatic and moody were a hit in 2021, and we predict rich, dramatic selections—like this decadently dark pick inside this Homes & Such study—will continue
to pave the way in 2022. (Our favorite shade? Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black is always a go-to hue.)

Photo by Alyssa Lee

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