Interior Design Trends for 2022

Redecoration projects are on the rise as homeowners feel pressured to refresh their living spaces. Following this trend, Rent Cafe analyzed the increase in search volume for different design styles in 2021 compared to the previous year to identify which one gained the most popularity. Here is what they found:


  • Tranquil, zen, harmonious
  • Year-over-year increase in search volume: 1,217%
  • Average monthly search volume: 3,820

Japandi is seeing the most notable increase in popularity, with Google searches 13x higher than just a year ago. This style brings together the best of two worlds – Japan and Scandinavia – and focuses on creating a calm and clean aesthetic. It embraces natural tones and textures while promoting peace of mind. The color palette is filled with muted neutrals, along with accent and contrast touches to create vibrancy. At the same time, plants bring life and warmer hues are used to create a livelier, more dynamic space.

Dark University

Dark University

  • Dark and dark color palette, cold tones
  • Year-on-year increase in search volume: 405%
  • Average monthly search volume: 2,020

Dark Academia is the second most trending design style, having increased by 405% in Google searches in 2021 compared to 2020. According to Rent Cafe, Dark Academic is a style approved by literature lovers.
and art, promoting a passion for the college lifestyle.

The overall aesthetic has a dark, dark color scheme. Dark browns and shades of purple or violet; heavy materials, such as velvet, metals and stones; and ornate furnishings complete the look.



  • vintage, patterned, bold
  • One-year increase in search volume: 217 percent
  • Average monthly search volume: 730

Grandmillennial has recently moved from a range of decorating options to a fully-fledged aesthetic. The style is lush, loud, and reminiscent of the bustling homes of millennial grandparents. months, becoming one of the styles to watch in 2022. This style is all about reconnecting and rediscovering beauty in bold floral patterns, pleated items, bold colors and mismatched furniture, according to the article.



  • Abundant, noisy, eclectic
  • Year-over-year increase in search volume: 112%
  • Average monthly search volume: 3,540

Using eclectic, rich colors and bold patterns, Maximalism creates exaggerated design and brings any room to life. According to the article, layers are key to this design to keep it balanced in abundance. Add display surfaces such as bookcases, coffee tables or open shelving. Incorporating plants and other functional elements can also help complete the look.

modern farmhouse

modern farmhouse

  • Charming, cozy, traditional
  • Year-over-year increase in search volume: 24%
  • Average monthly search volume: 25,670

The modern farmhouse remains the most searched design type on Google. Unlike the classic farmhouse, this style relies less on rustic and vintage items, instead incorporating the warmth and comfort of farmhouse design with a modern, sleek feel. It also moves away from clutter and kitsch and towards a more sophisticated and streamlined design.

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