Top 5 TikTok Interior Design Trends for Spring 2022
Designers, ignore TikTok’s whims at your peril, as the app’s young users are powering some of the biggest interior design trends of the year. In the past, this has included cottagecore, DIY rug tufting, and ultra-organized pantries. Now we’re seeing a new wave of home-related trending hashtags, and some of them are truly surprising.
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You never know what will explode on TikTok next. Would you have thought, for example, that teenagers would see Diane Keaton’s house in the 2003 film something must give as interior design inspiration? The trend is called “coastal grandma,” and it’s all about creating a beachy, relaxed yet clean and organized vibe that says “yes, we’ve got money.” TikToker Lex Nicoleta, 26, claims to have coined the phrase, and his channel is full of tips for getting the aesthetic and surprising credentials ranging from Reese Witherspoon to Oprah.
Natural linen textiles and neutral tones form the backdrop for this style, which is accentuated by vaguely coastal-themed accessories like throw pillows and wicker baskets. Amber lamps, fresh floral arrangements, and light curtains that flutter gently in the breeze complete the effect. Much of this trend is actually inspired by Hamptons style decor, so be sure to check out our guide to classic coastal style.
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Hold on to your hairpin legs, because mid-century modernity is over, according to Gen Z. Considering this has been the ultimate goal when it comes to interior design style for several generations now, we shouldn’t be too surprised. There’s also the kind of aseptic minimalism that makes you feel like you’re in a hospital rather than a home. Instead, young trendsetters embrace a kind of lived-in maximalism that conveys the fact that a real person is occupying the space.
The goal is not to fill your house with a pile of junk you don’t need. It’s surrounding yourself with things you love and use. The goal is some kind of organized mess, or eye candy feast that gives your guests something new to look at each time they visit. #Cluttercore has been around for a while now, and it shows no signs of going away. But don’t worry, minimalists, the pendulum will undoubtedly swing back in your direction sooner or later.
The cloud sofa
After being spotted in the homes of Kendall Jenner and other celebrities, Restoration Hardware’s Cloud Sofa has sparked a lust frenzy on TikTok. There’s just one problem: it sells for over $4,000 per section, and if you want the whole thing, it sells for $12,000. Designer Timothy Oulton envisioned it as the ultimate sofa with a corner, armless section and ottoman, and central to its comfort is a set of oversized pillows to snuggle into. The sofa exudes both comfort and luxury, and it fits right in with the Coastal Grandma aesthetic.
If the price is too high, you can find much more affordable Cloud Couch duplicates (or “dupes,” as they’re called on TikTok). One of the best is Leanne Ford’s Ever Slipcover Sofa, available at Crate + Barrel for $2,199.
DIY Painting Tips
Paint is the ultimate way to transform a space: it’s cheap, anyone can do it, and it has a huge impact. Designers like Dani Dazey LA’s Danielle Nagel and the duo @verygaypaint demonstrate how color and pattern can make even the most uninspiring spaces stand out and express a lot of personality. Nagel’s aesthetic also incorporates maximalism and ’70s decor, two more popular TikTok trends.
A specific example is the painted refrigerator trend that is currently inspiring TikTokers to turn their boring kitchen appliances into custom creations. At Home with Ashley demos with a pastel stripe theme, and Jess Maple gives hers a chalkboard paint makeover.
Young Millennials and Generation Z have taken the love of older generations for indoor plants and made it a way of life. Just check out the #plantmom hashtag on TikTok to get an idea of what that means. There are two parts to this trend: using large amounts of houseplants as decoration and caring for them as you would beloved pets. We’re not talking about tucking a plant in here or there for visual interest. The idea is to fill the space with enough greenery to almost feel like being outside.
The popularity of this trend exploded during the pandemic, when people were stuck indoors with little to do and with no connection to the natural world outside. On TikTok, the hashtag #plantmom will not only inspire you to incorporate live plants into your home decor, but will also teach you how to meet their needs and diagnose issues like nutrient deficiencies. TikTokers Laneys First and Regan Kastner are great starting points for all the plant content you crave.
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