15 Decorating tips to update your home in 2022
With the new year in full swing, there’s a chance you’re looking to update your home with a new style – one that brings more joy into your home.
There are countless artistic mediums – from ceramics to watercolor paintings—that will complement your home. But to truly find the right artistic home décor that speaks to you, you might be looking for a starting point.
And to help you get started, I, along with other artists shared our best decorating tips to update your home interior so it brings you joy this year.
Check out what we had to say so you can start decorating your home today!
Embrace color in the designs
Look at the color forecasts and try and interject a new paint color into a spot in your home, whether it’s changing out your front door color or making a dramatic choice for a powder room. Paint is a simple trick for updating tired spaces. I am currently loving Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, October Mist, which would be a very elegant choice for kitchen cabinetry. – Patina Modern
Lean into the green – embrace this new color trend that creates a soothing change of scenery and packs a punch in your home design. Whether implementing this color on the walls, with a piece of furniture or adding a variety of accents, you’ll love the calming effect this design exudes. – G. Home
Balance color with neutrals. If your art is bold and bright, center it around neutral-colored walls and accessories, letting the color be the focal point. If your furniture or accessories are filled with color, balance it with neutral art. – Kate Moynihan, Artist
Make your home bloom
The trend to decorate with large (or even giant) paper flowers in past years has grown beyond just weddings and special events, and now spreads widely to home interiors as well. What could be more beautiful and cuter than a nursery backdrop made of eco-friendly flowers in pastel colors, which the baby will stare at? Or think of a modern and sleek flower set made of luxurious metallic paper for living room or entryway wall décor? Large paper flowers are always a great way to make an impressive statement on your wall spaces. – Oksana, FancyBloom
Paper floral canvases will brighten up any room and bring it color, texture and life. Your walls will bloom with a beautiful dimension. It’s perfect for those who love flowers but prefer not to maintain “fresh” ones, or prefer clear table surfaces. – Kelly Grace, Paper Floral Co
Decorate your space with ceramic pieces
Bring a bold statement into your space. My best tip is to look for objects that make a bold design statement in your home. A piece may be functional, but it should also work as an object even if not used. – Cuong Ta, Cuong Ta Ceramics
Consider how the pottery feels. One of the most important things when purchasing pottery is to think about how it feels in your hands. A well-made piece of pottery that has a great weight and nice form can really make an average day feel special. For example, starting your day with a mug that holds your hands just right really can make a difference. – Sophia Keys, Apricity Ceramics
If you want to add warmth and charm to your home without compromising functionality, display ceramic pieces with intention. Hang your favorite handmade mugs, vases, or other vessels to create a statement wall that is also a useful design element. Try decorating your space with pieces that are both beautiful and purposeful. – Samm A. Stafford, Artist at The Clay Moon
Having artwork on the walls can bring you joy
Watercolors lend freshness, luminosity, and simple air to your space. Create an abstract piece with your loved ones by splashing some colors, and hang it up on your favorite wall. Pastel colors add warmth and moderation. Vivid Colors: luminosity if it’s used with well balanced intense tones (yellows, light greens, oranges). Fine or faint natural colors: add a sense of composure, tranquility, and calmness. – Nupoor, Design Manager, Viviva Colors
The art you choose should please you. That might seem like a “no-brainer,” but it’s easy to worry that we don’t know enough about art to choose the “right art” for our walls. Whether it fits with the “décor of the day” is far less important than whether it makes you smile. Do you like the colors, the movement or the energy in the imagery: will it help you to feel at home? Art can set the mood. Art can set the energetic/emotional tone for a room; it can also help connect one room to another. Does the image bring you joy? Does it make you hungry (think kitchen or dining area)? Is the image soothing or energizing? Would it work best in a bedroom or a more active living room? Most importantly, do your lips lift up or turn down when you look at the piece in question? – Patrice A Federspiel, Art of Aloha
Start with simple and stylish watercolors paintings. Consider buying watercolor paintings mounted directly onto cradled wood boards – skip the plexiglass/glass. These small to medium sized paintings are perfect for accent walls or as a collection for a larger wall. Waterproof and sealed with UV Archival finish, these paintings offer a simple, stylish way to add color to a room. – Ryan Fox, AWS, NEWS, WSNC
Get a custom feel by combining different cabinets and shelves
It’s so easy to get intimidated when it comes to DIY projects, but there are countless ways to make your Pinterest dreams feel more achievable and affordable. Try looking for pre-made pieces – like stock cabinets, shelving units or floating shelves – that you can piece together to get that custom feel. – Marcy, SimplyYoursByMarcy
Embroidery brings in a special touch
If you love embroidery, transform your home with some simple yet beautiful pieces like a designer pouf, front door hanging, table runners, wall frames, greeting cards, pillow tops, or coasters. You’ll cherish your efforts after the final look of your home. – Debashish Ghosh Founder CEO Cre8iveSkill
Bringing your stitches outside the hoop and onto your décor is a fun way to add texture, color, and personality into your home. One of my favorite places to embellish starts at the dining room table. Tablecloths, napkins, and runners can all be upgraded with unique hems, corner accents, monograms, or even add names for custom place cards. – Gentry Sanders, The Green Mad House
Don't be afraid to mix and match décor styles
A floor lamp recently caught my eye at Target, but I wasn’t sure if it was my style – I’m more of a boho/mid-century modern gal and this lamp was giving off modern/contemporary vibes. I’m so happy I brought it home though – it fits nicely with everything else in my living room and adds a wonderful glow to the space. – Melody Rose Rowan, InStyleRooms