ASID Outlines Key Design Influences in 2022 Trends Report

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its 2022 Trends Report, part one of the three-part Outlook Report revealing significant industry trends and implications, economic indicators, and shifts in the interior design profession.

Compiled by the Society’s research and knowledge team, the Trends Report examines topics that inform design practice developments, such as demographic shifts leading to new occupant needs and lifestyle trends based on occupant priorities.

The report finds that health and wellness continue to dominate both residential and commercial design due to the lasting effects of the pandemic. Sustainability has also shifted from a nice-to-have to a must-have for designers and consumers alike. Additional highlights include:

  • Wellness is a top priority for homeowners. Homeowners are increasingly searching for designs and products that will promote good health and an overall sense of wellbeing. Clients are gravitating toward simpler, cleaner, easier-to-maintain designs, as well as outdoor living spaces and places where they can relax and restore from the increased stresses of everyday life.
  • Workplace wellness is a must for employees and businesses. Nearly a third of the full-time employees currently working from home say they would never come into the office during the week. To lure employees back to the workplace, businesses need to rethink their office design to provide environments that are meticulously clean and safe, but also less stressful.
  • Smart home technology goes mainstream. Smart products, such as lighting systems, carbon monoxide detectors, and digital thermostats have grown in popularity as they become simpler to use. Most homes now have at least one or two smart items, and it is projected that by 2023 more than half will have three or more.

The report also details industry insights impacting all sectors of design, highlighting health and wellness, technology, and business trends. It finds:

  • The future of office design is evolving. As ways of working and employees’ attitudes toward work are changing, employers and designers are trying to figure out what the office of the future should look like. Emerging trends include allowing more freedom and flexibility to employees to design their own spaces, creating experience-based environments with more sensory inputs, the return of the private office, and providing more spaces that support team and interactive activities.
  • Hotels and resorts look to refresh and renew their interiors as they await the return of guests. Those in the hospitality industry are busy refreshing their properties to improve comfort and safety and to update aesthetics. Statistically, wellness tourism is projected to generate $436 billion in 2022.
  • Wellness real estate outpaces other types of construction. Environments designed intentionally to protect and enhance occupant health and well-being comprise a growing portion of construction projects. Wellness features and healthy design will become nearly ubiquitous in luxury properties and in workplaces, with a growing emphasis not just on wellbeing but on improved human health.

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