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Top Interior Design Trends of 2022 Inspired by the Victorian Era

Victorian styled dining room with copper tin ceiling.

Victorian style is one of the most recognizable looks in all design. Its luxury, opulence, and fine detail have stuck with multiple generations of interior designers. We still see echoes of Victorian influence in design today.

After years of more stark minimalism and modernism, 2021 and 2022 have embraced a softer approach. We spent more time at home during the pandemic surrounded by uncertainty, and that resulted in the desire for more comfortable settings. Comforts and luxuries are a top trend for 2022, the likes of which any Victorian would approve.

The overall impact of the Victorians on today’s trends can be summed up in one word: softening. Here’s a look at some top interior design trends of 2022 born of Victorian influence.

Glorious Wood

A top interior design trend of 2022 includes wood, wood, and more wood. Light, dark, knotty, veined, and everything in between. Wood has been making its way into our interiors more and more, leaving plastics, acrylics, and everything man-made behind in the dust.

Wood on the floor is fairly standard, but look for it elsewhere, like on the ceiling, walls, furniture, cabinetry, even countertops. Other natural materials embraced in the Victorian era like glass, textiles, and greenery are making an appearance in 2022 trends also.

Rounded Edges

The sharp-lined Modernism of the last few years is beginning to ease away in favor of a more rounded aesthetic in 2022. The Victorians value of craftsmanship and attention to detail resulted in many curved lines in their furniture, decoration, and patterns.

Today look for rounded edges in furniture and scrolling patterns in wallpaper and textiles. Opt for rounded shapes in your design choices. You don’t have to make everything rounded, just mix in a bit to get that softened, comfortable appeal.

 

Victorian styled living room with velvet sofa.

Luxurious Velvet

You may have seen velvet creeping into interior design mostly on couches and other upholstered items in the last few years. Velvet is unmatched as an item that can introduce a softening influence in a design. It is not only soft to the touch, but it is also visually soft.

Velvet is also rich in color (another Victorian influence), which can add even more comfort and warmth to the space.

Use velvet beyond the couch in the drapery or even as a part of rugs. Any and all upholstery in velvet is a great idea too.

Warm Tones

Cool colors, especially cool gray have been the favorites on the color palette. But 2022 trends see a shift away from this back to warmer tones. Beige is making a comeback. Greens and blues are leaning to the warmer side too.

Gray isn’t out of the picture yet. You’ll still see plenty of gray this year, but it will be a warmer gray and often is used in combination with other colors to soften them. For instance, several paint companies have announced their colors of the year and each has a healthy dose of gray alongside the main color (green or blue usually). This makes them softer and warmer—perfect for creating comfort.

Victorian-influenced kitchen with tin ceiling.

Classy Gold Tone

Speaking of warmer colors, gold tone is making a comeback in recent years and 2022 will only increase that. Bright and luxurious, gold has an opulence that comes straight out of the Victorian era. Add gold tone with brass faucets, knicknacks, and other detailing.

Get double the Victorian impact with a gold tin ceiling tile applied to the walls, ceiling, or as an accent elsewhere. Select a distressed gold-washed look or straight up gold with no distressing.

Hints of Luxury

If there was one thing the Victorians knew how to do, it was luxury. This era is the poster child for intricate detailing, luxe materials, and bespoke craftsmanship. They certainly spared no expense. Today that same mentality is present in the desire for personalization in a design. That idea is morphing from customization into the inclusion of details and luxuries that set the space apart.

In 2022 you’ll continue to see plenty of marble. You’ll also see more detailed molding and trims. All the details will be carefully curated to create a sense of the special, but not eclectic. Look for it on the floor with more herringbone patterns and parquet. And on the ceiling with tin tile.

Victorian styled bedroom with vintage wallpaper.

Wonderful Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been around for centuries, but the Victorians were especially enamored with it. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has an excellent collection of Victorian era wallpapers. The wallpaper trend has been growing for a couple of years and 2022 will continue to see a rise in wallpaper, especially stand-out patterns.

Victorian wallpaper favored curvaceous repeating patterns and foliage/floral motifs. Those are the exact patterns that abound in 2022. Don’t be afraid to go with one with lots of color, especially rich, warm colors.

Neo-Victorianism

Our list would not be complete without a nod to the revitalization of Victorian styles in the contemporary design atmosphere. Neo-Victorian style is a recognized design aesthetic that uses dark colors, mixes of patterns, lots of details, and dramatic features. It functions as part of the maximalism undercurrent in the design world that is slowly transforming our taste for minimalism into something more.

Steampunk is an alternative style that has a firm grasp in the design world. It straddles the gap between farmhouse style and vintage for a new aesthetic that’s gaining popularity fast.


The top interior design trends of 2022 were clearly influenced by the Victorian era and all its wonders. After a period of minimalism, there’s starting to be room for some of the luxury of these gone-by trends to make an appearance again.

Can’t get enough Victorian stuff? Here’s some more.

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