Open-concept spaces

<p>Interior of a modern open plan apartment</p>

Mihajlo Becej

Interior of a modern open plan apartment

After a year of living in sweatpants and business shirts, people are ready to feel put together again. Look for this trend to extend in the home.

To feel a little more sophisticated, this perspective leads to a shift away from the “flow” style — open-concept floor plans and open shelves.

“One of the trends I am most looking forward to saying goodbye to in 2022 is open kitchen shelving,” said Ryan Jones, founder of Land of Rugs. “Sure, it looks great, and on the face of it, it seems incredibly easy to maintain. The reality of this is that just isn’t the case at all. It takes a lot of work to keep the items on the shelves looking great, and you have to ensure you are constantly dusting, as well. It is a lot more effort than it is worth, quite frankly.”