Dezeen’s top 10 home interiors of 2022

As part of our review of the year, we look at 10 home interiors that our readers admired in 2022, including a home with a mirror-cube bathroom and a concrete apartment in a brutalist tower block.

Natural materials took centre stage in homes this year, with many projects using wood to create calm, peaceful interiors. Also popular were exposed concrete walls, colourful glazed tiles, and minimalist interiors with plenty of green plants.

Read on for Dezeen’s top 10 home interiors of 2022:

Wood-panelled hallway in Conde Duque apartment by Sierra + De La Higuera
Photo by German Sáiz

Conde Duque apartment, Spain, by Sierra + De La Higuera

Traditional Moroccan zellige tiles in vibrant colours were used to define the different spaces inside this Madrid apartment by Spanish studio Sierra + De La Higuera.

The interior design was informed by the owners’ Mexican and Galician heritage and features timber and terracotta walls, as well as a Mexico-influenced kitchen and dining area finished with emerald green tiles.

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Kitchen inside Low Energy House designed by Architecture for London
Photo by Lorenzo Zandri and Christian Brailey

Energy-saving home, UK, by Architecture for London

British studio Architecture for London designed this home in Muswell Hill, north London, for its founder Ben Ridley. The minimalist interior of the three-floor Edwardian house is clad in natural materials including wood, stone and lime plaster.

The home was designed to be energy-saving, with the lime plaster used to form an airtight layer throughout, mitigating any heat loss.

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Twentieth by Woods + Dangaran
Photo by Joe Fletcher

Twentieth, US, by Woods + Dangaran

The winner of this year’s Dezeen Award for House interior of the year, Twentieth by Los Angeles studio Woods + Dangaran was designed with its living spaces organised around a decades-old olive tree.

The interior of the three-storey house features exposed white bricks, as well as floor-to-ceiling glazing and a large travertine fireplace, while wood-panelling gives the home a mid-century modern feel.

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Diplomat's home in Rome by 02A
Photo by Serena Eller

Diplomat’s Home, Italy, by 02A

This Italian apartment, designed for a diplomat who goes on frequent work trips, was left intentionally unfinished. In the bedroom, mirrored screens enclose a small bathroom to create what interior studio 02A describes as an “immaterial cubic volume”.

The whole flat is filled with antique and mid-century furnishings, which have been combined with contemporary cabinetry. A vibrant colour palette contrasts with the building’s original tiled flooring.

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Gale Apartment living room
Photo by Fran Parente

Gale Apartment, Brazil, by Memola Estudio

The concrete structure of the building was left exposed for local studio Memola Estudio’s renovation of this São Paulo apartment, with dark, polished wooden floors contrasting against the industrial-looking walls.

A mosaic stone wall and a picture wall that showcases the owners’ artworks also feature in the home, which was opened up to create better sightlines.

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Window seat in minimal interiors of forest retreat in Sweden designed by Norm Architects
Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Forest retreat, Sweden, by Norm Architects

This traditional timber cabin was turned into a pared-back holiday home, which Danish studio Norm Architects described as “designed for a simple life.”

The studio used a minimalist colour palette for the house, with walls covered in beige dolomite plaster. Oakwood was used for the flooring and cabinetry in the cabin, in which Norm Architects also inserted a raised daybed-cum-window seat where residents can sit to take in the view of the forest.

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Interior of East Village apartment by GRT Architects
Photo by Nicole Franzen

East Village apartment, US, by GRT Architects

Warm colours, oak wood and glistening ceramic tiles create a welcoming feel in this New York flat, which was renovated by GRT Architects.

The studio added metallic details such as brass bars to the interior, creating a stylish contrast against the wood. Herringbone parquet flooring adds to the cosy feel of the home inside Onyx Court, a six-storey corner Beaux-Arts structure in the city’s East Village.

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Blue spiral staircase
Photo by Olmo Peeters

Riverside Tower apartment, Belgium, by Studio Okami Architecten

Located inside a 20-storey brutalist tower in Antwerp, the duplex Riverside Tower apartment was renovated by Bram Van Cauter, founding partner of Studio Okami Architecten, for himself and his partner.

The result is a thoroughly modern flat that combines exposed concrete walls with bright colours and contemporary furniture, as well as plenty of green plants that give life to the grey interior.

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Textured fabrics and materials in Japandi interior
Photo by Michinori Aoki

Tokyo apartment, Japan, by OEO Studio

Copenhagen-based OEO Studio drew on both Scandinavian and Japanese design to create this Japandi-style apartment in Tokyo’s Opus Arisugawa housing complex.

It features striking details such as a rammed-earth wall and built-in concrete seating in the entryway (pictured). Furniture finished in smoked oak and oiled pinewood nods to Scandinavia, while Japanese Ōya stone was used for the columns that divide the living area and kitchen.

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Kitchen of West Bend House in Melbourne, designed by Brave New Eco
Photo by Peter Bennetts

West Bend House, Australia, by Brave New Eco

Shortlisted for the House interior of the year category at Dezeen Awards 2022, West Bend House was designed by Australian studio Brave New Eco as a “forever home” filled with timber, terracotta and other eco-friendly materials.

The home also features saturated colour details such as a bathroom clad in sapphire tiles and a khaki green sofa and purple curtains in the living room.

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