One of the top interior design trends of 2022? All wellness

Lo Bosworth, founder of beauty brand Love Wellness, technically has a home office in her apartment in New York City. But more often than not, she found herself working from her kitchen table, preferring the more airy space to the enclosed space, the classification of which was more rooted in brokerage jargon than reality. And since this is New York City, where every square foot is precious (and expensive), Bosworth was determined not to let the “office” go to waste. After months of deliberation, she installed a Clearlight infrared sauna and covered the rest of the space with fitness flooring she ordered from Amazon. Now she uses the space almost every day, either for a dry heat session or to stream an online training class. “I have some metal toxicity and Epstein-Barr residues that I work on and an infrared sweat helps detoxify the body, especially for anyone dealing with any type of autoimmune issue,” she says of her choice. “I converted the space that wasn’t being used into one that I use frequently.”

Bosworth is among a growing number of Americans prioritizing wellness spaces, amenities and accents in their own homes. A recent report from the American Society of Interior Designers highlighted “health and wellness” as one of the top interior design trends for 2022: “Homeowners are increasingly looking for designs and products that promote good health and an overall sense of well-being,” states it in the report, noting an increased interest in “improvements in mental well-being”, “outdoor living spaces” and “places where they can relax and recover from the increased stresses of everyday life”.

What exactly does “wellness” look like in a home? For some, like Bosworth, it’s a dedicated space for a relaxation treatment of their choice. (Or treatments, plural: Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, hired Roman and Williams to build an entire spa at her Montecito home.)

According to Victoria Sass, founder of interior design company Prospect Refuge, infrared saunas and meditation corners have become extremely popular with her clientele. “I think nowadays we incorporate at least one dedicated wellness area into almost every project, if not more,” she says.

At other times, wellness isn’t limited to just one area. In fact, it can be the complete home concept: fashion and home decor designer Jenni Kayne tells Fashion She has transformed her 20-acre ranch in California into a retreat geared toward “slow, mindful living.” Soaking tubs offer expansive views of the Santa Ynez Mountains (“you can just sit there for hours,” she says), hammocks lie in the backyard, and a pool offers plenty of space for lounging. Meanwhile, there’s no TV in sight (because there just isn’t one).

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