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Interior of Pedro Reyes house in Mexico City

Dezeen's top 10 lookbooks of 2022

The latest instalment of our 2022 review collects 10 of the most popular lookbooks published by Dezeen this year, which include homes featuring board-formed concrete and living rooms in warm neutral hues.

Also featured in the list of the most-read lookbooks are homes that make a feature of their corridors, interiors that are deliberately unfinished and unusual hotel bathrooms.

Read on to discover 10 of our most popular lookbooks of 2022:

Board-formed concrete chair in Pedro Reyes House
Photo by Edmund Sumner

Ten homes that make decorative use of board-formed concrete

This lookbook took a closer look at board-formed concrete, a method of concrete construction that involves pouring concrete into temporary volumes or moulds, typically made from wooden boards.

Among the featured interiors are a home with a board-formed concrete fireplace and a house in Mexico City where a concrete staircase zones a double-height library.

See more homes with board-formed concrete › 

Hotel bathroom by Plesnser Architects
Photo by Assaf Pinchuk

Ten hotels with refreshingly original bathroom interiors

The bathrooms in these 10 hotels all feature unusual colours, materials and styles that lift them above generic hospitality interiors.

Projects by interior designers including Kelly Wearstler and Luke Edward Hall, who created an "anti-modern" design for a hotel in Paris' 10th arrondissement, are among the many colourful and tactile wet rooms included in the article.

See more original hotel bathroom interiors ›

Interior of concrete house with wooden floor
Photography by Amit Geron

Ten self-designed homes by architects and designers

Projects that give an insight into the kinds of homes that architects and designers create for themselves are always popular, and this was our best-performing lookbook this year.

For their own homes, these architects and designers – which include John PawsonSarah Wigglesworth and Alan Maskin – drew on their expertise to create designs such as a home within a 17th-century farm and an extension to a beach cabin.

See more self-designed homes by architects and designers ›

Lounge of Santa Monica Proper, USA, by Kelly Wearstler with warm neutral colour palette
Photo by The Ingalls/Matthieu Salvaing

Ten living rooms that use warm neutrals to create a cosy ambience

Neutrals don't have to feel clinical, as proven in this lookbook of 10 US living rooms with interiors in warm neutral colours.

The homes showcased range from a Santa Monica home designed by architecture studio Woods + Dangaran with an earthy colour palette to a West Village apartment featuring terracotta-coloured tiling and a coffee table made from lava stone.

See more living rooms decorated in warm neutral colours ›

Inner Home apartment designed by Azab
Photo by Luis Diaz Diaz

Ten homes that make a feature of their corridors

While corridors are often seen as a necessary evil, they can become a space to enjoy in their own right – as seen in this roundup of 10 corridors designed using smart lighting and colour choices.

Corridors that make visitors feel like they're walking up a winding path, a hallway with bubblegum-pink walls and floor and a plywood walkthrough are among those included.

See more homes that make a feature of their corridors ›

Home in Japan with sliding door
Photo by Shinkenchiku Sha

Ten homes that use sliding doors to expand living areas

Interiors that use sliding doors in different ways are the focus of this lookbook featuring homes from all over the world, from Ireland to Kuwait.

The lookbook shows the versatility of sliding doors, which can be made from materials including glass and wood and even used to create a sense of trompe l'oeuil, as seen in a Lisbon apartment with mirrored sliding doors.

See more homes that expand their living areas using sliding doors ›

Cave basement apartment by Point Supreme
Photo by Yiannis Hadjiaslanis and Point Supreme

Ten well-organised bedrooms with clever storage solutions

It can be difficult to create clever and stylish storage solutions in bedrooms, but these 10 projects provide ample inspiration.

The storage solutions in this lookbook range from small cupboards that have been inserted below stairs and within bed frames to custom-made headboards and floor-to-ceiling wall units.

See more well-organised bedrooms ›

A home with an unfinished interior and green walls
Photo by Davide Galli Atelier

Ten homes with deliberately unfinished interiors

In a break from convention, the interiors in this lookbook have all been deliberately left unfinished, offering a refreshing and unusual take on what homes could or should look like.

Many look as if they were abandoned before the decorating was finished, with peeling wallpaper, floors left untreated and hanging cables adding character to the projects in the roundup.

See more homes with deliberately unfinished interiors ›

Interior of House of Concrete Experiments by Samira Rathod Design Atelier
Photo by Niveditaa Gupta

Ten beautiful brutalist interiors with a surprisingly welcoming feel

Brutalism, the architectural style that uses mainly concrete to construct large, sculptural buildings, isn't known for creating the most welcoming interiors.

But for this lookbook, we collected 10 interiors – including a home in London's Barbican building – that use textiles, plants and colours to soften monolithic concrete spaces making them warm and inviting.

See more beautiful brutalist interiors ›

Courtyard with tree in Casa UC, Mexico
Photo by Dane Alonso/Mariano Renteria Garnica

Ten homes centred around bright interior courtyards

Our second-most popular lookbook this year focused on homes in which interior courtyards, filled with indoor trees and greenery, created a peaceful athmosphere.

Projects featured ranged from a home in Oregon's wine country with a garden populated by deciduous trees, to a Vietnamese house with walls made from hole-punctured bricks that create the feel of an indoor courtyard.

See more homes centred around bright interior courtyards ›