As we begin to close out this year, we start to look forward to what the next year might bring.  It can be a time of  ditching the past and embracing the future. So, let’s delve into some building and design trends that may influence your choices.

  5 Home Design, Building Trends to Watch in 2022, Realtor Magazine, Nov. 21, 2021

  1. Curves:    Expect to see more arched openings, barrel-vaulted ceilings, curvy furniture, arched windows & doors, and curved walkways.

2. Patterned Hardwoods:

Two-toned inlays with different woods or a combination of tile and wood are becoming more popular.

3.  Colorful Kitchens

Homeowners are tiring of the all-white kitchens and want to add some color.  Expect to see more painted cabinets plus countertops that feature alternative materials such as concrete, stainless steel, or a combination of quartzite and granite.

4.  Black Highlights

Black accents are trending, as are subtle colors and warm tones. Interior and exterior black window frames, black lacquered entryway doors, and black appliances—either shiny or matte—are expected to grow in popularity in 2022.

Home design trends can be driven by factors that are beyond our control. Obviously, the ripple-effect caused by the COVID pandemic has changed the way people view fashion,  homes, and community members.

From Acme Brick’s   The Top 10 Trends in 2022 Home Design:

  1.  Sustainability:   We can expect to see a rise in drought-resistant landscaping including pebbles, turf, and native plants.  Inside, natural elements such as repurposed natural finished wood and low maintenance flooring will be in high demand.
  2. Health-Conscious homes:  There’s nothing like a pandemic to get your attention about the importance of health!  The home is the new “ground zero” for healthy living and home designers and builders are offering many new products such as backup generators and hurricane-resistant construction.  There are ceramic tile products with Microban® that block the metabolism of  bacteria.  Standard  features may even include a “whole home” air purifier.
  3. Multifunctional rooms:  Single-use rooms such as a formal living or dining room are diminished in favor of multi-purpose rooms.  Since more people are either working or virtually attending school from home, an area for a desk may be incorporated into a bedroom, a corner of the family room, or a closet.  Alternatively, a dedicated home office may now need to accommodate more than one person.
  4.   Bring the outside in:  Due to social distancing, when people want to get together they cook and eat a meal outside.  Outside kitchens, fancy grills, plus outside dining tables are more popular than ever. Go the extra mile with nature-inspired items and bring authentic greenery into your home. This includes iron doors with large-pane glass for front and back entryways.
Trends that should disappear

Word Art

Animal Prints

Corner bathtubs

A TV above a Fireplace

Traditional Draperies

Interior Barn Doors

While people are traveling less, they have more expendable income so creative expressions of personality may influence interior design. Furnishings, rugs, art, and paint can reflect past travel destinations or inspire future dream locations.  But no matter your preference or your tastes, your home should reflect you.  If you love something, it will always fit into your design.

Contact Gina Newell, Premiere Stagers & Realty, brokered by eXp Realty at 608-345-9396.