This week we’ll cover part 2 of a recent article from Houzz.com called “40 Home Design Trends That Will Shape 2022. “ Houzz compiled the list of trends based on the thousands popular photos people uploaded to their site and from information they got from speaking with dozens of home design professionals. They also analyzed the searches that people did on their website for different furniture pieces, colors, materials and other design elements.
As I told you in the last episode, what we’ll be covering is trends not fads. Pop Quiz, do you remember the difference in fads and trends?
Well, a fad is short lived. It comes and goes quickly. A fad is a style that suddenly becomes popular and is embraced with exaggerated zeal. A trend, on the other hand, is a general direction in which something is going. Trends are popular in a particular season and they last longer than fads. Sometimes trends are so long lasting that they become classics.
Okay, let’s get to more of those design trends that Houzz says will shape 2022.
People have historically had mixed feelings about the color green. But Houzz says this year is different. They say all the attention is focused on green. Almost every major paint company chose a shade of green for its 2022 Color of the Year selection. On Houzz, searches for green kitchen cabinets were up 829% by the end of 2021 and searches for “green tile bathroom” were up 771%. This is an indication that green is a color that many people plan to add to their homes.
Blue is another trending color. Searches on Houzz for “blue bathrooms” has increased 1,102% over the years. Blue is a calming color and reportedly the favorite color of most Americans. It pairs beautifully with neutrals like whites, grays and blacks. Blue can add a bit of drama without going overboard.
Although many homeowners are building new homes and doing major renovations, simple redecorating is also trending. People are choosing to update their furniture and accessories. Searches on Houzz for home accents increased 2,417% in 2021 compared with the prior year.
Velvet is a classic material that goes cycles between being popular and really popular. Right now it’s really popular. On Houzz, searches for velvet accent chairs were up 1,161% and searches for velvet sofas were up 121%.
25. Curvy Furniture
Furniture with rounded contours is being seen in pieces like sofas, sectionals and chairs. I’ve even seen a curved canopy bed. Curves add interest to rooms that are usually filled with lots of straight lines, squares and rectangles.
26. Swivel Chairs
Swivel chairs give us the option to shift position toward different elements within a room. Swivel chairs are particularly helpful in rooms with more than focal point. Think about how useful swivel chairs would be in a living room with a view, a fireplace and a TV all on different walls. Recent searches on Houzz for swivel chairs have been up 1,922%.
27. Neutral Sofas in Performance Fabric
As compared to years past, there are lots options in performance fabrics on the market today. These stain-resistant fabrics are durable and easy-to-clean and come in everything from linen to velvet. Performance fabrics are great for almost any situation, but they are especially nice if you are interested in white or very light colored upholstery or if you have small children, pets or if you entertain often. Look for brand names like Sunbrella, Crypton and Perennials.
28. Outdoor Living Rooms That Look Like Indoor Rooms
Today’s outdoor furniture is much stylish and durable than outdoor furniture and decor from just a few years ago. Add the current trend is for outdoor spaces to have all the niceties of interior rooms. Outdoor living rooms, for example, might include a fireplace, a sofa and chairs and maybe even a TV. These trending outdoor rooms really blur the line between indoors and outdoors.
Just as outdoor living rooms are trending this year, so are outdoor privacy measures. Many homeowners are adding outdoor screens, fences, plantings to help create more privacy and separation from neighbors.
As more people were spending time outdoors during the pandemic, they became more appreciative of the wildlife around their homes. Watching squirrels and birds, deer, and even foxes and raccoons became a welcomed distraction during lockdown. So much that homeowners are making intentional design decisions that will attract more wildlife. Homeowners are adding more native plants and trees to their landscape that benefit and attract birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife.
31. Decorative Tile Patios
You may have seen patterned floor tile in powder rooms and laundry rooms to make those spaces playful or dramatic. But putting those bold tile floors outdoors is on trend for 2022 according to Houzz. Slip resistant outdoor tile on patios and porches gives those spaces unexpected pops of color, pattern and texture. Many pros recommend a porcelain tile in a matte finish.
32. Swimming Pools
Swimming pools have became incredibly popular over the last couple of years as people were forced to stay at home to entertain themselves and their families. And the swimming pool trend is continuing. Last year there were significant increases of searches on Houzz for “rectangle pools” (576%), “lap pools” (269%), “infinity pools” (214%), “plunge pools” (73%) and “geometric pools” (70%).
Now, people aren’t just putting in large pools. Homeowners are requesting smaller, more affordable, lower maintenance pools like, like plunge pools. These smaller designs typically range in size from 4,000 to 7,500 gallons and can be heated or cooled. You can also add swim jets that allow you to tread water to mimic swimming laps.
33. Compact Laundry Spaces
Although a full-sized laundry room is the dream of many homeowners, some people are designing their homes with smaller laundry spaces. They are adding a primary or secondary washer and dryer to their mudroom, walk in closet or garage.
34. Dedicated Activity Spaces
As with many design trends for 2022, this trend has come as a result of the stay at home orders resulting from the pandemic. Many homeowners now want their homes to allow for exercise, work, entertainment and creative activities. So, spaces like home offices, home theaters, home gyms and home art studios are now trending.
35. Flexible Design
Creating spaces in the home that do double duty continues to be on trend for 2022. Adding a sleeper sofa or Murphy bed to a home office or living room makes the space multifunctional. With the Murphy bed or sleeper sofa pulled out, the room becomes a guest room.
36. Return of the Formal Dining Room
During the pandemic, when no one was hosting dinner parties, many homeowners used their dedicated dining room as a home office, gym or other classroom for their kids. But now that we are making plans for more dinner parties and gatherings, formal dining rooms are trending again.
A bench or some sort of seating at the foot of the bed has become fairly common. A bench adds style and function to the bedroom. It’s a place where you can sit to put on or take off shoes or slippers, or use it to pack a suitcase. Houzz searches for a bedroom bench are up 406%.
38. Sustainability and Efficiency
Sustainable building practices and materials have made their way into the mainstream. The average homeowner is becoming more knowledgeable about sustainable materials like high-performance windows, insulation and solar panels. Sustainable materials and methods are good for the environment and will save money for the homeowner over time.
So admittedly, patience is a strange thing for Houzz to put on a list of trends for 2022, but they have included it. Let me directly quote the article here. Houzz says “The term “supply chain” became the topic of numerous conversations in recent years. Shipping delays for products and material shortages for things like lumber, as well as backlogs for professionals, slowed many home design and remodeling projects to a trickle.
But while succumbing to frustration and knee-jerk reactions might get your project finished faster, it won’t necessarily give you the home of your dreams. So consider taking a deep breath and going with the slow flow. It’s better to be patient and wait for the right product or professional to become available than to settle on something you’re not going to be happy with in the long run.
40. Comfort and Well-Being
What’s big for 2022 is adding in features in the home that promote restoration, calming, and rejuvenation for minds and bodies. People are adding more soothing colors and pampering features such as spa like bathrooms, yoga rooms, saunas, and hot tubs.
So those were the 2022 trends according to Houzz. If you missed part 1 of the list, take a listen to theprevious episode.
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