Home design is becoming more creative as homeowners are starting to use their homes to show their individuality.
“It makes sense as people have gone from having to be home to wanting to be at home in an environment that expresses their personalities and individual tastes,” says Laurel Vernazza, home design expert at The Plan Collection. “Since no one could travel, homeowners had to bring those experiences into their homes.”
The Plan Collection’s team offers its predictions of the hot home design and building trends for 2022, including:
It's All About Curves: Curves can add an element of surprise and counter the “straight-line syndrome” of recent years, designers say. Expect to see more arched openings, barrel-vault ceilings, and curvy furniture. Outside you'll find arched windows and doors, arched openings and ceilings for porches or decks, along with curved walkways.
Adding Patterns and Pizzazz to Hardwood Floors: There is going to be a greater interest in Old World craftsmanship with two-tone inlays, patterns, or even different tones in hardwood flooring. With supply chain interruptions and lumber prices soaring, homeowners are upcycling flea market finds of reclaimed wood to make their unique statement.
Bringing Nature Indoors: Homeowners will continue to embrace incorporating nature elements into their indoor spaces rather than simply mimicking colors found outside. An increased use of local, organic materials while maximizing sunlight, fresh air, plants and other natural elements are being used to bring nature indoors.
Colorful kitchens Are In: Homeowners are tiring of the all-white kitchen and counters - they want to add some spice! Expect to see more painted or wood cabinets in warm or neutral hues and countertops that feature alternative material choices. For example, more homes may mix two countertop materials, such as granite countertops and hardwood for the kitchen island.
Black Accents: 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.
Maximalism Is Taking Root: More homes are also taking on a “maximalism” look, which particularly can be seen in a Bohemian cottage or ornate English manor, designers note. “While inventory of new furniture wanes, demand for high-quality and kitschy antiques will be in big demand,” designers say. “While people are traveling less, they have more expendable income so creative expressions of personality infuse interior design. Furnishings, rugs, art, and paint reflect past travel destinations or future dream locations that bring this idea home.”