While some styles remain timeless, it does seem that each new year delivers fresh directions and applications in the home design realm. After researching what to expect for 2022, we have discovered a few trends that appear to be rising to the top, surfacing repeatedly in various home design journals and magazines. We thought we would let you in on our design forecast! Are any of these relatable choices for you and your family?
Was there ever a day when the lighting in our homes was merely functional or has it always reflected our personal style as well? It is likely that our light fixtures have always made a decorative statement, but the expression of this will become even more pronounced this year. If you follow any design pages, it is likely you have noticed this up-and-coming trend. Oversized lamps, chandeliers and pendants will present themselves as artwork, becoming the defining centerpieces in many homes. Locally sourced and handmade light pieces are continuing to gain popularity, while vintage lighting is making its comeback.
A Color Tide
In recent years many have opted to keep their kitchens neutral, but we are noticing a move to inject some interest in that space by introducing a broader range of colors. Expect to see subtle or even vivid hues incorporated through cabinetry, wall color or backsplashes. Handmade tile, Moroccan and Spanish tile and other patterned tiles will all contribute to this splashy trend. Moody paint choices such as rich blues, blacks and greens are on the uptick in kitchens and throughout the home.
Of course, not everyone is into the showy effect…White subway tile is still on trend, however there is a slight twist on this familiar favorite. It is now trending toward an elongated version. The classic 3” x 6” tiles have graduated to 3” x 12” or 2” x 8”, lending to a more spacious, open impression.
Photo: House and Home
One Space, Many Uses
Adjusting to the pandemic, an astounding number have found themselves working and schooling from home. With the increased time at home many have realized that their space must be multi-functional and space efficient…an uncluttered place they enjoy. For some, this has prompted a decision to remodel. In one of our current design projects, we are utilizing one space to include a laundry area, mudroom, pantry, and dog-wash station. We envision this catch-all concept will serve as a hub for everyday family function. As far as meals go, many are now claiming their dining areas for other uses, recovering the lost eating area in an island bar or banquette style seating tucked into a kitchen nook..
Powell Construction Notice the extra storage this banquette bench seat provides! This customer chose the elongated subway tile and a rich cabinet color, both trends we previously referenced. Beautiful!
Islands can also double as bookcases with shelving built into one or both ends. What an inventive storage solution! Dual-purpose furniture is becoming prevalent with many clever designs born out of necessity: desks that pull down from the wall, dining tables that fold into benches or console tables, and murphy beds which can transform a bedroom into an office space.
Photo: Houzz~Island Bookcase
Couldn’t we all benefit from a bit of peace these days? It’s no wonder that many are steering their home décor and design choice to accomplish a serene atmosphere. Bedrooms are returning to calm, mellow sleep sanctuaries. Black out curtains, mood lighting, soothing color palettes, and layers of comforting textures all lend to an inviting retreat.
Bathroom designs are reflecting this “tranquility trend” as well. One popular design feature homeowners are selecting is heated flooring. While they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, they certainly contribute to a spa-like experience. To this same end, showers finished with multiple showerheads, body sprays or rainfall showerheads are becoming the favored pick.
Architectural Digest suggests a subtler concept that lends to coming home to comfort. They report that there is a growing tendency to shy away from sharper angles and edges and gravitate towards softer curves, circular elements and rounded details. This will appear in arched doorways, curvy cabinetry details, rounded countertops, home furnishings and more. Soft to the eye, this trend is a gentle design nuance.
In keeping with the calming theme, plenty of designers are bringing the outdoors into the home. As we saw last year, incorporating an abundance of house plants and foliage is a popular way to bring life to a space. Even paint choice delivers this feel, with colors that mimic the outdoors, such as olive, eucalyptus, teal and jade. Research has shown that these nature-inspired hues serve to reduce stress and blood pressure, while encouraging productivity!
Photo: Home and Garden
The cottagecore style which we saw in 2021 will keep its presence in 2022. It’s use of greens, raw wood elements and floral prints are compatible with this out-of-doors inclination. The charm of this idyllic cottage genre is reminiscent of the “the good ole days,” a time which we perceive as simpler and more stable.
Photo: Real Simple
We look forward to watching these predictions play out over this next year and being a part of delivering beautiful concepts like these!