For nearly two years, Americans have spent more time at home than ever before due to the pandemic. Not only do we need a place of respite from the world at the end of a long day, but now our homes must also function as offices, study centers for virtual schools, and gyms. The remodeling and design trends for 2022 reflect our growing shift towards home and comfort.
1. Safety Features
Perhaps unsurprisingly, safety features are a significant concern for homeowners today. Expect to see more HVAC units with “whole house” air filtration systems. In the kitchen and bathrooms, easy to clean surfaces, such as antimicrobial tile, are becoming increasingly popular. Touchless fixtures and sanitation/recycling hubs are all quite sought after.
Also, multi-generational living and the aging baby boomer generation staying in their homes longer are rising. As a result, aging in place features that consider safety are definitely in demand at the moment. Think grab bars, roll-in showers, broader access in bathrooms for walkers, etc. Such updates can be done stylishly and beautifully while still providing functionality.
2. Multifunctional Spaces
Dual-purpose rooms and spaces are trending right now. As multiple family members are all home and sharing the same space to work, do virtual school, exercise, and relax, the need for well-thought-out spaces has become increasingly necessary. Rooms that serve more than one purpose with dedicated areas for virtual school, zoom calls, and central charging stations have become a must for many families.
Kitchen islands, also, are having a moment right now. Not only are they providing extra counter space for meal prep, but they’re doubling as school and work desks. Islands with built-in storage, including appliances such as microwaves and drink coolers, are rising in popularity.
The all-white kitchen and bathroom look, while still popular, is beginning to lose traction. Gray is not as popular as it was just a couple of years ago. Americans are starting to pull color back into their homes. Especially green. Every major paint manufacturer named a shade of green as their color of the year for 2022. Searches for “green tile backsplash” and “green cupboards” are rising like crazy. On Houzz, searches for green kitchen cabinets were up 829% in 2021 compared with the previous year. Other colors are also becoming popular, many of them nature-inspired, such as blue and brown. In general, warmer and bolder colors are coming back.
Expect to see more black accents, as well. Black appliances are becoming more popular, as are interior and exterior black window frames.
4. Spa-like Bathrooms
Along with more time at home, the past two years have brought a lot of stress for many Americans. One outcome of this seems to be the desire to have a gorgeous and relaxing bathroom to unwind in. Open showers with multiple shower heads and sprays, as well as freestanding soak tubs, are in demand. Once unheard of in American homes, Bidets are becoming increasingly popular as well. So are deep vessel sinks, built-in storage units in the bathroom cabinets, and better bathroom lighting.
A significant change in design and building at the moment is the move away from straight lines. Curves add warmth and an element of surprise. In addition to curvy furniture, expect to see more arched openings, barrel-vaulted ceilings, and arched windows, doors, and curved walkways outside.
American homeowners are looking for functionality and comfort in 2022. These trends will add resale value for those looking to sell in the upcoming year or a beautiful space to work and play in for many years to come.