Residential housing trends are always changing and ever-growing–especially after major lifestyle disruptions. Notably, the events that spawn across the globe these last two years have shown the need for various changes in housing designs.
Among the trends to watch out for this year, we are seeing a shift toward greater usage of the overall home, which translates into an increasing appreciation for home office spaces, separate rooms, and large and well-furnished outdoor spaces. 2022 will also be the year of warmer tones, sustainable materials, and homes, as well as a shift toward curvier design elements.
Keep reading to learn more about these seven emerging residential housing trends.
Home offices are on the rise
Gone are the days of makeshift desks. While temporary workstations such as the kitchen or dining room table might have been acceptable solutions at this time two years ago, they are not viable anymore. Two years after COVID-19 first deranged our lives, many have found a liking to the new widely adopted work-from-home model. For those, a suitable space away from the house’s diverse distractions, with the appropriate equipment, where they can go about their daily tasks in peace and comfort has become an absolute must.
Have white, ultramodern spaces reached their saturation point?
It would appear so, according to different designers. Instead of all-white, ultramodern spaces, people’s tastes are shifting toward more dynamic and adventurous color palettes and textures to uplift their home’s neutral tones and, in turn, their lives.
Where the use of whites and blacks is needed, this year will give way to warmer neutrals.
“We’re seeing a shift from crisp whites into a much softer palette of beige, creams and sand tones.”
– Myers + Philippe Interior Design Inc.
According to the Collective Studio Interiors, another shift we’re seeing this year is a move toward darker wood tones for furniture and floors. Combined with modern designs, these hues of woods are giving the home a sense of old charm mixed with contemporary elements, overall enhancing the home’s appeal to fit three times.
If you find yourself in need of a change this spring, you might want to consider brightening up your home with vibrant or soothing shades and materials.
Shifting from open spaces to more enclosed ones
While open-floor designs have been widely adopted and thoroughly enjoyed these last few years, the pandemic has shown us the use and need for separate spaces. In turn, the move to working from home has gradually rendered the idea of kitchens that open up to the entire living area less desirable.
If you are looking to build or make some home renovations this year, consider your needs in terms of floor plan carefully. You might come to find that more division within the structure of your home is a suitable option for your lifestyle.
Bye mass-produced materials. Hello handmade alternatives
Another impact of the pandemic has been to shift people’s material preferences from bulk items to more local choices. Indeed, the health crisis had a rippling effect on many industries, including the supply chain, prolonging delivery timelines quite extensively.
As a result, people began to turn toward alternative options to mass-produced decors, such as local and artisanal solutions. Going forward, designer Montana Labelle believes people will continue to pick the latter, more readily accessible option. Buying local also often means more unique pieces, which is a big plus for those looking to differentiate their homes.
Not only are these options often quicker to get your hands on, but they are also more sustainable, something that is increasingly in high demand.
Demand for healthier, more sustainable spaces is spiking
An increasing number of people are looking to build or buy homes that are healthier for both their occupants and the environment. On the one hand, more attention is being paid to proper ventilation and insulation–key factors of a home’s adequate livability.
On the other hand, the trend is also pointing toward a rise in the desirability of sustainable homes, which often rely on LEED processes, locally sourced and recycled materials, as well as highly energy-efficient properties. These homes are also more equipped for sophisticated eco-technology adjustments, which is beneficial in a world that progressively depends on technological advancements.
Watch out for curvier home elements
While homes typically rely on straighter designs, experts are saying to expect curvier elements in home design this year. These changes could appear both in the architectural and interior/furniture designs. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), you should keep an eye out for more arched openings, windows, and doors, as well as barrel-vault ceilings, curvy furniture, and curved walkways, porches, and deck ceilings.
Increasing accent on outdoor living
People have always spent a large portion of their time inside their homes. But with the arrival of the pandemic and teleworking, people are spending even more time in the confines of their houses. For this reason, outdoor living has been on the rise. In addition to wanting large backyards, homeowners are increasingly looking to turn them into an extension of their homes. Luxury patio furniture, televisions, fireplaces, and high-end pools and spas have been common additions to backyards. And the trend is only expected to continue to grow in the future.
These seven trends should help you plan for your next build or home renovations. If you’re looking for more expert advice on additional trends to consider or avoid, don’t hesitate to contact us.