It’s a new year and time to re-examine home design trends for 2022. We’ve spent a lot more time in our homes the past two years, loving or hating everything around us. The 2022 home design trends reflect that by prioritizing comfort, feeling good, and function over form.
Take a look at a few recurrent themes we’re seeing for 2022 (and how they may apply to home staging):
The Color Green and Biophilic Design
Major paint manufacturers, like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, have included various shades of green on their lists of top paint colors for 2022. (Pinterest has seen searches for green interior inspiration increase by 80 percent this year.)
Modern Geometric Ceramic Vases Set of 2
9-Piece Botanical Plant Wall Art Prints
Large Flannel Velvet Plush Throw
Square Throw Pillow Covers
Open floor plans have been most homebuyers’ preference for years. In recent years, however, we’ve started to see a shift, with buyers favoring layouts that provide more opportunities for privacy. Improved technology has enabled more homeowners to work remotely, with Covid-19 accelerating this trend over the last couple of years. Today’s buyers want a distinction between living and working spaces.
In addition, we’re seeing more multigenerational living arrangements due to the high costs of housing and eldercare. Flexible spaces that accommodate multiple generations and functions will likely continue to be popular in the year ahead. Expect more separation between common spaces like the kitchen, home office, dining area, and living room.
How it applies to home staging: If you’re preparing your home for a sale this year, make sure each room in your house has a clear purpose. For example, stage a primary bedroom as an adult space for sleep and relaxation. Remove items that work against that narrative (e.g., exercise equipment, kids’ toys, a cluttered desk, etc.). Are you using your formal dining area as a home office? Turn it back into a space for dining and entertaining before you put it on the market. Cramming too many multi-purpose functions into one room tells potential buyers that your house doesn’t have enough space.
Curves and Waves
Curves and waves are soft on the eyes and hands and create a more comfortable, relaxed vibe within a room. Curvilinear forms are especially popular in furniture right now, but they also work well in backsplashes and other settings. You’ll likely see soft, rounded edges popping up more in bars, mirrors, kitchen islands, drum tables, or barrel back chairs.
How it applies to home staging: Use waves or curvy pieces to add a touch of modern softness to a room full of harsh edges. A pretty round lamp or a curvy chair can make a space feel more gentle and inviting.
Sustainability and Conscious Design Choices
Sustainability has become more important to homebuyers in recent years, and 2022 will likely see a continuation of that. The use of organic materials, along with responsible manufacturing and re-purposing has shaped interior design trends. From a design perspective, this translates to a shift toward accessories made from recycled metal or glass and furniture created from reclaimed woods.
How it applies to home staging: Be aware that today’s homebuyers are making a clear shift toward more conscious design choices. Your furniture will definitely impact a buyer’s perception. Keep this in mind as you begin to pack and prep your home for sale. Remove furniture that may appear inexpensive or “disposable,” like plastics, particleboard, or aluminum. Does your home feature sustainable elements (e.g. a mantel or ceiling beams made of reclaimed wood, recycled glass countertops)? Consider mentioning that in your listing description.
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