For nearly two years, our homes have become places to work, go to school, enjoy time with family and find respite from the craziness of the pandemic. Since homeowners were spending so much time at home, many embarked on renovations, DIY projects and upgrades, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down.
The Joint Center of Housing Studies for Harvard University Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) study expects home remodeling and maintenance spending to grow 8.6 percent through the middle of 2022.
Looking forward to 2022, Houzz released its top 10 trends for home remodeling and design. With a community of over 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts and more than 2.7 million industry professionals, Houzz has unique insights into how people are designing their homes and shares its predictions for what’s hot for 2022. Here, we share the top five design trends that home improvement retailers should pay attention to in the new year.
A Casual Collected Look
All-white kitchens remain the preferred style according to the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, but 2022 will see more layered looks. Houzz predicts a more casual, less-polished approach in the kitchen with softer, lighter paint colors, raw wood tones and a mix of cabinet fronts and styles. This light, layered design keeps the eye moving, creates visual texture and nuance and delivers a style that appears put together over time in a relaxed way.
Homeowners will be looking for new ways to stay organized with innovations like pullouts that bring pantry items from the back of cabinets to the front, special shelves that lift heavy appliances from a lower cabinet to countertop height and drawer dividers to organize plates and bowls. Other trends include designated storage space for a paper towel roll, aluminum foil or baking sheets in the kitchen, and in the bathroom, a drawer that houses a blow dryer or other device next to an in-drawer outlet.
Multiple Shower Heads and Sprays
Including multiple shower heads and sprays can elevate a shower experience from simple washing to luxurious pampering. More than half (55 percent) of homeowners who update their shower during a bathroom renovation choose a rain shower head, almost a quarter (23 percent) go for dual shower heads and 16 percent add body sprays, according to the 2021 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study.
Desirable Sustainability and Efficiency
Eco-friendly has gone mainstream and more customers desire products that are environmentally friendly and still functional. High-performance windows and solar panels help homeowners reduce energy use, which can also help homeowners save money. Native trees and grasses can help create water-efficient landscapes, but also attract pleasing wildlife.
Beautiful Outdoor Living Rooms
Houzz search data has shown that people want their backyards to be relaxing extensions of their interior living spaces. The best way to do that is through mimicry. There have been major advances in outdoor materials in recent years, allowing manufacturers to create stylish and durable outdoor sofas, tables, rugs, chairs and decor. Add an outdoor fireplace, maybe a TV, and the line between indoors and out seemingly disappears.
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