Unique Trends in 2022 Home Design

Unique Trends in 2022 Home Design

April 13, 2022

As home designs change each year, so do the interior trends that accompany them. Since early 2020, many homeowners have embarked on journeys to make their homes multi-functional, more comfortable, and better suited for their families needs. As such, the overarching theme in house design trends in 2022 is creative expression, individuality, and design freedom. From both home exterior and interior design trends to home décor, let's take a closer look at some of the innovations anticipated to make their way into new home builds in 2022. Whether you are looking to buy a new home in 2022 or give your current home a facelift, here are some unique trends in 2022 home design. 


1. Curvy is the New Straight

Maybe it's related to the extra pounds we added during the pandemic, but curves are making a comeback in home design. Keep your eyes peeled to see more arched openings, barrel-vault ceilings, and curvy walls. The trend towards curves will also extend to furniture and furnishings. Curves, when done well, add character and an element of surprise and delight to any home. At the very least, this trend counters the "straight-line syndrome" of recent years. For more proof that curvy is the new straight in home décor, check out this blog on 2022 Curved Design Trends.

2. Black Is Back … Although It Never Really Left

While natural, subtle colors and warm tones will be trending in 2022, black as an accent color in the home will be the exception. It doesn't take much black to add pop to a room with otherwise neutral colors. Black window frames can make a great impression on the exterior and interior. A black lacquered entryway door always adds punch and curb appeal. In the kitchen, as homeowners look away from the all-white kitchen, black appliances — either shiny or matte — will make a comeback.

3. Bringing The Outdoors, Inside

We have all spent so much time outside since March 2020 that those natural elements are now in demand indoors. As opposed to earth-toned interior design that only copies the colors found in nature, homeowners are starting to bring nature inside the home increasing the connection between the interior and the outdoor environment. This trend is being displayed in a variety of ways from plant moms filling their homes with colorful varieties to open air living spaces removing the barriers of walls. A rising trend in this category is biophilic design. The biophilic design approach seeks to maximize sunlight, fresh air, plants, and other natural elements within the home. It may even include the integration of natural shapes and forms into the architecture itself. For the homeowner, biophilic design creates a sense of being part of the outdoors and the freedom associated with it while still being indoors.

4. Bring The Luxury Outdoors

Now that we all have enjoyed the benefits of outdoor living, we aren't in any rush to head back inside. Since the pandemic, home owners have begun wanting their backyards to be just as comfortable and representative as their inside living space. Larger, more luxurious outdoor living spaces will be on the to-do list in 2022 if it didn’t make its appearance in 2021. Gone are the small decks or patios that hold a grill and a table with an umbrella. Instead, combinations of a covered rear porch with a screened-in porch, grilling porch, or outdoor kitchen will be what homeowners want, and buyers will come to expect. These new outdoor spaces are turning out to be so amazing, making it hard to decide whether to stay in or "go out." Homeowners aren't just stopping there. They are adding pools, hot tubs, fire pits, and plenty of seating around all of them. Connect with family, friends, and your community from the comfort of your own home or a neighbors!

5. White Transitions to Warm in the Kitchen

White kitchens have been the go-to option for many homeowners for decades now. In the 2010s, it evolved to the point where the kitchen became a white-on-white space with white cabinets, white floor tile, even white granite countertops. White took over kitchens across new home builds and remodels but sophisticated kitchen designers in recent years started to incorporate color into the kitchen. Kitchen appliance and cabinet manufacturers have also taken notice. Expect to see kitchens with painted or wood cabinets in 2022 along with more colors incorporated into design elements. The colors themselves won't be bold but rather appealing, warm, and neutral hues to cozy up the space where most homeowners spend more time than almost any other room in the house. Granite will remain top of the list for countertops, but alternative material choices will enter the equation. Mixing of two countertop materials will also be popular — think granite countertops and a type of hardwood for the kitchen island.

6. Patterns and Flare in Hardwood Floors

We know that hardwood flooring has been around for a long time, so that portion of this 2022 trend is certainly not new. However, the hardwood floor has been prone to trends and style changes over the years, just like home colors, kitchens, and overall decor. 2022 has homeowners and builders  incorporating lighter wood into their designs, whether in one room of the home or part of a room. Expect to see a greater interest in Old World craftsmanship with two-tone inlays, patterns, or even different tones throughout the floor. The beauty of many of these styles is that you don't have to spend a ton of money on expensive hardwood. Additionally, with the current supply chain interruptions and high lumber prices, homeowners are upcycling flea market finds of reclaimed wood, making a beautiful floor!

7. Flexible Spaces

We've learned the interior layout can quickly become the most important factor when the entire family ends up staying at home. For those with formal dining rooms, those spaces quickly turned into home offices or the kids' new classroom at home. A "flex room" or "flex space" became a must-have for those in the market for a new home. A flex space offers plenty of other options, such as an extra guest room, a kids' recreation room, or just a quiet place to relax. We expect this trend to continue and even pick up higher demand in 2022 as people have come to enjoy the freedom associated with flexibility.

8. Maximalism Intertwined With Minimalism

Minimalism has been a hot trend for so long now that it's tough even to call it a trend. However, the hot trend has been extreme minimalism in the last several years; creating clean and airy spaces, an interior with only the items you genuinely need. This trend can create a sterile and clinical environment, a home without personality, if not balanced carefully. Now maximalism enters the room, or at least a splash of it! For some, the term maximalism style conjures up a Bohemian cottage or an ornate English manor. And that's fine. But the themes throughout all types of maximalism styles are individual expression and freedom. While we may still not be traveling as much in 2022 as we did in 2019, our home interiors will start to include more furnishings, rugs, art, and paint that reflect where we've been and where we may be going. Think unique statement pieces, mixing and matching textures, colors, and patterns. In a nod to minimalist style, expect to see these in natural, more subtle colors — and nothing "over the top" in terms of clutter.

Visionary Homes on Trend

A couple months into 2022, you may already be seeing these unique trends showcased in homes. Check out our newest house plans and model homes available that include some of these features. Get started in your new home journey with Visionary today by touring one of our model homes, dropping into an award-winning design studio or calling one of our professionals at (435) 774-0438.