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2022 Trends for Interior & Exterior Home Design

Americans are spending more time at home than ever, so it’s no surprise that 2022 home design trends are emphasizing comfort and multi-functionality. Whether you’re thinking about building a custom home, renovating your home, or simply redecorating some rooms, keep these 2022 home interior and exterior design trends in mind!

Pandemics have historically influenced home design trends, and the COVID-19 pandemic was no different. Americans rearranged their living spaces to accommodate being at home more, focusing on creating more functional, comfortable spaces. And with remote and hybrid work still a significant aspect of peoples’ lives, many are looking for useful upgrades for work-from-home life. While some 2022 interior design ideas may fade as the effects of the pandemic wear off, we believe most of these will stick around for a while.

Embrace the Curve

The curved furniture design trend of the Mid-Century Modern era is making a comeback in 2022, which comes as no surprise to anyone who’s noticed an uptick in ’60s and ’70s influences in everything from brand logos to fashion. As people continue to spend more time at home during the pandemic, there will be a continued emphasis on comfort and a rejection of stark spaces with hard lines. We’ll begin to see more curved designs appearing in custom floor plans and with furniture shapes, particularly couches and tables.

Get Down with Maximalism

Less isn’t necessarily more–especially during a pandemic. While minimalist design is still appealing to some people, the increased amount of time and number of activities that now take place in the home makes it more difficult to stick to a modest or sparsely filled home. Current home design trends feature more seating options, storage spaces, vibrant artwork, and bolder colors as maximalism continues to rise.

Try the New Color of the Year

Interior of closet with blue glitter bubble paint from Pantone's Color of the Year on the walls

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Color is an essential part of design, no matter the style. Despite setbacks as the pandemic continues, 2021 was a year that was full of innovation, which is reflected in the 2022 Pantone Color of the Year, “Very Peri.” This is the first time Pantone has created a new color for the educational color program to reflect the worldwide innovation resulting from the pandemic. This red-violet toned blue is a dynamic color that sets a lively mood of creativity and imagination. Pair this color with a balance of warm and cool tones to showcase the liveliness of this blue hue, or focus on pairing it with green tones for a nature-infused space.

Incorporate Feng Shui

Beautiful open kitchen design with Scandinavian style. Photo by Instagram User @houseofchais

Photo via @houseofchais

Feng shui focuses on bringing balance and harmony into a home in order to invite good energy, and we believe this will continue to be a popular home design trend in 2022. For those feeling “closed in,” incorporating feng shui in your home design could make a huge difference. Use the Bagua energy map to maximize the energy of the five elements—fire, earth, metal, water, wood—in your home’s interior.

Create Multi-Functional Spaces

A lingering design trend from 2020 and 2021, multifunctional spaces at home are helpful for those with small living spaces who need designated spaces for work, leisure, and family time. Whether it’s utilizing a flex room, space-saving furniture, or combining a guest room and home office, finding ways to design and use rooms for multiple purposes will continue to be a trend into 2022.

Designate a Home Office

Interior of white-walled home office with Mid-Century Modern black leather chair and glass desk surrounded by antique paintings and greenery

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Working from home became a necessity for Americans during the pandemic, and remote work continues to be a desirable option for many workers. As home offices become a bigger aspect of home layout and design, one thing that will be important for digital nomads is creating a comfortable and productive environment. If you’re working from a home office, you’ll want to have a space allocated specifically for your job so you can have a healthy mental separation between your work and life at home.

Make the Kitchen a Focal Point

Eclectic galley kitchen design with fun colors and prints. Photo by Instagram User @home_ec_op

Photo via @home_ec_op

The kitchen became both a communal gathering space for households and a workspace for remote workers and students over the last two years. In 2022, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen can accommodate everything from entertaining and working to cooking and baking. Incorporate more comfortable seating options in your kitchen with breakfast nooks or large islands with stools. Also, find ways to add more counter space (or declutter existing counter space) so that meal preparation is easier.

Use Durable Materials

White-tiled shower with glass door and gold fixtures. Photo by Instagram User @withjustine

Photo via @withjustine

One of the most practical home design trends of 2022 is using long-lasting, sustainable materials that are easy to clean and that can better withstand the wear and tear of daily life. Natural materials like glass, metal, ceramic, or stone are great solutions for durable and sustainable surfaces around the home. In fact, one of the best materials to incorporate in the home is copper because it’s antiviral, antibacterial, and actively kills germs over time.

Embrace Japandi Style

Japandi style dining room with natural wood accents. Photo by Instagram User @japandi_design

Photo via @japandi_design

While minimalism has started to die down in interior decorating trends, minimalist design isn’t going away any time soon. If you still desire a clean, minimalist look in your home but don’t want the full starkness of total minimalism, a Japandi home style might be the best option. This mix of Scandinavian design and Japanese design creates an appealing blend of both form and function. Japandi decor features practical furniture with clean lines, natural materials, soft textures, and light, muted colors.

Bring on the Plants

Interior of bohemian-inspired living room with biophilic design and houseplants

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Biophilic design is a top home trend going into 2022. This home design incorporates the natural world through the use of earthy colors, good ventilation, and (most importantly) houseplants. Bringing nature into interior design helps promote health and well-being, and it can even help purify the air in your home. One of the best ways to embrace a biophilic design is through an urban jungle interior decorating style.

Try Out the Cottagecore Look

Cottagecore living room with vintage coffee table, artwork, and rocking chair. Photo by Instagram User @megan.d.miller

Photo via @megan.d.miller

Inspired by idealized rural living, cottagecore embraces a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. This antique and vintage design style features neutral and warm color palettes, natural elements like houseplants and dried flowers, and lots of patterned materials. Other popular cottagecore elements include open fireplaces, vintage and reclaimed furniture, and lace tablecloths.

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86% of surveyed homeowners made improvements on their home’s exterior in 2021. Home improvement projects like building decks and painting front doors were popular last year, as were DIY landscaping projects like creating fire pits and adding water features. If you’re refreshing your home’s outside or even building a new home, check out these trending 2022 home exterior design ideas!

Stand Out with Dark Colors

Modern home with dark exterior paint color. Photo by Instagram User @legendhomestn

Photo via @legendhomestn

Want to make a bold statement and stand out from the rest of your block? Join the growing trend of painting your house a dark color. Dark hues like black and navy blue are dramatic and eye-catching, which can help improve your curb appeal. Of course, you don’t have to make everything dark—painting your front door, trim, or garage door gray or black can create the same stunning contrast without being as bold. (Just be sure to consult your HOA rules before you start painting to see if these colors are acceptable in your area.)

Go with the Modern Farmhouse Look

Modern farmhouses meld sleek contemporary design elements with vintage and rustic aesthetics to create a marriage of traditional and modern. Farmhouse design commonly features a white exterior accented by a dark roof and trim, with natural textures and materials like wood or galvanized steel. The modern farmhouse exterior design trend has even led to some people renovating or building barndominiums as residences.

Create Your Outdoor Oasis

Large outdoor seating area with roof covering. Photo by Instagram User @doneraildesign

Photo via @doneraildesign

Outdoor living rooms were a popular home design trend before the pandemic, but the pandemic certainly increased demand for these gathering spaces. Outdoor living spaces provide safer options for gathering with friends, family, and neighbors while remaining socially distant. Whether you build a gazebo, spruce up a deck or patio, or transform your porch, you can design an attractive and cozy gathering space.

Craft Experience-Based Spaces

Modern outdoor kitchen near the poolside. Photo by Instagram User @prattguys

Photo via @prattguys

With access to venues like gyms, restaurants, theaters, and more restricted during the pandemic, many people chose to make their own at home. Homeowners turned their backyards into entertainment centers by constructing fire pits, installing outdoor kitchens, putting up large screens or TVs, laying down concrete basketball courts, building outdoor bars, or making their own putting greens.

Bridge the Indoors & Outdoors

Patio table and outdoor living area. Photo by Instagram User @nicci_brem

Photo via @nicci_brem

You can give your home exterior a harmonious feel by creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Make an indoor-outdoor space by using large glass doors and plenty of windows, or even by installing retractable walls, which is a popular feature in modern home design. You might also consider extending your ceiling to create a covered patio or pergola, or use string lights or pendant lights to create the feel of a ceiling.

Emphasize Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting design is especially important if you have plans to sell your home in 2022, as exterior lighting is one of the features home buyers look for the most. You can use colored lights and linear lights to brighten stairways and paths for better curb appeal, or use solar-powered LED bulbs for a sustainable option that helps transition your outdoor space into an eco-friendly yard.

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