Residential home design is experiencing a major aesthetics shift, especially since spending significant amounts of time at home is now the expected normal for most individuals in the foreseeable future.
More time at home means less minimalism and more natural, organic, and inviting designs. From reconsidering synthetic materials to changing up the all-white color scheme, here’s what we can expect to see from residential designers in 2022.
Increased natural elements in the home, also known as Biophilic Design, is one of this year’s biggest residential design trends. Organic materials, natural lighting, and indoor vegetation are the primary ways you’ll see biophilic design in the home.
If you’re designing a new space this year, consider adding a sunroom, emphasizing indoor/outdoor living spaces, and choosing natural materials like marble, travertine, and terracotta alongside natural woods and plant-based textiles.
Warm Wood Tones
Although part of the general trend toward biophilic design, a return to natural wood tones is a standalone trend worth investing in this year. After years of all white kitchens and paired with dark or gray flooring, natural wood tones are seeing a big resurgence in home design.
Look for natural wood as the primary material for kitchen cabinets, flooring, and furniture used throughout the home. But unlike their predecessors in the 90’s and early 2000’s that tended to be stained an orange or yellow color, today’s wood materials use natural stains, emphasize imperfections in the grain, and use reclaimed elements to create an easy and approachable aesthetic.
While natural materials dominate the 2022 home design trends, metal building materials are having their own moment.
From metal roofs and exposed beams to window frames and exterior accent pieces, metal is an eco-friendly and durable material that offers the perfect contrast to the softer, earthier feel of natural wood and stone.
Part of what made the all-white and gray minimalist aesthetic that dominated home design over the past decade so effective was the modern and contemporary architecture styles that favored straight lines and modular block shapes.
Many of the upcoming 2022 design trends are a direct reaction to this minimalist approach, which means arches, curves, and rounded shapes are a major part of the latest residential designs. Arched windows and doorways are popular, as are curved exterior walls, rounded interior walls, and curved walkways or halls.
Get Your Team for 2022
When you’re ready to design a new house or remodel your current home, you’ll need the right team. Home Planning Hawaii helps homeowners find the best professionals for all their residential construction projects, so contact us today to get started—and make sure to check out our free online calculator to determine the cost of your next project!