Sage green paint, comfortable outdoor living, the return of the dining room, and other big home and design trends to keep things interesting in 2022.
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Written byChristine LennonJANUARY 5, 2022
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If you feel conflicted about home design trends, trust us, you are not alone. Buy the right furniture, and it’s supposed to last a lifetime, right? Sinks are not intended to be swapped out seasonally. But it’s human nature to hanker for something fresh and new on occasion, especially at the beginning of a new year. So if you’re on the hunt for simple, mindful upgrades to make your living space feel fresh and exciting, we’ve got you covered.
A coat of soothing paint or some new placemats for your dining table, once you reclaim it from those stacks of mail and Zoom-school projects, may be all it takes to liven things up. And if that old sofa has reached the end of its lifecycle and you need a replacement, or if this is the year you’re taking the plunge with a bathroom renovation, we have ideas for that, too. Read on for more inspiration.
1. Vintage Revival
According to a national survey conducted by Apartment Therapy, 70% of interior design professionals polled say that vintage decor will be a major trend for 2022. Motivated by two separate but intertwined forces—the continuing supply chain crisis, which has added months to projected ship dates for new furniture manufactured overseas, and the increasing focus on sustainability—secondhand furniture has never been hotter. Facebook Marketplace is a convenient stand-in for the old-fashioned garage sale. And Chairish, the online marketplace for vintage furniture and home accessories that was founded in 2013, has never been hotter. Its business doubled in 2020, and continued to grow 46% in 2021. On the Chairish trend forecast: bright colors, “biomorphic” furniture in curvy shapes, ‘70s-era ceramics, tiger print, and classic Schumacher florals.
2. The Return of the Dining Room
Wait, did the dining room ever go away? Or was it just buried under stacks of Amazon boxes? That same Apartment Therapy survey reported that 50% of pros say dining rooms, that place where people sit around a table to enjoy a meal together, are making a big comeback. In recent years, the trend had shifted toward more casual entertaining in the kitchen, around built-in banquettes or a more casual table, and dining rooms were repurposed to accommodate work-from-home setups. But people are craving more elegant spaces to entertain at home, it seems. It might be time for some cool new placemats, glassware, or dishes to host that next dinner party in style.
3. Sage Green Paint
While Pantone is banging the drum about its 2022 color of the year, Veri Peri, paint brands are singing a different tune. Sherwin Williams’ pick, Evergreen Fog, and Benjamin Moore’s selection, October Mist 1945, are both soothing shades of sage. Texas-based designer Sarah Stacey’s favorite green is Clary Sage by Sherwin Williams. “My favorite way to use sage is on any dominant piece like kitchen cabinets, or a sofa,” says Stacey. “It is a calming color, and low-key enough to use as a neutral. I love pairing it with navy, cream, and burgundy.”
4. Open-Air Living
One thing we know for sure is that—post 2020 and 2021—we will never feel comfortable packed into a cramped, airless room again. Hold on…did we ever feel at ease in an airless room? Anyway, indoor/outdoor entertaining, and outside living areas that feel as luxe and comfortable as a home’s interior, are in demand heading into next year. The design team at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery has pulled together a trend report, and the consensus is that they love these Big Ass Fans (yep, that’s the brand name). They increase airflow, shoo a few flies, and make outdoor spaces livable in those sweltering summer months. Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy.
5. Nubby, Soft Upholstery
One universal theme heading into this new year is comfort. Seems like everybody needs a hug, or the closest thing to it, which is a soft chair or sofa to curl up on. Bouclé upholstery fabric, with a snuggly, soft texture, has been a growing trend in recent years, and its popularity shows no sign of slowing. According to Apartment Therapy, 68% of those polled say bouclé is here to stay. Instead of creamy whites and beige, expect to see it in bolder colors like blue or earthy browns.
6. Curved Lines and Rounded Edges
A whopping 83% of designers in the poll endorsed those soft, sinewy, curvilinear sofas and chairs that hover lower to the ground and started popping up everywhere last year. They say the look is here to stay, for now. They’re inspired by shapes from the ‘70s (a popular decade for decor inspiration), with a little Art Deco mixed in, and have all but replaced hard angles in stylish homes across the West.
7. Colorful Refrigerators
We’ve already built a compelling case for a pale blue refrigerator. And the Ferguson team confirmed that the momentum around selecting appliances in unexpected colors is growing. The team is seeing a surge in interest in bold appliances in unexpected colors, like the matte black Cafe Appliances collaboration with Kelly Wearstler. Samsung also introduced a Bespoke French Door refrigerator: Three- and four-door models can be color-blocked to your heart’s content, and swapped out when you want to redecorate.
8. Burl Wood Accents
Step to the left, rattan and cane. Burled wood finishes are taking over. The unique swirls and patterns formed from tree growth add some organic, lovely texture to everything from small tabletop accessories to larger, elegant pieces, like this chic and simple desk from CB2. And there’s plenty of vintage burl pieces to be found on Chairish (see No. 1).
9. Golden Touch
Ferguson has included these soft gold sinks and bathtubs from Thompson Trader’s in its trend forecast as part of the “organic modern” movement, and the enduring popularity of raw textures like brushed metal, rope accents, and ceramic that feel pulled from nature. As far as we’re concerned, there aren’t many worries that a soak in a luminous tub couldn’t alleviate. So, if a bathroom reno is in your future, it might be time to go for the gold.
10. Warm Minimalism
About 80% of the designers surveyed said that the uncluttered, light-filled, soft look of warm-minimal interiors is what will finally nudge the farmhouse aesthetic, and decades-long obsession with mid-century modern, off of the pedestal. Think pops of joyful color, pale wood, statement light fixtures, and great tile with natural texture used sparingly and well. Warm minimalism is a soothing look that invites you to sit down and stay a while, and doesn’t work too hard to impress anybody. And that’s a trend we can get behind.
If you’re like many people with an expansive wardrobe, you will agree with recently surveyed homebuyers that a walk-in closet—with perhaps a dressing area—is the second most important feature wanted in an upscale home.
Respondents to a National Association of REALTORS® Buyers Home Feature Preference study ranked the extravagance just under air conditioning in terms of superior comfortable living—and 60 percent of them said they would spend the money to install the feature if the home they bought did not have one.
Installing the ultimate walk-in is easy to do without major upset, designers say, if your home has a spare bedroom adjacent to the master suite.
First, suggested one designer, be strategic. Take a good look at your clothing and accessories to determine the kind of space you need. Do you require a lengthy hanging space for full-length dresses, for example—or more than average space for shoes and purses? How much shelving will it take to hold your sweaters and folded shirts? How much drawer space for socks and underwear, and/or jewelry and accessories? And speaking of jewelry, do you want a wall safe built into your new walk-in closet?
Lighting is important. Whether you choose track lighting, recessed fixtures, or crystal chandeliers, you will want to be sure they provide enough ambient light to illuminate all the room’s contents.
Do you want a seating area? Having a room-sized closet means you also have space to add seating, so you can sit down if you wish. Plan for a comfortable armchair or chaise lounge you can sit on while you put on shoes, and/or a lighted vanity where you can sit to put on makeup or accessories.
Every good walk-in closet needs a full-length mirror—and depending upon the size of the room, a qualified custom closet designer will provide more ideas for turning your spare room into the walk-in closet you envision—beautifully finished and perfectly organized to maximize space and light.
From double-hanging rods and floor-to-ceiling shoe shelves to hanging or expanding wall pegs for belts, scarves or ties, there are other options a creative designer will suggest based on your needs and specifications. Whether you find your designer online or through a personal recommendation, be sure to review photos of his/her past designs and chat with two or three past clients about their room conversion experience.
That unused bedroom can provide much more than a little extra closet space. Done right, it can become a spacious wardrobe oasis.
Before you put your home on the market, it’s important to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape in order to maximize value. One of the challenges, however, is knowing which improvements are going to make a difference. Here are five updates that buyers are willing to shell out a little extra cash for.
Updated Kitchen The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it can often make or break how buyers feel about a residence. You don’t have to undergo a top-to-bottom remodel before listing your house, but upgrading your appliances and replacing dated countertops can transform your cooking space.
Outdoor Living High-end buyers are looking for homes with outdoor spaces where they can both enjoy family time and entertain. If your patio or deck is looking a bit tired, you can make it more appealing by adding a fire pit or barbecue area where people can envision themselves hanging out.
Eco-Friendly Features Spend a little more money to make your home eco-friendly and you’ll surely see a return on your investment. Energy-efficient windows and appliances have major appeal to buyers who are looking to lower their impact on the environment while also lowering their utility bills.
Well-Appointed Bathrooms If you want your home to fetch top dollar, you better have luxurious bathrooms. High-quality fixtures for the sinks, showers and baths are a must. It doesn’t have to be a total overhaul, but refreshing the bathrooms with new tiles and countertops can go a long way in the eyes of potential buyers.
Curb Appeal You only have one chance to make a first impression. When buyers arrive at your home, they’re going to have formed an opinion before they even step inside. A new front porch or walkway can pay off when it’s time to sell your home.
If you’d like more insight into how to get your home ready to sell, I’d be happy to discuss further and provide you with personalized advice for your property.
Projectors vs. TVs for the Home Theater: Pros and Cons
If you’re considering buying a house with a home theater, or perhaps you want to put one in your current residence, the most important question that you’re likely to face is whether to get a TV or projector. This alone will undoubtedly have a major impact on your viewing experience, so it’s worth digging into the details in order to design the perfect home theater for your next family movie night. Below are the pros and cons of each.
TV Pros: If picture quality is the most important characteristic to you, then it’s generally accepted that TVs have the edge in this department. Not only will the image be sharper and brighter, but you won’t have to worry about keeping the room dark. Additionally, TVs have built-in speakers, so you don’t necessarily need to outfit your home theater with a separate audio system.
TV Cons: A large, state-of-the-art TV is likely going to set you back a bit more than a projector, but that’s to be expected for the picture quality. One area that the TV is limited is size, as 4K ultra-high definition televisions top out around 80 inches (not that that’s anything to scoff at).
Projector Pros: For a true cinematic experience with a wall-sized screen, the projector is the way to go for larger-than-life images at a cheaper price. If you want to be able to discreetly turn your living room into a home theater, you have the benefit of installing a retractable projector and screen that hides from view when not in use.
Projector Cons: Of course, the biggest knock on projectors is that light affects the picture quality, but if you’re going to use blackout shades or put your home theater in your basement, then this probably isn’t a major concern. While the picture quality isn’t quite as good as televisions, today’s 4K ultra-high definition projectors are very impressive. You’ll also need to get speakers, which isn’t an issue if you plan on installing a surround sound system anyway.
A vertical garden, also known as a living wall, is the ultimate way to bring nature into your home. Whether you’re in the city and want to introduce some greenery into urban quarters or simply enjoy the relaxing ambiance of a wall clad with plants, there are many reasons to consider designing one in your home. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know before getting started on your vertical garden:
Design Details While you can simply mount a trellis on the wall, you’ll want to reserve that for the terrace or patio. Indoor living walls require a series of pockets to hold the plants and a drip irrigation system that will keep them healthy without making a mess of your home. They make the perfect addition to a living room, but keep in mind how much light each wall gets when deciding where to put the garden. You also don’t need to create large living walls or elaborate designs–small, simple gardens can still add to a room’s ambiance, so determine which type of design is right for you and your space.
Pick Your Plants The amount of sunlight that the area receives will play a role in the plants best suited to your vertical garden. Golden pothos and crotons are popular choices because they tend to do well in bright, indirect light. Ferns are another favorite because they can grow quickly in shady places and create a verdant setting, though be aware that they do best in humid conditions.
Sit Back and Enjoy the Benefits There are many immediate advantages to having a green living environment inside your home. For starters, it will improve your air quality and remove pollutants so you and your family can enjoy a healthier atmosphere. If you can hear the sounds of the city from your living room, or the kids are learning to play the drums in the room next door, you’ll be happy to hear that vertical gardens are also effective ways to reduce noise pollution. Lastly, plants are proven to reduce our stress levels, meaning this eco-chic design will help you relax each day.