Home remodeling and design platform Houzz has released its top trend predictions for 2022. The full list, which is compiled from a community of over 65 million homeowners and more than 2.7 million design professionals, includes kitchen, bath, and outdoor design trends and also touches on aging in place, sustainability, and efficiency. See below for the 9 trends Houzz expects to take off next year.
1. Multiple window banks: Thanks to the rise of hardworking pantry walls, storage-optimized island bases, and lower cabinets that allow homeowners to skip upper cabinets, Houzz pros anticipate homeowners to go with expansive runs of windows in 2022.
2. A casual collected look: While the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study confirmed that all-white kitchens remain dominant, layered looks are gaining in popularity. A more casual, less-polished approach with softer paint colors, raw wood tones, and a mix of cabinet fronts and styles is predicted to rise.
3. Long and linear backsplash tile: White subway tile is a classic look for a kitchen backsplash, but many homeowners are searching for a modern twist on the material. White ceramic 4-by-12-inch tile lends a timeless feel while its elongated form gives it a fresh, updated appearance.
4. Hardworking storage: While the general function of cabinetry hasn’t changed much over the years, the inside of cabinets has dramatically shifted. Pullouts bring pantry items from the back of cabinets to the front, special shelves lift heavy appliances from a lower cabinet to countertop height, and drawer dividers organize plates and bowls.
5. Stylish design for aging in place: These days, universal design prioritizes products and features that look as good as they are functional. Curbless showers, non-slip flooring, and shower benches have become desirable and stylish features for homeowners of all ages.
6. Heated bathroom floors: When Houzz asked more than 50 professionals what bathroom feature they most recommend to homeowners, one element rose above the rest: heated floors. A cold tile floor can ruin a spa-like experience, and heated floors are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
7. Desirable sustainability and efficiency: Sustainable building practices have long been a focus of environmentalists, but recent shifts in the global dialogue have brought a new wave of adoption. High-performance windows and solar panels help homeowners reduce energy use, while native trees and grasses can help create water-efficient landscapes.
8. Outdoor living rooms that look like indoor rooms: Houzz search data has shown that people want their backyards to be relaxing extensions of their interior spaces. There have been major advances in outdoor materials, allowing manufacturers to create stylish and durable outdoor sofas, tables, rugs, chairs, and decor.
9. Outdoor privacy: As homeowners increasingly expand their available living space to the outdoors, many are hiring landscape pros for screens, fences, plantings, and other strategies that help create intimate spaces and separation from neighbors, or block an undesirable view.