5 Home Design, Building Trends to Watch in 2022

Curvier building elements, patterned hardwood floors, and black accents are part of the trends to watch in the new year.
A picture of a modern trendy kitchen and dining room with varying colors and decor.

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Home design is getting more personal. More homeowners are using their homes to show their individuality and design freedom, according to home design experts at The Plan Collection, an online home design firm.

“It makes sense as people have gone from having to be home to wanting to be at home in an environment that expresses their personalities and individual tastes,” says Laurel Vernazza, home design expert at The Plan Collection. “Since no one could travel, homeowners had to bring those experiences into their homes.”

The Plan Collection’s team offers its predictions of the hot home design and building trends for 2022, including:

Curvier building elements: Curves can add an element of surprise and counter the “straight-line syndrome” of recent years, designers say. Expect to see more arched openings, barrel-vault ceilings, and curvy furniture, designers predict. Outside, arched windows and doors, arched openings, and ceilings for porches or decks will make statements, as will curved walkways.

A picture of the front of a home with a curved roof near the front door, a new trend in home design.

Patterned hardwoods: “Greater interest in Old World craftsmanship with two-tone inlays, patterns, or even different tones” are growing more popular, designers say. Expect to see lighter hardwood flooring, whether in one room or even just part of a room.

A photo of the foyer of a home facing the front door and a hardwood staircase.

Colorful kitchens: “Homeowners are tiring of the all-white kitchen and counters,” designers say. “They want to add some spice.” Expect to see more painted or wood cabinets in warm or neutral hues and countertops that feature alternative material choices. For example, more homes may mix two countertop materials, such as granite countertops and hardwood for the kitchen island.

A photo of a modern kitchen with a counter island that doubles as a seating area on one side

Black highlights: Black accents are trending, as are subtle colors and warm tones. Interior and exterior black window frames, black lacquered entryway doors, and black appliances—either shiny or matte—are expected to grow in popularity in 2022.

A photo of a home near the front door with white walls and black doors and windows as the style.
Maximalism takes root: More homes are also taking on a “maximalism” look, which particularly can be seen in a Bohemian cottage or ornate English manor, designers note. “While inventory of new furniture wanes, demand for high-quality and kitschy antiques will be in big demand,” designers say. “While people are traveling less, they have more expendable income so creative expressions of personality infuse interior design. Furnishings, rugs, art, and paint reflect past travel destinations or future dream locations that bring this idea home.”
A photo of a living room in the maximalist style.