Are you considering a renovation in the new year? Maybe you’re looking for inspiration on how to redesign your home, but you’re not sure where to start.
Here are seven exciting renovation trends for 2022 that will breathe new life into your home.
1. Natural Lighting
Natural lighting will always be a timeless trend, but this style is in the spotlight now. The pandemic has forced many people to spend a significant amount of time at home. Large windows and high ceilings are crucial for making natural lighting work, from the smallest apartment to the biggest property. They provide ample daylight and enhance outside views, lowering stress.
If you need to upgrade your windows in 2022, consider adding a few more to increase your natural lighting. You could also enhance the size of your windows to allow more sun in during the day. This is one renovation trend that will add value to your home and last for generations.
2. Versatile Rooms
Another trend from pandemic living is a high value on versatility. We’ve become used to a kitchen table operating as a desk for eight hours during the day and a dining table at night. It’s time to take things a step further — homeowners are renovating rooms to be specifically multipurpose.
Property owners are opting for converting smaller rooms into open spaces that can accommodate different activities. The key is finding appropriate furniture that can accompany all needed projects, such as a kitchen island with storage space for office supplies and cooking equipment.
This versatility trend might not suit all homeowners but could be particularly useful for those who have limited space or wish to get creative with their current layout. Some people might welcome the idea of using their dining room table for something other than a place to store bills and unread mail. This trend is really up to the property owner to decide if they think it’s wise to pursue.
3. Living Room Bars
If you enjoy having a drink, you might appreciate this next trend — living room bars and drink trolleys. Due to more people staying home during the pandemic and folks growing more comfortable drinking at home, you can expect this trend to take off in 2022.
What separates a living room bar from a home bar is that the latter is located in a separate room of your house. What makes a living room bar special is the convenience. Where do you spend most evenings in your home? Your living room. Now imagine having access to a full bar in the same area.
Often homeowners will renovate a living room nook or wall and set up the smaller, fully functional bar space. Homeowners can choose a drink trolley and utilize the tinier capacity to achieve the same effect if space is an issue. This is the sort of trend that could date your home if you later decide to sell, so take time to consider if you want to move forward with your living room bar.
4. More Marble
Marble is making a comeback. It’s been gaining momentum in interior design since late 2020, and now it looks like it’s here to stay. If you plan to renovate your kitchen or bathroom, consider adding marble countertops or backsplashes. Incorporating marble is a fantastic way to give your home a classic look and stay modern.
If you’re looking to increase your home’s value, consider adding marble floors. They give any room a touch of elegance and luxury, and when it comes to a return on investment (ROI), marble floors offer a 70%-80% increase in value to your home.
Keep in mind marble is a porous material, so it must be regularly maintained and polished every year. However, if managed correctly, marble floors can last at least 25 years, making your renovation well worth the effort.
5. The Way of Wainscoting
Have you jumped on the wainscoting wagon yet? Wainscoting is decorative wood paneling typically seen on the bottom half of walls. This current trend began as early as the 1300s and is a beautiful way to guard against scuffs and bumps that usually riddle your walls.
Today, homeowners are leaning toward using dark colors when choosing wainscoting options. Deep hues transform any room into a regal space. Your home may be cookie-cutter in every other way, but wainscoting will make it unique.
Wainscoting is relatively easy to install yourself. You can order options that arrive fully assembled and ready to apply to your walls. Because it’s been around for centuries, the renovation will give any home a timeless look even if the current trend fades.
6. Plenty of House Plants
Don’t forget to incorporate more house plants as you go about your home renovations in the new year. They’ve been trending since the pandemic, and they’ll continue to be vital in renovation trends.
Homeowners crave wellness in their properties, and indoor plants are one way to accomplish this. NASA found that plants can clear air toxins from your home, and researchers have also found they can soothe individuals experiencing stress.
If you wish to pair house plants to your next renovation project, try incorporating the following types:
- Snake plant laurentii
- Rubber tree
- Aloe vera
- Monstera deliciosa
- Marble queen pothos
- ZZ plant
Most of these plants are relatively low responsibility — they won’t require too much watering or attention. However, if you have furry friends, you’ll want to make sure they’re pet-friendly.
7. Floored by Flooring
Hardwood floors will still dominate trends in 2022. However, things will look a little different. Geometric patterns like herringbone are currently the hot ticket in hardwood. When renovating your floors, choosing a pattern can undoubtedly make any room more sophisticated. However, it’s wise to stick to a neutral color scheme so your room doesn’t look too busy when redesigning.
Adding a geometric pattern to your floor follows a trend, but you’ll likely see an ROI of 70%-80% if you choose to renovate in hardwood. Currently, property owners and buyers love hardwood floors because of their durability and lack of maintenance. It’s likely the overall positive hardwood trend will continue for years to come.
Check Out These Exciting Trends
Now that you’ve seen the 2022 home renovation trends, what do you think you’ll incorporate in your home? Will you add more windows for natural light, or will you opt for a living room bar? Maybe you love the idea of wainscoting in your hallways or marble in your kitchen. Whatever you decide, enjoy a happy and upgraded new year.