Are You Embracing Any of These Summer 2022 Home Trends?
Get an insight into the wants and needs of homeowners with this roundup of what users are searching for on Houzz
A place to relax and unwind is high on homeowners’ wish lists at the moment, in particular an area for watching TV or a film. The search terms ‘TV room’ and ‘cinema’ have both grown in popularity in 2022, as well as the terms ‘snug’ and ‘corner sofa’, suggesting people are prioritising chill-out spaces.
At the beginning of 2022, pros on Houzz shared their predictions for living rooms this year, forecasting a rise in the use of wide storage units – and indeed, there’s been a spike in searches for ‘media wall’ and ‘TV wall’ on Houzz.
Omar Bhatti of Space Shack suggests turning a media unit into a feature wall. “We go bold with the colour, as it’s easy to repaint at a later date,” he says. A bespoke piece of joinery like this one in a home by Kudos Design & Build, is ideal, as it’s both super-practical and a beautiful feature in the room.
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As well as a TV zone, homeowners are looking for more activity spaces within their homes. Games rooms, for example, are being searched for by more Houzz users than usual at the moment, as are playrooms and reading nooks.
More surprising is the increase in searches for ‘indoor pools’, ‘music studios’ and ‘saunas’.
If you’re looking to add an activity space to your home, it’s worth considering an outdoor room like this one by Owl Garden Studios. Garden designer Jane Ashley says she’s seen a huge interest in garden rooms this year and predicts the trend will last, despite life going back to normal after lockdown.
“Even [though] people are more comfortable going back to old workplaces and gyms, the convenience of home facilities will mean this demand will continue,” she says.
The desire to fully relax at home has extended to the bedroom, with homeowners wanting something more than the standard sleep space. There’s been a large spike in searches for ‘navy bedrooms’ and ‘bedroom panelling’ this year, which conjures up images of chic boutique-hotel-style bedrooms like this one designed by Kirsty Elizabeth Interiors.
The crisp white sheets here add to the luxuriously comfortable feel, as does the padded headboard. In fact, ‘headboard’ is another word that Houzz users have been keying into the search box this year, along with ‘built-in wardrobes’, ‘ensuite’ and ‘dressing room’.
If you’ve been browsing images of ‘outdoor kitchens’, ‘sunrooms’ or even ‘orangeries’ on Houzz, you’re certainly not alone. Each of these search terms has seen a rise in popularity this year, tying in with the ongoing trend for creating a seamless transition between indoors and out.
Houzz users are also searching for outdoor fireplaces, as well as sliding doors to ensure uninterrupted views of the garden. “There’s a desire to bring the garden right up to the house by breaking up patio areas with raised planters and other planting,” garden designer Peter Reader told us earlier in the year. “This is coupled with the resurgence of houseplants, tying the indoors and outdoors together.”
It’s all about practicality at the moment, as homeowners look to accommodate areas that allow their spaces to function well. The terms ‘larder’, ‘boot room’ and ‘laundry’ have all seen an increase in searches on Houzz this year, suggesting users are taking the time to design a home that really aligns with their needs.
An interesting addition to this is the continued rise in searches for ‘dog shower’ on Houzz. We saw an increase at the end of 2021, and this has carried on into 2022. It seems the growth in dog ownership during lockdown has prompted homeowners to seek practical solutions to ensure muddy paws don’t find their way into other areas of the home.
Continuing on from the practical focus, surfaces are also on the radar when it comes to functionality. More Houzz users are searching for durable materials for their floors and worktops at the moment, with the terms ‘resin flooring’, ‘tadelakt’, ‘microcement’, ‘cork flooring’ and ‘granite’ all seeing a spike in 2022.
Earlier in the year, Omar Bhatti told us that microcement is definitely a trend that isn’t going anywhere. “As opposed to grey tones, I see more beiges and earthier shades and also brighter, bolder colours, such as pinks, blues and greens,” he says.
Have you been browsing any of these trends this year? Which of them would work in your home? Share your thoughts in the Comments.