6 Home Renovation Trends in 2022
As much as we willed 2021 to be a return to “normal”，but the year was still an uphill battle full of uncertainty. Some of us slowly returned to an office, which we inhabited only part-time. New commutes began from pandemic-acquired country homes or suburban houses. So, what will 2022 bring? It’s hard to say. But to get those dream lists and projects ideating, and let’s keep on renovating in 2022!
1. Giving rooms a new life:
The pandemic continues to teach us new ways to maximize the uses of the space that we’re spending time in. Because of this, many homeowners have maxed out the design opportunities for the most commonly used rooms in their homes and are now seeking expert advice on what rooms or areas in their home can take on a new life. Basement remodel projects are a great way to create a recreational room, and they have been in high demand over the last quarter of the year. We expect this to trend more and more over in 2022.
2. Making room for multigenerational households:
One trend we have seen emerging in major markets that has even been picked up on by large tract builders, which is the creation of purpose-built multigenerational homes with essentially two separate homes under one roof. This is not just down to the shifting dynamic among families but also because of the ability for homeowners to monetize the extra space for long-term rentals or even Airbnb-style short-term leasing.
We've already had our eyes opened to the power of backyard casitas but prepare for an ever-growing landscape of modular solutions. Many people will come ready to assemble, allowing for renovators to offer a complete turnkey solution for customers where they can literally pick a tiny home from a catalog and have it constructed on site in record time. This also removes the need for large-scale ongoing construction disrupting an often already chaotic home environment where space and privacy is already in short supply.
3. Investments in the home office:
There will be an increase in home offices—homeowners are trading kitchen counters for more professional dedicated spaces. The Zoom fatigue is real, but so is the realization that the backdrop for those visual calls needs to step up. Allocating space for a home office often involves a reset of the room’s function. For example, sitting rooms off of bedrooms or smaller family rooms are converted. Guest rooms also do double duty, with sleepers and desks.
We are all becoming more aware of how the layout and aesthetics of a room can affect our energy and productivity. Transforming a current room into your new home office space is not just a fun project, but a necessity for many people who work remotely. When trying to boost the functionality of a home, this room may be at the forefront. People will spend more time and effort in designing a unique working space to maximize their concentration, motivation, and productivity in 2022.
Remember the days of home offices and dining rooms being the first rooms you see when entering a home? Well, those days are back and we’re getting excited about the requests we’re getting from clients focused on creating the perfect home office space. Once unused rooms such as secondary living spaces and breakfast rooms are now being transformed into custom office spaces with built-ins and high-tech solutions such as smart boards, projectors, and wet bars.
4. Enhanced outdoor spaces and features:
Many people are bringing the indoors out for a while now, and one of the best ways to accomplish that from a functional perspective is to introduce shade structures like awnings. We see more people making plans for this, as outdoor renovations continue to be a priority as we in 2022. Aesthetically pleasing shade structures like awnings not only provide comforting protection from the sun, but also help make an outdoor space feel more connected and beautiful. Look for fabrics with the seal of recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation, which recognizes safe and effective U.V. sun protection.
Outdoor spaces continue to be in the spotlight with people spending more time at home. Outdoor showers work in all climates and have controls that allow complete control of water flow and temperature. Outdoor showers can be created in a variety of ways. We’re loving the more sculptural and architectural styles that include features such as benches and stone flooring and walls.
A lot of homeowners are also investing in outdoor rooms. Pools, water features, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and extensive seating and dining areas are high on wish lists. Materials are more organic and natural, such as travertine. Outdoor kitchens will feature commercial-style grills, refrigerators, and wine coolers. Indoor rooms opening up to terraces with a series of French doors or doors that fold back is another way to connect with the outside.
There have been major advances in outdoor materials in recent years, allowing manufacturers to create stylish and durable outdoor sofas, tables, rugs, chairs and decor. Add an outdoor fireplace, maybe a TV, and the line between indoors and out seemingly disappears.
5. Being green, literally and figuratively:
We think greens will be a huge factor in home renovations in 2022. People want their homes to feel fresh but still comforting, and green is the perfect paint color to create that feeling! So many homeowners are inspired by historic and organic references as of late, which pairs with Yelp’s research showing that searches for reclaimed materials are up by 42%. We can see the majority of home projects in 2022 being centered around getting back to the root of materials.
The pandemic created the realization of health, the environment, and being less materialistic. With that being said, reusing furniture, pursuing materials that support the environment, promote recycling, and hold meaning will be popular next year. Not to mention, natural materials like wood, rattan, clay, stone, etc. pair perfectly with any style, color, or material. These textures add warmth and lightness to home decor and make us feel like we’re on vacation in our home since many of us are unable to travel.
Awareness of our environment and of Mother Nature makes us conscious of our carbon footprint and how we affect our planet. Using sustainable materials and lighting that consumes less energy brings less guilt in how we manage our planet.
6. Connecting with nature:
Homeowners have been requesting more natural light in their homes through bigger window and door openings for years, and that’s a trend clearly continuing into 2025. People are increasing the natural light in their homes and creating a more direct connection with nature by adding doors where there were once windows, or adding larger windows for a greater sense of connection to outside. We’ve noticed homeowners embarking on remodeling work to replace more traditional patio doors with large scenic versions to create a connection between interior and exterior spaces for more seamless transitions and a sense of freedom.
We are continuing to lean into a soft modern aesthetic that is rooted in organic wood tones and clean, natural colors. The absence of excess creates a positive impact on well-being and inspires a sense of connection with nature. Additionally, many homeowners are embracing uplifting hues based in nature such as Blue Lagoon, Dried Thyme, and Monarch Gold.
Cool tones are gone and warm tones are here to stay—think greens, ochre, terra-cotta, oatmeal-beige, and greige. We are moving beyond classic white and blue kitchens and gravitating toward colorways that remind us of nature. Because we have not been able to travel, inspiration will come from the colors of Arizona and the Sedona Mountains, the mustard tones of Yellowstone, or from Aspen when the trees turn. Look for beautiful, subdued jewel tones in nature-inspired colors, rather than bright, loud colors. Many decorations require the use of paint rollers. So, please follow the guidelines to make sure you choose the right paint roller for your painting job!
To paint your home is fun, especially when you have the right set of tools and know the right technique for using them. However, to get adapted to a tool and using it correctly is a later part. The initial step is to understand the tool that you are planning to buy, the purpose of it, and the different varieties available in it. One such basic tool which is crucial and yet is less-discussed about is ‘Paint Roller.’
While most of us think that ‘what’s the big deal to choose a paint roller’, we say- it indeed is a big deal. You are painting your home; you definitely would want to invest in things that contribute to making your home look beautiful.
Before we proceed with its nitty-gritty, understand the basic structure of a roller painter.
A roller consists of two important components. One is the frame and the other is the nap. The metal-body frame is a cage-like structure which consists of a handle at the bottom of it.
The right frame:
Before you choose a nap, zero down your choice on the size of the frame. There are two basic sizes- 9″ long roller frames (Large) and 4″ long roller frames (Small).
For painting walls and ceilings use a 9″ long roller frames large roller. This will help you cover large surfaces with ease.
For painting doors, windows, furniture, and cabinets use 4″ long roller frames.
The right nap:
A roller nap is available in various lengths. These various lengths define its use for the different types of surfaces. The important point to note here is- the longer the nap, the more paint it will hold.
*For surfaces that are smooth and fine, use a ¼-inch nap. (New wall, ceilings, and wooden doors)
*For surfaces that are smooth, yet light texture, use a ⅜-inch nap.
*Use a ½-inch nap for surfaces that are medium-rough surfaces.
*Use a ¾-inch nap for surfaces that are rough. (Textured walls and ceilings)
To own the right paint roller nap and size means you have reached closed to success. But, you still need to know other things while painting with the roller.
Use the rounded end of the foam roller cover when you don’t want roller edge lines to appear on the finished wall. Apply the right pressure. Applying excessive pressure will make your work look messy; make sure you apply even and light pressure, only.
Make a habit of dipping only the nap in the paint. After this, spin the roller against the screen and dip again. Use paint pot pro’s tray for uniformly smearing the paint over the nap. Remove the roller cover/nap from the roller frame after you are finished with your job.
If you have used latex paint, then use soap and water to clean the nap. Leave the nap to dry; make sure the nap is fully dried and holds no water.