Open floor plans still reign supreme (even post-quarantine), but all that working from home has made us think about how we can make our spaces more adaptable. Pocket doors, decorative screens, and kitchen islands are being seen as a way to create some division without permanently disrupting flow or line of sight.
Multi-functional furniture and rooms are also increasingly popular. Whether it’s a desk placed behind the living room couch, an ottoman with a pull-out desktop, or an integrated nook, the concept of “entangled” spaces without clear use delineations is something many people are embracing.
As an add-on to flowing public spaces, private “emotional escape rooms” are one of Pinterest’s
predicted trends for 2022. Tiny library rooms, music-themed rooms, and massage rooms are all trending in searches. Home theaters are making a comeback after previously being eschewed for taking up too much space. Yoga studios and intimate lounges are also appearing more frequently on architectural wish lists.
As supply issues have limited the supply of new furniture and decor, consumers are turning to high-quality vintage and flea market finds for a trendy, sustainable alternative. People are also infusing their personality into a more “maximalist” design concept with gallery walls full of favorite art/photos, richly patterned rugs, antique statement pieces, and favorite objects (such as guitars) incorporated into their decor.
Consumers are also putting more thought into the ethics of what they buy and where they buy it—especially as younger eco-friendly generations begin to purchase and remodel homes. Sustainable materials and energy-efficient products are in higher demand than ever. Reclaimed, locally sourced, and responsibly made furnishings are also trending in popularity.