What’s new for home architecture in 2022? More color, more curves and more open space for starters — at least that’s what experts are predicting. Some trends have been — well, trending — for a while, but others are completely new and more in line with how today’s families live. We’ve listed a few, but if you want to see what our builders think are hot, visit the Bryson model homes today.
Rooms That Do It All
If there’s anything the past few years have taught us, it’s that the rooms in our homes need to be multi-functional. Planning desks in the kitchen, data centers in the game room and more flex rooms are poised to trend because our homes continue to serve as offices, school rooms and gyms.
It’s not obvious but from a psychological point of view, arched entryways, barrel-vault ceilings and rounded walls are soothing to the senses. People also are embracing the fluidity that curves imply. Expect to see more curved walls on windows, more arches and curved islands.
More Color in the Kitchen
The trend away from all-white kitchen continues. Homeowners are being pulled toward painted cabinets in green, blue and black. Backsplashes are also getting a color make-over. Expect to see colorful terra cotta tiles, mosaics and marble slabs. Stainless steel appliances will still top the list of preferences, but some homebuyers may opt for colorful stoves and refrigerators.
Two Islands are Better Than One
The shape of kitchen islands changes dramatically on an almost yearly basis, but next year, expect to see homes with more than one. One island will be for food preparation while the other will serve as a combination dining area, conversational area and workspace.
More families than ever have added furry friends. Expect to see dog showers and pet food bowl spaces in the utility room. Kitchens also may reclaim that unused space in the form of niches perfectly sized for pet beds.
Double Primary Suites
Multi-generational families have become a larger demographic with elderly parents and adult children moving home. While multi-generational suites have been available for a while, homebuyers are taking a second look at homes with two primary suites. In addition to being less expensive than homes with a multi-generational suite, two bedrooms offer the privacy adults need.
Elegant Primary Baths
Primary baths have always trended toward spa-like but expect to see even more luxury added in 2022. Not only will bathrooms be more spacious, but they will also feature stand-alone tubs, oversized showers with multiple shower heads, large windows, elegant fixtures and statement lighting like chandeliers.
Your Home, Only Smarter
Most builders have jumped on the smart home train, and it’s difficult to find a homebuyer that isn’t looking for at least some smart home features. In addition to smart locks and garage door openers, expect to see more video doorbells, included home security features, smart appliances and better integration of all devices for ease of use.
Bring the Outdoor In
Larger outdoor living spaces have been a selling point for some time, but builders are starting to include accordion or sliding glass doors in the living room. This allows homeowners to increase the available entertainment space. It also lets them enjoy fresh air and nature without leaving the comfort of the family room.
To Your Good Health
A healthy home is a happy home. Builders are including more products that reduce the number of pathogens that can be spread. Microban® kitchen counters have become increasingly popular. The material blocks the metabolism of bacteria so they can’t reproduce. Filters will not only screen allergens they also filter bacteria and even viruses. Touchless faucets and other fixtures will become the norm.
Millennials in particular want green homes. In addition to being energy efficient, eco-friendly homes will be built with sustainability in mind, including drought-resistant landscaping and repurposed natural finished wood.