In Australia, our way of living has changed massively over the past two years. Major shifts in work habits and living arrangements have altered our priorities when it comes to home design, with flexible solutions that make the most of interior layouts on the rise. Read on for our breakdown of the hottest home design trends in 2022.
Dedicated workspaces continue to influence home design
As working from home continues to be essential, home offices and dedicated workspaces will remain a huge home design trend in 2022.
Many people now live on a changeable work from home/work from office timetable. In addition to this, the popularity of remote work across Australia means that work from home setups are one of 2022’s must-have renovations.
With some working couples requiring more than one dedicated office space, designers are now looking at dividing large rooms into multiple small alcoves to create separate spaces. Many homeowners will be adding dedicated extensions or cutting into their existing living areas to create these work from home spaces.
Interior design will be heavily influenced by the needs of these spaces this year. For example, the prevalence of virtual meetings means that designers will need to create tasteful, stylish and practical spaces — no one wants a distracting virtual background to muck up their meetings.
After years of solo workdays, many are looking to upgrade their home offices with unique spaces that can help boost their motivation and productivity. This includes high-tech solutions like smart boards, projectors, creative shelving and built-in storage solutions.
Large windows and sliding glass doors will bring the outdoors in
Natural light can bring a space to life and add positive, comforting energy to the home.
A popular choice this year is adding larger windows to shared living spaces and to communal spaces like kitchens. Windows are a great way to connect kitchens to outdoor seating areas.
Outdoor structures will receive particular attention this year as people begin fusing indoor areas with outdoor spaces. Many homeowners are looking to add sliding doors that open onto decks and patios to create hybrid indoor-outdoor areas.
For flooring, natural materials like hardwood and stone will continue to dominate in 2022. Australian hardwood floors and stone tiles will remain popular — these materials give a natural appearance and suit our indoor-outdoor lifestyle. They also complement the striking decor and bold wallpapers that we expect to dominate interior design this year.
Multi-purpose spaces are a must
In 2022, our homes aren’t just our living spaces — homeowners need homes that function as offices, learning spaces for kids and extra accommodations for guests. Homeowners are looking to add the most value to their spaces without sacrificing style and beauty. This has boosted the popularity of renovations and extensions that add multifunctional spaces to small and large homes.
Homeowners in 2022 will be looking for designs with spaces that can be easily transformed, like offices with another space to be used as spare bedrooms. Multigenerational living and increased travel mean that additional sleeping areas are still important, so smaller homes need more options for each space. As such, flexible, carefully proportioned designs are a must-have in renovations and new builds.
We predict an increase in multifunctional spaces that can accommodate the following functions in one room this year:
- Spare bedrooms
- Home offices
- Home gyms
- Hobby and craft rooms
- Home libraries
Luxurious renovations will add more comfort and new amenities
With more time spent indoors over the past two years, homeowners are more aware than ever of what their homes are lacking.
While practical, multipurpose spaces will be the main focus, home renovations in 2022 will also add more comfortable, enjoyable amenities to homes. People are eager to spend money on their existing houses instead of moving due to skyrocketing house values.
We predict the following home renovation trends to take flight this year.
- An increase in high-end kitchen and bathroom renovations. Kitchens in particular will receive much consideration due to their prominent position in the main living/dining space. Adding a second bathroom has always been a popular renovation and will continue to dominate this year, as the need for more personal space stays essential.
- Larger windows and sliding glass doors. This will be a must-have for adding more natural light and better ventilation indoors.
- Distinctive designs. Renovators will be looking for unique, unexpected designs in 2022 — “distinct” and “creative” are the hot button words for home designs this year, with new homeowners looking to set their homes apart from the crowd.
- Bold decor. On a similar note, homeowners are looking for decor with a distinct aesthetic for their renovations. Earthy textures like raked plaster and rough clay are durable and add character to a space, while bold wallpaper and distinctive colours will also become popular as people look to add more excitement to their homes.
- More space for plants. Now more than ever, people want to decorate their homes with beautiful indoor plants and lush greenery. In fact, green is expected to be one of the biggest interior design trends in Australian homes in 2022. Extra built-in shelving and large windows for increased sunlight will continue to be on-trend in 2022.
- Stylish, durable surfaces. Homeowners expect longer-lasting, sturdier countertops and benches that provide practicality without compromising on style. This year’s surfaces need to hold up against scratches and marks – they also need to be easy to clean. Surfaces that look fresher for longer will be popular this year, but quality materials will be more important than trendy looks.
Home design 2022 — bring your space to life
The importance of a fully-realised, multipurpose home will be greater than ever in 2022. Much like last year, the home will continue to become a part-time or full-time workplace, gym, relaxation space and family dwelling. These influences will be felt in both new builds and home renovations.