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The Top 7 Home Trends for 2022, According to Opendoor

A multicolored accent wall in an entryway.

Curious which home trends are on the horizon for 2022? We checked what the experts are predicting will be hot in homes across the country. If you’re considering remodeling or updating your property, here’s what’s in, and what’s out in 2022.

Opendoor surveyed 800 homeowners in the United States to discover some of the top home trends for the new year, and here’s what they found out!

Matching Furniture Is In, Rattan Is Out

A royal blue sofa and chair surrounded by matching tables.

If you were never on board with the indoor rattan furniture trend, you’ll be thrilled to hear that 74% of those surveyed described it as “cringe.”

On the other hand, 77% agreed that matching furniture sets are “captivating.” Even within the matching furniture trend, though, the experts advise not getting too matchy.

Yasmine El Sanyoura, home designer at Opendoor, recommends coordinating instead, as it’ll make your space “feel more interesting and layered.”

Outdoor Living Isn’t Going Anywhere

A rattan patio set by a pool; a metal patio set with an umbrella
Devoko/Flash Furniture

Homeowners still rate relaxing and attractive outdoor spaces as a top priority. They also said a freshly landscaped lawn (43%) and neatly trimmed plants and brush (26%) have the most curb appeal.

When it comes to outdoor features, 24% want a dining table and chairs, 21% a firepit, and 20% want another structure.

Outdoor dining sets don’t have to be super fancy. Something like this six-piece set from Flash Furniture is an easy way to upgrade your patio. It comes with four chairs, a table, and an umbrella.

Flash Furniture Nantucket 6 Piece Patio Garden Table Set

Upgrades don't get much easier than this.

If you’re looking to invest a bit more, this set from Devok makes a statement. The four chairs with ottomans can be arranged in any number of configurations around the sturdy table. This allows you to customize a design that looks polished, no matter how you arrange it.

Devoko 9 Piece Patio Dining Set

Comfortable cushions and versatile pieces.

Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels Are a Priority

A vessel-style sink with a modern faucet in a white bathroom with light wooden accents.

Despite the challenges of the last few years, homeowners are still looking to remodel their homes—or, at least, certain rooms. It’s often been said that the most important rooms in a home are the kitchen and bathrooms, so it makes sense that many plan to focus on them in 2022.

In fact, one in seven homeowners said they’re most likely to remodel their kitchen this year, while around one in eight said the bathroom is their priority. Even if you don’t plan (or can’t afford) to completely remodel, you can still make small changes that will have a significant impact on these rooms.

The following are some relatively affordable upgrades you might want to consider:

  • Switch out the fixtures: If your bathroom or kitchen sink is still sporting its original faucet, invest in a new one.
  • Replace a bathtub with a stand-up shower: Sure, bubble baths might be luxurious, but how often do you actually take one? For most people, a stand-up shower is far more practical.
  • Paint your cabinets: This instantly refreshes your bathroom or kitchen. Just make sure you sand, prep, or prime the original surface if necessary so the paint will adhere.
  • Replace cabinet hardware: Another small change that can immediately update the look of the whole room. If you’re installing new fixtures, you can even coordinate them.
  • Add some hanging shelves: Open or “floating” shelves are incredibly popular right now. How you style them can also change the feel of a room.
  • Swap out the mirror: As long as it isn’t a built-in, you can easily replace this with a fresh style or a vintage find.

Accent Walls Are Still Popular

A green accent wall in a living room.

Wall features, in general, remain a top trend, with 67% of homeowners interested in subway tiles, and 61% saying yes to shiplap. In contrast, other accent options, like peel-and-stick wallpaper, wall stickers, and green walls also received positive ratings (31-37%).

Opendoor also found that 77% of surveyed homeowners are still interested in adding bright, eye-catching accent walls to their homes.

An accent wall is simply a wall that’s either a different color or texture than all of the others in a room. Usually, they’re a different (brighter) color, or made of brick or wood instead of plaster. An accent wall is an easy way to incorporate more color in a room without it being too overpowering.

To add this feature to your home, all you have to do is to paint a single wall a brighter color than the rest of the room. But you don’t have to limit yourself to paint—some folks use wallpaper, tile, or even stickers.

Eco-Friendly Landscaping Is In

Solar landscape lights along a pathway and in a flower bed

A whopping 93% of homeowners said they’re likely to choose at least one eco-friendly landscaping feature. Solar-powered and energy-saving lights were the most popular, with 52% saying they’d install them.

There are plenty of options to choose from in this category, too. For example, these LETMY Pathway Lights combine solar power with a stylish shape. They’re an easy way to add lights to your landscaping.

LETMY Solar Pathway Lights

Perfect for lighting a sidewalk, path, or garden bed.

Sustainable landscaping is another significant trend, with 44% saying they’re interested in drought-resistant landscaping, while 24% are likely to try drip irrigation systems.

Natural Color Palettes Are Still Preferred

A blue front door on a yellow house.

Neutral and natural color palettes have been popular for a long time, but this doesn’t have to mean using cold or bland colors. It’s all about building a base of natural, more versatile colors, which can then be accented with more personality in smaller details and décor.

The most popular colors for home exteriors include gray (30%) and beige (26%). Meanwhile, younger homeowners (17% of Millenials and 14% of Gen X) found black more appealing, whereas just 8% of Baby Boomers rated it highly.

“This follows the movement we’ve been seeing towards more organic and natural materials throughout the home,” said El Sanyoura, “and it’s a great way to bring warmth and texture to your home’s exterior.”

One trendy way to add a pop of color or personality to a neutral exterior is with a brightly painted or stained front door.

Budget and Experiences Are Most Important Overall

Perhaps it’s not surprising that budget and overall wellness are at the forefront of homeowners’ minds as 2022 begins. Opendoor’s survey revealed more of a balance between home projects and experiences, as well as a focus on items that make a difference without overspending.

Homeowners said they would rather invest in all of the following:

  • Candles and indoor plants: Instead of a professional cleaning service (66% versus 34%).
  • New towels: Instead of a spa treatment (82% versus 18%)
  • A nice dinner out: Instead of artwork (64% versus 36%)
  • A vacation: Instead of new furniture (52% versus 48%)

These trends are just the beginning when it comes to 2022 décor! If you’re looking for more inspiration, you might also want to incorporate the color of the year, along with some maximalist trends.

Amanda Prahl Amanda Prahl
Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »
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