6 interior design trends to know in 2022

While we don’t always have the finances, the time, or even the need to update our homes, it’s always good to know what’s going on in the home design business. Thus, when the time comes for a renovation or a move, you will already be full of ideas. Not to mention, there is also the option to take the trend and put your own spin on it, much more affordable.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you the interior design trends you need to know about in 2022. The home renovation and design platform Houzz.com.au studied the searches of its 65 million members over the course of the last year to draw six trends mentioned. again and again for its 2022 Emerging Home Design Trends.

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“Trends highlight the continued need for dedicated activity spaces, an emphasis on outdoor living, an increase in bathroom maintenance, and a deep dive into resort-style pool design. “, we read in the report.

From spaces dedicated to activities and entertainment, to making better use of outdoor spaces, here are the top interior design trends of 2022.

Dedicated activity spaces

Since the start of the pandemic, people have been adding activity and entertainment areas to their homes. Houzz saw an increase this year for ‘home bar’ (up 79%), ‘media room’ (up 48%), ‘library’ (up 46%), games” (up 43%) and “studio” (up 43%).

Spaces dedicated to activities
Image: Tatjana Plitt/Hindley_Co on Houzz

Use of outdoor spaces

Connecting homes to the outdoors is a trend that Houzz says is on the rise. Locals are looking to make the most of outdoor settings with searches on Houzz, with “greenhouse” (up 2x), “terraces” (up 2x) and “alfresco dining” (up 66%) up from last year. Capturing the alfresco vibe inspired by “Palm Springs” also appears to be growing in popularity, with searches up 56%.

Image: Marni Epstein-Mervis/Houzz

Bathroom updates

It seems that bathrooms are still one of the most popular interior rooms to update in homes. Spending on bathroom renovations rose 13% from $15,000 to $17,000 year over year, according to the latest Houzz & Home Australia 2022 report.

Searches for “bathroom mirrors” (more than 2.5 times more), “bath” (more than 2 times more), “powder room” (64 times more), and “bathroom” (more than more than 38%) jumped on Houzz in 2022 compared to the previous year.

Bathroom updates
Image: Ryan Linnegar / Santamaria Design on Houzz

Pool additions or refreshment

Homeowners with pools are diving deep on Houzz for inspiration, with search terms ‘pool house’ (up 2x), ‘pool’ (up 60%), ‘swim spa’ (up over 52% ), ‘pool cabana’ (up 42%) and ‘plunge pool’ (up 29%) up on Houzz year over year.

Pool decor trend
Image: Square Design / Houzz

Preserve charm and character

Preserving a home’s original charm and character also seems to be a priority for homeowners.

Dramatic search spikes for “exposed brickwork” (up nearly 3x), along with “balustrade” (up more than 2x), “Federation” (up 52%) and “industrial (up 41%) show that decorating styles and architectural features, unique to period homes, have become popular on Houzz this year. “Australian native gardens,” well-suited to local growing conditions, also grew on Houzz by more than 2.3x from 2021.

Charming interior design
Image: Jess Hunter Interior Design/Houzz

Smart storage

Custom smart storage solutions are becoming increasingly important to homeowners, with a Houzz survey indicating that more than a third have hired a cabinetry or cabinetry professional in the past year ( 32%).

Creating a well-functioning “butler’s pantry” more than quadrupled in Houzz searches in Q1 2022, compared to the same period in 2021 (up 311%). Home organization is increasingly a priority with higher searches on Houzz for “garage storage” (up 90%), “built-in closet” (up 77%), “mudroom” (up up 64%) and “dressing room”‘ (up 58%).

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