Many of us see our homes as our sanctuary; a place to relax, unwind and shut out the outside world after a hectic day.
From choosing the colour of the walls to which fixtures, fittings, and furniture we want, individual taste and practicality tend to be top of the list, however, sometimes we need a creative nudge in the right direction when decorating our homes.
According to new data released by Houzz & Home, UK homeowners have ramped up spending on home renovation to a tune of £15,000 (median) over the course of the last 12 months, with the most popular improvements being made in the kitchen. Renovating outdoor spaces has also increased in popularity with 60% of homeowners tackling garden projects.
From entirely new concepts to popular and well-established trends, we’ve put together a list of what industry experts believe will be the top home improvement design trends for 2022.
Sustainable and eco-friendly living has grown in popularity over the last few years and is the motivation behind the up-and-coming trend of 'biophilia'. Biophilic design is the concept of increasing our connection to the natural environment and incorporating these elements into our private spaces. By doing so, it’s likely to have a positive effect on our physical health and mental wellbeing, as well as increasing our productivity while at home.
This trend also discourages the buying mass produced items, and instead directs people to choose furniture and accessories made from reclaimed materials instead such as wood, glass, and metals.
Interior expert, Chloe Jonason, says: "Vintage textiles, and fabrics that are produced sustainably and with a slow ethos which moves away from mass production. From responsible companies with sustainability at their core who have a focus on handmade items that will last a lifetime."
Source: Country Living
Shades of green
The pandemic has caused our connection to the outside world to become more limited, so by bringing a small part of nature into our homes is something we’ll be seeing more of this year.
Pinterest has reported seeing their users wanting to find more ways to bring nature-inspired green tones into their private spaces with searches for ‘green interior design’ inspiration soaring by a staggering 80%.
Design experts at Madison and Mayfair have said “the colour green represents growth, renewal and harmony and given the ongoing turbulence provided by the pandemic, the need for these qualities is greater than ever”.
Top Tip - If you don’t fancy taking on the task of repainting, there’s still plenty of other ways to introduce green into your current space – adding plants, green velvet sofas, natural fibre rugs or terracotta accessories can still have the same impact.
Source: House Beautiful
Antiques and thrifting
The popularity of thrifting and upcycling has fuelled the trend of filling our home with second-hand bargains especially amongst millennials and Gen Z who are pursuing a greener lifestyle.
Digital marketplaces such as eBay, Facebook and Gumtree are treasure troves for antique and retro furniture, home décor items and trinkets.
Camilla Clarke at Albion Nord says "As the use of antiques in the home has gathered momentum in the mainstream over the last year, we’ll see shoppers looking for more specific styles and becoming more discerning in the kinds of antique pieces they want in their homes. This is especially true of antique wooden furniture."
Source: Country Living
Households up and down the country were making the most of their gardens last year so it’s no surprise that this trend is set to continue.
Industry experts have predicted that bright and bold colours palettes, playful patterns, and comfy outdoor furniture will help create an all-year-round outdoor space that the whole family can enjoy.
Nadia McCowan Hill, resident style advisor at Wayfair says “Maximalism is key for adding year-round warmth to our gardens and balconies no matter what the weather,”. “Bright colours, clashing prints and cheerful decor add splashes of personality that will keep you out long after the sun sets. Snuggle up in vibrant textiles, set the mood with cosy lighting and share a drink by the fire.”
Source: Real Homes
The pandemic has sparked the need to inject colour into our homes to help replace the feelings of stress and uncertainty with hope, positivity, and optimism.
Add a splash of colour to your kitchen by painting walls, upcycling cupboard doors, installing a new splashback, or even just swapping out your old accessories with some new colourful ones.
Claire O’Brien, Head of Design at Splashback, says: “A love of colour is also transported into the heart of the home – kitchens are no longer confined to neutrals, blues or greens. There is a move to introduce a broader colour palette in this space with colourful stoves and AGAs, painted walls, accessories and splashbacks”
Source: House Beautiful
Low-cost home improvement loans
If you’ve been inspired to take on some home improvement projects this year, our low-cost home improvement loans can help turn your plans into a reality. You can borrow between £1,000 and £35,000 with competitive rates from as low as 7.4% APR Representative (£7,500-£25,000).