There’s an irrefutable truth to people’s search habits, and a new study reveals exactly which way the wind is blowing this summer when it comes to home decor.
For the Houzz Emerging Summer Trends Report 2022, this home design site scoured search results for three months from January to March 2022. It then compared that data to the same period last year to see what design fads were out there. the rise – and those that were declining.
As expected, many of the most popular upgrades continue to reflect a theme of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shortage of toilet paper was one we all dread, so it’s no surprise that searches for ‘bidets’ are up 14% from last year. And since remote work sticks around at least some of the time for many, searching for “cloffice” is still going strong too (up 76%).
Yet many of today’s most sought-after home trends are perhaps a little more surprising. If you’re considering starting a renovation project soon or if you’re just curious about what’s hot right now, check out these popular design trends for new ideas this summer.
Brightly colored front doors
Photo by Glenn Layton Homes
We finally invite family and friends back to our home, and redecorating is the first thing they see top of mind. People have pushed plain black and blue doors aside in favor of looking for “red front doors” (22%) and “green front doors” (55%).
And the button that came with the house you bought will also be replaced, according to the report. The number of searches for ‘front door handle’ has increased by 46%. No more standard hardware!
‘Japandi’ kitchens and bathrooms
Uncluttered, neutral and very soothing are the main themes of the ‘Japandi’ style, a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetics. (Ellen DeGeneres and Kanye West are both true fans of the look.)
Homeowners are embracing this style’s natural fabrics and bamboo as they search for “Japandi kitchens” (twice as many as last year) and “Japandi bathrooms” (three times as many).
“Another survey of bathroom trends found that people are looking for a space for rest and relaxation, and the main features they want are cleanliness, a lack of clutter and greenery – all hallmarks of the Japandi style,” explains. Mitchell ParkerHouzz editor-in-chief.
And if you’re thinking about putting your home up for sale soon, Japandi says it’s a smart move Susan Jacobowski, a real estate agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Cornelius, NC. “It looks very modern, and modern is very desirable, clean and good to see.”
Photo by The Wadsworth Company
Searches for “barndominium” (a portmanteau of “barn” and “condominium”) are up 154% (and “barndo kitchens” are up almost as much: 138%). Chip and Joanna Gaines helped bring this look forward when they featured it on their “Fixer Upper” show a few years back.
A barndominium is a large-scale conversion of an old barn into a home, Parker explains. It saves the familiar rooflines and interior beams for a rustic-chic style. These kitchens appeal to those who want to try the trend in a small way, with the same vaulted ceiling and open floor plan.
Keep in mind that a barndominium is probably too specific to sell easily, says Jakubowski, “unless you find the right buyer who loves this type of home.”
Hardy, drought tolerant plants
Photo by Grind and Green
Many homeowners are faced with the realities of living in drought-prone areas, Parker says. Searches for “drought tolerant landscape ideas” increased by a whopping 99%, in part because caring for these designs requires less water and time.
These eco-friendly options can “improve drought resistance and thrive on 20% less water than a traditional landscape, especially if you choose to plant native foliage,” explains Cassy Aoyagipresident of FormLA Landscaping in Los Angeles.
Hot-weather-loving, hands-off plants are definitely a draw in the Sunshine State, according to Charlina McGeea real estate agent at Sotheby’s International in Naples, FL whose buyers are primarily in the area during the winter.
“As snowbirds, they want to spend time golfing and boating instead of yard work,” she says.
Kara Harmsa design and lifestyle blogger at Whimsy Soul, credits TikTok with sparking the hardy landscaping trend.
“Users share information about drought tolerant plants, native flowers and how to attract bees to the garden – all much better for the environment than a traditionally mowed lawn,” says Harms.
Photo by Hierarchy Architecture + Design, PLLC
Not every pandemic puppy has been returned to the pet store! Instead, people stick with Fido and even invest in the comfort of the pet as they look for ideas for a dog feeding station (55% more).
Unfortunately, these four-legged friends have proven difficult to train, as many seem to destroy the upholstery in their wake. To solve this, searches for fur-friendly “seat covers” have increased by a whopping 429%!
Medieval materials galore
Photo by risa boyer architecture
No home style is more sought after today than midcentury modern, especially “midcentury modern kitchen ideas,” which rose by a whopping 576%. And even very specific materials associated with this look showed some real traction, including the looped “bouclé” material (149%) and “bent benches” (31%).
But the mother of all mid-century modern detail searches is “kit kat tile,” perhaps for a new backsplash or to cover the shower in a new Japandi-inspired bathroom. Kitkat tile is shaped like the candy of the same name – long and slender – and searches for it are ablaze, to the tune of 797%! Who knows?!