PALO ALTO, California – Online architecture, home design and decorating community Houzz identified an ongoing focus on nature and made a statement in home design and “barndo” homes as some of this summer’s top trends.
Houzz identified the top emerging home design trends based on the latest search insights from its community of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home professionals.
Continuous focus on nature
With more than half of home renovations involving exterior improvements, according to the US Houzz & Home Study 2022, consumers continue to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors in their home. Some of the top searches this spring focused on drought-tolerant landscaping and hot tubs for decks.
Front doors are taking center stage as consumers pay attention to the first impression of their home. Popular searches were “iron front doors” and “front door handles” and got more attention for green and red front doors.
Homeowners are looking for statement pieces to brighten up their interiors, with focus lighting like extra large chandeliers, lantern chandeliers, industrial pendant lights and wicker pendants all growing in popularity.
Whatever the style, homeowners are looking for personalized decor, hiring designers to get the look they want. Top searches include “mid-century modern kitchen ideas” (up 6x over last year) and “beach-style design ideas” (up 2.5x).
Mid-century modern in mind
No matter the space, this look draws a lot of attention, even down to materials and lines associated with the Mid-Century Modern style, such as “Kit Kat Tile”, “Bouclé” and “Curved Sofa”. .
The idea of barn houses evokes a simpler way of life, which seems like a worthwhile goal according to rising searches on Houzz. The term “barndo” has grown 2.5x compared to the same period last year. Common features include clean lines, high ceilings, and open floor plans.
Consumers are making the most of their homes by looking for space-saving tips and ways to make their spaces appear larger. In addition to storage items, furniture with multiple functions and items that make a room appear larger are also increasingly sought after.
Pandemic Inspired Trends
Some of the top searches that have emerged from pandemic buying and trends include fur-friendly designed furniture for the new pet (e.g., “chair seat covers”); Furniture for the new ‘cloffice’, a newly coined term that refers to the closet converted into a workspace; and small space design ideas for the rise of accessory residential units (ADUs).
The data reflects the annual growth of US-based searches on Houzz from January to March 2022 compared to January to March 2021. Read the full report here.