By Nicola Caul Shelley, Synergy Design & Construction
The beginning of another year brings the opportunity to start afresh and rethink our living spaces. We’re turning our attention to ‘what’s new in ’22’ when it comes to home remodeling and interior design. In the last few years, we saw a huge shift in what homeowners want when it comes to a home remodel, from calming spaces to multifunctional rooms with enough space for dual home offices due to the demands of virtual work and school. Some of these trends are here for the long haul, but there’s also a few surprises we think will gain in popularity this year. So, join us as we take a look at our team’s top picks for home remodeling and interior design trends.
Feeling moody? You’re not alone! It’s the first thing on the list for Synergy Founder, Mina, who says, “I feel people are feeling a little ‘moody’ (at least I am). Be it the lingering pandemic or just a yearning for more color in their lives, A big trend will be to darken things up a bit (darker blues, greens, and, yes, even grays) on walls and in cabinetry.” In her own home, Mina used this specially mixed paint color on the walls of her home office and added another on-trend design feature to lighten things up; the beautiful floral wall decals.
Not a new trend, but mudrooms are now packing a design punch in their own right. The multifunctional mudroom is now a top request for both newly constructed homes and home remodels, with everything from dog washing stations to home gyms to storage solutions being high on the “must have” list for homeowners. It certainly was for Nicola, Synergy’s Director of Marketing, who made sure there was not only a dog shower, but a built-in dog crate for her doggo in her new home. Likewise, in this home remodel in Vienna, our clients wanted a space that pulled double duty as a family-friendly mudroom and pool equipment storage area as well as a gym separated by a cool custom-built wooden slat dividing wall.
We called this trend way back in early 2020 and for Emily, Lead Designer, and Barbara, Project Coordinator, this one is still on the hot pick list. This is especially true when it comes to kitchen backsplashes. Emily says, “Classic-shaped subway tile is giving way to more fun, wacky shapes.” You don’t have to go too ‘out there’ to get the look. In this recent home remodel in Reston, the geometric backsplash adds a touch of modern design in a transitional kitchen. The floral window treatments are also on-trend. Floral wall and window coverings are making a BIG resurgence.
Color in Kitchens is BACK!
We love color in kitchens. Although it’s hard to go wrong with a classic white kitchen, color began to creep back into kitchens some years ago, with different colored islands becoming increasingly popular. It started out with light contrasting grey colors on the island and grew into a total contrast with gorgeous cobalt blues and now greens coming back into style. Barbara says, “The color green is the new neutral. People want to bring the outdoors inside” and Emily calls deep green as the new navy for Kitchens!
We’re also seeing a return to wood tones in kitchens. Combining natural wood species and/or light stained colors with painted colors for cabinets to create that ‘Natural Warmth’ feel is also top of Barbara’s list.
Mixed Metals are Still On Trend
This one also made our 2021 list, and it’s a trend that continues to gain strength. Per Mina, “I feel people are looking for that eclectic, personalized touch and mixing metals and textures is a great way to steer away from cookie-cutter looks.” Mina and Mark used mixed metals in their own home to stunning effect.
It’s on our list AGAIN this year and we just can’t get enough of it! What we love is the modern twist on an old concept: big and bold flora and fauna is the way to go!
The “New” Floating Shelf
This isn’t necessarily a brand new trend, but it’s one that is definitely getting a lot of renewed attention: floating shelves in Kitchens giving way to wall-mounted baker’s shelves or ladder shelves. Per Emily, “I think the biggest thing right now and for 2022 is people always looking for something DIFFERENT to add to their space than what anyone else has, rather than joining a trend like farmhouse modern or greige walls (even if it means following a trendy ‘idea’ but doing it differently than other ways you have seen it.) With this trend, people still like open shelves but they want to be way more creative with them.”
Primary Bathroom Oasis
The primary bathroom has become the new oasis in the home. Barbara sees this as one of the upcoming trends with homeowners, “Expanding ordinary primary bathrooms into personal ‘oases’ by adding large showering rooms with soaking tubs, steam showers, and dual shower heads”.
We believe great interior design can last for decades and not fall out of fashion by the time next year rolls around. If you’re ready to work with one of the best home remodeling companies in Reston, get in touch! We’re always ready to help you sort the fads from the lasting trends and see what’s possible in your space!