Emerging Summer Trends 2022 Report

Furniture world news office On 6/22/2022

Howes recently identified the top emerging home design trends based on the latest research insights* from the community of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home professionals. The trends reflect an emphasis on drought-tolerant landscaping, personal preferences for front entrances, distinctive lighting, defined styles and the newly popular “Barndo” homes. The report also reviewed the emerging design aesthetics brought about by the pandemic.

Keeping focus on the outdoors

With more than half of home renovations involving outdoor upgrades, according to the 2022 US Houzz & Home Study, it’s no surprise that people continue to look for ways to enjoy the outdoor space of their homes. And they’re looking to Houzz professionals to help, with searches for “landscapers” growing compared to the first quarter of 2021. People are also exploring environmentally conscious options like “drought-tolerant landscaping ideas,” which doubled in searches compared to the year prior, and Drought-tolerant front landscaping ideas. And searches jumped nearly 2.5 times for “rooftop hot tubs” compared to the same period last year.

making entry

Front doors are taking center stage with the increasing popularity of related search terms this year. People are paying attention to first impressions of their homes, with more attention being paid to “iron front doors” and “front door handles”, compared to last year. We also noticed an increase in searches for green and red front doors, while searches for black, blue and yellow front doors decreased.

Lighting Indication

People are looking for distinctive pieces to brighten their interior spaces, with focus lighting such as “extra large chandeliers”, “lantern chandeliers”, “industrial pendant lamps” and “bamboo pendants” becoming increasingly popular. Lighting is generally the focus. The number of searches for “kitchen ceiling lights,” “flush fixtures,” and “task lighting” doubled.

specific patterns

Homeowners become very specific when it comes to the design style of their homes. Searches for “mid-century modern kitchen ideas” increased an astonishing 6-fold, while searches for “Japandi baths” and “Japandi kitchens” increased 3-fold and 2-fold, respectively. Beach Style Design Ideas have also jumped nearly 2.5 times. Whatever the style, homeowners look for personalized décor and hire designers at Houzz to help them create a cohesive, intentional look.

Mid-century modern in the mind

Speaking of mid-century modern, this timeless style ranks first in consideration according to Houzz searches. In addition to related kitchen ideas, Houzz searches increasingly include “mid-century modern bedroom ideas,” “mid-century modern outdoor home ideas,” and even materials and lines often associated with style, such as “kitkat tiles” and “Buclet” and “Curved Sofa”.

Barndo Houses

Barn homes evoke green pastures, wide open spaces, and a simpler way of life. This all appears to be an ambitious goal according to emerging searches on Houzz. The term “Bardo” has increased 2.5 times compared to the same period last year. For those who might not be looking for all-home conversions, searches for “parndominium kitchens” have also doubled. Common characteristics include clean lines, high ceilings, and open floor plans. Learn more about barn homes here.

Space maximization

People are making the most of their home by looking for space-saving tips and ways to make their rooms look bigger. Searches doubled compared to the same period last year for “washer dryer stacks” and “portal cabinets.” Design aesthetics that can go a long way in making your space appear larger are also seeing an increase, like the “acrylic counter bench” and “open drawer,” which people looked for more frequently in the first quarter of 2022 versus the first quarter of 2021.

Trends inspired by the epidemic

If you’ve been inspired to adopt pandemic puppies, it may come as no surprise that searches for “dog feeding stations” are up 55%. And people may search for “chair seat covers” frequently for a design that is suitable for fur. We’re also seeing a rise in searches for “computer locker” and the newly coined term “clovis,” which turns the closet into a workstation for smaller residences. As many homes have become multigenerational during the pandemic, we’re seeing increased searches for features that might be useful for Additional Housing Units (ADUs) such as “small one-wall kitchen ideas” and “windowless bathrooms.” The bidet doesn’t appear to be going anywhere since the “massive toilet paper shortage” in 2020, with searches continuing to rise compared to the previous year.

Homeowners looking to get started renovating or decorating their homes can get inspired, find the best home professionals for their Houzz projects, and browse a curated selection of products inspired by these trends at the Houzz Store here.

*Source: Data reflects annual growth in US searches on Houzz from January to March 2022 versus January to March 2021. Read the full report here.


Houzz is the leading home renovation and design platform, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. At Houzz, people can find design inspiration, search for and hire home professionals, and shop for products to complete their projects. For home professionals, Houzz Pro (houzz.com/pro) provides an all-in-one software solution that enables industry professionals to stand out, win clients and manage their projects efficiently and profitably. The Houzz community consists of millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts, and home improvement professionals around the world. Houzz is available on the web and as a highly rated mobile app. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. all over the world. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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