MOBILE, AL (Jan. 19, 2022) — Comfort, calm, and sustainability — these are the qualities homeowners will want, which will drive home trends, according to experts, in 2022.

Zillow predicts homeowners will tackle projects that make their homes places where they can achieve all three. Using its housing market data and analysis, Zillow identified these seven home trends you’ll see this year.

Colors that closely align with nature, like seafoam green, will be popular in 2022.

1. Down-to-Earth Color Schemes

People will gravitate toward nature as they seek out calm through color. Natural colors will prevail — greens, blues, taupes and browns. 

Behr’s 2022 Color of the Year Breezeway, a silvery green shade that looks like sea glass, is on-trend. The color is similar to Chelsea’s ranch home exterior paint color, a 50-50 mix of Benjamin Moore’s Misted Green and Greyhound.

Prospective homebuyers in 2022 are looking for sustainable features in homes, like a smart sprinkler system.

2. Sustainable Living & Energy Efficiency

Sustainability will be a top priority for younger homeowners seeking home features and products that allow them to live by their values.

Sustainable features make a home more energy-efficient and less wasteful — and homes that have them sell faster. Home listings mentioning “eco,” “energy efficient” or similar terms sold two days faster than expected, according to Zillow.

Green projects to look out for include installing smart sprinkler systems and double-pane windows for energy conservation.

What’s old is new again — but with a modern twist in 2022. Retro penny tile is an updated nod to the past.

3. Throwback Style

Instead of replicating Granny’s house, younger homeowners will find comfort in design elements from their childhood home — with a modern twist. 

Chelsea’s penny tile in the hall bathroom of her ranch house pays tribute to when the house was built, but it still has a contemporary overall look.

Homeowners in 2022 are looking for what’s comfortable instead of what simply looks good.

4. Cozy Aesthetic

Homeowners will prioritize what feels good, not just what looks good. Curved couches and rounded corners are dominating the market, and woven linen upholstery (not leather) is among the top home trends.

Comfortable ottomans to prop your feet up will replace sharp-edged coffee tables, and there will be more cozy accent chairs that hug the body.

Of course, style preferences vary, so don’t feel pressure to follow the trends. Your comfort is all that matters inside your home.

Check out this cozy den makeover that puts comfort above all. 

Homeowners are getting creative with the space they have, like incorporating an office in a walk-in closet — a “cloffice.”

5. The Year of Renovation

The do-it-yourself trend is still going strong following its boom during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and home projects to meet changing needs will continue.

These include finishing a basement or attic, or adding another room. Building a guesthouse also is on people’s radar — if it’s in their budget. 

Not all projects will involve building something new. Many homeowners are getting more creative with the space they have, like converting a garage into a gym or making a spare closet into an office space.

Check out this “cloffice” project we tackled for inspiration!

Having a place to get away from it all is a priority for homeowners in 2022.

6. Mental Health at Home

Good mental health is on everyone’s mind, especially as awareness about its importance rises.

Homeowners will want their home design to reflect that by creating retreats within their homes. Some examples are meditation spaces, reading nooks and spa-inspired bathrooms. 

Features like “she sheds” provide a special place just for you and your hobbies — and they can increase your home’s value. See how we turned a shed into an artist’s “she shed” oasis.

Creating space dedicated to pets is a must for homeowners in 2022. (Madalyn Cox/Unsplash)

7. Animal-Friendy Features

Pet ownership among recent movers soared in 2021, and in turn, affected housing decisions.

Homeowners with pets will invest in projects like building a fenced-in yard, custom feeding stations, built-in pet beds and even pet playrooms.

Which of these home trends do you look forward to most? Let us know in the comments!

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