Many home improvement projects cost a pretty penny. When you’re looking at the hottest trends for 2022, it’s easy to get swept up in how incredible something looks.
The caveat: how do you know if your risk will still be trendy in a few years?
Remember in the ‘70s when everyone thought shag carpet was a great idea? Now, the first thing many new homeowners do is rip up the carpet in favor of wood flooring.
So when you’re considering a design risk, how can you be sure that you won’t end up with the modern equivalent of bad carpeting?
The truth is, you can’t unless you’re a psychic. However, we’ve been in the home improvement business long enough to know which risks will likely stand the test of time.
If you’re thinking about a fresh coat of paint, some wallpaper, or wood paneling to create an accent wall, this is a safe design risk to take.
For starters, an accent wall can make a room feel brand new, and in some cases, can open up the room significantly. At the same time, if you decide you don’t like the accent wall in a few years, it’s a relatively easy fix.
Accent walls give you a lot of room to play with your design, and they can make your home more unique. If you want a pop of color, you can paint one or two walls in the room. If you want a more intricate pattern, you can turn to wallpaper. And if you want the rustic farmhouse look, wood paneling is a great way to go.
More Natural Light
After spending a lot of time cooped up inside, more people are intrigued by the idea of bringing the outdoors inside. A lot of 2022 design trends focus on bringing in more natural light. This could mean adding an extra window or two, installing a bay window, or creating a large sliding back door.
Adding fixtures that provide a sunnier, brighter landscape in your house will always pay off and increase the value of your home. It’s a great way to warm up your space (literally and figuratively).
If you’re exploring a cabinetry refresh, you’ve probably noticed a lot of trends that focus on cabinets that are any color except white. Mahogany, slate blue, and sage green cabinets are all in right now.
While some of these colors are riskier than others, having your cabinets painted a non-white color can make your space feel modern and hip. However, if you’re going to spend the money on a cabinet refresh, it’s more beneficial in the long run to invest in the structural design of your cabinets rather than adding a coat of paint.
If your cabinets are old and nonfunctional, painting them will make them look better, but it won’t solve the underlying issue. Consider a complete cabinet overhaul, and if you want to change up the color, speak to your contractor.
Open Floor Plans
While this trend isn’t necessarily specific to 2022, open floor plans are all the rage. Knocking down the wall between your kitchen and living space can make it seem like you have more square feet in your home. Of course, it’s essential to talk to a professional contractor before you pick up a sledgehammer to make sure you aren’t attacking a load-bearing wall.
A contractor will be able to tell you what your options are for opening up your space. In some cases, you might be able to knock out half a wall. In others, you can take out an entire wall and install a kitchen island.
Creating a multi-function room is always a great idea, whether it’s a home office or an in-home gym. As the title implies, you can always change the room’s purpose. You can transform the attic or annex space into an extra catch-all room that helps you have everything you need under one roof. Or, if you have a spare bedroom collecting dust, you can explore the possibilities of what the room can become.
Closet to Bathroom Transformation
Adding in a full or half bath will immediately increase the value of your home. If you have an extra closet that you aren’t really using, you can quickly transform it into an additional bathroom. And since the bathroom will likely be smaller than the other bathrooms in the house, you can take some fun design risks with the décor.