12 Interior and Exterior Home Design Trends to Follow in 2022

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With so much time spent indoors, we’ve all been fantasizing about livening up our home décor. Whether you’re thinking of doing some minor renovations or a complete overhaul, it can be tough to navigate all the interior and exterior design trends out there. To help, our experts have compiled the hottest home trends of the year for you! Lose yourself in these timeless and audacious styles. 

Interior home trends

Maximalism rocks on

Maximalism is back with a vengeance! Step away from cool minimalism and embrace the rich floral motifs and cheerful colour palettes at grandma’s house. Avoid overwhelming the eyes with too much to look at – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, after all. Decorative items should work together to build an incredible style.  

To execute this trend, choose rococo-inspired chairs with carved feet, upholstered in patterned velvet or another fabric, and solid wood bookcases and consoles. Also go for self-adhesive wallpaper; you can always take it down if you want to switch up your style later. Play with natural colours and accent pieces to create a unique atmosphere! 

Embracing smooth curves

Curves and sculptural furniture have been on trend in recent years but are making more of a splash in 2022. They can be found in furniture and architectural design, as well as in fabric and upholstery patterns. 

If you’re renovating your living room or kitchen, you can integrate this trend by adding an arched door for some elegant European flair. Alternatively, go for curved furniture like pod chairs or Togo sofas – they’re chic and unique additions that’ll impress any visitor! For smaller budgets, you could paint a pattern on walls, such as arches at the head of a bed or over furniture, to give your décor some smoothness and oomph!  

Japandi: Where elegance meets simplicity

With the rise of social consciousness comes an awareness of overconsumption. The focus on decluttering and only keeping necessities has led to the birth of a new style: Japandi. This aesthetic combines sleek Japanese design and Scandinavian natural fibres and materials. Furniture and accessories have clean lines and are made of wood, rattan, or other raw materials. The resulting décor is contemporary, zen, and uncluttered without feeling cold or austere. 

Japandi can help encourage healthier and more conscientious lifestyle choices, as well. For instance, in the kitchen, focus on closed storage, such as floor-to-ceiling cupboards, and only keep the most-used appliances.  

Warmth and nature in living colour 

For this trend, embrace all shades of nature: everything from terracotta to greige is fair game. If you’re looking for something that provides comfort, go for dark colours like lush greens and intense blues. Want something a bit lighter? Use pale tones to convey calm, purity, and relaxation.  

Natural, textured pieces such as linen, stone surfaces, and wicker furniture add finishing touches to the décor. This home trend uses visual elements to evoke emotion and help us relive moments spent in nature. 

Vintage and DIY

In recent years, we’ve noticed that trends have been favouring comfort, soft lines, and textured walls. Some interior design elements we want come at too high a price, whether monetary or environmental, and just aren’t feasible. In these cases, look to what you already own and has been serving you well over the years. Could it be on-trend with just a coat of paint or some reupholstering? 

Vintage and DIY are great ways to add that pinch of personality that your home needs. Grab a hold of heirloom vases, your aunt’s stately hutch, or even a stunning ottoman from a thrift store. If you want to liven up the look of a mid-century modern large wall unit, all you need are some pine boards, paint, and free time to get it done!  

Matte and stone everywhere

Move aside gloss! Matte is here for every bathroom and kitchen fixture and piece of hardware. Brass, brushed copper, black matte, and even white matte are among this year’s hottest home trends. Hardware and faucets are defined by clean and simple lines, and curves are beating out obtuse angles. 

Looking for something a bit more industrial? Check out the Marmo line by Aquabrass. The handles and taps remain discreet to keep the spotlight on natural stone sinks, baths, and showers. The stone is worked like marble to achieve a matte finish with hammer marks, reminiscent of an artisan’s handiwork. Flashy and opulent displays exit stage left! 

Exterior home trends 

More windows, more light!  

If you’re looking to brighten up your home with natural light or add a view to the garden or backyard, consider adding more windows! Big or small, they add curbside appeal and a little bit of luxury. This year’s trend favours large modern windows, rectangular or square, adding much-needed contrast to the classical look of homes. Don’t be afraid to mix and match architectural styles! 

Remember to determine your specific needs before buying a window that fits your desired aesthetic. Some materials may not be compatible with the home’s exterior siding while others may not be best adapted to the climate where you live.  

You can also retrofit your windows. While it still incurs costs for installation and replacement, you might be able to opt for sustainable and eco-friendly models that can help keep heat inside your home and reduce winter heating bills! 

Go classic

Home trends in recent years have revolved around minimalism and we often update older homes to have clean lines and pale colours. Fortunately, classicism is a style that has never completely disappeared, and it’s back in full force this year. Once again, we can cherish the simple lines that lead into luxurious elements like stone. 

Showcase columns, large mouldings, or even arresting railings. Try to include these elements in pure white to dramatically contrast your exterior siding. Whether you go with deep blue or radiant red, it’ll attract all the attention in your neighbourhood! 

Laminated roof shingles

Laminated shingles are still a safe bet when it comes time to replace the roof. Their more textured and elegant character sets them apart from asphalt shingles. Also called architectural shingles, they’re mainly made of fiberglass coated with mineral and ceramic granules, all incorporated in asphalt.  

Available in several shades, these shingles can easily match any style of home and siding!  

Energyefficient homes

Sustainability is now at the heart of renovation projects, leading us to consider our ecological footprint when replacing doors, windows, the roof, or exterior siding. If you’re looking to rely less on grid power or to put a dent in your hydro bill, consider solar panels. You may be able to lower the cost of installation by applying for the Canada Greener Homes Grant. 

If you’re looking to start small, consider replacing traditional bulbs with LEDs, using recycled materials, and opting for non-toxic paint. You can also invest in a garden or let native plant species grow instead of buying an inground pool or large patio that gets little use. If you’re looking for plant shrubs and bushes that are native to Canada, check out Space for Life; it offers suggestions such as Saskatoon berry or even white elderberry. 

Natural pools to wade away a summer’s day

Let’s talk natural pools (or eco pools). Instead of relying on chlorine, they use an assortment of plants to filter the water. They’re strategically placed around the pool, so you don’t have to swim through them. Not only are they more eco-friendly, but they’re also more visually appealing than standard above-ground pools.  

Popular in Austria since the start of the 80s, natural swimming pools have spread across Europe and made their way to Quebec thanks to a few select companies, such as Jardins AquadesignAquaPlantes (French link), and Topia (French link).You may also want to embellish your yard with a simple decorative water basin. 

Wood to texture your exterior siding 

Good exterior siding does more than just protect your home from the elements! It also draws attention to your home and can even increase your home’s value. Materials chosen can also contribute to the comfort level inside your home. In 2022, wood species hold a place of honour among interior design trends. So, it’s no surprise to see this item make the list of coveted exterior sidings! You can highlight the elegant look of wood siding by adding black window frames. 

Conclusion  

The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to renovating your home. Have fun with trends and mix and match the ones you like most. Think about including custom-made furniture and accessories from local vendors. 

Remember that trends are just a starting point: they’re here to inspire you, not a guarantee of success. Feel free to use what you like to add some personality to your home and discard the rest! What’s most important is that you create a space that you look forward to spending time in.  

Need more ideas? Check out our completed renovation projects to get an idea of what’s possible. Browse through tons of photos and prices for sidingkitchenbathroom and basement projects!  

Marilena Tricarico has been a key figure in the interior design world for over 15 years. Her expertise and designs have been featured on the hit TV show Décore ta Vie for 10 years. Today, she shares her knowledge of the renovation industry with RenoAssistance as a video content producer and host.