As we continue to see the shift to a hybrid work, life, and school culture, homeowners are seeking designs that will meet the demands of their new lifestyle. We can expect to see home design in 2022 continue to adapt to accommodate a convenient, sustainable, and flexible lifestyle where families can work, educate, and entertain from the comforts of their home. 

If you're looking for ideas to design your new custom home, we've got them. Consider incorporating these 6 top home trends of 2022 and beyond.

1. Multifunctional Spaces

One of the big trends that is here to stay is multifunctional spaces. Nearly every room in a home can be designed with multiple functions in mind for work, rest, or entertaining.

Expect to see designs that include these multi-functional features in 2022:

-Larger bedrooms with room for a desk, seating area, workout, or play space.
-Integrated home workstations incorporated into smaller nooks or spaces.
-Convertible furniture that can be rearranged to double as a couch or guest bed.
-Pocket doors to divide spaces or enclose rooms for privacy and sound control.
-Larger kitchen islands with abundant seating for quick meals or entertaining.

2. Curved Architecture

Curved architecture is reemerging as a huge trend. Many builders and designers are incorporating curved walls, entryways, countertops, and furniture into their homes to create a captivating look.

Curved architecture is influenced by nature, where straight lines and squared angles are nearly obsolete. These curved accents bring an inviting, calming, and luxurious essence to a home that homebuyers desire. This aesthetically pleasing trend can be easy on the eye, but may come with an extra cost, due to an expert architectural skill level needed to accomplish this look.

3. Shades of Green

Prepare to welcome the colors of nature into your home. As homebuyers spend more time in their homes, they seek to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. You can expect to see a range from soft to bold shades of green incorporated into many home designs. From kitchen cabinets, to bold accent walls, and statement furniture, green is emerging as the accent color of the year.

Green has been known to help people relax, decompress, and bring a sense of peacefulness into their homes. This soothing earthy tone will be sure to impress your guests when used thoughtfully throughout your home design.

4. Layering Of Textures

The method of layering textures has grown in popularity from fashion design to interior design. With white walls back in style, homeowners are using textures to add character to create an inviting space. From cozy furniture, layered rugs, to even monochromatic wall textures, the use of textured treatments is emerging in every room.

Expect to see an abundance of rich highly textured materials such as natural stone, lime-washed brick, leather, reclaimed wood, various metals, and plush or woven fabrics mixed into one room design.

5. Functional & Fashionable Lighting

With most homeowners spending more time in their homes in the past year, there has been a refocus on functional but fashionable lighting. The proper lighting can completely change the mood and ambiance of a room.

Homeowners are gravitating towards strategically placed statement lamps, pendants and sconces that double as decorative decor. Expect to see an increase in colored or vintage lighting this year.

6. Sustainability

The 2022 Home Trends Report forecasts significant growth in sustainable home building and design. Not only are homeowners trying to cut back on their energy usage, but they also want the items that they purchase to have a positive impact on the world as a whole. Thinking about how items are made, what types of chemicals are used in the process, and how workers are treated is becoming more popular among homeowners who want their homes to be modern and stylish while also staying true to their values. 

Sustainable building can range from the building materials used, to the process in how their home is manufactured and built. Homebuyers that are seeking to build a sustainable home are incorporating building materials such as solar panels, high-performance windows, energy-efficient appliances, smart home technology, eco-paints, and even reclaimed wood.

Wausau Homes is pleased to report that because of our streamlined panelized building process, the waste produced while constructing an entire home will fit into only a 5-gallon bucket. We are proud to be able to build homes that are environmentally conscious while also being efficient and modern, offering our customers a chance to create their dream home without harming the environment.

The Future Of Homes

The home of the future will be a place where homebuyers want a stylish, functional, and environmentally conscious home design without sacrificing comfort.

If you're looking for a company that can help you build the home of your dreams with all these trends in mind, reach out to your local independent Wausau Homes builder today! Our team is ready and waiting to partner with homebuyers like you to design and build a custom home from start to finish, that you'll love living in for years to come.

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