The Top 6 Sustainable Home Design Trends in 2022
So here we are at the nearing the end of the year and I am excited to share the hot sustainable design trends heading your way next year.
Sustainability is the buzzword across all industries. We’re more conscious of our choices than ever before, and this applies to our homes too. Rather than just aesthetics, sustainability and consumption are leading us towards a new way of living and the six key sustainable home design trends should make you feel happy, safe and healthy. But to me it’s paramount that a home should FEEL as good as it looks.
We can expect to see the following six sustainable home design trends evolve in 2022.
Sustainable Living: In Harmony with Nature
Following the stressful times of the past 2 years, its no wonder we are upping the ante on wellness and feeling safe in our homes.
Biophilic design is concerned with connecting architecture, interior design and residents with nature. We want and need our homes to be sanctuaries; spaces we can relax and recharge.
Live in Harmony with Nature
Our closeness to nature has many known benefits to our health and well-being. The trend is to search for organic materials, sustainable designs and colours and shapes inspired by nature.
A focus on bringing the outdoors in will continue, complemented by healthy natural textures like wood and rattan, as well as natural textiles like linen and wool. The tactile quality of materials and surfaces is also so key to the feel good factor and I like to choose textiles, rugs and ceramics that are handmade. My clients love to express their own individuality and shape their home in a way that will give them security and comfort.
In terms of Biophilic design optimise natural light and ventilation and use as much glass as possible to let the outside in (and boost your Vitamin D and happy hormone daily dose!)
Plants instantly give any space the feel good factor and are incredible natural way to purify the air.
Sustainable Materials in Construction and Interior Design
The shift towards sustainable construction continues. Expect to see more natural materials from renewable sources used in home exteriors and interiors.
I think there will be a surge of restorations, conversions and repurposing. With the aim to adapt high standards of sustainability, locally made and sourced finishes and furnishings will become an even greater priority – not only appreciating quality, provenance and manufacturing integrity but also lowering your carbon footprint more than before.
Furthermore, the best way to buy environmentally friendly fabrics and durable materials is to select items that are long lasting.
Wooden surfaces, recyclable or sustainable materials are preferred not only by interior designers and architects but also by the homeowners and savvy brands. The advancement of technologies feeds creativity and new and exciting ways for creating furniture – from recycled plastic to more unusual material sources.
Sustainability also covers a growing use of purposing pre-used materials. Check out antique shops, car boot sales, and reclamation yards as you will delight in finding original bricks, kitchens, bathrooms, tiles, doors and furniture.
Upcycling will give these a new lease of life and can add heritage details and give your home that “wow” unique feel.
For 2022, I think we are going to see more of a sustainable minimalistic approach – not only in interior design but all aspects of design. A stripping back of interior architecture and design, and putting more of a focus on detail – with a real hand-crafted approach.
essential aspect of this trend is our drive towards living in a more
balanced, meaningful way.
In the year to come we will definitely be stripping back and shifting our priorities.
The trend towards minimalism in architecture translates into a commitment to simple forms using modern and cutting-edge materials. Furthermore, opt for quality materials to ensure the thermal and acoustic insulation that will result in financial savings and environmental benefits.
Separate Sustainable Living
Since the pandemic there is a huge need to create multi purpose living spaces for work, rest and play. This solution is a balance between open planned living and broken plan living and it allows you and your family some privacy and separation whilst maintaining the benefits of larger, light filled spaces. The emphasis is on interior spaces that are zoned with temporary fittings such as shelving, bookcases or fire places that are used to divide the space. and offer flexibility. As your needs change, things can be altered, removed or moved.
Smart Sustainable Technology
Automation has been around for decades. But a smart building offers a new, more personal spin for its users. The smart home offers greater comfort and reduces consumption bills and is a reflection of our social conscience and our need to care for the environment.
Smart and automated technology includes systems that operate heating, home security, blinds and appliances. One of the main benefits is that energy efficiency can be achieved by optimising heat, light and comfort levels, along with kitchen food storage and cooking. Other popular smart systems include audio-visual equipment that offers entertainment options to match moods.
As technology becomes more advanced, our worlds become more connected and are you keeping up with all the new innovations?
Our iPhones really are at the centre of our universes going forward!
Optimising Outdoor Space
Outdoor space has become more desirable and in demand. In order to optimise your living space, garden landscaping has become integrated with architectural design. Decking, pagodas, trellising, screens, fencing and other interest features are being used to partition your garden so that you can create different areas for different functions.
The connection between interior and exterior spaces is being given greater consideration, it creates a flow through the home and into the garden. Slide back the bifold doors to create a large space for your family and friends.
The desire for garden rooms continues as a use for your home office, gym or studio, they will extend your living space more cost-effectively than extending a property.
Our future becomes sustainable when we all work together, and we’re taking essential steps to get there because we believe that responsible design begins at home.
That’s our round-up of what we think will be trending in 2022, but let us know if you’ve seen anything on social media or what you are loving in sustainability design.