2021 has been a challenging year in the world of home construction and design, with projects across the nation grinding to a halt as a result of ongoing supply chain issues triggered by both Brexit and the global pandemic. But with life having returned to some semblance of normal, building projects are ramping up once more, and with fewer material acquisition issues expected to mar the industry next year, there’s no time like the present to start dreaming up that ideal home project you’ve been putting on the backburner for the past 18 months.
The home building industry is ever-changing, and just like interior design, trends come and go with each passing year. Whether you’re planning on having a brand new abode built from the ground up, or are renovating your current residence, it pays to keep abreast of the latest developments if you’re eager to create something truly unique, and with a little help from the experts, you can do just that.
Here, construction professionals Spartan Mat, manufacturers of heavy and light duty composite crane mats, highlight their top trends for luxury home building in 2022.
The curvy custom home is set to take centre stage in 2022, with traditional straight lines making waves for this voluptuous new trend. But we’re not talking about walls and ceilings this time; we’ve seen those before. Instead, the new year will be all about arched windows and entryways, barrel-vaulted ceilings and other similarly eclectic features. A stylisation that is set to extend beyond just building features alone, we’ll also see décor and interior design following suit, with curvy statement pieces of furniture, accessories and wall-hangings all set to make an appearance.
There’s nothing like a pandemic to shine a spotlight on the importance of our health, and in 2022, we’ll be seeing a new generation of ‘healthy home’ projects considering our living spaces. Innovative offerings like the Protect ceramic tiles with Microban are able to block the metabolism of pathogen-causing bacteria in the home, while builder Lansea’s ‘whole home’ air purifier will become an essential for maintaining optimal air quality and preserving our health.
Builders and home-owners alike are likely to embrace the trend, and from new builds to renovations, it seems we’re all becoming more mindful about our surroundings and eager to spin our living spaces to our advantage, rather than becoming a victim of them later down the line. Affluent buyers, for whom money is no object, will likely be the first to jump on board.
Inspired by nature
2021 was the year of bringing the outdoors indoors, with plants and foliage playing a central role in interior design. But next year, we’ll see home building take on a nature-inspired direction of its own. As we strive to become more sustainable, builders are designing features that aim to mesh with the geography and ecology of a lot, and local, organic materials in natural colours will be the order of the day.
Glass elements, too, will feature heavily, as we look to let more natural light into our homes than ever before. Not only are we becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits, which include getting your daily dose of Vitamin D and regulating your circadian rhythm for a better night’s sleep, but we’re also looking for new ways to cut down our electricity usage and reduce our carbon footprints. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, and glass roofing, can help us to achieve all of those things, as well as making us feel closer to nature, so we can expect to see them becoming a popular building design feature in the new year.
Open and multi-use spaces have been having a moment in recent years, particularly when it comes to luxury homes. Improving the flow from one room to another and creating a whole new level of spaciousness, it’s been easy to see their appeal – but in 2022, in light of recent lockdowns forcing us all to spend more time at home, we’ll see a return to favouring more distinctive spaces once more.
With parents and children attempting to work, study, relax and play at home, the need for separate spaces, each with their own purpose, is becoming apparent. In order to be able to concentrate without disruption throughout the working day, and then later switch off, relax and unwind, we’re craving distinction between home offices and living rooms in particular, so we can expect to see a return to the more traditional home set-up next year.