Many of us believed that work from home would last for a few weeks in the spring of 2020 (oh, how naïve we were - Or at least I was!), but it is now apparent that work from home is here to stay.
While some of us are eager to return to the office full time, others of us would like to continue to work from home on a part-time or full-time basis well into the future. Many organizations such as Shopify, Apple, and Microsoft (not to mention countless others, both large and small) are responding to this workforce demand and have launched long-term remote work plans for employees.
In order to ensure that folks can work practically and efficiently from home, expect to see comfortable home offices become the norm in modern home design in 2022. What do we mean by a “comfortable” home office?
*Pro-tip: Designing a home office that is at least 13’x13’ will allow the room to not only function comfortably as a home office, but also allow the room to serve as a bedroom or flex-room (yoga studio, music room, fitness studio, etc.) for yourself or a potential buyer down the road.
It’s no wonder – Courtyard homes offer a huge range of benefits including:
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to love courtyard homes, and it is no wonder that they are gaining popularity. If you’d like to learn more, read our blog, Why Courtyard House Plans are Becoming So Popular or visit our Plans Page. We truly love courtyard home design at My Modern Home
Expect to see design inspired by minimalism, in particular in kitchen design.
From a practical perspective, it’s difficult to cook in a dark, cluttered, or confined space. From a qualitative perspective, you probably don’t want to hang out there with friends or family either. Bright, open, and visually uncluttered spaces contribute to your general well-being and simply result in a space that you want to be in.
A minimal esthetic that is still warm and welcoming can be achieved by choosing natural materials (wood and stone) with a less pronounced grain and pattern. We also love high-quality white cabinets, which feel bright and clean in your kitchen. However, if you have ample natural light provided by large windows or courtyards, dark cabinets are also beautiful.
Expect to see cabinet hardware without visible handles or pulls, as well as concealed appliances. Consider undercounter microwaves, and refrigerators and dishwashers with paneled fronts to match your cabinetry. If you have the space, a butler’s pantry is also a great strategy to keep countertops clutter-free, as it provides a spot for small appliances such as your toaster and coffee maker or espresso machine.
Minimalist modern design often gets a bad rap for being “cold” or “impersonal. However, at My Modern Home we strive to deliver minimalist modern design that is warm and inviting, not only in terms of its design but also in terms of materials and texture.
In 2022 we expect to see interior design trends favor natural materials and textures, such as brick or stone exteriors, wood facia, and stone fireplaces. Create additional richness in your design by adding detail to millwork.
The great thing about the trend towards natural materials and textures is that they tend to stand the test of time even as design trends come and go. Look for stone or wood with minimal pattern in the grain and natural features of the stone, and it will still look relevant in 10-15 years.
While smart appliances have been around for a while, expect to see the trend towards utilizing technology in home design to continue and grow in 2022. Watch for:
While we do love technology that can make life more convenient, approach technology that will be more permanently installed with a bit of caution. Technology changes at such a rapid pace that we recommend ensuring that any home technology you have can be removed or upgraded with a minimum of repair work required.
For example, a few years ago we advised a client against installing an iPad docking station into the drywall of their home gym. When Apple updated the docking port on all new-gen iPads the following year, they were glad to have had that advice.
By all means, be enthusiastic about this generation of tech, but be prepared to take advantage of new advances as they become available.
One thing you might notice from the above list, is that they are “trends” not “trendy”.
At My Modern Home, we believe that the investments you make in your home should not just work for you today, but should enrich your life every day – and that’s something we strive to do in all our modern home design.
If you’re interested in learning more about modern design, check out our other blogs.
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