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Interior Design Trends 2022: Zillow's Predictions

Out with the old, and in with the new. Interior design trends 2022: Zillow's take. The real estate giant shared a press release detailing the features that will dominate this year. From earthy-inspiration to pet-driven decisions, here are the things that are on homeowners minds as they create their homes.

traditional white kitchen with a large island and bar stools. there are white flowers in a vase on the island.

Back to Nature

Earth is a big inspiration this year, especially in paint colors. Think blues, greens, taupes, and browns—people are searching for calm in a chaotic world, and the color of their homes has a lot to do with it.

According to Zillow's interior paint color analysis, "homes with light blue bathrooms could sell for 1.6% more than expected, or nearly $5,000 on a typical U.S. home. Meanwhile, dark, moody blues in the bedroom could sell for a nearly $1,500 premium."

Sustainability Is In

In other words, sustainability sells. According to Zillow's research, homes that had an "eco" term included in their listing sold approximately two days faster. Not convinced?

"Listings that mention drought-resistant features sold 13 days faster, and smart sprinkler systems and double pane windows installed for energy conservation were associated with homes selling more than a week quicker than expected," Zillow shared.


New is no longer cool. Second-hand reigns supreme. But, we're not exactly talking about a questionable Goodwill run. There are scores of second-hand shops popping up, not to mention all the treasures that can be found on Facebook Marketplace.

But, more than buying used, it's also the decor styles of yesteryear that are back in. Wallpaper, wood kitchens, and faux paint finishes are just a few seeing a renaissance.

Comfy and Cozy

Because we've spent so much time at home, there is a priority of practical (meaning comfortable) over pretty. People want a house they can live in, rather than one that's too polished.

One way this trend is being manifested is in curved furniture and round corners. You can also say goodbye to leather in favor of upholstery.


If you're thinking about a home reno project, you're not alone. A survey of homeowners indicates nearly 75 percent are considering at least one renovation project in 2022. Home offices, additional rooms, basements, attics, and backyard cottages are all in the realm of possibilities.

Because of labor shortages, homeowners will also get creative when renovating spaces. Think garages-turned-gyms and transforming sheds into home offices. The "cloffice" (closets turned offices) aren't going away anytime soon, either.

Keep the Pets in Mind

More people are making home design decisions with their pets in mind. Pandemic pets soared over the last year—in 2020, 64 percent of home buyers reported being pet owners. In 2021, that figure rose to 73 percent.

Having features like a dog house, dog run, and fenced yard contributed to faster selling times. This year, home buyers and owners are looking at features like pet playrooms, custom feeding stations, and built-in pet beds.

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