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A new year brings new opportunities, whether you’re seeking to finally reach a longtime goal or you’re looking for ways to make your surroundings better. The new year is also a time where the latest home design trends emerge, allowing homeowners to see what’s new in the design world, as well as what is making an exit. Designers and builders work together to cultivate some of the best designs in the industry, and here in Southwest Florida, our homes are filled with open, airy spaces, indoor/outdoor living, and bright colors throughout, so what’s in store for 2022? When it comes to home design 101, here’s what in and out for 2022.

In: Divided Spaces

Since the beginning of the pandemic, families have had to cohabitate much more than usual, which means that what once served as the kitchen island has now become a study hub, and that spare bedroom? A home gym. Although we’re not completely saying goodbye to open floorplans, many homeowners are choosing to divide up their rooms for more functionality by adding:

  • Removable dividers & screens
  • Contrasting flooring to differentiate between spaces
  • Curtains
  • Barn doors

If you’re building a new home, it’s important to discuss the layout with your builder as soon as possible, so that you’re able to get the right flow for your family’s needs.

In: Wallpaper

Whether it’s covering an entire room or simply giving the space a pop of excitement, wallpaper is back and it’s better than ever. Many designers are choosing to accent certain spaces with wallpaper to add depth and appeal to the area. Popular wallpaper designs include abstract patterns, art deco and demask designs.

Out: Open Shelving

Open shelving dashed onto the scene a few years ago, made popular by TV shows, like Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop; however, practicality is lacking. Not only do open shelves give off a cluttered look in the kitchen, it can be difficult to properly store your items, which is why this trend is slowly being phased out of the home.

In: Green Hues

Shades of green are expected to have a major moment in 2022. Not only do various hues of green add pops of color to the home, green is also calming and reminiscent of nature. In addition to green hues, floral designs are also increasing in popularity.

Home Trends for 2022

Whether you’re looking to redesign your home from the inside out or start from scratch, paying attention to the current design trends is always a good idea. A rule of thumb is to work with your builder to establish the general design of the home, then follow the current trends for the details. For instance, if you know that you’ve always wanted an open floorplan and you’re not concerned about creating divided spaces in the home, then an open space may work perfectly for you. Then, you can decorate this space with more trendy elements that can be easily swapped if needed. No matter what, the biggest takeaway is to design the home that works best for you.


The Gulfstream Homes team is ready to help you design the home you’ve always wanted here in Southwest Florida! Call (239) 254-1664 or visit to get started.


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