Out with traditional subway tile, in with earthy colors – here are the hottest home design trends of 2022

We’re departing from traditional subway tile, sconce lighting will be hot and earthy tones are in. As we ride the roller coaster of changes that continue in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners are embracing fresh home design ideas while holding onto a couple classic concepts. 

To help shine light on the future of home design and anticipated trends for the new year, we enlisted Drees Design Center Director Alexa Drees and Drees Architecture Designer Paige Foss. Change in design is on the horizon for the heart of the home, Alexa said. Now more than ever, versatility and functionality are vital components of home design. But functionality doesn’t have to be boring. 

Backsplashes: Out with traditional subway tile 

The Elmsdale kitchen showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Homes in Nashville
The Elmsdale Kitchen

That’s right – traditional subway tile has officially left the station. 

“The next generation of subway tile creates a more linear, simplified look by stacking rather than using a brick pattern,” Alexa shared. 

In a departure from subway tile, marble-inspired quartz countertops will become a newly beloved backsplash option.

Also in backsplashes this year, it’s cool to be square! The simple shape enhances the beauty of glazed artisan tiles.

A focus on textures of all varieties

The Brendan kitchen showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Custom Homes in Dallas
The Brendan Kitchen

Texture isn’t just for pillows anymore. Kitchens are ready to embrace the smooth and rough, cool and warm, shiny and matte, and more. 

Drees Architecture Designer Paige Foss noted, “With increasing availability of new materials to clad a home’s key design element, the hub of our homes will transform from simple eye candy to something we can’t wait to experience on the daily.” 

Oversized range hoods 

The Naples kitchen showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Homes in Northern Kentucky
The Naples Kitchen

“Architectural statement hoods will be big … and I mean literally,” Alexa shared. Homeowners are gravitating toward whites and creams paired with darker, earthy hues to create drama and place a focal point on this area of the home.

The rise of sconce lighting

The Naples finished lower level rec room showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Homes in Northern Kentucky
The Naples Finished Lower Level Rec Room

Pendant light fixtures have been popular, but sconce lighting stole the show in 2021, and it will continue to be incorporated into design in the new year. 

“Now we are forecasting sconce lighting even coming into the kitchen and other gathering spaces to create beautiful accent lighting for an ambiance that’s perfect for entertaining,” Alexa shared. 

For bathrooms, think calm and serene 

The Grantley owner's suite bathroom showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Custom Homes in Dallas
The Grantley Owner’s Suite

Homeowners are still going for the spa-like feel in their bathrooms. (And for good reason because we all need a little break, right?) In addition to incorporating design elements that evoke peaceful vibes, homeowners are interested in luxurious finishes and striking storage features. 

“A balance of light, natural hues will give these spaces that blissful, escape feel, while an abundant use of tile work will make plumbing fixtures less utilitarian and more like eye candy,” Paige shared. 

The hottest interior colors 

The Crestview owner's suite showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Homes in Cincinnati
The Crestwood Owner’s Suite

During the pandemic, our homes became a source of both retreat and escape in many ways. And while the spaces have to do the work, they also have to look the part. Because of this, we are seeing a fading of overpowering colors and dull, dingy beige in favor of colors that are cozy, comfortable and cocooning. 

Paige noted, “The name of the game is going to really be all about colors that make you feel good and happy and a lot of that inspiration will come from our pandemic influence … the great outdoors.”

In this year: greens and earthy tones! When combined, these shades create a warm and mellow palate for your interior. 

Out this year: Bright whites

The Somerville exterior showcasing 2022 home design trends by Drees Homes in Nashville
The Somerville Exterior

“Exterior colors are also warming up, and we will begin to see the bright whites of 2021 mellow out with a creamier tone,” Alexa shared. 

Blacks and grays will remain popular in painted finishes and brick colors. Additionally, homeowners are utilizing natural cedar or stained wood accents, bringing warmth to their exterior and creating inviting curb appeal. 


Start designing your dream home today!

From the hottest trends, Instagram inspiration and Pinterest pins all the way to your final floor plan, Drees makes it easy to bring it all together. We know your home is more than a dwelling; it’s an expression of who you are and what you value. Designing a custom home is a very personal endeavor, and we want to be here to help you every step of the way. To learn more about building your dream home, visit dreeshomes.com.


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