Floor specialist Carpets & Floors recently revealed that nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of homes in the UK have beige carpets. Brand and Communications Director, Johanna Constantinou, said: 'Lockdown has forced many people into the great outdoors, to reconnect with nature and bring in and out. This is reflected in the home's enhanced warm, earthy colors and a spike in beige-based interiors.'
Green and blue are really calming colors because they actually calm us down and (very slightly) lower our blood pressure, says Interior Design Psychologist Niki Schaefer.
The top choice for home improvement in 2022 is a fresh coat of paint. Arguably the easiest DIY task, and one that can have an immeasurable impact on the look and feel of your space.
B&Q reported this year that sales of blue and green paint increased 36 percent and 32 percent, respectively, as we tried to add positivity to our homes.
Our top priority based on survey from some respondents were to refresh the existing space with new paint and new carpet, while many of them wanted to increase the space in the house and adjust the room to be more multifunctional. Less than 10 percent of respondents want to bring their social life and daily activities into the room by adding a gym, office, or bar at home.
Here are some of the top home improvements for 2022, and how you can achieve them in your own home.
A regal glow inspired by precious gems such as ruby, citrine and emerald adds luxury and depth to the room. Gem tones are eye-catching in the way they respond to natural light, with bright sunlight bringing out subtle shimmer or metallic tones, and darker nights enhancing their richness.
55 per cent of the UK is working from home in 2020, but many of our home office settings fail to inspire productivity. According to Rated People, nearly half of us don't have a proper table. 2021 is the year we create a dedicated office space in our homes, as 38 percent of us embrace a new, flexible approach to work.
Our kitchen is working hard for us in 2020, as we together make lots of banana bread and explore our culinary skills in the absence of a restaurant. They have also become multi-functional spaces, with 7 percent of homeworkers setting up their offices on kitchen tables. Using our kitchens more frequently, or in completely new ways, could expose a lack of practical space and functionality or interrupted flow through the room. 17 percent of homeowners are prioritizing kitchen repairs by 2021.
Interestingly, Rated People research reveals that the color choices in our kitchens can influence potential homebuyers if we choose to sell. Of the 2,000 homebuyers surveyed, 27 percent said a white kitchen would make them more likely to buy a property, while 22 percent could be swayed by a light gray kitchen.
Home comfort has been key for the last 18 months and spending so much time indoors has exposed design elements in our homes that don't meet our need for comfort. Carpets are one way to add warmth, touch, and comfort underfoot that hardwood floors just can't match. And while hardwood floors are not going anywhere (13 percent of us are actually planning new hardwood floors by 2021), carpeting fulfills the need to create a luxurious home sanctuary.
4. Fix the kitchen
2. Installing a new carpet
1. New paint on the walls
The momentum that has driven the home renovation trend throughout 2022 is unlikely to slow down any time soon. A study that has done recently revealed that more from 51 % of us will repair our homes by 2022.
5. Added home bar
Alternatively, a simple paste on wallpaper can be used to introduce a botanical element without the hassle of traditional wallpapering.
The same study reveals that just under a third of Britons have rediscovered a love for patterned, textured or striped rugs – with popularity surging under their 30s. Those who are hesitant to introduce lots of patterns into their homes can experiment with stair rugs or runners, to create interesting features without the commitment of lining the entire room.
3. Create a home office
Admittedly one of our favorite home improvements on this list, with several respondents choosing, above all, to bring the bar to them. Maybe the Brits are showing some reassurance with regard to the recently extended lockdown measures, or maybe it's a lot more fun without the queues.
Blue is also said to be productive and is a great addition to home offices and gyms. Patterns of green, especially leaves, can have a stronger effect on our moods by bringing a double dose of positivity by introducing a calming nature theme into our minds.