I like to think I’m a normal person when it comes to my house. But if I was being honest with myself, I would admit that I’m a serial re-decorator. Not just small stuff. Oh heck no. I can’t stop rearranging furniture (usually at about midnight), moving wall decor and pictures to different spots on a monthly basis, and of course, painting. I keep wanting to repaint rooms.

Lately, my focus is on the kitchen. When we moved to our house in 2018, I loved the rustic backsplash, light wood cabinets and black granite countertops. I didn’t like the orange and green paint colors, but fixed that while we were homebound in 2020. We painted one side gray and the addition a beautiful blue-gray.

About a year ago, I realized that I actively disliked the faux stone backsplash and wood cabinets. My husband agreed with me and I called our handyman to see if it was feasible and not too expensive to replace the backsplash and paint the cabinets. Not just white, but a deep blue for the bottom cabinets and white for the top. We bought a beautiful white glass/subway tile mix backsplash sheet by sheet, so the cost was spread out.

I’m ecstatic to say the project starts this week. Our handyman is doing the backsplash. We are doing the painting.

If I was even more truthful, I want to replace our black granite with marbled, white quartzite. But I probably won’t. That is pricey.

I am not alone in making home changes in 2022. While the housing market is tight, it is fascinating how many of the houses I see as an agent that has been completely updated. It isn’t for resale – there are plenty of buyers out there – it is for themselves.

Out of curiosity, I looked up current design trends. It turns out, my obsessive mind is in sync with the designers. Cool.

Here is what I learned from several sources, including Architectural Digest:

1. Home Office: “The Zoom fatigue is real, but so is the realization that the backdrop for those visual calls needs to step up. Allocating space for a home office often involves a reset of the room’s function. For example, sitting rooms off of bedrooms or smaller family rooms are converted. Guest rooms also do double duty, with sleepers and desks.”

2. Enhanced outdoor spaces and features: “We’ve been bringing the indoors out for a while now, and one of the best ways to accomplish that from a functional perspective is to introduce shade structures like awnings. We see more people making plans for this, as outdoor renovations continue to be a priority”

3. Wallpaper … It’s baaack and I love it. “Current trends show homeowners using wallpaper with bold patterns in rooms where they want to experiment with color and texture. I especially think we’ll continue to see this in nurseries and children’s rooms.”

From Good Housekeeping: “Expect to see a lot of bold color and pattern reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s, and green in all shades as we continue to bring the outdoors in. I am especially fond of the more muted shades of green such as Sherwin Williams’ Evergreen Fog.”

Tradition! Again, from Good House: “Expect English roll arm sofas, wingbacks, simple dining tables based on antique styles and pieces with detail and some history. For materials, we’re going to see a lot more natural materials become popular again. Marble, real wood, linens, mohair — things that feel more organic and nice to the touch.”

I know we are three months into 2022, but I am just now assessing how I want to approach the year. And creating a warm, colorful and different home space — flinging off any remnants of 2020 — seems like a very good idea.

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