Heavy, crystal chandeliers and ornate ornamentation won’t make the 2022 design cut, as Manning says buyers are looking for less sparkle and more simplicity. “They want clean lines, quality materials and privacy above anything else,” he explains. “Luxury homeowners don’t want to see their neighbors unless they’re invited over for dinner.”
In terms of color, Manning says buyers in 2022 will opt for light, bright, gray and black, and he doesn’t see the appetite for that color palette changing anytime soon. “I had a listing and the owner painted it dark beige with brown trim, and prospective buyers kept asking, ‘What’s the real color going to be?’” And while the white-and-black monochromaticity of the ever-popular Modern Farmhouse reigned in 2021, Manning anticipates “transitional contemporary” will be the new style for 2022. His definition? “White windows, lots of greenery, screening rooms, fire pits or fire features, pools and water features, pizza ovens, outdoor kitchens – modern but flexible for all kinds of lifestyles.”
Another trend Manning forecasts to pop in 2022 is secondary units, like a guest house or pool house on the property. “Families looking for properties in this price point want five-bedroom homes with gyms, home offices and creative rooms that can be repurposed into their own space,” he says.