Modern Home Features + Design Trends For 2022

Updated April 14, 2022

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It’s not just a vision for tomorrow: Sustainable 9 Design + Build creates homes for tomorrow today, reflected in its enduring commitment to green, high performance, energy-efficient homes that are stunningly designed and custom-built.

No one wants to fall behind on what’s trendy — especially when it comes to our homes.

Lucky for you, we did all the hard work and provided you with this helpful list of features and trends to look out for in 2022! Without further ado, let’s dive in and explore the eight modern home features and trends to consider updating in your home.

1. Large Scale Artwork

Artwork has always been popular, but in 2022, homeowners are emphasizing large-scale artwork. Large artwork is a great way to add some personality and character to your home that is unique to your style preferences. There are many different types of murals, paintings, and canvas options to choose from. Or, you can go with something a little more abstract like these Modular Wall Art pieces courtesy of making goods, which allows you to create your own art.

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Large-scale artwork allows you to keep the minimalistic style of white or light grey walls while still adding some details to make it pop.

2. Indoor Plants

Another modern home design trend to look out for is indoor plants and making interiors more “green” to continue well past 2022. According to The Sill, studies have shown many, many benefits to indoor plants aside from their aesthetic appeal. This includes:

  • Boosts mood, productivity, concentration, and creativity
  • Cleaner indoor air
  • Reductions in stress and fatigue

While plants can be tough to maintain, it’s definitely well worth the effort when you consider how great they’ll look inside your home and all the physical and emotional benefits they offer.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and grab some plants to add some life to your home!

3. Multifunctional Furniture

Whether you’re at your favorite local pub or are shopping for a new pair of pants, it doesn’t get much better than a two-for-one deal. With multifunctional (or multipurpose) furniture, you can get that sweet deal every day! Multifunctional furniture and other features can come in all shapes and sizes and purposes.

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Take a look at this stunning modern wall-mounted organizer by Resource. Not only can you hang coats, and bags on this piece of furniture, but it also folds in to create a gorgeous art piece – talk about modern home features! While this might not be ideal for everyone, if you work at home often, this can be the perfect way to design a space without the clutter.

And that’s the beauty of multipurpose furniture — there are so many different types that there is definitely something out there for your needs and lifestyle.

4. Sustainable Elements

A sustainable lifestyle doesn’t just involve buying organic food or shopping at eco-friendly stores — it also involves your home. There are plenty of new homeowners who placed sustainability front and center when they built their new homes. The majority of the population isn’t quite aware that this is even an option when it comes to a custom-built home. However, the awareness level is definitely increasing.

The image above showcases a custom-built home with repurposed wooden beams that not only look stunning but also provide the home with natural elements without breaking the bank.

As people continue to become more aware of all the different types of sustainable modern home features you can add, look for more and more homeowners to prioritize a healthy, sustainable home — whether they are remodeling or going for a complete build.

Here at Sustainable 9, our homes are comprised of industry-leading modern home features and sustainable materials.

5. Big Windows

Natural light is in right now and it will continue to be in 2022. In addition to making your home more lively and authentic, having big windows will allow you to reap many other benefits of natural light.

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According to Healthline, natural light can help improve your life in the following ways:

  • Boost your vitamin D intake — otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin — which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and weight gain
  • Ward off seasonal depression
  • Improve your sleep – a 2014 study showed that office workers who were exposed to more natural light during the day slept better

6. Wooden Features

Similar to having plants inside, having wooden elements throughout your home (even just the occasional small wooden detail) can help improve the overall aesthetic of your interior.

Whether it’s timbered, a fireplace mantel, flooring, or wall paneling, integrating wood into your home is a trend that will continue to blossom into 2022.

For a little inspiration for your home, take a look at this article from Heartwood Mills on five ways you can incorporate wood as a design feature in your home.

7. Sculptural Furniture that Pops

Furniture that offers an approach to sculpting a space has become more and more popular. We’re looking for pieces that really pop and help a home become more than just a great place to sit and relax. Every piece of furniture has the ability to tell a story and offer a sense of purpose to your home.

Try to find pieces that you like and that also decorate your home. Here are a few examples of sculpture-like furniture pieces.

8. Industrial Elements

If you’ve ever longed to live in an industrial revolution-era factory, then boy do we have good news for you. Industrial elements are taking off in 2022, which include cement, exposed bricks, iron, wood, stainless steel, and grey, brown, and black color pallets.

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Now, we kid about these homes looking like factories. In actuality, modern industrial homes look outstanding, as well as unique.

Above is an S9 home in Edina that contains elements of industrial design on both the outside and inside.

If you’re looking to custom-build a new home this year and are interested in using some of these trends in your home design, give us a call today!


Allow your creativity to flow and work alongside our team of talented and experienced designers who are determined to create the best modern and sustainable home for your budget.

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3 years ago

Hi S9 Team, you have done great work of sharing the article well in advance. 2020 is just one month away and I am planning to design the home with the latest trends. I was looking for such information for many days and I am glad my search ends here.

Sabrina Addams
Sabrina Addams
3 years ago

My sister and her husband are planning on finding and hiring custom home builders sometime in the summer of 2020 once he gets his promotion at work. I loved the picture of the wooden features and how the bright wooden design on both the floor and wall complements the green, lush foliage seen behind the windows. My sister loves cabin-styled homes, so I will suggest that she incorporate a look similar to this to her home with her contractor.

Sabrina Addams
Sabrina Addams
3 years ago

It’s awesome to read that natural light will be trending this year by installing big windows, which can increase your Vitamin D intake. My husband and I are thinking of hiring a home remodeling service since our home is about 20 years old to make it feel more open and modern. I’d love if they could install some big windows to let in more sunshine and natural light into our home.

3 years ago

Such unique and trendy home décor ideas! Loved each one of them. Adding sustainable elements in your home is really important. We’re setting our new home. will definitely keep these ideas in mind. Thanks for sharing!


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