Office space trends vary in size from small pocket offices to a larger space that doubles as a guest room. (Photo: Pexels).

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Home has taken center stage during the pandemic. As we all spent more time in our homes, residential design experienced a shift with new features rising to the top of homeowner’s must-have lists such as healthy home environments, sustainable features, and work-from-home capabilities.

As many friends and neighbors face rebuilding or remodeling their homes, it’s a good time to take a look at popular trends in home design for 2022. Following are some of our favorites by in its list of top ten trends for single-family home design compiled from industry design sources.

Calming earth-toned colors
Homeowners are expected to embrace nature and seek calm through color this year. Natural hues will dominate — such as greens and blues, taupes and browns. In fact, many paint manufacturers selected a green shade for their top color of 2022.

Home offices
A carryover from last year, this trend is motivated by the hybrid and remote work we’ve all become used to. Builder Online points to the need people have for calm, inviting spaces with great light control and aesthetic backdrops – suitable for the video calls that have become staples in our workday. Office spaces vary in size from small pocket offices to a larger space that doubles as a guest room.

Sustainable design features
Younger homeowners will especially gravitate toward sustainable building practices and products that match their values. Features such as high-performance windows and solar panels help reduce energy use, while native trees and grasses can help create water-efficient landscapes.

Outdoor living
This is one trend that could be here to stay for the foreseeable future, especially in Boulder Valley where we love our beautiful outdoor surroundings and active lifestyles. People want their backyards to be relaxing extensions of indoor living spaces. “From fire pits and outdoor kitchens to televisions and ample seating areas, the line between indoors and out is almost disappearing,” Builder Online writes. Smart homes

The adoption of smart devices and hands-free and voice-activated technology has caught on. Here in Boulder Valley, we notice home security devices gracing many a doorway. Smart devices that tie back to efficiency, such as energy and water monitoring, are increasing in popularity.

Aging in place
Many homeowners are looking to the future and want to create their forever home by keeping accessibility in mind. Features like curbless showers, non-slip flooring, and shower benches have become desirable — even stylish — features for homeowners of all ages.

Mental health retreats
These tough pandemic years have put the focus on the value of mental health and self-care. Homeowners are seeking areas to retreat without leaving home. Builder Online predicts a rise in the creation of private spaces for meditation or reflection, reading nooks and spa-inspired bathroom escapes. Natural light will be important and indoor plants will continue to be popular.

Read the full list of trends at

By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, email Tom at [email protected], call 303.441.5620, or visit