A thoughtfully renovated home is one of the best ways to support the positive lifestyle changes you’ve made in the new year.
And we bet you have a handful of dreamy Pinterest boards that get you excited about all the possibilities of remodeling your NYC home.
That’s why you’re here - you want to make sure the changes in your home reflect your family’s unique needs and factor in interior design trends that are here to stay.
Whether you’re finally ready for that home office or need practical solutions to better utilize the space in your home, we’ve got you covered.
Here are the 7 top renovation trends for NYC homes in 2022.
Let’s dive in.
1. Address every need with convertible furniture
When you live in NYC, you may feel like you need to make sure that every inch of your home is optimized for storage and utility (without compromising on the look and feel, of course). And that’s where multi-purpose, convertible furniture comes in.
Convertible furniture will do double duty for you, ready to serve different purposes as you go about your day. From a console that transforms into a dining table to comfy beds with oh-so-strategic storage, your furniture will work as hard as you do.
No more stressing out from all that visual clutter or stubbing your toe as you navigate your living room in the dark to get a glass of water - convertible furniture can make your life easier in many ways.
2. Productivity meets comfort in modern home offices
Whether you have a growing business and permanently work from home or here temporarily due to the pandemic, it’s helpful to create a separation between your living and working spaces, so you don’t burn out (or end up annoying your family).
If you have an open floor plan, consider placing your desk in a strategic corner of your living room or behind your sofa. Another option is to find a room that has little foot traffic during the day so you can work distraction-free in your home office. You can also convert an unused closet into a cozy, remote work nook.
Once you select a spot, make sure it has plenty of natural light (for those Zoom meetings), is relatively quiet, and has some room for personalization (think a chic desk, some floating shelves, a cool rug, etc.).
3. Easy entertaining with an open kitchen
Have you been dreaming of those evenings where your favorite people hang around the kitchen island chatting and laughing with some cocktails while you make your signature dish?
An open kitchen is a great idea if your current space feels cramped and dark. By knocking down the wall that currently closes off your kitchen, you create a lot more room for movement and storage while also flooding your kitchen with natural light. And by the way, make sure you choose the right kitchen cabinets because an open kitchen could also potentially mean a lot of visual clutter.
4. Open up your space with light-colored floors
Light hardwood floors are an excellent option for NYC homes because they reflect light (unlike traditional darker hardwood) and make your space look larger. For a blonde wood look, opt for maple, oak, ash, or bamboo floorboards and choose grey, beige, or taupe for your walls to create a cohesive look.
You may also like: 7 Easy Tricks to Make Your NYC Living Room Look Bigger.
5. Set up the home library of your dreams
If you love reading, we bet you’ve always dreamt of setting up your own home library. And yes, it can be possible in an NYC apartment if you get a little creative.
One option is to section off a part of your living room with a folding screen if you have an open floor plan. You can also convert a bedroom you don’t use into your library and home office.
Remember to choose shelves that don’t overcrowd the space and create a cozy reading nook with the proper lighting.
6. Balance minimalism and maximalism
Homeowners have realized that purely minimalist decor - usually with sleek and sparse furniture pieces and open shelving all-around - can hamper day-to-day living. Here’s why: If you don’t subscribe to a minimalist lifestyle, minimalist decor can attract clutter quickly. For example, if your family is outdoorsy and has a lot of gear for different activities or if you like expressing yourself through fashion and have a lot of outfits you love (and can’t live without), it may be impossible to embrace minimalism as a decor choice. But that’s okay, though.
Balancing minimalism (less is more) and maximalism (more is more) provides a happy medium - as a result, your home transforms into a beautiful, neat, and cozy space that’s also practical and functional.
You can execute this blended style in several ways. For example, you can choose maple, pine, or birchwood furniture with decorative elements.
You can also place a mirror with a decorative frame on a bare wall to perfectly balance the two styles.
A couple of large plants - like a Monstera, a Fiddle-Leaf Fig, or an Areca Palm - can also neutralize the cold vibes of an overly minimalist space without contributing to clutter.
7. Embrace Sustainability
Sustainability is not just a buzzword in the home renovation space - designers, builders, and homeowners are actively making choices that will tangibly contribute to reducing any negative impact on the environment in the long term. As a result, there has been a major shift towards choosing sustainable materials and energy-efficient lighting in NYC homes.
In 2022, we expect to see furnishings, flooring, and architectural elements that use environment-friendly materials such as reclaimed wood, metal, glass, bamboo, jute, recycled plastic, etc.
Do you have any questions for us?
We get it - renovating your home is a big decision, and you want to make the right choices every step of the way.
And while you’re all for the latest trends, you want to make sure your chic new space matches your specific needs and plays well with your home's existing build. For example, you may be wondering, “I love the idea of an open kitchen - but is it right for my pre-war apartment?” or “How can I increase the square footage of my shower without wrecking my bathroom?”
Let’s get all your questions answered. Book a call with the Vergara Homes team by clicking here if you’re ready to transform your home in 2022.