Living, Trends

The home design trends replacing “Cloffice”

Fancy an upgrade?

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jan 28, 2022

Released back in December 2021, Yelp’s 2022 Home Trend Forecast Report is showing a major interior design trend completely booting “cloffice,” a mash up of closet and office, out. Yelp essentially looked at keywords in people’s searches and reviews to find out what the largest trends would be. Then, they used an HGTV designer to gather insights and advice on each trend.

The result: There is an urgent need to update and renovate. And after two years of a pandemic, where people have to see mainly the four walls of their home, can you blame them for wanting a bit of a change? It’s the whole “control what you can” mentality.

Not to mention, people have worked hard to separate work from home in the same location and want to treat their home as a true relaxation, rather than work. Here are some of the trends that are replacing the cloffice. Which are you itching to try?

Japandi design

Japandi design, the mash-up of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism, has increased by 27% year-over-year according to Yelp. To achieve this at home: Add warm elements and muted color palettes for a textural finish. To start small, add a textural side table or vase.

Special touches

In 2022, the team has predicted there will be a lot less structural changes (a trend that was very popular in 2020 and carried into 2021) but instead, thoughtful, considered additions. There are high searches in drapery and backsplashes that the mega company hadn’t seen before.

brown wooden chair beside white wooden table

Reclaimed & raw materials

Because people have spent the better part of 18+ months indoors, the need for warm, earthy elements in their home has increased. They want harmony to flood their environments and will be doing it with reclaimed wood and raw materials. Whether a focal point, accent piece, or an entire room, raw materials will reign true for 2022.

brown wooden table beside white couch

Welcoming art

In the 18+ months of decreasing disposable income, searches for art installations increased 181%. Moving forward, Yelp predicts there will be a new desire to express oneself and nothing says self-expression better than art. Whether a custom piece of furniture or restoration of a new piece, art will make big waves in 2022.

black 2-light torchiere beside brown wooden-top desk with black steel frame

The bolder, the better

2022 will present a greater demand for colorful paint (up 89% year-over-year from October 2020 to October 2021), accent walls (up 28% year-over-year), and tile installation.

white wooden cabinet

So long “cloffice”

2021 was the age of the cloffice, where walk-in closets or guest rooms had to double for an office. People had to use their extra space when they had no where to go. But in 2022, with the decrease of mask mandates, Yelp predicts the trend will fade.

If you want to add a nice touch to your home and feel overwhelmed with the projects above, start off small with a home room spray or some incense. Switching up the smell of a place can transform it, as well.