The new year is an excellent time for everyone to start fresh. Whether that means decluttering the closet you told yourself you would do last year or taking it a step further and updating the aesthetic of your home. To help you stay on top of the latest housing trends, we have included trends that we have noticed, and predictions from interior design experts for 2022.
Going Green: The Rise of Contemporary Conservatories and Biophilia
Our collective need for greenery is here to stay. The biophilic hypothesis which suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life was coined by E.O. Wilson, American biologist, naturalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient for General Nonfiction in ’79 and ’91. He said, “Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” The need for this type of satisfaction has seen a drastic increase during the fallout from the pandemic. Biophilia is more than just a hypothesis-concept – biophilic design has been shown to support cognitive function, physical health and psychological well-being. Since humans spend 90-percent of their lives indoors, reintroducing nature into the built environment could have significant positive side effects. This biophilic need is instrumental to people’s physical and mental health, fitness, and wellbeing. Biophilic design principles focus on aspects of the natural world that have contributed to human health and productivity. The effectiveness of this design concept depends on interventions that are connected, complementary and integrated within the overall environment rather than being isolated or transient. Viwinco embraces the concept of biophilic design with the addition of large patio and multi-panel doors. Exclusive to the Southern Market, the Viwinco 650-Multitrack patio door is the pinnacle of indoor-outdoor living. Our 650-door comes in a wide variety of configurations and sizes and can be up to 8-ft. tall and nearly 16-ft. wide. Furthermore, our Alabama Custom Concrete Home gallery project located in Pensacola, Florida, features a large impact resistant bi-parting sliding door that makes the indoor-outdoor transition seamless.
With an emphasis on creating plant-filled, calming environments, indoor-outdoor living has expanded to the realm of architecture and flora-fauna patterned wallpaper and fabrics. Staircase gardens and floral ceilings are just some of the terms that saw an 150% search increase on Pinterest between October 2019 and September 2021. The contemporary conservatory is also taking over the home. Homegrown plant propagation has also grown in popularity over the past few years. A successful home garden is dependent upon providing ample sunlight for the plants. Featured in Architectural Digest’s article, ‘These Will Be the Top Design Trends of 2022,’ Lisa White, Creative Director and Director of Interiors at WGSN, gave her input on the recurring trend of indoor-outdoor living. “People have wanted to bring their living rooms and spaces outdoor, and they will increasingly want to bring the outdoors in, taking plant parenting and biophilic design to new heights.” Viwinco windows provide a visual connection to the outside and allow natural light to pour in. Large windows are being installed more frequently in homes to take advantage of these outside views or to make a statement. Our picture windows do both! Picture windows are one of the most practical fixed windows you could choose and allow for the most viewing areas. They provide the highest energy efficiency and can be a standalone focal point or can be paired with several other combinations of windows. In addition, our Quincy Loft Apartment gallery is a project that included window walls using colonial casement bars. Window walls utilize large glass windows using minimal frame dimensions making spaces feel larger. Window walls also give an expanded, panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and environment. These windows bring the outdoor in and become a backdrop for any given room. We have several different styles of windows to choose from and you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit for your home!
Up-Cycling: “Greener” Materials
For designers, sustainability matters; and going green extends beyond color trends. 1stDibs, a leading global e-commerce company, has announced the results of its fifth annual Interior Designer Trends Survey, taken by more than 750 interior designers worldwide. The data predicts the trends we can anticipate in 2022. When asked what design trends will remain popular in 2022, almost all designers (97%) selected sustainable materials and 93% selected plants, reflecting a desire to remain in harmony with the environment. Isabelle Dubern-Mallevays and Anna Zaoui, cofounders of The Invisible Collection, a showroom for designer furniture, say reclaimed wood and stone will be popular elements in both architecture and interior design. This upward trend has emerged steadily over the years, with adaptive reuse projects ranging from barn conversions to warehouse renovations. Viwinco glass packages come standard with Low-E that is designed to enhance durability and maximize energy efficiency by resisting the impact of the sun. Low-E glass enhances a window’s thermal performance through filtering different solar energies. In addition to the energy efficiency benefits, Low-E glass also prevents discoloration of fabrics and furniture by blocking ultraviolet energy from entering the home.
Viwinco has been involved in several projects where sustainability has been a key factor. A modern barn, located in Womelsdorf, PA was beautifully built using reclaimed wood to bring a warm and natural feel to the home. Throughout the barn, the builder, TW Construction, LLC., added bold colors and a rustic appeal which adds to the overall aesthetic. Black laminate Viwinco S-Series New Construction windows were used in this project as a way to complement the white siding and add drastic contrast. Both single and double-hung windows are present throughout the barn. View our project galleries to check out other sustainability projects for inspiration!
Earthy Textures and Bold Colors
Next, expect to see more tactile materials and finishes with bold and bright colors. Viwinco offers bronze and black laminates that have rapidly grown in popularity since being introduced. These bold laminate colors not only catch any onlooker’s eye but are engineered to withstand the harshest conditions all while maintaining their integrity. We also offer solid extrusions in the colors white, tan and clay. These are different from laminates because a color pigment is added during the extrusion process instead of a film application over the profile.
One project that takes earthy textures and colors to an amazing extreme is the 1803 Historic Home in Boyertown, PA. Sharon Tallon’s 5-1/2-acre property extends back into a pine tree farm, with deep foliage surrounding the home. She used 19 clay, double-hung Replacement Cambridge windows to blend in with the stone façade and wooded surroundings. The finished home compliments the natural wooded landscape, using earthy textures and bold colors. With a focus on fully restoring and maintaining the homes’ integrity, Sharon appreciated Viwinco’s custom-sizing options for her windows. Custom-sizing plays a huge part when renovating and restoring historic homes such as this one. With versatility, our windows enhance the custom craftsmanship in the historic home while matching the original framework with no need for construction.
Unlike past trends of clean, sharp edges and modern lines, 2022 is seeing more rounded objects in furniture, décor, lighting, and windows. Beyond sofas with softened corners, you should expect to see arched windows, geometric patterns and other curvilinear elements throughout the home. A New Construction addition of the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE used Viwinco’s geometric circles around the entire building. This project is a prime example of what you can expect from the vast selection of geometric window options. Another project using geometric windows is The Sussex, a Spanish-revival style home with arching doorways and mulled, half-round units. Our geometric windows are available on our Cambridge, S-Series and OceanView product lines. You can view our additional geometric styles here!
There are several Viwinco products that will help you to achieve your 2022 home design dreams. In the past, vinyl products were seen as the cheaper option when compared to options made of wood. The vinyl windows and doors manufactured today have improved in quality, durability and energy efficiency and are now a popular option in high-end homes. Our vinyl windows are known for being one of the best, high-quality options on the market. Furthermore, going green and using earthy colors and textures is also our specialty. With our available options, custom-sizing and endless combination offerings, you can make any project idea a reality. If you have any projects using our products that you would like us to see, make sure to tag us on social media: Instagram-viwinco_windows and Facebook-viwincowindows!