The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 5 product innovation trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:
Pet-friendly features are integrated into home furnishings.
Trend: Home design brands are adapting to the needs of pet owners with furnishings that are made for human use, but that have pet-friendly features that allow for animal use too. These include everything from seating solutions to entertainment units.
Insight: The pet care industry continues to grow, and people are putting more care into their pets’ lifestyles as they try to accommodate for things like spatial shortcomings. With more people in urban areas and living in smaller homes and apartments, integrated pet-friendly home features are particularly useful.
Takeaway: How is your brand (and its products and services) adjusting to customers’ lifestyles?
Brands offer home office systems that cater to changes in work culture.
Trend: Home office systems offered by furniture brands are becoming increasingly flexible and diverse in their uses. These systems offer important features like portability, privacy and space-saving.
Insight: Now that work-from-home culture is likely to remain the norm in the long term, people require at-home workstations that cater to their lifestyles at home. Features like privacy and modularity are important for people working from home–particularly for those with families, roommates, and/or small living spaces.
Takeaway: How is your brand catering to changed lifestyles and work cultures?
Digital coaching for people who use dating apps is on the rise.
Trend: Dating apps can be difficult for people to navigate, and coaches in this space (both human and digital) are helping people through the process with either one-on-one coaching, or with advice columns connected to these apps.
Insight: The digital habits of the modern age have resulted in a slew of businesses turning up to adapt to consumers’ emerging needs. These new practices come with their own set of challenges and setbacks, and brands have an opportunity to offer solutions to them.
Takeaway: How is your brand offering solutions to emerging consumer concerns?
Audio-only apps offer new forms of social media and content interactions.
Trend: What was recently considered “old fashioned” is being made new again–audio-based communication and engagement with content are being revamped with audio-only options that take the pressure off virtual communication, or allow people to multitask while engaging with content that typically includes videos.
Insight: When it comes to social and content platforms, people are accustomed to soundbites, constant scrolling and communicating with text. With the increased engagement that these platforms are seeing, features that allow for audio-only communication or listening are able to stand out to those consumers who want something new.
Takeaway: How can your brand offer consumers alternatives to their entrenched habits?
Hybridisation of Scandinavian & Japanese motifs is becoming prominent in design.
Trend: Furniture brands and interior designers are combining stylistic influences from Japan and Scandinavian countries to inform a style hybrid called “Japandi.” Spaces with this aesthetic direction combine natural materials and a pared-back colour palette, creating interiors that are minimal and warm.
Insight: Contemporary consumers in faced-paced urban centres are looking to balance the demands of their daily lifestyle with a comfortable home environment. In this space, many are prioritising minimalist designs and simple solutions that can optimise and elevate their living situation, without compromising on aesthetic appeal. When these needs are met, consumers feel more relaxed and can comfortably recharge for the next day.