• Amanda Gerow

April 2022 Trends Report

Is all the spring air starting to revive your creative energy yet?


Get ready to let inspiration take root this month. Here’s the dirt on the content trends we are seeing at Hometalk, Foodtalk, and Upstyle right now.


Hometalk Trends

With contributions from Tikva Morrow, Head of Content and Distribution

Porch Updates & Makeovers

You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Create some curb appeal and make your front porch look move-in ready with flooring updates, fresh paint jobs, and even ceiling makeovers. Check out how Adrienne at Crafty Little Gnome gave her front porch ceiling an out-of-this-world update.


Outdoor Upcycles

Decorative Easter Basket DIY
Decorative Easter Basket DIY by Craftidly | Dawn Stewart

No time to paint? Spring decor and patio set refreshes for the front and back patios are another April hit. Challenge yourself to stretch your dollar further with outdoor upcycles from dollar store materials. The editorial team wants to see how you spruce up and beautify your outdoor spaces with your dollar store magic. Dawn at Craftidly does a dollar tree makeover just right with her bright and cheery East Basket.


Couch and Cushion Makeovers


Worn and tired cushions are getting new life and some much-needed love this season. We are loving the unique and non-traditional ways we’re seeing creators revive old couches, cushions, and seating. Projects like this painted beauty of a chair by Jeanne are making our readers and our editors jump for joy and look forward to all of the other ways we can turn those old pieces new.


Creative Outdoor Lighting


Those summer evenings filled with patio hangouts and backyard games are almost here. Let the fun last all night by adding some extra light. Explore this bright idea and put a new spin on DIY outdoor lighting for patios, gardens, and paths. You can tell Theartge used her noodle for this outdoor lighting hack.


Renter Friendly Accent Wall
Renter Friendly Accent Wall by Ashleigh Sommer

Easy Room Refreshes


We’re looking for quick, easy, and high-impact room refreshes and revamps. Are you renting & thinking these trends just aren’t for you - think again! Rental-friendly accents and updates are possible. You can see for yourself with this oh-so-easy, renter-friendly accent wall by Alsheigh Sommer. Now get ready to tack, paint, or even tape some life back into those rooms to say “welcome home” to spring!









Foodtalk Trends

With contributions from Nachum Waxer, Senior Content Manager for Foodtalk

Crisp & Crunchy Spring Salads

Refreshing Cucumber Salad by Garlic Salt & Lime

Well, spring is officially here and while we may not all be feeling exactly like a spring chicken right now, our readers are definitely in the mood for salad. Stacey at Garlic Salt & Lime knows a thing or two about a refreshing salad. Whether it’s a bowl of fresh-cut veggies or leafy greens, everyone is searching for new and exciting ways to add a refreshing crunch to their spring diets.


We’re also looking for that extra razzle-dazzle of a salad recipe where the ingredients are nutritious and filling enough to replace a meal!

You know what they say - green is the new black!


Quiche


The report is in and it looks like beach season is also… quiche season! That’s right, quiche. We can’t say for sure what is driving the quiche craze right now, but if they all look as good as this quiche lorraine by The Heavenly Bakes we can get a pretty good idea.


Lemon Artichoke Chicken Skillet
Lemon Artichoke Chicken Skillet by Samantha

Chicken Dinners


Okay, so maybe chicken dinners don't initially seem like a trend but hear us out. Readers are so into new ways to make quick chicken dinners flavorful and exciting that we may just have to change our name to ChickenTalk. Just kidding. Seriously though, go see this winner of a chicken dinner recipe by Samantha at American Home Cook. It’s sure to have you ready to board the chicken dinner train ASAP.








Upstyle Trends

With contributions from Shoshana Natan, Senior Content Manager for Upstyle

Spring and Summer Shoe Upgrades

DIY Marimekko Shoes
DIY Marimekko Shoes by Claire at Pillarboxblue

Put some extra spring in your step by adding some flair to those tired sneakers and sandals. Readers are basically sprinting toward projects that help them add some much-needed color and style to their plain shoes. Claire at Pillarbox Blue took a step in the right direction with her now bright and bold flowered tennis shoes. The kicker? She got this look using napkins and Mod Podge.



Two-Toned Jeans Upcycles


Denim is back like it never left! Jeans are taking center stage for popular upcycles right now, but we’re leaving pants behind. Readers are loving jean transformations like these men’s jeans to jumpsuit transformation one from Jess Dang.

Or, find inspiration in this easy & breezy denim look by Tiffany Toh that’s perfect for the warmer weather!



Bargain Bag Makeovers

Upcycle a Macrame Bag by Adding Raffia Fringe
Upcycle a Macrame Bag by Adding Raffia Fringe by Bella Branch DIY

Don’t just toss those old beach bags aside this year - reimagine & reinvent them! Dollar store items could be your favorite new bag in disguise. We think you’ll agree when you see this beach bag by Janel.


Scarves can be the perfect accessory for any season. We’re living for this fun and easy way that Marissa at One CrafDIY Girl used this silk scarf to give her shoulder bag some nautical charm. Fans of fringe can rejoice and appreciate how Bella Branch DIY added this small change and took this macrame bag from a grocery store aid to resort wear ready.


New Spins on Swimwear


Readers don’t want to settle for basic & bland swimwear this year. You’ve seen tie-dye shirts, shorts, and even shoes - but have you tried a tie-dye suit yet? We’re going crazy for this tie-dye swimsuit by The Pretty Life Girls.


Don’t toss aside that old dress this spring. Instead, make it beachwear ready with a few upgrades. Readers are ready to go from beach to banquet in this dressy suit from Chickie W.U. Or, make those high-waisted leggings high fashion like Miaira Jennings did in this easy sewing project.




Do you have a trend you’re loving this season? Let us know in the comments below!

For any questions about this month’s trends, please reach out to amanda@hometalk.com.

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