After 2020 being a historical and unprecedented year, many are excited to see what the New Year will bring. Each New Year typically brings fresh and exciting home design and décor trends; however, it looks like 2021 may be exceptionally so! It comes with no surprise consider ing how much more important homes have become this year due to the global pandemic. Sheltering in place and spending more time at home have affected these forecasted trends for 2021:
Paint companies have recently released their official colors for 2021 and it isn’t hard to see that 2020 influenced their choices. Some of the colors selected were variations of grey, yellow, teal, dark bronze, lavender, dusty blue, and taupe. The reason for their choices were the emotions behind the colors that have recurring descriptions being comforting, relaxing, serene, uplifting, inspirational, and soothing. These words are no coincidence. Color trends have been impacted by the kinds of feelings people have been needing, and will continue to add, to their homes in the New Year. With people doing more telework and virtual learning, the vital ambiance of our homes has shifted and these new color trends will help achieve more positive emotions.
While many of the same kitchen design trends from 2020 are not expected to go anywhere, there are a few new visions projected for the New Year. One of these styles is a more organic vibe, including the incorporation of materials such as clean and minimalist wood finishes, as well as other natural elements and materials. Kitchens have now become more multi-purpose than ever before and we expect to see this in new structural and design concepts. Some of these may include larger kitchen islands, increased storage to decrease clutter, and different styles to make the kitchen more multi-functional. The kitchen will no longer be just for eating and cooking, but it will also be a space for working, studying, and recreation. Natural materials such as quartz will continue to be a popular choice along with other simple, solid surfaces and backsplashes that keep cleaning and maintenance easy.
Open spaces have been a very popular layout trend in recent years. Separated kitchens, low ceilings, and walled-off living rooms have quickly became a thing of the past. Although we do not expect to see a huge change with this concept, we are anticipating some shifts towards creatively finding design techniques that use up any previously unusable space and creating more little havens instead. Whether it be an office space, craft room, virtual workout room, reading nook, or even a “zoom room”, the open concept will be re-interpreted in multiple ways to provide some privacy for different and new home tasks. Another general trend that will likely continue to rise in popularity is smart-home technology and implementing more use of touchless options, particularly in lieu of this years’ increased awareness of health and sanitation.
Of all the increases we have seen this year, one of the most outstanding and refreshing ones has been people’s increased appreciation for spending time outdoors! Apart from walks and bike rides, people have been desperately looking for ways to spend time outside to get fresh air while still at home. Multi-season, functional outdoor spaces will certainly be a craze that we expect to see in 2021 design and construction. This will include everything from porches, patios, and balconies to outdoor kitchens, outdoor dining areas, gardens, and even stylish fire pits. The homes’ outside will be just as important as the inside!
No part of the home is left behind when it comes to new trends! The desire for more economically and environmentally friendly options will continue to increase, bringing solar panel roofs and solar shingles to keep growing in popularity. Something else that we have seen already and expect to see more of is requests are for additional skylights. This comes as no surprise considering that with people spending more time indoors, they crave natural light to boost morale and optimism. As far as materials go, architectural shingles will continue to be popular because they are both esthetically pleasing but also affordable. The predicted increase comes with the desirability for lighter and brighter colors as a continuation of the calm and tranquil atmosphere inside the home. Lastly, the demand for synthetic slate roofs will likely also gain popularity because 2020 had no shortage of natural disasters including tornados, hurricanes, and wildfires. Synthetic slate therefore is sought after because of its high fire resistance and storm impact ratings.
A lot of fun and exciting home design trends await us as we delve into 2021. One thing is for sure, our homes are quickly becoming more important than ever before!