A lot has changed in our lives over the past year, including the way that we think about our homes. Spending more time at home, and using spaces in new and creative ways has inspired a variety of home design trends that you can take into 2021!
With everyone staying close to home at the onset of the pandemic, maximizing the use of space in a home became a natural topic of conversation. Newfound interest in adaptable layouts, which provide a mix of function and purpose, have become the centre of New home builds or major home renovations. This includes things like adjustable walls or ability to open space and invite the outdoors inside. Bring a new light to nooks under stairs, loft space, window seats, and sunrooms to help you achieve maximum use of your space!
Designs that are more whimsical and organic are overtaking minimalism and monochromatic colour schemes. This trend is called Biophilic design; it incorporates natural elements including materials, light, and vegetation into the home. It provides a calming environment that oxygenates the room, while helping to strengthen your connection with nature. Bring in natural light from strategic window placement or coverings, incorporate a living wall, or moveable walls that open to an outdoor living space. This doesn’t stop at how your home is built, but also continues into decor and furniture choices with things like wood, rattan and wicker furniture and decor.
Keeping your home clean starts right from the front door. The entryway has always been a space that separates a home from the outside world, so naturally this space has seen some change this year. Sanitizing stations have appeared prominent, to disinfect before entering homes and commercial spaces. Many have changed the layout of their entryway, to section off the space from the rest of the home.
Spending more time in our homes this year has shown an increase in homeowner DIY projects, like abstract wall murals and luxurious bathroom designs. Bold statements in the kitchen are showing through with gold, brass, bronze and copper cabinet pulls on dark cabinets. Design elements or patterns that bring bright colours into the room have been added to energize and inspire creativity in the home.
A surge of homeowners have been showing interest in adopting home technologies, seeing an increased focus on high-touch areas, sanitizing and air quality. To help curb the spread of germs, many have introduced voice command or automated lights and thermostats. Air purification systems have become increasingly popular, with a focus on additions to central air as well as portable systems.