Friday, August 20, 2021 / by Ken Couture
With more time spent on interior activities, flexible design is becoming more and more important to homeowners. Also, they wanted to bring more exterior elements to the interior. It's one of the latest home trends, according to Houzz, a home design and remodeling resource. Houzz researchers have identified key emerging trends in home design based on research information from homeowners and experts on their site.
Here’s an overview of the five emerging trends Houzz identified in its report, 2021 Houzz Emerging Home Design Trends:
Dedicated activity spaces
Houses are used for many activities as well as for entertainment. As a result, Houzz identifies a growing interest in art studios, which have grown almost 10-fold over the past year, as well as home bars and basements, home theaters, gyms, and offices.
The outdoors head indoors
Many homeowners are looking for ways to link their indoor spaces to the outdoors with more trees and nature. According to Houzz, website searches for artificial plants and trees as well as potted and potted houseplants have increased significantly over the past year. Plus, green brings nature closer, with a significant increase in searches for green kitchen cabinets, bathroom tiles, accent chairs, and bedrooms. One in five homeowners recently surveyed is expanding their kitchen space more outdoors, for example with sliding panels.
Living room updates
As more people sheltered in, they gave their living rooms a refresh. Searches for living rooms are up 52% compared to a year ago. Accent pillows and home accents have seen the biggest increase, along with abstract paintings, display shelves, and slip or chair covers.
Homeowners seek flexibility in how they use their space. As a result, TV cabinets with drawers, queen-size wall beds, and side tables, all of which can increase the usability of a room, have become popular. Swivel chairs and bench sets are also used to create flexible arrays.
Luxury fabrics, materials, and colors
The Houzz survey identified that fabrics, materials, and colors are going “glam” with more searches for velvet, gold, and crystal.
Swimming pools in all shapes and sizes
Interest in swimming pools increased during the pandemic. According to Houzz, searches for pools and homes with pools more than doubled in the second quarter of 2021 from a year earlier. Homeowners show interest in the many styles, shapes, and designs of swimming pools. For example, searches for pools with aquatic elements are the most important, as are rectangular, concave, infinity, plunge, and geometric pools.
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