Trends come and go in real estate design, just like they do in fashion. These changes are driven partly by the whims of homeowners, partly by new technology and this year the pandemic is having an impact. If you want to keep up with current trends, making changes in décor, paint color and flooring choices are the easiest ones to keep up with. But the trends regarding the layout of your home are MUCH harder to implement as they entail major construction, or moving to a completely different home. Be careful of getting too far away from the “traditional” floor plan so that your home doesn’t become unsaleable when the trend changes!
One of the biggest changes this year is a move away from “open-concept” floor plans. With the massive shift to work and school at home, people are looking for their own separate space at home for quieter Zoom calls or to focus on their studies or to work out in private. Many teachers are demanding that their students are in a closed room by themselves while they are “at school” via Zoom. It’s hard to predict just yet if this will be a lasting design change, or just a “hot-button” topic right now that will fade if and when things go “back to normal.”
There is a big debate in the design industry if the “Farmhouse” look made so popular by the show “Fixer Upper” is waning. We may see fewer barn doors, faux-weathered cabinets and shiplap. Although personally I still see these designs being VERY popular locally.
There is a similar discussion about “white on white” kitchens. Many designers are saying that this look has been over-done and that we’ll see more accent colors creeping back into the kitchen, mostly grays. Although other industry experts swear that gray is on the way out and we are going to see a return to browns and beiges.
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