Real estate and design experts say 2021 design trends will be all about comfort, fun, and nature. Realtor.com asked the pros about the trends they expect to be big next year, and some are obvious, such as home offices, while others are forward-thinking, such as bathroom innovations. One real estate broker says homeowners are getting creative with their home office spaces, even taking their closet space and turning it into a “cloffice.” Another real estate broker says more innovative open floor plans will be a necessity, with pockets of different living spaces within the free flowing area.
“The pandemic has completely shaped home design trends for 2020 and 2021,” Isaacs says. “Not only do people want to create a cozy shared living space, but they also are carving out areas to have some space to themselves.”
“The trend will be to create different living spaces within the open floor plan so people will have pockets or nooks in the home for e-learning, Zoom calls, a conversation, lounging, exercising, etc.,” adds Julie Busby, founder of the Busby Group at Compass in Chicago.
The need for separate spaces is also shifting home buyers’ priorities in the new year.
“New buyers are asking for homes with more separation, as sometimes multigenerational families share a home and need space and privacy amongst themselves,” says Yorgos Tsibiridis, a Hamptons broker at Douglas Elliman.