Design by-products of pandemic life create elements that are here to stay for 2021
By now, homeowners have had a good chunk of time to decide what they like about their house and what they’d like to change, having spent a lot of time there in 2020. Redfin’s Mekaila Oaks teamed up with Hunker (a design firm) and came up with several ways to revamp your space for 2021 if the spirit moves you.
The kitchen has never ever been more the heart of the home. “When it comes to kitchen design trends this year, think functional yet stylish,” says Oaks. “Spacious, open concept kitchens with top-notch stainless steel appliances will continue as a ‘must-have’ for homeowners, but they’re also seeking a beautiful and stylish design.” She’s talking bolder color palettes, contrasting backsplashes, and sleek hardware that could pass for jewelry.
Bonus spaces are now all the rage since working from home will continue to be a theme in years to come. If you’re looking to create a dedicated workspace within your home, think double duty like a sunroom or an additional guest room, as it’s a feature that’s here to stay.
Textures bring dimension to any room. 2021 will see some minimalism using colors like white, cream, beige, rust, and sage, but layered in with multiple textures — such as a living room that combines jute, oak, and linen, or a kitchen with colored stone countertops and rich velvet banquette seating.
As for countertop materials, quartz has taken over. While quartz was popular around Europe for decades, it didn’t hit U.S.markets until the 1990s, and now no one can put that genie back in the bottle. “Versatile, practical, contemporary and elegant, quartz is basically the full package — and we expect to see more of it moving into 2021,” says Oaks. “Quartz countertops pair well with both light and dark colored cabinets, making them easy to integrate into any kitchen color scheme.”
Outdoor dining is now taking on a life of its own, not limited to season or locale. “With people less focused on eating out, they’ll be looking to take advantage of outdoor entertaining with spaces that can function as open-air dining rooms — whether that be a deck, a gazebo, or a patio overhang.” Outdoor space heaters make outdoor spaces extensions of indoor living as well.
Source: Redfin | TBWS