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We have finally closed the door on 2020, and it is time for a fresh start.  Some of the changes we have made in the past year are likely to stay around.  Sheltering in place is a great way to find out if you really love your home, and being able to work remotely means some changes may need to be made. 

The pandemic has accelerated a shift in technological tools to make life easier for everyone.  So what are some of the changes we are likely to see this year? In her article published in Realtor.com, Lauren Sieben has given 10 trends that designers are expecting to see in this new year of 2021. 

1)  Dedicated home offices – One of the most prevalent design trends is adding or renovating home offices.  People are working from home and do not want to take business calls from their kitchen table.  If you have a spare room for an office, there are plenty of ways to get creative and personalize the space.  One of the biggest trends is to transform a hall closet into office space with some high-gloss paint, some wall paper, and a few shelves.

 2)  Clearly delineated spaces – It is nice to think of open floor plans.  However, people are increasingly interested in closing off those wide-open spaces.  The pandemic has completely shaped home design trends for 2020 and 2021.  Not only do people want to create a cozy shared living space, they also want areas to have some space for themselves.

 The trend will be to create different living spaces within an open floor plan so that there will be nooks in the home for e-learning, Zoom calls, conversation, exercising, etc.

 3)  Houseplants and indoor gardens – During the pandemic, it is sometimes difficult to just get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air and nature.  Indoor house plants is a way to help bring the outdoors in.  The house plant trend is here to stay.

 4)  Rattan accents – Natural materials are becoming popular, especially rattan.  Rattan is appearing everywhere from drink holders to bed frames.  Try out the trend by choosing a rattan accessory or accent piece.  Rattan is best in small doses.

 5) Wood-grain kitchen cabinets and counters – Instead of painted kitchen cabinets or the all-white kitchen, expect to see homeowners embracing a more natural look with wood-grain cabinets and wood countertops on islands.

 6)  Next-level playgrounds – Experts say that enhanced outdoor spaces will continue to trend in the new year, including elaborate playgrounds.  To create the ultimate kids playground, homeowners are adding zip lines, adventure courses, and climbing walls to their backyard playgrounds.

 7)  Outdoor kitchens – Multi-season spaces that feature fireplaces or fire pits, patio/deck areas, screened-in porches that can be used year-round are becoming popular.  Outdoor kitchens have become more popular than ever.

 8)  Smart bathroom innovations – Expect to see new bathroom innovations in 2021 as homeowners continue to focus more than ever on hygiene.  Touchless appliances including motion sensors for lighting, and smart temperature control for bathroom floors will be more popular in the coming year.

 9)  Retro furniture and color palettes – The pandemic brought on a wave of nostalgia for people seeking comfort from the simpler times of the past.  Expect to see colors such as mauve, forest green, burnt orange, and furniture throwbacks like ‘80’s curves and 90’s traditionalism.  

 10)  Cozy layered vibes – People want to feel at ease in their homes.  Expect to see warm colors and natural wood in lieu of cool grays and blues.  Trends now lean toward a more casual and layered look.  Pile on the mismatched blankets and throw pillows, and embrace a design that reflects your personality.