Home Renovation and Design Trends in 2021

Gloria Heck
Gloria Heck
Published on May 12, 2021

The pandemic has caused us to relook at our home spaces and created several new home renovation and design trends. We’ll be reviewing the top 25 trends in Home Renovation and Design according to Houzz and top designers.

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Bathroom Sanctuary

How often have you escaped to your bathroom this year with the sole purpose of quiet alone time? The right features in a bathroom can help reduce stress. This could be the reason that the bathroom is the frontrunner for the most popular room to renovate. Besides a soak in the tub or a long hot shower, some homeowners are rejuvenating with steam showers, aromatherapy shower heads and bathtub fillers that can hold a cup of tea or glass of wine.  Home owners are adding heated floors, wet rooms and freestanding tubs. Also popular are bidet toilets and specialty toilet seats.  These products help to create a spa experience while adding advanced cleansing technology.

Touchless Faucets

Another new home renovation trend is the touchless faucet, which is seeing a huge demand as consumer want a worry-free, germ free solution for their kitchen. Homeowners will continue to embrace hands-free and other smart faucets for residential kitchens.

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Home Gyms

One of the most popular home renovation trend that started last year is home gyms. Many people still want to exercise but aren’t comfortable going back to the gym, which could be the reason that treadmill sales have gone up 280%. There’s also been a huge rise in people using peloton bikes and other virtual exercise, which is why we are seeing a rise in consumers creating their own home gym spaces.

Tile Trends

Designers are starting to see more floors being done with porcelain, which is one the safest materials to guard against bacteria as it absorbs just 0.1 per cent of bacteria.  This trend is to use extra-large format porcelain tiles instead of marble slabs.  We’re seeing these extra-large formatted tiles that can help visually expand a small space and create fewer grout lines requiring less cleaning and less clutter. Designers advise, using a matte finish if using large rectangle tiles for an area like the bathroom floor, as it provides some slip resistance. 

Rethinking Floor Plans

Though an open-plan layout is usually on the top of a home renovation wish list, this year we want separated spaces that better accommodate remote working and learning. For those with young kids, an open plan is great for keeping an eye on the kids, but people are appreciating the value of shutting a door for some alone time Anyone who had multiple family members attempting concurring video meetings in an open layout quickly saw the disadvantages to a lack of walls. The open plan isn’t going away, but many people are considering sliding doors or partitions that can close off rooms for privacy.   

Color Trends

Designers are seeing a renewed interest in brown earth tones, warm colors like beige, sand, taupe. This is an evolution from popular whites and grays of recent years. While browns and beiges are surging in popularity there is also a surge in bold colors, which is evidenced by the  Color of the Year winners for 2021. Sherwin Williams selected Urbane Bronze (a dark brownish-gray), for instance; Benjamin Moore selected an Aegean Teal (a blue-green color); Pantone selected a color duo: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (a gray tone alongside a bright yellow color).  For homeowners, striking paint colors like these could be an appealing low-cost way to add depth, excitement and personality to a room without overwhelming it.

More Outdoor Space

Outdoor spaces are going through expansive changes as people are tired of being cooped up and now want to spend more time outdoors watching things grow and viewing seasonal changes. Pools are the no. 1 thing being added when a homeowner thinks of home renovation along with outdoor kitchens and fire pits. People are also installing larger windows or larger sliding glass doors to let more natural light in. Adding pergola’s is also a relatively quick and affordable solution to creating usable outdoor space for lounging or dining. Creating a comfortable outdoor living space that is an extension of your indoors will continue to be a popular home renovation trend.

Rise of the backyard cottage or ADU

There were many people who needed more private space to work, exercise or just relax have decided on a backyard cottage, shed or accessory dwelling unit as a solution for more space. These standalone structures are used as home offices, gyms, meditation areas or as extended living spaces.

Home Offices

People of all ages have been working or learning remotely. They have class, video meetings, homework and other tasks that previously took place outside of the home. But now so many of us have adopted a work-from-home schedule.  The square footage in our homes has not increased, so we’re converting closets, hallways, moving walls and making space for functional home offices.  The home office will not go away so trends to create better more functional home office space will increase.

Source: House & Home January/February 2021

Video conference-worthy backgrounds

While we have spent a considerable amount of time on video conferences, more people are working on creating better backgrounds for video meetings, with green screens, lighting, from artwork, pops of color, good lighting, a little greenery and objects of different sizes.

Making room for multigenerational households

If last year proved anything, it’s that togetherness and family are top of mind. This will continue into 2021 as more properties are adapted to comfortably accommodate grandparents, children and even grandchildren. People are living together separately to save money and feel more comfortable with older parents living under one roof.  This home renovation trend has emerged in major markets and even large builders like Lennar are building multi-generational homes which are essentially two separate homes under one roof. This type of unit also allows homeowners to monetize the space for long term rentals or Airbnb short term rentals.

Source: Realtor Magazine

The multi-zone kitchen

According to Houzz, homeowner are opting for kitchens that offer a variety of tasks such as: baking, prepping, chopping, snacks, etc.  With that in mind, home designers are working with homeowners to  add more touch points to that triangle shape and create a “work trapezoid” for dedicated tasks.

Natural Wood Finishes

Lighter woods like oak will continue to trend into 2021 as farmhouse and Japandi-inspired spaces take over, but  oak flooring is starting to lose its popularity.  The extra-wide planks that have been very popular in the past few years, are now being replaced with medium, 5 to 6-inch width planks.

Matte Black Finishes

This year, traditional chrome takes a backseat as matte black fixtures and tiles become more mainstream in bathrooms and kitchens. The matte black finish draws attention to the room along with modern luxurious feel.

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Entertainment Zones

People want areas in their homes that are warm and inviting, because of this Entertainment zones are becoming a popular trend.  There is a focus on creating bars, media rooms and outdoor entertainment pavilions where friends and family can safely gather.

Vinyl Flooring

So many household are spending more time at home which results in a the need to have stronger,  family-friendly flooring that is durable and waterproof. Because of this trend, luxury vinyl flooring has exploded. This hardwood alternative is easy to install and maintain, plus it is the perfect solution for homeowners experiencing flooding or looking to protect their floors from the daily wear and tear of wet boots.

Soundproofing Spaces

With people working so much from home and having so many conference calls, the need to have soundproof spaces has increased. Soft surfaces like carpeting are back in focus as we try to limit sound travel from the family room to the home office and the bedroom. Even the laundry room isn’t off limits from sound proofing, as many don’t want to hear the sound the washing machine while on a Zoom call.

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Incorporating green solutions

Consumers are beginning to see the value of incorporating green solutions to their homes by installing solar power systems and rainwater harvesting to existing homes.  They are also looking at increased insulation and HVAC upgrades.  Potential new tax incentives for green renovation would vastly speed up these initiatives.

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