Top 10 Home Design Trends for 2021


The experts at online site Houzz have revealed their top 10 home design trend predictions for the year ahead.

1. Outdoor Entertainment Spaces

Homeowners have increasingly been searching for ‘summerhouses’, ‘fire-pits’, ‘hot tubs’ and ‘outdoor kitchens. We have also seen an increase in demand for designs that will extend the garden’s use later into the evening and year. Particularly options for dining outdoors, with pizza ovens a popular request for 2021.

2. The All-White Kitchen

It seems this neutral, light-enhancing choice for the hardest-working room in the house is growing in popularity, with searches for ‘white kitchen’ rising significantly this year compared to 2019. This is possibly due to a pandemic-fuelled desire for clean-looking spaces.

3. Nature-Inspired Palettes

The incorporation of nature into our interiors looks set to continue. Warm earth tones, such as burnt umber, terracotta and clay and contrasting forest colours like sage, pine and turquoise will be strong choices for 2021.

4. Healthy at Home

In 2021, we expect to see more exercise equipment that fits seamlessly into interiors or furniture that doubles up. We may even see pieces that have stain-resistant, waterproof, warming or anti-odour properties coming to the market.

5. Colourful Bathrooms

While white kitchens grow in popularity, we’re seeing the opposite for bathrooms. ‘Pink bathroom’, ‘navy bathroom’ and ‘gold bathroom’ were brand-new additions to the most popular search terms for 2020.

6. Luxury Vintage

Sustainability, climate change and the impact we have on our planet continue to be a big theme for next year and we see a growing interest in high-end, second-hand furniture.

7. Multi-Functional Spaces

This year changed how many use their homes. As a result, we’re starting to see professionals incorporate more hybrid designs, detachable units, and convertible pieces to create a home suited to the ‘new normal’. One example, being bedrooms and spare rooms having to double as offices while many of us work from home.

8. Interesting Bathroom Fixtures

In the most popular bathroom photos on Houzz, we’re seeing homeowners stray from standard chrome tapware, leaning towards brass, matt black and rose gold instead. We predict this deviation will only continue, suggesting that matt white as a finish for fittings will gain popularity in the coming year.

9. Smarter Homes

We’re starting to see voice recognition tech more commonly used in the home, avoiding the need to touch switches, household appliances and remote controls, all common germ hotspots. No-touch technology is likely to become more sought-after for the bathroom too.

10. Growing Your Own

One of the most-searched terms on Houzz this year, ‘vegetable garden’ speaks to a rising interest in all things horticultural, with many dabbling in growing their own vegetables for the first time. We expect to see this trend continue into next year.

Set Featured Image Credit – Fire pit from Neptune


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