New Home Design Trends for 2021


New & Emerging Home Design Trends for 2021

If there’s one thing we can all agree on regarding 2020, it’s that it was a year of massive change, with more people spending time at home than ever before. Naturally, this resulted in a few changes as far as home design trends go.

Here, we’ll spotlight some of the most prominent design trends from last year that we think will play a prominent role on home decor and construction well into 2021.

Design Trend #1: High-End Home Offices & Workspaces

Since the start of the COVID pandemic, you’ve probably found yourself turning random rooms in their houses into full-time workplaces.

Not surprisingly, thoughtful home offices quickly became a major trend.

A sleek, modern home office with bright natural lighting and large windows

Now, as we enter into 2021 with the hope of a vaccine not too far away, there’s no denying that the pandemic has shown businesses around the world that working-from-home is a very feasible option for today’s professionals.

Therefore, we confidently predict that these types of high-end home offices and workspaces will continue to be a popular trend throughout 2021.

Design Trend #2: Trendy Flex Spaces for All Types of At-Home Activities

If the phrase “flex space” brings up images of sparse, boring office spaces, you might want to think again.

With the rise of working-from-home redefining where and when people get their work done, today’s flex spaces offer up far more home design options than a simple office setting.

For example: over the last year or so, our experienced team of design-build professionals has helped tons of Massachusetts homeowners find creative ways to get more usage out of their existing flex spaces.

Just take a look at what some of these homeowners did with their garages and other outdoor spaces by turning them into at-home gyms, utility rooms, guest houses, and more. How would you use an extra room in your home?

Design Trend #3: Improving Air Quality & Sustainability

Considering the vast amounts of time that people have been spending indoors, it’s no surprise that folks are looking for ways to get more efficiency and cleanliness out of their air.

In fact, we’ve seen many homeowners start undertaking interior design projects specifically catered to improving the air quality in their homes.

Meanwhile, for our team of general contractors, air-conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems upgrades have also been a popular option for freshening up people’s living spaces over the last year.

Many homeowners have gone a step further by investing in interior design enhancements like airtight windows, carbon dioxide-absorbing houseplants, and extra layers of insulation.

It’s also worth noting that that additional insulation works wonders for creating a solid soundproofing barrier inside homes, helping to ensure family members don’t disturb one another during the busy workday or overnight.

Design Trend #4: Livening the Mood With Bold Color Palettes

For many people, spending too much time at home can be quite depressing.

It’s no surprise, then, that we’ve seen a major uptick of warm, comforting paint colors being used in people’s houses over the last year.

Many of the most prominently used color trends even tie back to nature with relaxing their earth tones like navy blue, as well as olive green, and taupe – all of which makes sense, considering our current limitations on outdoor spaces.

a navy bedroom in one of the luxury condos we remodeled

From living rooms to dining rooms to kitchen cabinets, we’ve seen people go approaches steeped more in minimalism with only one color, and we’ve also seen people go all out with an explosion of different paint colors.

For obvious reasons, these bold color-oriented home decor trends work wonders for brightening people’s spirits, and we’re excited to see what the new year brings as far as the next color trends to take the interior design world by storm.

Design Trend #5: The Growing Emphasis of Passive & Comfortable Home Design

Another one of the major trends that have been seen by design build firms over the past year is the growing emphasis placed on “passive home construction.” But what exactly is “passive home construction”?

Simply put, passive home construction is an approach to home design and construction that places an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability, and practicality.

For example, over the last year, we’ve found that many clients have started paying closer attention to the “inner-workings” of their homes.

In other words, people are placing more emphasis on the behind-the-scenes components of their homes, which could include everything from the functionality of their plumbing systems to how much energy their house is using up to how long their floor plans will last.

Of course, this isn’t true for every homeowner, but it is definitely one of the bigger home design trends that our team has taken note of over the last year – and we expect it to continue well into 2021.

Want to Bring These or Other Trending Home Design Changes to Your House?

With nearly 30 years of experience in the custom design-build construction industry, our experienced staff would be thrilled to help you find the most appropriate interior design trends for your house. Contact us today to get started on your path for a true 2021 upgrade!


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