6 trends for 2021: the year of the pandemic property

It’s quite usual for a deluge of forecasts to flood in about now, speculating what interior trends and design details will become hot property in the next year, and the current predictions are heavily influenced by our new lockdown lifestyles.

Not since World War II has an event shaped how we live our lives. Now with 2020 drawing to a close and Covid-19 looking to shape at least the early part of 2021, many of us are in a new mindset when it comes to our homes. Design platform Houzz has been charting user searches as an indicator of what’s now important among tenants and home owners. Here’s what we’ll be seeing much more of next year. 

  1. White kitchens: The sleek, clean appeal of white kitchens is leading the charge, with a significant rise in ‘white kitchen’ searches noted this year, when compared to 2019. Whether it’s the clinical colour, the hygienic finish of a handleless gloss design or the ability to make any space feel brighter, the pure tones of white will be a 2021 hallmark.
  2. Flexible spaces: not everyone is blessed with enough space to keep a spare bedroom and create a separate home office or gym area, so it’s no surprise design experts are creating adaptable spaces. One of the top trends is for hideaway beds that fold up flush to a wall when not in use but can easily be pulled down when you have guests. This idea keeps the floor space free for either a desk or a set of dumbbells but does not lose the room’s true purpose.
  3. Desks, but not as we know them: work from home is here to stay, pandemic or not, but not everyone wants a constant reminder of the daily grind. Work stations set behind doors, in cupboards or even built into a run of kitchen units is set to be big news. Even humble Wickes is retailing new styles of integrated kitchen offices, where you’ll never be far from your kettle.
  4. Colourful bathrooms: time to look away if you ripped out that avocado suite! The bathroom will become the place to have some design fun in 2021, with pink, navy and gold bathrooms all much searched for on Houzz. Pastel sanitaryware, coloured grouting and patterned tiles will be style winners as we move into a new year.
  5. Outdoor entertaining: flip flopping between different tier restrictions and lockdown rules has taught us that the ability to entertain outside is very important, whatever the weather or occasion. According to Houzz, we’ve been looking up ‘summerhouses’, ‘firepits’, ‘hot tubs’, ‘pizza ovens’ and ‘outdoor kitchens, as well as showing intent to grow our own with a rise in ‘vegetable garden’ searches. 
  6. No-touch tech: experts believe we’ll shift even more towards voice or app controlled appliances moving forwards, with a myriad of possibilities thanks to Google Homes and Alexa. Already making the crossover from public to private spaces are sensor-controlled taps and lighting – everyday examples that can be operated by motion alone.

If you’re looking for a new home that’s ready-made with some of the above, or you’d like to know if any of these features will add value before you sell, contact us for advice.