Home remodeling and design trends are often a depiction of what’s happening in the broader world. In the 1980s, it was all about excess and maximalism. In the early 2000s, craftsmanship and open floor plans became the norm.
In 2021, many of the burgeoning home remodeling and design trends are inspired by the events of 2020 and the global pandemic. Here are seven home remodeling and design trends to consider this year.
HVAC and Air Quality Upgrades
Now more than ever, homeowners are prioritizing the need for proper air quality. This has led to a bigger investment in HVAC upgrades and other services that improve air quality, such as mold removal and water damage repairs.
According to the experts at Clarke Contractors Inc., mold tends to pop up in unassuming areas with high humidity levels, like the bathroom, basement and attic. Investing in an inspection and remediation service is the first part of the equation. Treating the cause of the issue – improving airflow and controlling humidity, for example – is the other.
With a respiratory virus top of mind for many, it’s no surprise that homeowners are moving this home upgrade to the top of the to-do list.
Revisiting Multi-Generational Homes
Another burgeoning trend of 2021 is remodeling with the intent of returning to a multi-generational home. Homeowners are making the most of their space by finishing basements, repurposing garages, and investing in additions. This preemptive remodeling trend is in anticipation of future lockdowns and quarantine periods, which left many families separated for more than a year.
The key to this remodeling trend is the idea of living together, but separately. Contractors and designers are creating separate living spaces within the same home to help make cohabitation more feasible for all.
Investing in a Home Office
With many homeowners experiencing a work-from-home business model for the first time, the need for a home office is making a comeback. While many businesses are following a return to work plan, others are capitalizing on cutting overhead costs by maintaining a remote work setup from now on.
Homeowners are investing in small interior design upgrades to make the most of their workspace, whether it’s rethinking an unused corner or upgrading an old linen closet to create a workspace.
High-Value Kitchen Upgrades
The pandemic baking trend sparked a new passion for getting into the kitchen and developing home cooking skills. As such, many homeowners are investing in high-value kitchen upgrades that improve both their culinary experiences and resale value.
Kitchen upgrades include everything from appliance replacement to complete kitchen overhauls. From new cabinets to creating an open-concept floor plan, the options are endless.
Creating a Home Spa
Investing in comfort and luxury is no longer considered frivolous or trivial. Creating a spa-like experience at home is the escapism many homeowners need in 2021.
This project primarily targets bathroom remodels, enlisting the assistance of designers and plumbers alike. Bathrooms are becoming more open and airy, with rainshower faucets, soaker tubs, and built-in steam rooms. This trend goes hand-in-hand with the bathroom jungle trend, using high-humidity plants to create an exotic, luxurious space.
Cultivating plants indoors has become a popular trend in recent years. Now, homeowners are experimenting with indoor gardens and living wall installations to fuel their passion. This trend allows for the decor benefits of living plants (i.e., better air quality and mood-boosting effects) while making room for indoor herb gardens and jungle-inspired decor.
From living walls to indoor garden plots, there are various DIY and professional design options to suit the homeowner’s needs.
Green and Eco-Conscious Upgrades
Finally, many homeowners are making eco-conscious upgrades to make their homes more sustainable while diminishing their carbon footprint. This remodeling trend — ranging from simple faucet swaps to solar power installations — cuts down on utility bills while enhancing the home’s resale value.
With these seven remodeling and design trends, you can upgrade your home to be more modern, comfortable, and aligned with changing demands.