At the start of the pandemic, we saw a lot of home renovations and improvements for a plethora of reasons, the main ones being the initial stay-at-home orders and the switch to a work-from-home environment. These major lifestyle changes forced us all to realize how important a space truly is. Working in a bland room could leave you feeling uninspired and unmotivated, especially when compared to working in an environment that makes you feel truly happy!
This wave of DIY home projects brought forth a wide range of trends, many that are still going strong today. We’ve taken the time to put together a list of our favorite trends that we expect to see a lot more in the new year.
Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Being stuck indoors for the better of the past 2 years definitely took its toll on us all mentally, but the use of biophilic design principles has helped us push through and create a home where we still feel in touch with nature.
We anticipate seeing these principles brought to life through an abundance of plants, calming colors, warm and cozy lighting, and an emphasis on rooms with a lot of natural daylight.
Intentional Multipurpose Spaces
With the unprecedented shift to a work from home or hybrid business model, we’ve seen a lot of spacious walk-in closets or dining room tables get turned into make-shift offices. With this new lifestyle becoming more permanent for a lot of corporate / office positions, we are expecting to see a more intentional attempt at creating these multipurpose spaces.
Whether this means adding a cozy work nook to your large kitchen or maybe investing in dual-purpose furniture for a living room + home office get-up, there will be no shortage of inspiration.
The all white, minimalist kitchens are moving over for the new star: dark and colorful kitchens. We’ve noticed that people are beginning to experiment more when it comes to the colors and materials used in their kitchens. Leathered stones – think granites, marbles, and quartizites – have a more matte and bumpy texture that helps to hide messes. These materials also pair well with a moodier color palette, this could mean a dark green, a jewel toned blue, dark woods, or shades of gray. We also expect to see patterns incorporated through wallpapers and backsplashes – the kitchen is where homeowners can truly show off their style!
Minimalism has been at the forefront of home decor for years now, and it’s about time we switch things up. Maximalism is all about being “extra” or using items that make you happy to decorate your home, even though they may not match or pair well together. We see this happening in gallery walls, pairing patterns with patterns, using weaved baskets as wall decor, or using a wide range of colors. To a maximalist, more is more. This eclectic style allows you to not overthink decorating and furnishing your home and instead allows you to collect items that bring a smile to your face and reminds you of the places you’ve been.
Whatever your style or aesthetic may be, Metro Realty Corp is the boutique realtor for you. If you are still searching for that perfect home or apartment, let’s get in touch HERE