Pandemic Related Home Design Trends

Pandemic-related Home Design Trends 

Home design trends tend to come and go, but staying at home and social distancing have created a new way of life that does not seem like it will be going away. People are reevaluating what is necessary. Our homes have become more than a living space. People are evaluating how they live in their home, what matters most, and making adjustments to their home purchases and design requirements. 

The Great Escape | More than a few people have packed up their lives and moved out of crowded cities to the suburbs and beyond. According to a Pew Research Center survey, one in five of us has changed our primary residence or knows someone who has due to the pandemic. In addition, REALTOR.com® reports that inventories of homes for sale in the suburbs are dwindling faster than those in urban areas. People are favoring homes with more space, a backyard, or some type of view. Plus, with more companies allowing telework, many people are no longer tied to a specific city for their employment. Experts agree this trend will continue for years to come.

Add A Zoom Room | Employees, students, and families are using videoconferencing more than ever before. What is a Zoom Room, you ask? Basically it is a dedicated room of the home that features an aesthetically pleasing background for video calls. These rooms are free of your household clutter, and away from high-traffic and noisier parts of the home. Experts predict this trend is likely to persist beyond COVID-19. 

The Bigger The Better | Buyers are looking for extra space to create their ideal workspaces for working and for the students in the household. Three bedrooms are no longer the standard, now it must be three bedrooms and an additional workspace at the very least.

Clean & Cozy | With the pandemic, we are spending a lot more time in our homes. Interior design trends are changing to accommodate our desire to make our spaces have a more cozy, comfortable, clean, and simple feeling. Think open floor plans with lighter wall colors, and no clutter. New elements gaining popularity include comfortable sofas, candles, throw blankets, and houseplants.

Backyard & Outdoor Premiums | It is no surprise that homebound homeowners are focusing more on backyard spaces. Some buyers are willing to settle on a smaller home in order to have a larger backyard where they can spend more time outside in the fresh air. Another trend is increasing the cozy factor outdoors with space heaters for patios and porches.  

Who’s Listening? | Homebuilders are! They are redesigning their libraries of home design plans to accommodate these trends. As you read this, new construction starts are increasing, so early 2021 will see inventory increases. 

If you are considering buying a new home to suit your new sensibilities, we are here to assist you. Please feel free to contact us to be matched to a seasoned real estate professional.

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