Every year brings something new when it comes to residential properties, but 2020 will forever leave a mark on residential design. Since many people are forced to stay at home and choose their steps wisely, the design of homes and apartments needs to follow that trend and adapt to changes in lifestyles. So what can buyers and renters expect from the market this year? Here are a few design trends that will satisfy customers and boost real estate demand.
Outdoor living spaces
The global pandemic stopped many people from enjoying the outdoors properly. However, thanks to smart design and outdoor living spaces, we can still enjoy the fresh air and cooling breeze while staying at home. Additionally, formal lifestyles are practically gone (most of us don’t practice formal dining or similar rituals anymore). This means more homeowners are replacing these formal spaces with dens, playrooms, great rooms or outdoor living spaces. What started with decks and patios, has turned into high-tech outdoor kitchens, cozy outdoor living rooms and fun kids’ spaces for outdoor play. Outdoor spaces in modern design act as extensions of the house and are equipped with all comforts and amenities.
It’s a fact that families are getting smaller, so homeowners have space and opportunity to travel and be as mobile as they wish. This phenomenon created a high demand for low-maintenance spaces which can be left alone while traveling, exploring work options or, in today’s case, returning home for a while until life goes back to normal. Downsizing in space and maintenance doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or functionality, though. These low-maintenance homes still have everything an individual or a family might need.
As stated above, properties don’t need to be big to be functional, luxurious and comfortable. Young people who have a busy schedule or live a nomadic lifestyle often choose serviced studios for rent which offer privacy and comfort without any waste of time on maintenance. Investors recognized this type of living as very profitable while renters adore the freedom it provides—it’s a win-win situation for everyone. We can expect to see more and more of these compact studios with smart design solutions in 2020 and beyond.
Today’s global situation forced people to turn away from health clubs and spas and implement fitness and relaxation into their own living spaces. We can already see an increasing number of home gyms, steam rooms, hot tubs and spa-like bathrooms being incorporated into residential design, so people can really have everything they might need right in their homes. Also, fitness and beauty are not all there is to this trend. Health-conscious design goes much deeper with sustainable design, green materials, noise insulation and relaxing monochrome décor to achieve total wellbeing of residents, both mentally and physically.
Many businesses took their work and made it remote, scaling back their workforce and closing offices. This created a huge demand for jobs people can do from home, as well as homes which allow people to perform their work obligations without disturbances. The number of home offices (or work-friendly rooms) has grown in the last few months and this trend will certainly continue to grow in the future since our work habits will never be completely the same again.
Kitchens as centers of homes
Sure, residential spaces are removing many features and scaling back noticeably, but almost all architects and interior designers are still paying a lot of attention to kitchens. These rooms turned into real centers of most homes and we can only expect for their status to become even more important. Kitchen space connected to family space is a new standard in family homes. That’s why kitchens are taking over the role of household centers where every operation can be performed.
Smart storage solutions
Even though we are collectively simplifying our lives, we still need ample space to store our necessities. Young people especially are looking for ways to declutter and adopt a more minimalist lifestyle which requires clean and tidy spaces. One way to achieve that is to invest in smart storage solutions which allow people to hide their clutter and enjoy a minimalist and fuss-free living space.
The housing market is slowly recovering, and these trends might be exactly what is needed to give it one final push. No matter if you’re a buyer, renter or investor, keep them in mind when looking for a perfect home for you.