We're all ready to finally take on 2021, and that means continuing the positive changes we started making to our homes this year. To figure out what the next 360-ish days hold, Hunker teamed up with Redfin, whose Home Trends Tool is a great way to research the latest trends in the U.S. home market.
Trend 1: Designer kitchens fit for a chef
Since many have picked up cooking or baking as a new hobby in 2020, it's no surprise that the kitchen remains the heart of the home. When it comes to kitchen design this year, think functional yet stylish. Spacious, open concept kitchens with top-notch stainless steel appliances will continue as a "must-have" for homeowners, but they're also seeking a beautiful and stylish design.
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Trend 2: Stylish kitchens with contrast
While an all-white kitchen is a classic, expect to see bolder palettes — like blue hues, forest greens, and deep charcoals — on island cabinetry, as a contrasting backsplash, or with kitchen furniture. We'll see kitchens continue to incorporate luxe statement lighting and sleek hardware, such as gold faucets and cabinet handles.
Trend 3: Bonus spaces that can double as a home office
Working from home will continue to be a theme in years to come, and many are looking for opportunities to create dedicated workspaces within their homes. Whether it be an ADU, a sun room, an additional guest room, or transforming a garage into an office space — this home design trend is here to stay.
Trend 4: Earthy textures with luxury elements
In 2021, look to see more homes incorporating a lot of the colors you typically see in minimalism. You'll see colors like white, cream, beige, rust, and sage, but layered in with multiple textures. Think a living room that combines jute, oak, and linen with materials that are undeniably luxe (like brass), or a kitchen with colored marble countertops and rich velvet banquette seating.
Trend 5: Quartz countertops
In the war of countertop materials, quartz has risen up through the ranks over the years. Versatile, practical, contemporary and elegant, quartz is basically the full package — and we expect to see more of it moving into 2021. Quartz countertops pair well with both light and dark colored cabinets, making them easy to integrate into any kitchen color scheme.
Trend 6: Outdoor dining rooms for year-round entertaining
Now, more than ever before, homeowners want to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor in a way that lets them experience the best of both realities. With people less focused on eating out, they'll be looking to take advantage of outdoor entertaining with spaces that can function as open-air dining rooms — whether that be a deck, a gazebo, or a patio overhang.
Trend 7: Embracing grandmillennial style
This style slowly began to take off this year, but "grandmillennial" is being embraced with open arms as we enter 2021. This fun and unique style is all about appreciating traditional style from a modern point of view. You can expect to see tasteful antique decor — like a vintage statement mirror — plenty of brass and wicker, and varieties of texture. Whether it's just a fad or a timeless trend here to stay, it's going to be "in" throughout this next year.
Trend 8: Floor-to-ceiling windows
If you're looking for an open, airy, and refreshing space, then floor-to-ceiling windows are the upgrade your home needs. On trend with indoor/outdoor living, this home design lets light pour into your space without the need to actually step foot outside. Although not the easiest home upgrade to make, it's one we'll continue to see throughout homes this year.
Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.