If you want to know what’s popular right now, just look at what people are searching for online. Houzz recently looked at searches on its site from April to June of 2021 and compared them to searches from last year to see how home design interests are changing.
What a difference a year can make.
Luxurious decor, the color green, swimming pools and dedicated spaces for work, art and exercise are just some of the trends taking off. Here you can glimpse more of what homeowners are interested in now — and get an idea of what homes might look like in the near future.
Emerging trends in the 2021 Houzz Emerging Home Design Trends report:
Dedicated activity spaces
Homes are being used for a greater number of activities as well as for entertainment. As such, Houzz identified growing interest for art studios, an increase of nearly 10 times over the past year, as well as home bars and wine cellars, home theaters, gyms, and offices. (See photo top of page.)
Green is “in.”
Tying outdoors to indoors
More homeowners are seeking to tie their indoor spaces to the outside with more greenery and nature. Site searches for artificial plants and trees as well as indoor pots and planters are up significantly over the past year, according to Houzz.
Also, the color green is offering that nod to nature, with a significant uptick in searches for green kitchen cabinets, bathroom tile, accent chairs, and bedrooms.
One in five homeowners recently surveyed are opening up their kitchen spaces more to the outdoors, such as with slide-away panels.
Living room updates
As more people sheltered in, they gave their living rooms a refresh. Searches for living rooms are up 52% compared to a year ago.
Accent pillows and home accents have seen the biggest increase, along with abstract paintings, display shelves, and slip or chair covers.
The Houzz survey identified that fabrics, materials, and colors are going “glam” with more searches for velvet, gold, and crystal.
Homeowners are seeking flexibility in how they use their space. As such, TV armoires with pocket doors, queen-sized Murphy beds, and nesting side tables, which all can increase the uses for a room, have jumped in popularity.
Swivel accent chairs and daybed sets are also being used to create flexible rooms.
Swimming pools in all shapes and sizes
Interest in swimming pools has surged during the pandemic. Searches for swimming pools and pool houses more than doubled in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a year earlier, according to Houzz. Homeowners are showing an interest in a variety of pool styles, shapes, and designs. For example, searches for pools with water features are up the most, as well as rectangle, lap, infinity, plunge, and geometric pools.