Choosing the right layout for a home can be tricky. Finding the ideal balance between the client’s style preferences and the latest trends is key. With that in mind, here are some of the most noteworthy emerging architectural design trends in 2021.
1. Open Spaces
With the pandemic ongoing, many people spent lots of time inside. This caused a stronger desire for more open spaces within their home and office. Larger areas also allow multiple family members to occupy a room. Plus, it’s easier for parents to watch their children while working or cooking dinner.
Also, with more people working from home, these spaces can serve multiple functions. For those returning to the office, open spaces can increase employees’ productivity. It can also improve communication among co-workers.
Another reason contemporary, open design styles are popular is that they allow for more natural light. Larger picture windows can illuminate the space. Sunlight makes the room feel airier and more calming.
2. Incorporating a Sense of Nature
Designers are using natural and natural-looking elements, such as concrete or stone, more often. These materials provide a sense of relaxation and peace. Also, bringing in outdoor elements can create a connection with nature. Adding brick, wood, or plants is one way to incorporate nature into the space.
Another architectural change is the drive towards more environmentally friendly buildings. So, designing with natural elements is critical. Bamboo and cork are eco-friendly materials used for flooring, and reclaimed wood has been a popular visual element in recent years.
When it comes to the building’s exterior, energy-efficient design is everything. Homeowners and building owners alike are looking for tightly sealed building envelopes that reduce energy loss — and therefore cut down on bills. Roofing made from more energy-efficient materials like metal or slate makes for design choices that pay off for clients.
Other roof types positively impact energy efficiency as well. Before installation, find a professional with relevant experience. Some materials are easier to install than others, like rubber roofing, which is a snap to put in place and also helps with energy efficiency.
3. Proliferation of Technology
Automated systems provide greater convenience. Smart thermostats can automatically adjust a building’s temperature. These devices also are more energy-efficient, which helps the environment. Energy Star-rated appliances are becoming popular in kitchens and office break rooms.
Along with convenience, technology is making properties safer. This includes the introduction of video doorbells and intelligent security systems. With managers spending more time at home, this technology allows them to keep an eye on the building from afar. Here are some of the other popular smart devices designers are including:
- Whole-building vacuums
- Humidity and temperature control
4. Upgrading the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the more frequently used areas in the home. It’s the place to cook and have meals with the family. With the pandemic, homeowners may have used their kitchens more often. So, designers are focusing on this room with renewed interest as one of the widely accepted architectural design trends in 2021.
Central islands and open floor concepts can increase the functionality of the space. Open floor plans connect the kitchen with the living room and dining room. Here are some of the other current kitchen decorating trends:
- Upper cabinets
- Darker countertops
- Glass doors
- Woven light fixtures
5. Creating a Relaxing Bathroom Space
The bathroom is another area designers are paying greater attention to. The goal is to create a relaxing space to enter during a stressful workday. To create a calming atmosphere, lighter colors and tile flooring are key features. Another important element is plenty of storage space to hold self-care products. Here are some other ways to enhance a bathroom’s layout:
- Incorporate statement lighting
- Decorate with graphic wallpaper
- Bring in some plants
- Use marble materials
- Add a cozy rug
6. Embracing Multiple Colors and Patterns
Brighter colors can make a space feel full of life. As more people gather indoors, fun patterns and colors can make a property feel more welcoming. Also, with a large variety of materials available, it can be hard to choose just one style.
Combining different textures allows people to incorporate all of their design preferences. It also makes it easier to mix modern elements with eco-friendly ones. Here are some hues that are growing in popularity in 2021:
- Deep jewel shades
- Mixing pink and green
- Electric blue
- Warm earth tones
7. Taking a Minimalist Approach
With 2020 being a chaotic year for many people, a minimalist design creates a more calming feeling. This style focuses on a simple layout without any unnecessary objects. The trend includes key features, such as clean lines and a color scheme with only two shades. Also, multifunctional furniture, such as an ottoman, can help create a cleaner-looking space.
Incorporating a minimalist design can even save money and help the environment. Using fewer materials lowers the budget. Also, using recycled supplies can produce less waste.
In case you need any assistance or need more information about the current architectural design trends, feel free to contact us!
Evelyn Long is a writer and the editor in chief of Renovated. Her work has been published by the National Association of REALTORS®, Training Journal, and other online publications.