What’s going to be the new trends of the next decade?

We knew the impact of coronavirus would
be a factor. But some of the trends I see
influenced design before Covid-19—the
virus merely pushed them to a tipping
point. The enthusiasm for open plans
will wither: We’ve thankfully seen a trend
away from the cookie-cutter open-concept
floor plan in recent years, and I would
suspect the pandemic will only put a nail
in that proverbial coffin. So too, with the
multigenerational home. This antidote to
expensive solo living became more urgent
after the quarantine separated grandparents
from grandkids, and independent children
moved home. Here are the trends design
pros see coming to your door, none of them
woeful.
1. WE’LL CRAVE NATURE.
Our plugged-in culture has left us thirsting
for homes that welcome the sky, the sun,
and a breeze. Lack a quarter acre? We’ll
see windows that open, Juliet balconies,
and tiny terraces.
2. WE’LL REJECT OPEN-PLANS.
The open-concept layout, already losing
luster pre-pandemic, stifles us as we all
work and learn from home. Defined spaces
that distinguish between work and play
create a cadence to our days.
3. SUBURBS WILL GET URBANE.
Millennials who’ve been loving city life now
want a house—a possible return to the
McMansion that our generation historically
shunned.
4. WE’LL YEARN FOR ZEN.
Home gyms will transform into “Wellness
Rooms.” Homebuyers will want a place to
reflect and restore––not just exercise.
5. HANDWASHING TAKES PRIORITY.
Virus consciousness will translate into new
designs that prioritize minimizing germs in
the house. Think mudrooms at high-traffic
entry points. (Fun fact: Did you know the
Spanish flu inspired entryway powder
rooms and easy-to-clean white subway
tile?)
6. AND SOMETHING WE COULD ALL
PREDICT, “WFH WILL DOMINATE:”
We’ve seen this one coming! But now,
home offices are being taken to the next
level. We’ll steer away from the traditional
desk and see more “office space” integrated
through the home.
Does it not blow your mind how history
repeats itself? Older homes were built
compartmentalized, and now we are going
back to that style, but with a modern twist!

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