Latest Survey Shows Covid-19 Pandemic Driving Residential Design Trends

The American Institute of Architect’s third quarter 2020 Home Design Trends Survey shows a strong jump in the number of home offices, exercise and yoga spaces, flex rooms and indoor quality products being requested by homeowners. Interior designers across the country are seeing the same trends, all of which can be attributed to the pandemic.

Topline Survey Results

The biggest jump on the AIA summary was among home office requests, which more than doubled. Compared to 29% for 2019, 68% of architects shared that clients are asking for these dedicated rooms. That correlates to millions of professional employees

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Home Improvement: How home design trends are evolving for social distancing – Salisbury Post

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COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends:

Houses over apartments: Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action — work, entertainment and shops — and never planned on spending much time at home. But the pandemic has changed that, and more people are going to want a home that offers plenty of room and outdoor space in case they need to self-isolate again.

Self-sufficiency: A hard lesson we’ve learned is that things and services we thought we could count on aren’t necessarily a sure thing, so items that increase self-reliance will become very popular. Expect to see more homes with sources of energy like solar panels, sources of heat

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The Worst Interior Design Trends of 2020

Every year seems to bring new interior design trends that demand attention, but perhaps just as important is identifying which trends you should say goodbye to as quickly as possible. In 2020, these movements were particularly unflattering:

Too Much of a Good Thing

Sleek, white minimalist pieces might be cool here and there, but an all-white interior is just too much.
Sleek, white minimalist pieces might be cool here and there, but an all-white interior is just too much.

Whether you lean towards stark white minimalism or eye-catching geometric patterns in your area rug, the key is to avoid too much of that thing you love showing off. All white kitchens, all gray family rooms, predominantly pink spaces, and blankets of geometric prints and wall decor can be overwhelming or downright boring.

Similarly, draping an area in wrought iron, copper, or brass can make a statement you don’t want to make. Instead, master the art of subtlety for a bigger impact. For example, use the gray flooring you

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Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic has made home an even more essential space for living, working, studying and more. Also on the watch list: flexible rooms, indoor and out.

COZY PALETTE

Hamilton says today’s brown palette is being used in new ways, as a neutral in all kinds of materials, and as an accent color.

“Brown feels very earthy and rich. It’s warm and inviting, and has the same grounding

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