Home has been redefined thanks to the pandemic. Those four walls may now include a makeshift office, exercise studio, entertainment center, and children’s classrooms. With so much going on, it might be time for a makeover. Take a look at a few leading-edge trends for 2021.
New Year? New Color!
Need a fresh color for the new year? Try one of Pantone’s two 2021 “Colors of the Year” that highlight “how different elements come together to support one another.” The colors, Illuminating, a zingy yellow, and Ultimate Gray, a pale gray, are a story of strength and positivity with deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly, according to Pantone.
Bring Nature Inside
Growing awareness of the environment has increased interest in the use of sustainable materials and natural fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and low-impact linen. As gardening grew in popularity during the pandemic, it also increased the use of house plants, which are known to improve air quality and brighten your mood.
Open is Out
For years, homebuyers preferred open-concept floor plans, with no walls separating the main living and dining spaces from the kitchen. Now, design experts believe that privacy and noise concerns will encourage people to seek out more separation. Rooms are going to continue to pull double duty because people need nooks for Zoom calls, lounging, exercising, and online classes. Consider flexible, hidden, and movable furniture and walls to meet your needs.
With a hyper-focus on cleaning and good hygiene, consider natural and engineered antimicrobial materials and low-maintenance materials and surfaces for your home. The best materials are copper, the first metallic antimicrobial agent recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency, and cork, which is naturally antimicrobial. Kitchen work surfaces with less germ-trapping detailing, such as simplified cabinetry and trim work, can also contribute to a healthy home.
Your home should be a reflection of you and your family so don’t forget the personal touches to make your living space more comforting. It also helps to protect your home with the right insurance policy. For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact an insurance professional at Westwood Insurance Agency today.