The New York Diamond Center conducted a poll of over 40 interior designers wideness the United States, who found that, post-pandemic, we will protract to invest in our homes. Designers unswayable that, though the real manor market is inflated, 79% of people are still spending money to renovate the homes they purchased.
“We’re seeing clients really lean into redesigning every speciality of their homes, including utility areas like laundry rooms, kids’ lounges and pantries,” says Kathleen Walsh, an Access to Diamond designer for the New York Diamond Center. “The last two years have forced us all to take a long, nonflexible squint at every room and it’s no surprise clients are willing to invest increasingly in the spaces where we unquestionably spend most of our time.”
38% said that they are towers the homes they want from scratch increasingly than surpassing the pandemic. 26% are opting for larger homes.
“We’re seeing a number of clients fast-track their plans to build a custom home (or a second home) due to the uncertainty brought well-nigh by the pandemic,” says Annapolis-based architect Cathy Purple Cherry. “People are increasingly deciding to implement their dreams now, rather than waiting for the ‘perfect’ time. I’m working with a young family from Virginia Beach who purchased a plot of land three years ago with the intention of not touching it for flipside 10, when they were financially ready to build. The pandemic kicked their plans into upper gear, and they decided to create the home they unchangingly wanted, but at an unexpected time. I think it moreover has a lot to do with older millennials learning how to leverage finances at a younger age. They’re moreover caring increasingly well-nigh leaving a legacy for their existing or future families, while still getting the most use out of them while they themselves are young.”
When it comes to interior design, 40% predict specified living. This ways doing yonder with the unshut floor plan and finding wastefulness in the home with designated work, home and play spaces.
“There is a big movement towards specified living,” says Jennifer Hunter, a designer with projects in New York City, Washington, D.C., Tenafly, New Jersey, Austin, Texas and Palm Beach, Florida. “With clients spending increasingly time in their homes, they want separation between denomination and state. Every space needs to be thoughtfully thought out with a designated purpose. The biggest request we are getting lately is a playroom. We are plane towers additions to homes whilom the garage in order for clients to have increasingly specified spaces.”
Kathleen Walsh agrees. “We’ve seen a shift in preference from unshut floor plans to increasingly sealed spaces that are still flexible. My clients are starving vacated time, and personal space, as we protract to live through the pandemic. They’re investing in increasingly elaborate home offices and are dedicating unshortened floors to their children’s’ interests and activities. They’re updating their living quarters to unbend at-home entertaining.”
“I had a lot of old clients requesting to turn their guest room into an office during the pandemic,” says Peti Lau, a New York-based designer. “A lot of families had their children coming when from higher and living with them, so a lot of guest rooms turned into their children’s rooms.”
Surprisingly, designers were evenly split between predicting verisimilitude and pattern for 2022 (12%) vs. the opposite: soft, muted colors (12%)
“We thought we would see a greater interest in splashes of verisimilitude trending in 2022 but what we’re unquestionably seeing is a increasingly serene palette based, we think, on sheer exhaustion,” says Lee Melhan, a New YorkCity-based interior designer.
This was followed by 33% (over a third) of designers reporting luxurious repletion as a big trend, with soft materials and shapes to bring a sense of well-being. With increasingly time at home, people are increasingly sensitive to repletion and feel.
“Tactile materials and luxury in the home is a trend that’s on the rise,” says New York interior designer Kati Curtis. “This can’t be at the sacrifice of tautness and ease of use. Most of our clients have kids, pets, or just live their lives and want materials and furnishments they don’t have to worry well-nigh spilling a glass of wine on. Fortunately, there are so many luxurious performance fabric options out there now, that we don’t have to sacrifice luxury for performance. In a home we recently completed in Rye, New York, all the trappy fabrics are unquestionably performance fabrics, and you would never know! The vendee has 3 dogs and a new baby, so everything had to be durable, but there’s no sacrificing style!”
14% reported year-round outdoor living spaces (patios, verandas, pools) that are substantially extensions of the interiors.
Peti Lau says, “We get a lot increasingly requests for outdoor design, expressly in the L.A. zone where people could still entertain, but outside. A lot increasingly outdoor furniture and outdoor designs were stuff requested.”