Home Reno Plans Shift During Pandemic

The global pandemic has led many people to reevaluate their priorities and after spending so much time at home, and when travel may seem risky, designers are seeing more homeowners speeding up plans for a home reno or building their dream homes.  After decades of open floor plans, more families can see the need for defined living space and privacy. 

Whether couples are working from home, or adult children have returned from college or city life, according to a recent Forbes report, interior designers are seeing a big shift in how home renovations and living spaces are being thought out.  Many people are converting a spare bedroom into a home office or adding on above the garage to create extra space for home entertainment or a home gym. 

Flexible use spaces are also in high demand for families following the events of the past 20 months.  Kitchens that can not only be used for cooking but also for dining, working, or socializing were also sought after by homeowners requesting new design services.  Flat front cabinetry with glass panels and neutral tones keeps the area light and clean looking.  Space-saving smart appliances, especially those with multiple functions, are also expected to be of continued interest. 

Even the color palette for the new year is expected to shift to soft, calming shades.  Spending so much time at home has also led people to choose softer shapes and materials that will give a sense of comfort.  With more performance fabrics available, cozy sofas and chairs can also stand up to the wear and tear of pets, kids, and the occasional coffee spill. 

Although it may be just the beginning of winter, it’s not too early to start plans for outdoor spaces to enjoy in the warmer weather.  Last year saw a significant jump in requests for updated patios, pools, and new outdoor furniture.  And this trend is anticipated to carry on through 2022. 

Need some inspiration for home updates?  Check out Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2022 Palette – with names like Quiet Moments and Morning Dew,  you are sure to find some serenity for your latest home update.   Also, take a listen to the Real Life Renos Podcast for more ideas about creating living spaces that support aging in place.