According to predictions from Houzz and the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 2021 should usher in new trends in color, home technology, and even tile — and if you want your flips to align with buyer preferences, you’ll want to study up.
Here’s a look at some of the larger trends the two industry players forecast for the new year:
1. Open floor plans will be out
They used to be all the rage, but open floor plans are no longer in high demand. With so many Americans now working from home, people are looking for properties with more privacy, like areas for family members to work, hop on a video call, or take virtual classes in peace.
According to Houzz, providing this space can be done in several ways, including creating dedicated home offices, carving out small work nooks in existing rooms, or even adding sliding doors and partitions to close off spaces that are open. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and backyard cottages are also a good option for those looking for additional work space.
2. Added automation
NKBA’s pros say more automated features will be in demand in 2021, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. At the top of the list are things like motion-sensor lighting, voice-activated or hands-free faucets (no germs!), self-closing blinds, and automated temperature control.
3. Lighter paints and materials
Both reports note a trend toward lighter hues next year. Houzz calls out beige, sand, and taupe as top colors to expect, while previously popular greys will start to fade out. NKBA even predicts the light-hue trend to trickle down to materials, including kitchen countertops. The organization expects light-colored quartz to be a top trend in the new year.
4. Oversized tile
This one’s interesting. According to Houzz’s design pros, 2021 will be the year of oversized tile — particularly rectangular-shaped options. “Fewer grout lines means less cleaning and less visual clutter,” the report reads. “Plus, the large-format tile can help visually expand a small space.” Apparently, herringbone, stacked, and brick patterns are on trend with this tile.
5. More kitchen work areas
The “multi-zone kitchen” will be the No. 1 trend of the year, according to Houzz. Consumers are increasingly wanting more than just the traditional fridge-sink-range triangle. They’re requesting dedicated areas for prep work, chopping, baking, etc. Some even want “stations,” which can be used for drinks, work, snacking, and more.
The bottom line
If you want to ensure your home flips are marketable and command top dollar, then staying on top of current design trends is key. Want even more help selling that flip for a profit? Focus on these high-ROI projects and try these marketing tips on for size.