One year of coronavirus sees surge in home renovations

In normal times, new trends in home design and home decorating bubble up simply because it’s time for something different. A few years of bold color and homeowners start painting things gray. After enough minimalism, a hunger for plaids and florals comes roaring back.

But this time last year, a cultural experiment began that changed our relationships with houses and condos and apartments around the world.

Suddenly, constantly, we were inside them.

So much of public life – work, school, exercise, shopping, dining and (virtually) socializing – began happening entirely within the walls of home, at least for those able to do so.

Architects and interior designers say that after 12 months of varying degrees of lockdown, people are discovering what does and doesn’t work in their homes, and becoming more confident about acting on it. They’re realizing how familiar spaces can serve them better.

“Out of frustration comes

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Flipping Houses in 2021? Keep These 5 Home Renovations Trends on Your Radar

If home flips are on your radar for the new year, then take note: Home design trends are changing.

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,

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