Cynthia Henry: Zillow’s 2021 design predictions grow out of pandemic trends seen nationally

PHILADELPHIA — Spending so much time at home in 2020 has forced us to rethink how we use our space and to invest in things we never knew we needed: a roof deck, a home gym, an outdoor heater, no-touch appliances. Even with the promise of the COVID-19 vaccines, 2021 challenges us to decide which lifestyle and design changes to keep and which to abandon.

Here are Zillow’s predictions on amenities likely to add comfort — and possibly extra value — to your home in the coming year.

Employer decisions on the future of remote work could trigger home design and location choices. A desire for a home with a dedicated office tops the list of reasons Americans working from home (even occasionally) would consider a move, a Zillow survey found.

Workers around Philadelphia this year adapted and readapted — from a laptop on the sofa to a full work

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Zillow’s 2021 design predictions grow out of pandemic trends seen in Philly and nationally

Spending so much time at home in 2020 has forced us to rethink how we use our space and to invest in things we never knew we needed: a roof deck, a home gym, an outdoor heater, no-touch appliances. Even with the promise of the COVID-19 vaccines, 2021 will challenge us to decide which lifestyle and design changes to keep and which to abandon.

Here are Zillow’s predictions on amenities likely to add comfort — and possibly extra value — to your home in the coming year. Many reflect trends seen this year around Philadelphia.

Employer decisions on the future of remote work could trigger home design and location choices in 2021. A desire for a home with a dedicated office tops the list of reasons Americans working from home (even occasionally) would consider a move, a Zillow survey found.

Workers around Philadelphia this year adapted

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7 Interior Design Trends Everyone Will Be Trying in 2021, According to Experts

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Affordable (But Cool) Home Decor Gifts You Can Buy On Amazon

While you’re probably hip to how great Amazon is for purchasing inexpensive electronics and other everyday essentials, we’re not so sure you knew how awesome the website’s giftable home selection could be. Believe it or not, the site we all know and love for its cheap, well, just about everything also features a surprising assortment of affordable and design-forward home finds, too. That’s right, the next time you’re stocking up on socks or your favorite discontinued lipstick, you can just as easily throw a fab apartment gift into the mix to meet that free shipping minimum.However, as with any large conglomerate, separating the good stuff from the basic can be tricky. Lucky for us, Refinery29 curated a beautiful Amazon-Home shop that we can consult for additional interior gift guidance. In an effort to scope out all the

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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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