The New York Design Middle performed a ballot of over 40 inside designers throughout the US, who discovered that, post-pandemic, we are going to proceed to spend money on our properties. Designers decided that, although the true property market is inflated, 79% of individuals are nonetheless spending cash to renovate the properties they bought.
“We’re seeing shoppers actually lean into redesigning each side of their properties, together with utility areas like laundry rooms, children’ lounges and pantries,” says Kathleen Walsh, an Access to Design designer for the New York Design Center. “The final two years have compelled us all to take a protracted, laborious have a look at each room and it’s no shock shoppers are keen to take a position extra within the areas the place we really spend most of our time.”
38% mentioned that they’re constructing the properties they need from scratch greater than earlier than the pandemic. 26% are choosing bigger properties.
“We’re seeing numerous shoppers fast-track their plans to construct a customized house (or a second house) because of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic,” says Annapolis-based architect Cathy Purple Cherry. “Persons are more and more deciding to implement their desires now, fairly than ready for the ‘excellent’ time. I’m working with a younger household from Virginia Seaside who bought a plot of land three years in the past with the intention of not touching it for one more 10, once they had been financially able to construct. The pandemic kicked their plans into excessive gear, they usually determined to create the house they at all times wished, however at an surprising time. I feel it additionally has loads to do with older millennials studying leverage funds at a youthful age. They’re additionally caring extra about leaving a legacy for his or her current or future households, whereas nonetheless getting probably the most use out of them whereas they themselves are younger.”
In terms of inside design, 40% predict outlined dwelling. This implies taking out the open ground plan and discovering stability within the house with designated work, house and play areas.
“There’s a large motion in the direction of outlined dwelling,” says Jennifer Hunter, a designer with tasks in New York Metropolis, Washington, D.C., Tenafly, New Jersey, Austin, Texas and Palm Seaside, Florida. “With shoppers spending extra time of their properties, they need separation between church and state. Each area must be fastidiously thought out with a chosen goal. The largest request we’re getting recently is a playroom. We’re even constructing additions to properties above the storage to ensure that shoppers to have extra outlined areas.”
Kathleen Walsh agrees. “We’ve seen a shift in choice from open ground plans to extra closed areas which might be nonetheless versatile. My shoppers are craving alone time, and private area, as we proceed to stay by the pandemic. They’re investing in additional elaborate house workplaces and are dedicating complete flooring to their kids’s’ pursuits and actions. They’re updating their dwelling quarters to accommodate at-home entertaining.”
“I had lots of previous shoppers requesting to show their visitor room into an workplace through the pandemic,” says Peti Lau, a New York-based designer. “A number of households had their kids getting back from school and dwelling with them, so lots of visitor rooms become their kids’s rooms.”
Surprisingly, designers had been evenly cut up between predicting coloration and sample for 2022 (12%) vs. the alternative: delicate, muted colours (12%)
“We thought we might see a higher curiosity in splashes of coloration trending in 2022 however what we’re really seeing is a extra serene palette primarily based, we predict, on sheer exhaustion,” says Lee Melhan, a New YorkCity-based inside designer.
This was adopted by 33% (over a 3rd) of designers reporting luxurious consolation as an enormous pattern, with delicate supplies and shapes to convey a way of well-being. With extra time at house, individuals are extra delicate to consolation and really feel.
“Tactile supplies and luxurious within the house is a pattern that’s on the rise,” says New York inside designer Kati Curtis. “This could’t be on the sacrifice of sturdiness and ease of use. Most of our shoppers have children, pets, or simply stay their lives and wish supplies and furnishings they don’t have to fret about spilling a glass of wine on. Luckily, there are such a lot of luxurious efficiency material choices on the market now, that we don’t should sacrifice luxurious for efficiency. In a house we lately accomplished in Rye, New York, all the gorgeous materials are literally efficiency materials, and you’d by no means know! The consumer has 3 canines and a brand new child, so every part needed to be sturdy, however there’s no sacrificing fashion!”
14% reported year-round out of doors dwelling areas (patios, verandas, swimming pools) which might be basically extensions of the interiors.
Peti Lau says, “We get much more requests for out of doors design, particularly within the L.A. space the place individuals may nonetheless entertain, however outdoors. Much more out of doors furnishings and out of doors designs had been being requested.”