In 2021, designers are falling out of love with the industrial design aesthetic, favoring instead soft, lush interior landscapes.“The world is harsh and cold enough these days, so people are looking for spaces that nurture and envelope them,” designer Scot Meacham Wood told Elle Decor.
Industrial design isn’t the only feature that homeowners are dismissing. Vessel bathroom sinks-58%, open shelving in kitchens and bathrooms-52% , shabby-chic furniture-41% and floral furniture-39% are also on the way out. “Vessel sinks have outstayed their welcome in any bathroom” . “Not only are they awkward to use, but they can also potentially knock down the price of your home if the buyers want an updated bathroom. “Open shelving can look great when it’s first put up and everything looks neat and tidy on the shelves”. “But, inevitably over time, open shelving can look cluttered and untidy, and many buyers will notice this as they view your home. Open shelving doesn’t fit in with real, domestic life, so opt for covered storage.”
If you have already changed some rooms to an industrial design, AND you are looking to sell in 2021, make sure to stick to neutral palettes-especially when repainting- wherever you can when prepping your home prior to listing. “Bring in personality and the unexpected with vibrant art that provides a contrast to an otherwise more masculine industrial style decor.
The pandemic has shined a bright spotlight on housing in general. Residential real estate has become both more functional (move-in ready is critical to most buyers today..close the sale, get the keys, move in and start living!) and more emotional. Consumers aren’t just searching for a house; they’re seeking “home.”
While the pandemic has confined us to our homes to the point where we’ll do anything for a change of scenery, it has also pointed out how many things a home can be for us:
Home is shelter.
Home is safety.
Home is family.
Home is school, the gym, the movie theater, the best local restaurant.
Consumers appreciate “home” more than ever, and they have a more three-dimensional view of what they want their homes to be. Even with the low inventory levels, buyers do not want to compromise the picture they have of what they want in their next “home”.
...especially ones that eliminate some of the clutter that quietly becomes “a new normal”!
Use microwave minutes to stay organized
Disorganized homes are often the cause of constant procrastination. If you keep saying “I’ll deal with that later”, then you’ll end up with things dotted around the house, waiting (and waiting!) to be put away. Put an end to this by using “microwave minutes”. Microwave minutes refer to small pockets of time of around 5-10 minutes that can easily be squeezed into your day. These time blocks mean you can complete a few tasks that you would be able to fit in while waiting for your microwave to ding, or your kettle to boil. Some examples of tasks you can fit in during these time blocks include:
Identify danger zones
Every home has a hotspot for clutter, where things are most likely to dumped, ready to be sorted “later” (ALERT: “later” rarely comes around). Do you have a mass of mail, keys and bags dumped near your front door? Is there a spot on your kitchen worktop that has a permanent pile of items dumped on it? Take a walk around your home and look for clutter clusters. It can sometimes help to take a video on your phone that you can then watch back, as you’ll probably notice clutter that you’re normally oblivious to!
(excerpted from Wren Kitchens, Rhi- “Mummy of 4”!)