The New York Design Heart performed a ballot of over 40 inside designers throughout america, who discovered that, post-pandemic, we are going to proceed to put money into our properties. Designers decided that, although the true property market is inflated, 79% of persons are nonetheless spending cash to renovate the properties they bought.

“We’re seeing shoppers actually lean into redesigning each facet 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 an extended, exhausting 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 quite a few 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. “Individuals are more and more deciding to implement their goals 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 an additional 10, after 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 needed, however at an surprising time. I feel it additionally has quite a bit to do with older millennials studying methods to leverage funds at a youthful age. They’re additionally caring extra about leaving a legacy for his or her present 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 disposing of the open flooring plan and discovering stability within the house with designated work, house and play areas. 

“There’s a massive motion in direction of outlined dwelling,” says Jennifer Hunter, a designer with initiatives 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 house must be fastidiously thought out with a delegated function. The largest request we’re getting these days 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 desire from open flooring plans to extra closed areas which might be nonetheless versatile. My shoppers are craving alone time, and private house, as we proceed to reside by way of the pandemic. They’re investing in additional elaborate house places of work and are dedicating whole flooring to their youngsters’s’ pursuits and actions. They’re updating their dwelling quarters to accommodate at-home entertaining.”

“I had plenty of outdated shoppers requesting to show their visitor room into an workplace throughout the pandemic,” says Peti Lau, a New York-based designer. “A number of households had their youngsters getting back from faculty and dwelling with them, so plenty of visitor rooms become their youngsters’s rooms.” 

Surprisingly, designers had been evenly cut up between predicting colour and sample for 2022 (12%) vs. the alternative: mushy, muted colours (12%)

“We thought we’d see a higher curiosity in splashes of colour trending in 2022 however what we’re really seeing is a extra serene palette based mostly, we expect, 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 a giant development, with mushy supplies and shapes to carry a way of well-being. With extra time at house, persons are extra delicate to consolation and really feel.

“Tactile supplies and luxurious within the house is a development 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 reside their lives and need supplies and furnishings they don’t have to fret about spilling a glass of wine on. Happily, there are such a lot of luxurious efficiency material choices on the market now, that we don’t must 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 shopper has 3 canines and a brand new child, so every thing needed to be sturdy, however there’s no sacrificing type!” 

14% reported year-round out of doors dwelling areas (patios, verandas, swimming pools) which might be primarily 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.”