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Front Page - Friday, March 12, 2021

Top design trends for 2021 connect indoors, outdoors

More than 160 single-family, multifamily, interior design, remodeling and community projects were honored at last week’s 2020 Best in American Living Awards virtual ceremony.

BALA winners showcase top design trends homebuyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years, including:

Updates to overall styles

Modern is dominating and now often paired with traditional elements to add authenticity to design. Contemporary and transitional designs still “wow” buyers; both styles are more refined than in years past. Traditional design is less fussy and rigid.

Mindful architecture, design

Homes and communities are adding new layers and depth to design, which is purposeful and carefully curated. Authenticity is a primary goal in all aspects of design and achieved through embracing existing landscapes, editing carefully and paying attention to materiality, proportions and details.

Emphasis on streetscapes

Planners, architects and designers showcase a strong understanding on how to design public spaces. Homes feature front yard gathering spaces to welcome neighbors safely; urban streetscapes prioritize the pedestrian experience over cars.

Indoor-outdoor connections

Architects and designers are looking for every opportunity to add visual and physical connections to nature. Windows continue to be bigger and more in number; when total windows are limited due to budget, windows are thoughtfully placed to ensure each captures a view, adds natural light and improves the space.

Multifunctional outdoor living

Homes feature multiple outdoor spaces, often creatively layered to respond to changes in weather, gathering size and activity. Multifamily projects are right-sizing balconies for residents to offer personal paradises that are livable and furnishable.

Sanctuary spaces

Indoors, buyers crave spaces to decompress and build human connections. “Unplug zones” (no or hidden screens) are becoming popular after much time at home. Owner suites feature spa-like details and finishes. Outdoor living offers cozy and oasis-like spaces, such as sunken fire pits, old-growth trees and warm materiality.

Home offices, flex spaces

New and remodeled homes offer at least one home office, often with an option or flex space for two. With more children doing online schooling, separate work spaces are added adjacent to the kitchen that can be used for virtual school, homework, crafting, home command centers, etc. Architects take advantage of forgotten corners and circulation spaces by creating tucked-away flex areas, such as small desk nooks off a hallway.

Second pantries and kitchens

If square footage allows, homes include two kitchens: the primary kitchen for entertaining, and a second separate but adjacent kitchen for prep. Back alcoves or spacious pantries offer more work space while solving the problem and mess of fully open kitchens in open plans.

Updates to materiality

Varied colors, materials and textures don today’s facades and interiors. Playful materiality and maximalism in multifamily spaces, especially shared spaces, is on the rise. Neutrals – primarily white and gray – are paired with pops of color. The character of natural wood, and pairing of contrasting woods side by side, is emphasized; warm and natural tones are embraced.

To find a trustworthy, reliable builder or remodeling contractor in our area, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga’s membership directory at www.HBAGC.net.