COVID has provided some Boston condo owners with time to reflect on redesigning/redecorating their downtown Boston condo. In this Boston Real Estate Blog post, we outline the trendsetting decor influencers/ideas for 2021
When it comes to the home and design trends experts anticipate prevailing in the year ahead, the overarching theme will be options in abundance.
While homeowners continue to want their outdoor spaces that offer a safe retreat, that appeal has shifted into other parts of the home, coupling comfort with function. In other words, homeowners want amenities for work and leisure, and they plan to enjoy long them long after the pandemic.
Here are 10 trends to watch in 2021.
Leave it to the trendsetters to develop a solution: two kitchens in one. Mick De Giulio of de Giulio Kitchen Design in Chicago calls it a “layered kitchen” with separate work and living zones. Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors in Pensacola, Fla., refers to it as a “prep and show kitchen.” Granted, extra space and renovation funds are needed to complete the concept.
The work area is typically in the back of the kitchen, hidden by a door or wall. This is where the serious food prep and cleanup takes place. The area may be part of a large laundry room or storage room that can be converted into this hidden cooking zone. It may also be used by caterers (when entertaining returns with gusto), Clendenon says.
In contrast, the living or show kitchen at the front remains part of the open floorplan. It’s designed to display culinary delights in an uncluttered way. This is where a roasted turkey comes out of the oven before being carried to the back-work area for carving while a buffet is set out. Some homeowners may designate one kitchen for special needs, such as gluten-free prep, a request from one of Clendenon’s clients. The back-kitchen space could also be used as a beverage center with a coffee station, and include refrigerated drawers or a wine cooler, De Giulio says.
Have you ever been to a Zoom meeting where someone has terrible lighting and they look like they live in a yellow covered world? Let 2020 be the year you perfect your home’s lighting situation especially if you’re into ZOOM meetings.
In this era of COVID and working from home 2020 and beyond, a hint of playfulness and an extra dose of comfort seem to be what the doctor ordered.
Wallpaper is big now. Artsy and adventurous prints have been embraced by millennials bored of neutral paints and minimalist style. And wallpaper technology has come a long way since I was growing up in the 70’s — it’s easier to apply and can be easily removed later without leaving a residue
In kitchen and bathroom cabinets, beaded textures are “subtle but impactful,” designer Townsend Interiors. To complement 2020’s sleek cabinet look, minimalist integrated pulls are also in. Check out three clever ways to get the look on your existing cabinets from Architectural Digest, then head over to our blog post on DIY cabinet facelifts.
A home office is the new essential in 2020 and into 2021 for Beacon Hill condo owners and renters, as work-from-homers with an eye for design are recognizing that space need not be an exclusive one. A flexible home office can make room for multiple users and double as a living area in off-hours. If all else fails, a decorative curtain can hide the mess in an instant.
Getting Boston condo design advice from the internet is a little like Googling your health symptoms and hoping for a successful diagnosis and treatment plan. A little help from an expert can go a long way, my advice to you is to consult with a Boston real estate designer and check their Google reviews.