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We’ve officially welcomed in 2021 and it may be time for a home makeover. 2020 taught us that our homes as they were didn’t quite cut it, especially when we spent more and more time in them over the course of the year. This called for some big changes in the home building and design world. You may be shocked when you learn what we’re saying good-bye to this year and it seems that no trend is safe, even those that have been around for decades. Will the open floorplan get a revamp? Will homes require more private home office spaces? And what about open-faced cabinets? Are we waving farewell to the modern home as we know it? You may find that the idea of modern is getting a bit of a revision this year, so buckle up and get ready…

We’re bidding adieu to these home design trends in 2021.

Open Concept Layouts

Oh no! Not the open floorplan!! Well, before you panic and start putting up walls, listen to the experts. An open floorplan works for a lot of homes, especially those down here in Southwest Florida. Taking in the amazing views of our tropical backdrop from nearly every room in the house simply can’t be beat, but if you’re in need of more privacy in the space, designers have some ideas. Many of us are not quite back to normal yet, meaning that a lot of us continue to work and learn from home, making the open floorplan a bit problematic, especially if you’re in a Zoom meeting, while your spouse is teaching a virtual exercise class. Designers recommend making this space flexible by adding in room dividers or curtains. Another idea is to portray two separate spaces by the color choices of each space. Add a neutral color palette to the living area and a bolder palette to a sitting area or dining room. Sometimes all it takes is a different design style to separate out one space from another.

For those just building a new home, think about how you’ll utilize these spaces in the long run. If you’re someone who worked from home even before the pandemic, you may want your own dedicated space in the home away from everything else. Keeping in mind how you’ll ultimately use the space will help you design the perfect home with your builder.

Black & White Motifs

It seems as though we just started incorporating black and white into every nook and cranny of our homes, but just like that…we’re ready for a change. Vibrant colors are making their way to the forefront of home design, and it doesn’t just stop at the furniture. Bold cabinetry in the kitchen, pops of color throughout and bright paint colors add a happy aura to the space…something that we all need, especially after all we went through last year. If you’re not quite ready to give up on black and white, designers suggest keeping it, but adding in color to different areas of the home by way of accent rugs, statement pieces or even a small wallpaper wall.

Formal Living Rooms

Our homes need to work for our new lifestyles, which means that formal living rooms are being pushed out by more functional spaces. Instead, builders and designers are using this square footage for offices, home gyms, relaxation spaces, reading nooks and more. Gone are the days of a formal sitting area. Homeowners are wanting more for this space and they don’t want to waste it on an area that hardly ever gets used.

Other Home Design Trends Leaving in 2021

A lot has changed in the course of a year, but if 2020 taught us anything, it was that our homes needed to do better for us. Other home design trends we can expect to see less of in 2021 include:

  • Mass-produced furniture – now being replaced with custom pieces

  • Guest rooms – now being replaced with guest suites

  • Open-faced storage – now being replaced by hidden home organization elements

So, whether you’re building a new home or you’re looking for ways to maximize your current space, keep these design trends in mind to make the most out of your home.

You deserve a space that you want to come home to and one that works with your evolving needs, which is why Gulfstream Homes is ready to help you renovate or build your ideal home. Call (239) 254-1664 or visit to get started with us.

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