Au revoir, open floor plans
Because the pandemic forced many to make their home function as their office, people discovered open-floor plans aren’t as flexible as they originally seemed.
“One trend our clients are beginning to move away from is open concept,” says Spectrum Design Group owner Jeff Kaper. “It isn’t working any longer. No sound control, difficulty in furniture placement (and) lack of privacy all makes living and working difficult. Plus, you lose a lot of character when there aren’t walls.”
Bye-bye, barn doors
Popularised by the modern farmhouse trend, barn doors are undoubtedly on their way out now.
“They can look great in the right setting, but they can also be tedious and noisy to slide open and shut every time,” says Greenhouse Studio home and garden blogger Tina Huffman.
“I think the main drawback, though, is they don’t provide a secure close like a traditional door, which can be awkward when used in a place where you might want privacy — like on the entrance to my friend and her husband’s master bath!”
Modern farmhouse in general is experiencing a decline after the over-saturation of the market in the past few years. Elements such as shiplap, word art and rustic touches are waning, too.
Maxed out: minimalism
Spruce Up interior designer and co-founder Sarah Bowen says minimalism’s hot streak has grown cold. “Interior designers are now prioritising layers and a range of textures,” she says. “Grey-on-grey will soon feel outdated, cold and clinical. In 2021, it’s all about the eclectic look.”