Home improvement and redecorating have taken center stage for many of us since the coronavirus outbreak began. After all, spending so much time at home is a great opportunity to reinvent your living space. This is especially true if you plan on buying a new house this summer. These warmer months are the most popular times for home buying, and some design trends are already beginning to look a little different now than they did before the pandemic.
Whether you’re settling into a new home this year, or you’re just looking for new design ideas during your time indoors, here’s a look at some of the biggest home trends this summer:
Carriage Style Garage Doors
If you’ve been house hunting, you’ve likely noticed the growing trend of carriage style garage doors. These garage doors often consist of black, decorative handles and hinges on white garage doors made to look like a carriage house. This look suits a variety of homes and garages. You can find kits to put together a carriage style garage door at your local hardware store or even online.
Plenty of Greenery
Faux plants may be easier to maintain, but today’s home designers are finding that live greenery is worth the extra effort. Live, indoor plants are vibrant and capable of completely elevating the look and feel of a room. Outdoor gardens, too, offer an added pop of color and have become more popular since the pandemic started. Many people have even started growing their own food since their time in quarantine.
They say that everything old becomes new again and that’s certainly true for wallpaper in 2020. Once a relic of the 70s and 80s, wallpaper is fashionable and stylish yet again. Of course, today’s styles are much more artistic, dramatic, and bold than the wallpaper of previous decades. What are the favorites of today’s homeowners? Geometric patterns, splashy tropical themes, animal prints, boho textures, and vintage florals.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, working from home was already growing in popularity. This made a home office or workspace a strong 2020 trend. Now, with so many people still working remotely, a home office has become essential for many homeowners. With the details of schooling in the fall still uncertain, having a quiet place for your child to study or potentially attend virtual classes is also a newly valuable addition to the home.
Don’t have the space for a full home office? Simply setting up a corner with a desk, comfortable chair, and writing supplies can make a huge difference in your ability to concentrate during your workday. Don’t forget to set your workspace against a neutral backdrop to keep your Zoom calls looking professional.
This year, homeowners have been choosing decorations that bring to mind the architecture and style of ancient Greece and Rome. Art pieces, vases, and even busts with mythology connections can be spotted all across Instagram and in home decor stores.
Nature-inspired pieces and natural materials, too, have gained in popularity. Think woven baskets and rattan mirrors alongside Greek geometric art prints.
Earthy Color Tones
Tying into the trend of classic home decor, earthy tones have been a top color choice in 2020. In particular, homeowners have been enjoying rich, warm earth tones like cinnamon, sage, blue-gray, and even light, floral pinks.
More Pantry Space
A desire for more pantry space has been one of the most obvious design trends to come out of the pandemic. Greater shelving opportunities, deeper pantry space, and even extra refrigeration options are certain trends this summer.
Globe lights were popular last year, but they’ve remained a trend in 2020. In fact, you may have even spotted these hanging lights in some of the homes of celebrities and public figures who appeared on television during quarantine. This is another nod to the classic design trend that is popular this year. These are beautiful statement pieces for the kitchen, living room, and even your home office.
Another trend that just doesn’t seem to end? String lights. You can hang a string of lights in your home or outside near your garden for a warm, comforting ambiance that has serious design staying power.
Well-Kept Outdoor Spaces
When parks and other outdoor spaces were shut down, backyards became an immediate oasis for homeowners. This is especially true for families with kids. Already, inflatable swimming pools have sold out multiple times this summer. Since quarantine, a high-quality backyard space with plenty of activities for the kids stuck at home has become a definite must-have.
Hardwood Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters have always been a timeless trend, but this year’s focus on natural design and ambiance has made plantation shutters even more popular in 2020. High-quality, hardwood plantation shutters add character and sophistication to the home. These shutters allow you to control the sunlight that filters in and out of your house. Since you use a tilt rod to let in just the right amount of light, plantation shutters are an especially good choice for the home office trend. They are also a solid choice for bedrooms, without the worry of blackout curtains or other tools for maintaining proper sunlight. Best of all? Plantation shutters are one of the few upgrades a homeowner can make that actually increases the resale value of the home.
Schedule an Appointment with Shenandoah Shutters
Shenandoah Shutters has been handcrafting entirely wooden plantation shutters for decades. We can help you elevate the look and feel of your home with our traditional and contemporary design choices. Choose from our stains and colors for an interior plantation shutter that is exquisite to see and touch. We handfinish each plantation shutter with a silken lacquer that will remind you more of your wooden furniture than a window treatment.
If you’re in Maryland, Virginia, or D.C, contact Shenandoah Shutters about investing in plantation shutters today. We’re providing safe, careful installations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call us to learn more about our shutters. You can also explore our online photo gallery for a closer look at our work.