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Top Home Improvement Trends in Chicago

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

Today, we'll look at the trends that industry experts anticipate for 2021, and why you might want to include them in your home remodel.

When it comes to planning a home improvement, everyone wants to be aware of current and emerging trends. The Covid-19 pandemic and the shift it has caused in the function our homes play in our lives have had a significant impact on this year's home design trends. To give you a hint, solving clutter in clean, functional spaces that are comfortable and make you feel good is the goal.

The first trend on our list should come as no surprise: home office space! Our houses serve as our major place of employment and education now more than ever before. A dedicated work from home room is a terrific concept for contemporary day homeowners, especially as many firms consider a work from home policy for the foreseeable future, or even as an option until things return to normal. If you have enough room for a dedicated home office, plan ahead for storage, power, soundproofing, and lighting. You should also think about how you can make this room feel more like a haven for yourself. Stress levels are high across the country, so figuring out how to make your home office a peaceful, creative area will help you get more accomplished.

A sense of serenity and warmth in one's home is another sensation that people crave now more than ever. We want our houses to seem warm and inviting, a safe haven at the end of the day. This is accomplished by using natural materials, warm color tones, and subtle texture to give your home a more organic feel. Wood grains in a floor, countertop, or cabinet might give us that natural, organic vibe we're looking for right now. Consider a brushed or matte finish for your fixture finishes to preserve the rustic atmosphere.

Organization is essential. If space allows, walk-in pantries are recommended. Otherwise, pantry "cabinets" or pullouts with cubbies for everything from spices to canned and packaged products are available. Clients prefer to separate preparation from presentation and entertaining, according to high-end designers. The design incorporates a butler's pantry-style room or "second kitchen" that hides the mess.

This is probably not surprising to you, but cleanliness and control, rather than simplicity, are now the driving forces behind home technology. Homeowners are continuously reminded to stay safe by washing their hands, disinfecting surfaces on a regular basis, and improving their personal hygiene. What role does remodeling play in tackling that to-do list? Touchless appliances and faucets in the kitchen can help prevent germs from spreading. By turning on and off the faucet with your wrist, you can keep your hands clean and prevent germ transfer.

More individuals are opting for bidets in their bathrooms for added hygiene and easy-to-clean showers with shower panels or large format tile to eliminate a lot of grout joints. A smart doorbell, smart home heat, interior and outdoor motion sensor lights, and voice automation compatibility are popular alternatives for whole-house control, cleanliness, automation, and convenience. All of these devices assist you in reducing the number of surfaces you contact on a regular basis.

Why limit yourself to only incorporating organic components into your home when you can focus on designing a space that incorporates both indoor and outdoor living areas? This trend began to gain traction in 2020 and is currently in full swing. So, how can you turn your house into an indoor/outdoor oasis? On an exterior wall of your home, one of the most typical techniques is to create a wall of glass accordion doors or wide windows with a large slider. This frequently leads to a backyard, making the outdoors feel like a natural extension of your home and easily accessible. If you do decide to build an accordion door wall, consider connecting it to an outdoor kitchen or a relaxing patio. When the doors are open, this makes the outdoor space feel like a natural extension of your home. 

If it sounds interesting but is too much for you right now, there are plenty of smaller-scale options to combine indoor/outdoor living. Consider installing a pass through window to your kitchen if you're still seeking for something that can accommodate both inside and outdoor entertaining. This will make passing BBQ food and drinks to and from the grilling station much easier. Create a tiny outdoor bar beneath your pass through window if you want to take it a step further. Consider ways to bring the outdoors in with flora if you're searching for a day-to-day oasis. Bringing some greenery into your home, whether it's houseplants, an indoor herb garden on your window sill, or just fresh cut flowers on the table, helps to produce a sensation of cleanliness and tranquility.

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