5 new home design trends we’ll be seeing in 2021

According to the building and renovation experts.

If one thing is for sure in 2020, lockdown has fundamentally changed the way we live in our homes. 

Everything from the materials we choose to the design of our living spaces is expected to change as we continue to navigate our way through the pandemic. 

And as the end of 2020 approaches, 2021 promises to deliver a slew of new building design trends that may well influence how you plan your renovation, build or makeover.

Online home renovation and design resource Houzz has scoured the data from its platform users and identified emerging trends in home building and design, and the result may surprise you.  

Antibacterial Materials

Something we all place more importance on after this year is hygiene and we are set to see a greater inclusion of it into our living spaces. Expect to see automatic washbasins, touch-less flushing, and infrared sensors in bathrooms to reduce unnecessary touching. Kitchens are likely to follow similar intentions through voice-activated appliances and cooktops with sensors.

kitchen sink
(Credit: Mia Mortensen)


The latest insights are showing a return of bricks in 2021. We’re not talking the 60s red bricks we are all familiar with but beautiful bricks used to add warmth and character to a space. 

brick fireplace

Adaptable layouts

A home needs to be able to change and grow with a family, and more houses are expected to be designed with this in mind. Many people are considering multipurpose rooms that can make the most of the space. You’ll start to see non-permanent walls that can be shifted, and rooms that can be opened up and shut off as needed.

open lounge room
(Credit: Paolo Fusco)

Nature as saviour

As anyone who made it through lockdown without an outdoor area would know, nature is important. Outdoor spaces are expected to be the most desirable area for upcoming improvements with architects and interior designers already reporting a demand for designs that connect the indoors with the outdoors.

house with staircase that wraps around plants
(Credit: Murray Fredericks)

Biodesign furniture

Biodesign is the creation of furniture and objects from living organisms such as waste, bacteria and fungi. Already technology has advanced enough for furniture to be made out of these and the trend is suitable for any environmentally-friendly homeowners

open lounge
(Credit: Rikki Snyder)

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