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The Open Floor Plan Is Out According to Pinterest

Sunlight fills a white, open-concept living room.
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2020 has changed the way people look at a lot of things like family and work, but it’s also had an impact on more mundane, everyday things like style. Loungewear, anyone? According to Pinterest, 2020’s impact is extending to interior design, and the open floor plan may be out come 2021.

As the year is coming to an end, Pinterest took a look at some of the ways its search and browsing data has evolved as time has gone on. Using that data, the site came up with what it thinks the biggest trends will be in everything from food to beauty to home for 2021. The biggest shock? The death of the open concept floor plan.

Pre-2020, it seems like every couple on House Hunters was begging for an open concept home, but now, with many people working from home (and potentially facilitating online school), designated areas and dived spaces seem to be rising in popularity. According to Pinterest’s data, the term cloffice (closet + office) saw double the number of searches in 2020, and bookshelf room divider saw a 150% increase in searches.

Pinterest isn’t the first to notice this trend, either. IKEA released its 2020 Life At Home report in November and found that mental health and the way your home contributes to it is a catalyst for design changes in 2021. Specifically, the report mentions people’s desires for separate designated spaces for work, hobbies, and even gardening. Back in June, Apartment Therapy spoke with an architect who echoed all of these same sentiments predicting multifunctional individual rooms as the new interior design trend.

If you’re in the market for a new home in 2021, you may be seeing a few more doors, and if you want to check out all of Pinterest’s predictions, you can head over to the site.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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