Sorry, Interiors: Outdoor Spaces Are All the Rage

An outdoor patio features candles, soft sunset lighting and a seating area.
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2020 shifted the way people view their homes. From needing space for an office to needing an area to just relax, home design trends in 2021 may look a bit different. One of the changes may include not being indoors at all.

Design website Houzz compiled a list of the most popular design search terms for 2020, and there was a major pattern that emerged: outdoor spaces. Searches for above-ground pools, outdoor chairs and pillows, hammocks, and outdoor umbrellas all rose by over 100%. Even those that didn’t hit the 100% increase—like fire pits and porch swings—saw increases above 85%. The search increases all appear to point to an elevated interest in outdoor spaces, and given 2020’s need for people to spend time indoors—whether doing virtual instruction of kids or working from a newly created home office—a move toward more fresh air options seems natural.

The other trend Houzz uncovered appears to support this. In addition to outdoor spaces, vacation-esque design elements reigned. Staycation experiences, getaway designs, cabin, and lakehouse designs all saw massive increases in searches in 2020 insinuating that people were looking to get away—even if it was just outdoors at home.

If you were planning to redo your patio in 2021 or create a cozy outdoor oasis, clearly, you’re not alone.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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