7 Trends That Will Define Architecture and Design in 2021


Each year, top designers and experts predict the top trends that will make waves in the design and building industry. Sometimes, these trends spill over to the following year, such as certain styles from 2020 that made it to our list. Nevertheless, each year has some very specific trends that are unique to it.

This year, we turned to what designers have said to share our predictions and thoughts about what 2021 has in store for us.

7 Design Trends That Will Define Architecture in 2021 

  • Industrial design will be used a lot more in residential properties.

Industrial design made a comeback last year and remains one of the top trends for 2021. From copper rain gutters to floor-to-ceiling picture windows to using plumbing materials as shelves and accessories, residential houses will continue to sport an industrial look.

Repurposing materials will be one of the top ways to achieve this design, especially in renovation projects. Old wood, aluminum, iron, and even recycled plastic will all find themselves used creatively to give a house a more updated look.

  • Assisted and smart-living will be in.

Automated homes are not entirely new at this point, but expect 2021 to take smart-living to a whole new level with the latest that technology has to offer. Integrating a smart design into your home is now made easier with readily available gadgets and devices on the market.

From smart speakers to hubs to switches and controls, homeowners can now upgrade their homes without any need for professional services. We still recommend getting the big boys when you’re planning to do some major smart upgrades, though.

  • Minimalism is here to stay.

If there’s one trend from 2020 that we’re glad is here to stay, it’s the minimalist approach to design. The beauty of minimalism is it showcases architecture in its purest and most functional form without compromising aesthetics. Clean lines and low-to-no clutter characterize this specific trend and is not just confined to residential spaces but even commercial and industrial. It’s a perfect complement to keeping everything essential at this time.

  • Open-space planning will increase.

The world is slowly moving into a more open and transparent world. Offices have started replacing solid walls with glass windows for greater transparency—pun unintended. Present-day floor plans and layouts are leaning toward open and flowing spaces, unrestricted by partitions and dividers.

The same approach is now being taken in residential spaces. Houses that appear and feel wider and bigger are more likely to get better prices as they are listed. So if you’re planning on making any major changes to your home, calculate your mortgage first to see if your plans will increase your property’s value or not. Ask a professional to help you figure it out if you’re not sure how to go about it. If you want to ensure that your home will fetch higher rates in the market, you need to rethink your house’s layout and make it as spacious and open as you can.

  • Green architecture will go beyond just solar panels.

The Green Movement has not slowed down one bit, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Environmentalists and advocates have succeeded in raising greater awareness about the planet’s deteriorating condition. Builders and designers have taken this awareness and translated it into something very tangible as most new projects are now going green. It has evolved from merely using solar panels to harvest solar energy into something more sustainable, such as vertical gardens, hydro-energy, and other similar forms of green architectural elements. The great thing about it is incorporating these elements increases the aesthetic value of a structure without compromising personal comfort.

  • DIY landscapes are on the rise.

Where residential spaces are concerned, the lockdown period has led to a sudden design trend that took the world by storm. Since there has been a growing interest in house plants and gardening over the past few years, folks who were stuck at home because of the pandemic turned to garden and home improvements as hobbies. Want proof? Scroll over your social media, and you’ll find a lot of people who have done DIY projects in their gardens and landscapes. Experts believe this trend will continue well after the pandemic is done.

  • Natural lighting and ventilation will be in demand.

Because of the pandemic, a lot of folks have learned a valuable lesson when it comes to design: spaces should be well lit and well ventilated if one is to stay in it for extended periods. The pandemic has caused us all to retreat to our homes and stay indoors to prevent the contraction and transmission of the virus. Builders and designers were reminded of how important natural lighting and ventilation are. So, expect to see a lot more of these two incorporated into designs and builds this year.

Some of these trends may fizzle, while some might be here to stay. Only time will tell. In the meantime, you can choose to incorporate some of these trends into your own property. Give it careful thought before executing it. Not all styles are highly adaptable to other architectural and design approaches, after all.

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