Many of us have spent more time at home over the past couple of years, during this time home DIY and renovations have replaced going on holiday and spending time out and about with friends and family.
Now that 2021 is drawing to a close, it’s time to think ahead and look forward to the next biggest trends to hit our homes. Whether you’re simply adding a fresh lick of paint to a room or completely renovating an area, if you wish to be ahead of the game, it’s important to know what’s hot and what’s not.
- Outdoor entertainment spaces
Outdoor dining sets, lighting and pergolas are an essential for 2021. Summer 2021 saw the rise of outdoor dining in Britain and this has continued throughout winter (just with the addition of heaters and blankets) and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Whilst the forecast is rarely on our side, it’s time to make our gardens more comfortable during inevitable showers.
Investing in a pergola is an ideal way to create a sheltered entertainment area within your garden. Add solar lighting to the frame, a large waterproof sofa and a halogen heater for a space you can use day and night.
- Dried flowers
We’ve seen the rise of house plants continue and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, although 2021 has introduced the dried flower. You’ve probably already seen them pop up on your Instagram and Pinterest account, but have you invested in a bunch yet?
Whilst houseplants require constant maintenance and often begin to look slightly sad during their dormant winter months, dried flowers require zero care. After a year of tending to gardens and baking banana bread, we’re ready for a low maintenance pop of colour that keeps our vases full.
- Scandinavian Japanese fusion
Combine sleek lines and clean minimalism inspired by Japanese interior design, with the much loved warmth and cosiness of Scandinavian styles. The Scandi-Japanese trend is all about calm and simplicity, have you heard two better words after the turbulent couple of years we’ve all had.
For best results, combine muted greys, blues and earthy tones with sophisticated, comfortable furniture and vibrant houseplants.
- Smart homes
Smart devices have been taking over our homes for a few years now, but 2021 is predicted to see a big increase in technology within our living spaces.
Being a common hotspot for germs, homeowners are looking to decrease the need to touch switches, appliances and remote controls. In particular, smart lighting and technology – such as a TV in the mirror – in the bathroom will see a rise. So if you’re looking to upgrade your home, now’s the time.
- Roof lanterns / skylights
Roof lanterns are architectural lanterns which provide a larger roof space and provide three times more light than a standard window – ideal for areas which are lacking in natural daylight.
Roof lanterns work particularly well in kitchens or extensions to create bright open areas, ideal for entertaining. We’re hoping next year will involve some more indoor entertainment with friends and family, but if not, working from home under the natural light from a roof lantern is great for motivation and keeping you energised throughout the day.
At Norwich Glass Company, we have the skills and equipment required to install a roof lantern or skylight. If this is on the top of your list for 2022, do get in touch with our team to enquire.
And there you have it! A round up of the top predicted trends for our home and gardens next year, largely influenced by the events of this year but also a step forward in many cases to improve our wellbeing at home, entertainment spaces for guests and a step forward with futuristic technology and design.
Here at Norwich Glass we can help with all your glazing needs. Whether you’re looking to add a roof lantern to your home, glass balustrades to open up a dark hallway or even add a balcony for a clearer view, we’re always happy to help. Contact our team on 01603 407071 today to plan ahead for 2022.