Each year, there is a scramble among interior designers and property developers to figure out the most desirable home assets and features to help improve their work. Following the pandemic, lockdowns, and a shift toward remote working environments, these trends have become even more elusive, changing dramatically each year.
Now, in 2023, the industry is already seeing new changes from the previous year, with significant transformations in living space design and an array of property features that are being requested by those looking to buy a new home.
Within just a few years, solar panels went from being an expensive investment with little reward to a must-have feature of each home. The initial slow adoption occurred for a number of reasons, namely that solar panels were expensive and produced little return on investment. However, technology has advanced considerably and solar panels are now more affordable than ever, producing a significant amount of energy, with homes even having the option for batteries to maximise their panel’s production.
These improvements coupled with the rise in energy costs have made sustainable and independent energy sources more and more appealing, making solar panels a must-have for many properties.
In the wake of the teleworking revolution, homes have become hosts to offices. It is difficult, however, to utilise a room as both a professional space and a dining area or guest room, which is why many are choosing to look outdoors instead. Log cabins, converted sheds, and summer houses are all being transformed into private offices, equipping homes with a dedicated professional space, allowing remote workers to both revel in an enclosed working space and to keep their professional and personal lives separated.
Technology moves very quickly and it can be expensive to continuously need to reinstall and adapt a property to newly developed gadgets and features. Electric cars, for example, require charging facilities at home, meaning that homeowners need to adapt their internal or external electrics (or both) to accommodate a new feature.
Homes, however, can be future-proofed, allowing them to more easily be adapted to new advancements. The installation of wireless chargers beneath countertops is a handy feature that enables homeowners to charge their mobile devices simply by placing them on a surface. While this feature is appealing to homeowners and buyers, it will eventually need replacing or upgrading. A future-proofed design would be one that allows easy access to such wiring and devices for their interaction, which has led to an increased focus on a modular design.
Homes that celebrate nature are in. Residents want to feel like they can embrace the wonders and health benefits of nature within their living spaces. This means a shift away from industrial and modern designs, with aesthetics and features celebrating organic styles and artisan functionality.
Kitchens are a prime example, with rustic features like agas, becoming increasingly desirable, alongside brass, cork, and wicker embellishments, calling back to the aesthetics of rural living.