A new era of home design is upon us, as homeowners prioritize outdoor spaces and privacy, and kitchen islands take center stage. Zillow’s recent data analysis reveals the top five home trends to watch in 2023, with a resurgence in mirrored walls and a return to closed floor plans making a surprising appearance.
1. Backyards Steal the Limelight
Once overshadowed by grandiose chef’s kitchens, backyards now take center stage as the new must-have for homebuyers. Zillow data indicates a 22% increase in backyard mentions in for-sale listings compared to last year, with patios and pools also seeing a surge in mentions.
As the pandemic forced people outdoors, homeowners are now reevaluating the potential of their backyards as extensions of their homes. Expect to see more outdoor home gyms, natural pools and koi ponds, edible gardens, and dedicated spaces for dining and relaxation in 2023.
2. Kitchen Islands Evolve Into Statement Pieces
Kitchen islands are no longer just functional but evolving into statement pieces. With a 19% increase in listing mentions, these versatile hubs now accommodate various activities, from meal prep to dining and entertainment.
In 2023, anticipate larger islands with unique colors, materials, and mixed metal fixtures that stand out from the rest of the kitchen.
3. Mirrored Walls Make a Comeback
Once relegated to the past, mirrored walls are poised for a 2023 revival. These reflective surfaces, often antiqued and applied in grids, can make small spaces feel larger while adding character and a chic Parisian vibe.
Zillow data shows a 12% increase in mirrored walls or ceilings in listing descriptions.
4. Privacy Reigns Supreme
The pandemic exposed the limitations of open-concept living, with a lack of privacy becoming more apparent. As a result, closed floor plans are making a comeback, providing cozy, comfortable, and enclosed spaces within a home.
Zillow data shows a 7% increase in listings mentioning privacy or private spaces. Homeowners with open floor plans may turn to furniture layout and design to create secluded nooks and corners.
5. a New Generation Of Renovators
Young homeowners are expected to spearhead the next wave of the renovation boom, with 48% having tapped into their home equity for home improvement projects in the past two years. Zillow’s survey suggests that 2023 may see a surge in renovations as these homeowners focus on eco-friendly, tech-forward projects.
Drought-resistant landscaping and smart-home systems are just a few examples of sustainable, value-boosting investments on the horizon.
As we continue in 2023, it’s clear that the pandemic has left an indelible mark on home design, transforming priorities and pushing homeowners to think creatively about their spaces.
With outdoor spaces, privacy, and sustainability taking the lead, the coming year promises to be an exciting one for both homebuyers and homeowners alike.
Davin is a jack-of-all-trades but has professional training and experience in various home and garden subjects. He leans on other experts when needed and edits and fact-checks all articles.