Today, architects and designers are focused on assimilating modular designs, experimenting with new material palettes, and incorporating smart home technologies that result in utilitarian and flexible residential developments. While architecture design is experiencing a paradigm shift, residential architecture is moving towards sustainability and wellness under these unprecedented circumstances. There is an accelerated need for varied understated spaces in residential projects, catering to every aspect of comfortable and peaceful living. In this article, Ar. Bhuvan Kapila, Founder & Principal Architect at Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture, talks about new trends in residential design.

Design trends: Living room

With open-plan layouts becoming predominant in modern homes, multipurpose living rooms seem to be more practical. Living areas are often seamlessly planned with a dining or a lounge as a gathering zone for the family as well as guests. This trend demands statement sofas and furniture in rich colours juxtaposed with muted walls that give a sense of sophistication. Ambient lighting is still a popular choice in living rooms, where wall sconces and coves are preferred as lighting options. Modern chandeliers are becoming more sculptural as they tend to take center stage in living areas. Fluted details are widely prevalent in living areas, especially as wall panels or cabinets.

Design trends: Kitchen

New design trends are pronounced, especially in kitchens, where tone on tone has supremely reigned over a decade. Bold materials, ornate details, and dramatic colours are returning in kitchens. Quartz has become a fan-favorite material for kitchens, while exotic marbles adorn backsplashes and statement-making islands. As technology continues to advance, the use of smart technology in the kitchen has evolved. This includes appliances connected to your wifi/smartphone, smart touchless faucets, voice-activated appliances, and more. Smart kitchens are not just a luxurious choice; they help save energy, with most smart appliances being more energy-efficient than their traditional counterparts. 

Design trends: Bedroom

As a dedicated zone for rest in our homes, the bedroom tends to be a place to unwind and relax after a stressful day. Hence, these private sanctuaries embrace earthy and calming colour palettes that lend a comforting quality. Cozy fabrics such as linen rule the bedroom design, yet giving way for a play of patterns such as plaid, stripes, or florals. The design trends in the bedroom are all about wallpapers that add personalization and visual interest to this private space. Also, wall-sweeping windows stretching from floor to ceiling are becoming more common in modern bedrooms. Lighting has an increased emphasis on bedrooms, from overhead lighting to pendant lighting over bedside tables.

Design trends: Bathrooms

It is obvious that bathrooms have shifted from being strictly functional to spaces with masses of design potential. Spa-inspired bathrooms are growing in popularity and also double up as a private sanctuary. While neutral bathrooms are still a great way to create a haven, dark bathrooms are on the rise in residences. The recent trends in bathrooms focus more on beautiful stone, texture, decorative lighting, and customized hardware. Bespoke vanities, often combined with elegant lighting fixtures, have started accommodating nearly every bath space. Powder rooms are getting significant attention as state-of-the-art luxurious spaces, making a massive impact in today’s homes.

Residential design trends and fads have been evolving at a rapid rate with the experimentation of architects & designers and technological advancements. Get updated with these new design trends and spruce up your homes in style.

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