The stress of 2020 majorly influenced shifts in design trends and ways of living. Since many individuals picked up cooking during the pandemic, it does not come as a surprise that the kitchen remains the heart of the home, and many are finding ways to extend this element outdoors. The bathroom has also become a focal point this year, along with all-new funky color palettes.
The most important characteristic of outdoor spaces has become the multiseason factor. This means that the space can be used year round, so it would typically include a fireplace or patio covering - anything that can be adaptable to different seasons. Since most people spent more time at home, an outdoor kitchen became an extension of the home. This way, people could get outside of their four walls and bring the kitchen outdoors.
Durable, weather resistant countertops choices such as UV-resistant quartz, porcelain, leathered natural stone, and Dekton are great choices when it comes to selecting surfaces for an outdoor kitchen area. These materials are typically scratch, stain, and heat resistant and able to withstand all of the seasons.
Smart bathroom innovations
As the focus on hygiene becomes more prominent, bathrooms become more of a focus. In 2021, gadgets for the bathroom, such as the bidet and touchless lighting or temperature control, have become increasingly desired.
In addition to the smart features of a bathroom, quartz still remains a top choice in countertop selection because of its ease of maintenance, especially during a time where cleaning is a higher than ever priority. At Pacific Shore Stones, we carry premier quartz brands such as Cambria, Caesarstone, LG Viatera, Compac, Silestone, Hanstone, and the exclusive Pacshore Quartz.
Retro furniture and color palettes
The closing of 2020 and surviving a pandemic has brought on a desire for simpler times. A wave of nostalgia has crashed over and created a sense of seeking comfort from the past, and this is reflected in the latest design styles. Oranges, yellowish-browns, off-whites, and blues are the color palette of choice in 2021 when it comes to furniture options and just color in general. A quick coat of paint or an exotic natural stone of your choice is an easy way to try the trend yourself! We have slabs of stone in any of the retro-toned colors such as our Cristallo Tiffany if you’re looking for blue, Lake Louise if you want to combine the yellowish-brown, burnt orange-red, and blue, or the popular Taj Mahal for an off-white selection.