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shutterstock_1471595687By Lauren Cummings

Home décor has changed a lot since we opened our brokerage in the early 2000s!

Then: Open Floor Plans
Now: Private Spaces
Open floor plans were all the rage in the early 2000s, and most floor plans today have this feature as a result of that demand. When the pandemic expanded the popularity of remote work to many Americans, we saw a significant shift in buyer preferences. Private spaces became important to accommodate multiple people on Zoom and working from home. This change in lifestyle inspired creative ways to divide space; we’ve seen an increase in barn doors, bookshelves, and good old fashioned room dividers to do the trick. Outdoor living spaces are also in high demand.

Then: Dark Brown Wood
Now: Lighter Woods
Red dining room walls were in style in the early 2000s, often paired with Tuscan kitchens and autumnal décor. Trends change, and now-a-days, light and airy is in! The Scandinavian blonde and rustic light oak wood is more sought after, and you will notice this style in newly renovated homes as opposed to homes that were 
designed in the early 2000s. White kitchens are back!

Then: Metal Finishes
Now: Natural Textures
Bronze finishes, limestone, and brown were the trifecta of the trendy 2000s home décor. Bronze faucets were 
very common, and they are starting to make a comeback today! However, the Queen Bee of texture in the 2020s has so far been the natural look. Light wood, wicker, and rattan is here to stay for at least a little while longer.

Then: Cozy, Dark Living Rooms
Now: Abundant Natural Light
Warm and cozy was a common theme within early 2000s homes, and that extended into the living area. 
It was common to see living rooms designed with dark wooded entertainment areas. The couches were 
shades of brown or black and included recliners, and sometimes included cupholders. We really knew how to 
live comfortably after a full day at work! 

Today, a common style is grey or light-colored couches in a bright, airy living area. Along with the lighter 
wood, the room will have access to abundant light. This could also be a trend influenced by the pandemic 
as people spent more time at home, it was necessary to keep the space as bright and happy as possible.

What are some trends that you wish to see make a come back in the next year? Let us know!

Post by Lynnette Tully