Trends have redefined what bedrooms have looked like over the decades. You know this, of course, if you’ve ever slept on a waterbed, used a sponge to paint your walls, or carefully matched the ruffled skirt of your bed to your window valances.
But what bedroom trends are on the horizon, especially now that months of quarantine has made living spaces more multifunctional? What trends have lasting power and won’t flop as hard as, say, you did into that beanbag chair a la your college dorm days?
We asked realtors what features they’re excited to see in today’s bedrooms. Here are six bedroom trends they predict are here to stay.
Bedrooms doubling as office spaces
Bedrooms are clocking in for overtime now that working from home is the new norm. “I’m seeing a lot of makeshift home offices in the bedroom with a built-in desk in the corner of the room,” says New York City broker Rebecca Blacker with Warburg Realty. “I’m excited about it because there’s typically a lot of unused space in a bedroom.”
With more people working from home during the pandemic—and likely to continue to going forward—the bedroom can serve as a nice and quiet place to work, Blacker says. “Buyers like to envision how they are going to live in a home, so when you have a work-from-home spot already built in, they can much easily picture themselves living there and working from home.”
Bedrooms doubling as wellness spaces
Don’t love the idea of working in the same space as you relax and sleep? That’s totally fair. You might be warmer to the multi-use trend of bedrooms serving as wellness spaces. “One of the most interesting bedroom trends that I am seeing is a space designated for meditation or fitness,” says Yawar Charlie, a Los Angeles realtor, regular on CNBC’s “Listing Impossible” and director of the estates division at Aaron Kirman Group.
With COVID causing all types of closures—the gym, yoga studios, offices—people are getting creative with their spaces, he says. For some, that may be a meditation or relaxation corner with a yoga mat and plants. Others are carving out a fitness space in their rooms with free weights, resistance bands and balance balls. “It’s almost like people need that section of their bedroom in order to relax, and let go of the stress of not only being limited in where they can go, but also having to work from home all day long,” Charlie says. “It’s a small sanctuary area that can be done on a DIY basis.”
The trend extends into kids’ rooms, too, says New York City realtor Joanne Greene with Brown Harris Stevens. “Kids’ rooms are being repositioned to include lounge areas, workout space, homework stations, and even hammocks to relax in,” Greene says. “We’re also hearing of people putting murals on walls to make it feel as though you’re outside, including lots of plants, and even adding fish tanks to bring the space to life.