Residential wellness design is having a moment thanks to the on-going pandemic and most of us have stayed in home in the past year. Home has become refuge, office, warehouse, gym, assisted-living facility and school room all at once. That has presented both opportunities and challenges and is spurring building and remodeling trends from kitchens to bathrooms and well beyond. Here are top 10 home and wellness trends we have seen in the past year.
- There is a surge demand for bidet seats, either to retrofit on existing or on newly purchased toilets and bidet toilets. The bidet seats were typically viewed as a luxury item, now according to the experts, it’s perceived as essential. Just think about at the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 drove a mysterious toilet paper shortage. Those with bidet functionality were kings and queens of at least their “throne rooms,” if not their entire castles.
2.Now more than ever, people have a freezer in the garage for food storage. And the refrigerator is growing in size, or they are adding produce drawers and beverage refrigerators to save room in the main 36″ refrigerator.
3. There is an increasing interest in ‘leisure rooms’ that can flexibly be used as a fitness room, meditation/yoga studio and/or school/office space, as well as sound rooms that convert into movie ‘theaters.’ With that being said, there is a growing interest in using smart tech to support sound/audio needs. For example, With so many people living and working under one roof, soundproofing is a very timely issue. For people who cannot rebuild or reinsulate their homes, we can use smart tech to pipe in white noise for instance, to reduce the impact of outside noise and improve concentration
4. There is an Increasing interests and needs for steam showers, saunas (especially infrared), wet rooms, multi-sensory showerheads, horizontal and electronic thermostatic temperature control valves and other related products such as folding seats, decorative grab bars/railing, personal wall-mounted and hand-held bidet shower fixtures, chromotherapy lighting, misting sprays, aromatherapy and barrier-free drains and designs for enhanced accessibility.
5. bathroom warmth amenities have been growing in popularity. “Heated floors and heated towel racks help reduce moisture in this normally small room to reduce germs and mildew build up,” the Seattle designer notes. “They also promote health and wellness with thermal comfort – comfort being a key word these day
6. The trend in bathtubs had been focused on free standing soaking tubs, and we are now seeing more companies developing and incorporating whirlpool and air spa options for indoor and outdoor use. Deep soaking, walk-in accessibility, recirculated temperature control and ozone-treated water (micro bubbles to treat various skin conditions) are being offered, in addition to the more common chromotherapy, aromatherapy and integrated speakers to stream sound via Bluetooth.
7. Adaptive Cooking Technology’ integrates all cooking processes for optimal sustainability, precision and healthy cooking, which includes recipe discovery, food storage and water and air filtration
8. People have shown strong interest in steam, sous vide, vacuum sealing, flash freezing and slow cooking. Connected coffee and wine dispensers are also popular with the luxury segment.
9. The newest lifestyle-enhancing category trending is outdoor kitchens and products. People are more interested in full kitchens, usually with a full complement of products and accessories like smokers, refrigeration, sinks, faucets, dishwashers, gas burners, pizza ovens, built-in drawers and dry pantry storage, etc. We’ve also seen a huge surge of interest in indoor and outdoor pizza ovens.
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