Stylish Shelving for Storage and Display

When designing the spaces in our homes, it is important to consider both the aesthetics and the efficiency of our design choices. Shelving provides both storage space and ample room for creativity making them the perfect addition to any home. Whether you choose built-ins or a removable option, shelves and their contents work together to enhance the design of any room. 

The best part about shelving is the abundance of options available. From free-standing to built-in and wall shelves, the options available to homeowners is staggering. Here are five shelving options that can tie any room together.

Built-in Shelving

Built-in shelving is a great option for creating beautiful, functional storage space in a home. Rising to the ceiling, these shelves provide plenty of storage and allow for maximizing previously unused space for personal knick-knacks, books, or family photographs. The simplistic design and neutral color allow the objects on display to take center stage in the design of the room. Further, many built-ins come with cabinets and drawers underneath, excellent for packing away clutter while maintaining a sleek design.

Free-standing Shelving

While built-in shelving is ideal for storage, free-standing shelving is often easier to work into a home’s decor and more flexible in usage. These shelving units can be moved from room to room, or even house to house, and don’t require the complex dismantling of built-in units. The wide variety of materials, colors, sizes, and design options available ensures that there is a shelf for every room in your home. 

Floating Glass Shelves

Floating glass shelves emphasize the items on display rather than the shelf itself. Floating shelves already appear to hang magically due to their hidden shelf supports. When these shelves are glass, the objects on display begin to take on a more ethereal presence as the shelf floats into the background. These shelves are best suited for display as they highlight the items on the shelves and complement other design elements in the room. 

Corner Shelves

Corner shelves are popular as they take the previously wasted space where two walls meet and add both decor and storage. Corner shelves are often used in kitchen spaces as commonly used utensils and ingredients can be kept close at hand while still being out of the way. When storing items on these shelves, it is essential to be selective to avoid a cluttered look. Color schemes, matching storage jars, and an eye for detail ensure that these shelves are styled to perfection. 

Geometric Shelves

Geometric shelves like this hexagonal design are a great way to include personality and whimsy into any room. The flat bottoms of these shelves make it easy to display or store items while still differentiating themselves from standard shelving options. Modern and unique, these shelves make any room feel one-of-a-kind. 














Physical offices aren’t going anywhere: Why shop culture is key to business growth

Think office space isn’t that important? Think again. But only when you create this kind of environment.

BY ANTHONY HITT for Engel & Völkers

April 12, 2021

More than a year into the COVID pandemic, the debate of just how important a physical office is to our industry continues with acute focus. After all, 2020 was a record-breaking year. If real estate professionals were able to service their clients and transact business remotely during the most volatile of times, perhaps office spaces aren’t as important as we may have thought.

Not so fast.

Engel & Völkers experienced its best year in 2020, but it wasn’t simply technology that enabled our network to thrive. It was because of our shop locations.

The shop concept

The first Engel & Völkers shop opened more than 40 years ago under the brand’s founder, Christian Völkers. That original boutique location in Hamburg, Germany has served as the blueprint for every shop since, from the brand’s first expansion to the Balearic Islands to our latest shop opening in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Across states, countries, and continents, every Engel & Völkers location reflects this shop concept, which has been refined over the years to instantly evoke the feelings of our brand values: competence, exclusivity, and passion.

This means that whether you’re looking for real estate expertise along the cliffs of Taormina, Sicily, or Philadelphia’s Main Line, the Engel & Völkers shop is instantly recognizable. Our global architecture and design team ensures that each shop boasts the signature white facade and features purposeful design aspects throughout. Space has function with service at its core. From large windows that showcase our finest listings, to open concept workspaces, down to the espresso machine inviting clients to come inside — the experience has been thoughtfully curated with the purpose of providing a luxury experience to anyone who walks in our doors, anywhere in the world.

Creating a community hub

When we enter a market, we start with a shop buildout. Its location is strategically chosen within vibrant areas of the community, so that the shop can be used for more than transactional work. Physically and conceptually, our goal is to be at the center of the communities of which we serve.

Transitioning to remote work

When we were forced to change our working habits overnight, our network transitioned smoothly. While the switch was significant, our advisors stayed connected, continuing to work together efficiently from home, thanks to our global Google Workplace and World IPS platforms. We were used to working as a cohesive unit, but how we did this shifted.

This also translated into a virtual culture of digital happy hours, sales meetings, and best practice sharing events with other shops. This is what our shop concept had been nurturing all along.

A greater competitive advantage

The commitment to the Engel & Völkers shop is stronger than ever, for both the satisfaction of our clients and the success of our advisors. As COVID cases decline, many companies have decided to work remotely for quite some time, if not indefinitely. In this new era, our shop concept will continue to be a competitive differentiator, as it goes beyond the physical storefront.

Agents are certainly capable of selling real estate while working remotely, but our advisors have said they want to be back in the shop. Agents who don’t have this sense of comradery may not feel the same. But for us, this environment facilitates innovation and makes our people better professionals and better equipped to overcome challenges. It’s about having the right combination of the digital and physical shop presence that will continue to differentiate our advisors. To us, a shop is our home.

Learn more about Engel & Völkers.

Private Residences | Spring 2021

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for Engel & Völkers’ newest edition of Private Residences. Each season, our real estate network from across the Americas brings together a stunning collection of exceptional properties. Whether you are looking for a private oasis in Scottsdale, Arizona, dreaming of palatial-living just outside of New York City, or seeking paradise in Los Cabos, Mexico, this spring’s selection of luxe properties delivers. Below you can find just a few of the incredible properties featured in the Private Residences Spring 2021 edition. Can’t get enough? View the full spring issue of Private Residences at the end of this post.

Beverly Hills, California

This modern Spanish estate is perched atop an acre of lush, park-like grounds with expansive and stunning views from nearly every room. Located on the famous Mulholland Corridor, the architectural masterpiece includes six beds and nine baths. The formal foyer is highlighted by exquisite details including grand crown molding, sixteen-foot vaulted ceilings, and dramatic high arched walkways. Impressive architectural details continue through the walkways into two large public rooms with marble fireplaces and custom cut stone flooring.

The chef’s kitchen includes Sub-Zero and Miele appliances along with gorgeous built-ins. From there follow the elegant staircase upstairs to four en suite bedrooms, including an impressive owner’s suite with a jetted tub, two walk-in closets, and a minibar. Other notable amenities include a media room, game room, office, and wine cellar. Outside, the manicured gardens feature a pool, spa, waterfall, cabana, and sports court.

Listed by Sandra Miller of Engel & Völkers Santa Monica.

Whistler, British Columbia

Perched high above neighboring properties, this distinguished, post and beam, architectural masterpiece sits on a remarkable, private treed lot. Notable amenities include a media room, gym area, outdoor hot tub, wine cellar, and play loft. Included in this exceptional offering is the undeveloped neighboring lot, which affords an amazing opportunity for the future development of an ideal mountain escape. This unique double lot offers unparalleled privacy, unobstructed views, and proximity to Whistler Mountain, as well as the one-of-a-kind opportunity to create a multigenerational compound.

Listed by Maggi Thornhill of Engel & Völkers Whistler.

Los Cabos, Mexico

As the waterfall flows down the boulders into the meandering creek, the splashes glisten in the sun. The koi fish swim below, while the turtles sun alongside the banks. Welcome to Paradiso Perduto, a Zen-inspired sanctuary. 

Perched 180 feet above sea level with breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez, this magnificent home is situated on two lots inside a double-gated community within the Puerto Los Cabos development. The contemporary architecture, minimalist yet inviting spaces, calming organic white tones, and Zen inspiration create an aura of sophistication. Experience it all at Paradiso Perduto.

Listed by Vanessa Fukunaga of Engel & Völkers Los Cabos.

Saddle River, New Jersey

Sitting on a hill just minutes outside of New York City, this strikingly ornate palace is filled with exquisite European craftsmanship and modern amenities. It boasts an impressive grand double staircase entry, a commercial-grade glass elevator, large indoor and outdoor gunite swimming pools and jacuzzis, a regulation-sized indoor racquetball court, an outdoor lit tennis court, billiard room, library, state of the art home theater, wine cellar, sauna, steam room, plunge pool, gym, and much more. Entertainment spaces include a 2,200 square foot ballroom and the adjacent great room with 22-foot high ceilings, an atrium, and a 26-seat dining room. The manicured 6-acre property is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful trees.  

Listed by Lisa Troyano-Ascolese of Engel & Völkers Hoboken.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Just minutes away from the Clubhouse at Silverleaf, this home is set apart by its unique privacy. The carefully crafted architecture allows for private and intimate indoor/outdoor living. Interior elements were constructed with care and pride. The herringbone wood floors, detailed ironwork, and countless other elegant touches create a home for art collectors and those that wish to feel spoiled. The guest wing includes three oversized bedrooms each with its own bath. An office wing complements the other side. Upstairs, the secluded owner’s enclave upstairs allows for ultimate privacy.  

Listed by Bob Nathan of Engel & Völkers Scottsdale.

View the full version of the winter edition of Private Residences below, or click here.


As a result of the events surrounding corona, the home and its optimal design and utilisation have regained importance. Many a long-cherished dream is suddenly about to become reality. Many people are thinking about setting up a workshop in their home and how this can be realised. In this article you will learn about what you need to consider and what equipment and tools are worth acquiring. Let’s begin!

Ask yourself the following questions before setting up your workshop.

Such a project needs to be well thought out, because it is a decision that costs time, space and money. Once you have clarified the question of the budget, you can move on to the detailed planning.

Ask yourself the following questions before setting up your workshop.

Such a project needs to be well thought out, because it is a decision that costs time, space and money. Once you have clarified the question of the budget, you can move on to the detailed planning.

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What is the best place for the future workshop in your home?

When choosing a room, you should bear in mind that in a workshop there are some things that could lead to the other occupants protesting:

• dirt, dust

• odours

• noise

Usually the basement or the garage is preferred. It is advisable to install insulation (noise, heat, cold) with optimum ventilation. In addition to artificial lighting, plenty of daylight should be available to optimise light conditions.

Which elements / components are needed in the workshop?

Before you start with the actual set-up, take the opportunity to optimise the “infrastructure” of the room:

• Sockets (220 / 380 volts): these should be installed above table height in sufficient number. Experts recommend at least four per wall.

• Lighting: Ensure good lighting (daylight) and seek advice from a professional. In addition to stationary lighting systems (ceiling, wall), we also recommend the use of portable luminaires.

• Sufficient shelves on the walls with adequate load capacity that are well secured.

• Sturdy tables / workbenches that can take a beating with a hammer.

• Water connections and drains to wash the dirt off your hands after work.

• Heating for the cold season.

Even if you are a skilled do-it-yourselfer, some work requires professional assistance. For safety reasons, you should leave everything to do with electricity and water, possibly gas, in the hands of professionals.

What tools and machines are needed

What tools to get depends above all on the DIY skills of the do-it-yourselfer. If you like working with wood, then a saw and plane will be part of the standard equipment. If you work with metal, you might consider getting a welding machine, a cut-off wheel or even a small lathe. If you mainly repair watches, then the requirements are quite different.

When it comes to tools, you should ask the advice of DIY pros in addition to the salesperson in the specialist store, namely people who have already set up a workshop and work in it.

Overview of the standard equipment needed for a workshop at home

• Drill and cordless screwdriver

• Various screw clamps

• Saws for wood and metal, possibly an electric jigsaw with different blades

• Metal and wood drills in various sizes

• Set of open-end or ring spanners

• Set of allen keys

• Set of screwdrivers (cross-head, slotted and spax), also suitable for the cordless screwdriver

• Several pliers (combination pliers, side cutters, pointed pliers)

• Hot glue gun

• Range of wood and metal screws (different lengths and thickness)

• Toolbox with miscellaneous items: insulation tape, possibly a current tester, screwdriver, 

torch, pencils, selection of different wood and metal screws

Should you buy or rent a workshop: what is recommendable?

If there is no space or capacity for a workshop in your home, think about whether it would be an option to buy or rent. Currently, the market is in flux and many people want to sell their property. Due to the effect that corona has had on property prices, buying real estate and sustainable living has again moved into the realm of possibility. Maybe this is the perfect time to fulfil your dream of having your own workshop.


Winter temperatures mean rising electricity and heating costs. That is an uncomfortable fact. Unfortunately, the solution is not as simple as simply heating less and putting on a thicker woollen jumper. After all: One of the decisive factors for whether or not we feel comfortable in our own four walls is the surrounding temperature.

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The warmer the better does not always apply

There are guideline values for a healthy indoor climate, whereby what is “healthy” also depends on the physical characteristics of the property. If the indoor and outdoor temperatures vary too much and the humidity is too high, the walls and brickwork may become mouldy, especially in rooms with a high humidity such as bathrooms or utility rooms and cooler rooms.

The recommended temperature for living rooms is between 68 and 72 °F, and for bedrooms it is between 61 and 66 °F, which promotes a restful sleep. If the bathroom is also being used as a wellness oasis, the feel-good temperature here starts at 73.5 °F. In the kitchen, bear in mind that the cooktop and oven are additional heat sources whose energy can also be used to raise the room temperature in order to reach the recommended 60 – 64°F.

Using energy sensibly and smartly

You can often save on heating costs by simply heating more efficiently. Thermometers help you check the actual temperatures in your home. Often these are significantly higher than the guideline values. Reducing the temperature by 37.4° can already achieve a total energy saving of 18 %.

During the day, when the occupants are out, the temperature in all rooms can be lowered to between 61 and  63°F. The temperature should not drop below this, otherwise there is again a risk of mould and heating up the house in the evening takes too long, which would also be an inefficient use of energy.

A possible alternative for bridging the uncomfortable half-hour warm-up period is infrared heating. It provides instant heat at close range, making it ideal for bathrooms or a home office during sedentary work. In principle, all heat sources should be free-standing and not prevented from radiating their heat into the room by curtains or sofas.

The consistent use of energy-saving lamps and the monitoring of appliances have a significant impact on the annual energy consumption. Switchable socket strips with save-energy switches are very useful here, because many electrical appliances in a household consume electricity even when they are not in use. This applies especially to older models. Timers can switch them off, as can modern smart home systems that can be controlled via an app while you are out and about.

Seal up gaps and draughts

Checking for possible leaks that allow built-up heat to escape unnoticed is another simple yet very effective way to save energy. In winter, warm air flows out of cracks in a home while cold air sneaks in. Therefore, check that windows and doors are properly sealed. You can easily carry out a candle test for this purpose. Professionals conduct a blower door test or use thermal imaging cameras to identify problem areas. If the windows are leak-tight, shutters, blinds or thick curtains can provide an additional layer of insulation at night.

All of the measures described are suitable for anyone who wants to save money, including tenants of apartment buildings, as they can be implemented easily and without altering the existing building structure.

New buildings and refurbishment – an opportunity to achieve energy efficiency

Whether you are planning a new building or renovating an old one, every building project geared towards the future should aim to achieve the highest possible standard of living and well-being with the lowest possible energy consumption to ensure a good ecological balance. Property owners or builders face different questions than tenants, which are more far-reaching in terms of the scope of the investment and always focus on the long term. It is advisable to seek professional energy advice and an expert opinion on the actual condition of your building. Then you can decide which changes make sense.

Is it enough to install new windows, or should the heating system be completely modernised or renewed? And what about insulation? If you want to sell a property, then at the latest you will also have to comply with the Energy Saving Ordinance. It stipulates that all the energy values of the building must be made transparent to the buyer in the form of an energy certificate.

If you are planning to build a new house or buy a property, you can opt for a low-energy house or passive house. In this case, you can expect the best possible energy values. Passive houses use heat exchangers and solar thermal systems. This is not only possible for new buildings, but also for old buildings that have been retrofitted with extensive insulation to achieve this standard.

A sensible addition for future-oriented heating systems such as heat exchangers and heat pumps is a photovoltaic system with energy storage and smart control, which takes over the entire energy management in the house.



The decision to sell a property is far-reaching and needs to be well planned and executed. The concept of “home staging” originated in the USA, where it became established in the real estate market as early as the 1970s. It refers to the optimal “staging” of a property for sale for potential buyers. The knowledge that a purchase decision is often actually made in the first moments of viewing further clarifies the relevance of the proverbial “first glance”.

Buying a house means leaving the well-trodden paths of the known, realising wishes and increasing the quality of life. This involvement of our dreams and emotions is an opportunity for the seller. If he succeeds in presenting his property in such a way that the prospective buyer can let his imagination roam free when entering the premises and visualise his own dream home there … then the course is already set for a successful conclusion.

Sales statistics show that properties prepared in this way will find a buyer twice as quickly as comparable properties that are not staged.

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Cornerstones of successful home staging

A promising home staging concept manages to create a convincing balance between an inviting atmosphere and a neutral aesthetic. Of great importance for this is a professional lighting concept that is tailored to viewings in daylight as well as at dusk and after dark.

If the property is still occupied, it is advisable to create a neutral atmosphere as far as possible, despite any furnishings. This includes removing all visible personal belongings and replacing them with neutral decoration.

A more than thorough cleaning is called for. “Clean as a whistle” sums it up best, because viewers unconsciously infer the overall condition of the property from the cleanliness and quality of the interior.

The aim of home staging is to make the most advantageous and impressive aspects of your property visible to the widest possible range of buyers. An experienced stager will decide whether it can be sales-promoting to focus on a specific target group of buyers. Young families, for example, can be addressed by giving the children’s rooms special prominence in the design.

Giving the individual rooms a function in the overall living ambience through home staging is also conducive to making the potential of the property more visible.

The garden and exterior of the house form part of the first impression. This includes the state of maintenance of all plantings as well as the facade and exterior lighting.

DIY or would you rather have the professionals do it?

Of course, it is possible to carry out home staging yourself with intensive preparation and planning. However, if you are very busy at work, or if you are not particularly interested in interior design, and you generally entrust garden maintenance to a gardening company, then hiring a professional agency is definitely recommended. You can find a selection of local providers on the Internet. Then comes the selection process of the agency you want to commission to present your property in the best possible light. During an initial consultation, ask to be shown a selection of previous projects with before-and-after photos and the corresponding figures.

Your real estate agency will also be happy to assist you in choosing an agency you can trust. It can recommend competent and reliable partners with whom it has already had good experience and who are a good match for you and your ideas.

What should be included in the staging package and what it costs

Before awarding the contract, have a complete catalogue of measures drawn up showing in detail which services are included in order to get from the current state to a presentation-ready property. A good agency will in turn work with partner companies that provide cleaning services and with handymen and gardeners, should their services be required. It will also coordinate the various activities.

Another important component of a successful sales process is the use of highly professional photographs in the exposé. Home staging agencies tend to work with photographers who specialise in this field. A complete package should include all these services.

The costs for home staging are negotiated individually depending on the scope of the assignment and are usually based on square metres. In our experience, they range between one and three percent of the targeted sales price. Since this can be up to 15 % higher with home staging than without, the investment is definitely worthwhile.

Last Week’s Economic News in Review

January 27, 2021
Existing home sales grew, as did housing starts. Meanwhile, layoffs declined, but remained at extremely high levels. 

Existing Home Sales 

Existing home sales rebounded in December with transactions of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops ticking up 0.7 percent from November to an annual rate of 6.76 million, according to last week’s report from the National Association of Realtors. 

“Home sales rose in December, and for 2020 as a whole, we saw sales perform at their highest levels since 2006, despite the pandemic,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun noted in comments accompanying NAR’s report. “What’s even better is that this momentum is likely to carry into the new year, with more buyers expected to enter the market.” 

Looking at price, December’s median price for all existing homes of all types was $309,800, which marked a 12.9 percent increase over December 2019’s median price of $274,500. This was the 106th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. 

The number of existing homes for sale at the end of December dropped to 1.07 million units, which represented a 1.9-month supply at December’s sales pace. December’s inventory was 16.4 percent below November’s and 23 percent below December 2019’s supply of 1.39 million units.
Housing Starts 

Starts on the construction of private housing in December reached an annual rate of 1.669 million, which was 5.8 percent over November’s rate of 1.578 million, according to last week’s report from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development. When compared to the same period a year ago, this was 5.2 percent higher than December 2019’s pace of 1.587 million. 

Most notably, starts on single-family homes shot up to an annual rate of 1.338 million in December, which was 12 percent over November’s pace of 1.195 million. This was the highest increase since 2006 and further proof that while COVID-19 caused pandemonium in other sectors of the U.S. economy, housing remained surprisingly robust. 

“We expect single-family construction to move up 9 percent in 2021 – a much-needed relief valve for homebuyers,” Danielle Hale, chief economist at, remarked to HousingWire. “While buyer demand has slowed since December, it remains notably higher than one year ago, giving builders a strong incentive to keep building.” 

Stars on buildings with five units or more dropped to a rate of 312,000 in December, which was 15.2 percent lower than November’s rate of 368,000.
Initial Jobless Claims 

First-time claims for unemployment benefits filed by recently unemployed Americans during the week ending January 16th declined to 900,000, which was 26,000 claims down from the preceding week’s total of 926,000, the Employment and Training Administration reported last week. 

The four-week moving average – regarded as a more reliable measure of jobless claims – grew to 848,000 claims, which was 23,500 claims over the previous week’s average of 824,500. 

To give an idea of how bad layoffs continue to be, initial claims for this same period a year ago totaled just 282,000 (consistent weekly claims below 300,000 indicates a growing job market). 

“It’s staggering, and it was worse than I thought,” Diane Swonk, chief economist for accounting firm Grant Thornton, told the New York Times. “This makes stimulus more urgent.”
This week, we can expect::Tuesday – Consumer confidence for January from The Conference Board.Wednesday – Durable goods order for December from the Census Bureaus.Thursday – Initial jobless claims for last week from the Employment and Training Administration; new home sales for December from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development; fourth-quarter GDP from the Bureau of Economic Analysis; leading economic indicators for December from The Conference Board.Friday – Personal incomes and spending for December from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Thank you, Randy Tickle!
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Design Trends to Try in 2021

January 12, 2021


In 2020, people spent on average 10-20% more time at home than in previous years.  As people find themselves at home more, many have invested in home improvement projects, new furnishings, and updated decor. The beginning of 2021 is the perfect time for homeowners to update the interior design of their homes and energize their spaces in preparation for another unprecedented year. From Cottagecore to Industrial Stylings, here are some of our favorite trending design styles to try to make your home more comfortable, stylish, and easy to manage this coming year.

Industrial Style Decor

According to Kobi Karp, principal designer and founder of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, industrial style decor is expected to rise in popularity this year. Industrial style decor is defined by a bold contrast between modern luxuries and timeworn, traditional design elements. Inspired by the lofty look of warehouses, industrial design is often marked by exposed stonework, high ceilings, wood and metal furnishings, and the use of salvaged or recycled materials. Minimalist decor and neutral colors seamlessly blend these contrasting elements to make a unique space that inspires creativity. To play into this style, focus on spotlighting exposed piping and brickwork and incorporate wood and metal as primary materials while placing vintage furniture carefully to highlight open spaces.

Cottagecore Style Decor

With the uncertainty that 2020 brought upon us all, many are seeking comfort in the idyllic rural atmosphere of Cottagecore style homes, distinguished by vintage character details that invoke nostalgia for simpler times. Cottagecore usually works best in homes that already have unique features like exposed beams, original floorboards, or paneled walls. These architectural features are combined with a muted pastel palette and carefully curated antiques and vintage items to design a home that celebrates pastoral life. The best place to start when transforming your home into the perfect Cottagecore hideaway is by re-flooring with warm, weathered-looking wood that creates a peaceful ambiance. Choose rustic furniture pieces made of natural materials and antiques to build on this atmosphere. Dried flowers, floral patterns, and soft cotton/wool fabrics tie together the room into a cozy oasis free from the bustle of modern life. 

Multipurpose Spaces

As COVID-19 has significantly increased rates of remote work and virtual learning, makeshift home offices and classrooms have become a necessity in many homes. With limited space, many homeowners have been reinventing rooms to serve more than one purpose. When creating a functional and organized multipurpose room, it’s essential homeowners take advantage of limited space. L-shaped furniture or shelving units are an easy way to store items in previously unused space and open up the rest of the room. Expanding vertically by using walls for storage will also increase the square footage available in a multipurpose room. 

Durable and Easy to Clean Materials

COVID-19 has also emphasized the importance of cleanly and healthy practices in the home to prevent the spread of germs. Designers predict that in 2021 there will be a resurgence of easy-to-clean materials such as glass and metal to make homeowner’s increased cleaning habits less time-consuming. Homeowners are also more likely to invest in antimicrobial materials like linoleum flooring or materials like stainless steel that can be cleaned with just soap and water. Further, kid-friendly and durable materials designed to resist stains are predicted to become even more popular as remote learning causes children to spend more time at home than ever before. As the pandemic continues into 2021, the increased investment in these materials is unlikely to change. 

Natural Materials

Natural materials saw a renewed interest in 2020 which will more than likely continue well into 2021. Designers have predicted that wood will be the most sought after material this coming year. Jute, leather, and ceramic will retain their popularity as well. When choosing what natural materials to use, reflect on your own personal style, and select materials you identify with most. Using wood furniture or wood accents is the easiest way to incorporate natural materials. Choosing marble or stone as primary materials helps to create a more luxurious atmosphere that still highlights the natural beauty of the material. Add depth and texture to any room simply by layering the natural finishes of different materials and adding live plants to bring nature indoors.


🌟 Remodeling your kitchen? 👍 Kitchen cabinets can be expensive, but here are several ways to find cheap – or even free – kitchen cabinets.


When remodeling a kitchen, as much as a third to half of your budget can be spent on buying new kitchen cabinets. While the cabinets make up a big part of any kitchen, it needn’t cost an arm and a leg to replace them. 

Below, we let you in on a well-kept secret: several ways to find cheap – and even free – kitchen cabinets!


The Internet makes it very easy to connect with other like-minded people in your area, and many homeowners doing remodels use the internet to advertise gently used items like furniture, clothing – and yes – kitchen cabinets. 

The downside to this kind of shopping, however, is that competition can be fierce. Everyone likes to get something for nothing, so if you’re lucky enough to find cheap or free kitchen cabinets online, you must move fast. Some good places to look for cabinets include Facebook local groups, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist. Check to see if your area has a Buy Nothing Initiative as this limits the advertising area to just your local area, which can lessen competition. 


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to find kitchen cabinets on the cheap. With hundreds of stores nationwide, there’s probably a ReStore near you, and because kitchen cabinets take up a lot of precious space, you’re likely to find them at jaw-droppingly low prices. 


Commercial salvage yards are where gently used pieces of houses go to find new forever homes. From bathtubs, countertops, and flooring to sinks, mirrors, and kitchen cabinets, you can find just about any type of home element you need there. Be aware, though, that although the prices are cheaper than buying new, you’ll pay a higher price at a commercial salvage yard than the other methods discussed here as selling used home elements is what they do to earn a living. 


If you’re the DIY type, you may want to make a trip to your local Ikea store for kitchen cabinets. Ikea kitchen cabinets come flat-packed and ready to assemble, which is easy to do. They come in a variety of designs and color choices, and they are surprisingly good quality for the price. 


If you’re patient and take the time to notice, you might find showroom display cabinets on sale at a discounted price. Display cabinets are designed to give you an idea of what a kitchen full of said cabinets might look and function like. They are often packed with extras like bread boxes, slide-out spice racks, etc. to entice buyers to spend more. If a certain model becomes discontinued, its display model usually goes on sale at an extremely discounted price. If you’re not against cabinets that others have touched and used for months, this is a great way to save a lot of money on your kitchen remodel.