Creating a Home Oasis

Creating a Home Oasis

  • Susan Solliday
  • 02/25/23

As modern professionals increasingly pursue greater workplace autonomy, many are making a move from large cities to rural and suburban areas for their expansive lots and competitive home prices. This transition, which has caused a boom in home sales, has also caused a shift in homebuyers’ attitudes. With labor and material shortages impeding construction timelines and complicating the idea of a fixer-upper, buyers now crave convenience and luxury finishes as much as custom designs and open spaces. At the same time, the need for natural surroundings is quickly becoming a key consideration for prospective homeowners who, after enduring extended periods of confinement due to COVID-19, now prioritize access to nature.

As a home seller, it’s important for you to stay on top of interior design sources and trends to make sure your property meets the needs and desires of homebuyers in 2023. With the right preparation and attention to detail, you can successfully sell your home faster and for a higher price.

Intentional Multi-Use Spaces

In the wake of 2021, there has been a marked increase in demand for larger dwellings as homeowners look to maximize space and make room for multiple activities. Where requests for 2,000 square feet homes used to be commonplace, the latest homebuyers have driven the request up by an astounding 51%. Now, households are keen to incorporate a mix of living, working, and leisure areas, enabling you to be more creative with your space by integrating various elements into one.

This can involve the combination of a guest bedroom and home office, a garage with a workshop or a home gym, or even a family room with a workspace or gym. Ultimately, these trends towards bigger and more versatile homes will provide households with more scope to utilize their space effectively.

Specialty Rooms

Homeowners have rated specialty rooms as the most important items for their home in 2023:

Laundry Rooms

If your washer and dryer are currently tucked away in a closet or garage, it’s time to start thinking about an upgrade. 87% of buyers prefer having a separate laundry room and 63% of those would like to have it on the first floor for convenience. When you’re remodeling, remember to keep a few trends in mind to turn your practical room into a luxurious one.

  • Storage like shelving or cabinets for supplies.
  • Cabinet or cupboard ironing board to keep tidy.
  • Stackable washer and dryer system, freeing up floor space for additional storage or folding space. I’m in love with the LG Studio Washtower®. Sleek, compact, and its AI technology virtually lets you forget about sorting or choosing cycles.
  • Don’t forget some color, wallpaper, and some fabulous decorative and task lighting.

Formal Dining Spaces

Open-concept great rooms have become increasingly desirable as entertaining at home grows in popularity. For those who enjoy entertaining guests, the formal dining area can be a highly desirable feature of a home. We predict this trend will stay in demand for the next few years.

Great Rooms

The events of 2020 demonstrated how tricky navigating an open-plan living area with tall ceilings can be. Nonetheless, we are not doing away with open-concept floor plans, as 9 out of 10 homebuyers are still asking for them.

We are instead noticing a rise in a mix of open and enclosed rooms, giving inhabitants the capacity to get some extra privacy while still permitting natural movement from one space to another. Sliding doors, pocket doors, and various other creative design ideas will enable homeowners to swiftly close off rooms when necessary.

Popular combinations are:

  • Kitchen and dining room (85%),
  • Kitchen and family room (79%), or
  • Dining and family room (70%).

Home Office

As the world continues to adjust to post-COVID life, the concept of working from home is here to stay. While there has been a decline in overall investments, many potential home buyers are prioritizing the home office as a key element. People are on the lookout for attractive, personalized spaces that are conducive to videoconferencing. Quality lighting and an aesthetically pleasing background are essential components to ensure remote meetings look professional and polished as well as enhance the overall look of the home.


For a homebuyer or seller in 2023, modern kitchen design is all about striking a balance between creating a social, stylish, and luxurious space focused on efficiency, convenience, and sustainability. The current trends favor open layouts, multi-functional islands, and eco-friendly materials that can be customized.

Quick tips:

  • replace the farmhouse sink with the far more popular side-by-side (81% more preferred),
  • add a water filtration system,
  • small dining table near or in your kitchen, or
  • designated pantry or storage options.

If you are looking to make your home more attractive to potential buyers, consider reconfiguring your existing floor space to add a walk-in pantry. As many as 81% of buyers appreciate this feature, even if the kitchen works without it. To make the most of your space, use drawer and back of door organizers and dedicated cabinets for additional storage.

Furthermore, don’t forget about color! Rather than the conventional all-white kitchen, many homeowners are opting for more colorful millwork and hard surfaces to create a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. Granite and quartz have been slowly losing favor while marble and soapstone have steadily grown in popularity. Additionally, a range hood is a perfect place to add a pop of color, whether it’s metal, limestone, tile or even a custom-painted hood. Or up the comfort and coziness level with a wood or plaster “disappearing” range hood or explore other colored appliances, custom built-ins, and custom upholstered pieces for a unique touch.

Natural and Sustainable Spaces

Welcome to 2023! As the world moves forward, home-seekers are looking for something more than just a place to live; they want to bring the outside world in. A growing trend in interior design focuses on natural elements such as daylighting, artificial lighting, and lush plants. Additionally, buyers are shifting away from cold and hard synthetic materials, towards warmer and tactile natural fabrics, wood, and renewable materials such as wool, cotton, bamboo, linoleum, and cork. Other metals, such as bronze, copper, nickel, and unlacquered brass, will remain a go-to over flashy golds and chrome.

If you’re looking to sell your perfect home, be sure to prioritize hardwood, which 81% of home-seekers favor in their living rooms. To mimic the look of wood, you could consider wood-look porcelain tile or luxury vinyl. No matter your choice, you’ll be sure to find a place to call home in 2023.

Which of these design trends inspire you to upgrade your home?


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