Post-pandemic life has proven the need to reconsider home designs and layouts. A house isn’t just a place to live anymore—it’s the office, school, gym and more. As today’s home functions as its own ecosystem, doors help define “microecosystems” where family members need to simultaneously learn, work and rest without disturbing one another.
So, what do homeowners want these all-encompassing sanctuaries look, feel and sound like? According to independent research prepared exclusively for Masonite, the macro-trends driving home design shifts reflect a desire to reconnect with nature (“Co/Habitat”), calm the senses (“Neu Sancto”) and return to glamour (“Voltage”).
Facing pandemic and climate-related future uncertainties, homeowners are rethinking where and how they live. While some have physically relocated to rural areas, many have incorporated simplified aspects of country living into their urban dwellings. As a result, architectural design influenced by this trend takes two approaches.
First, the desire to reconnect with nature leans toward a laid–back, rural-inspired aesthetic, such as the modern farmhouse style popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The second direction skews more simplistic and cleaner, such as the gabled modern style. Both home styles include exterior references that blend indoor and outdoor life, such as front doors with glass for maximum natural light and slat work with a mix of rugged and sleek materials, including real wood.
Though Co/Habitat homes are rural-inspired, their interiors are not overly rustic or cabin-like. Rather, design schemes are modern and chic. References borrowed from farm- and barn-home influences include clean repeats and simple door designs in muted stain finishes or neutral paints that are both warm and sleek.
Since the mid-00s, design has shifted toward purposeful simplicity, serving as a visual antidote to increasing “digital noise.” This preference has only gained popularity because of the pandemic. With either no one else at home or too many at home, demand for sanctuary-inducing activities and spaces have gone from a “nice to have” to a “must have.”
Neu Sancto homes are quiet but not cold. Exteriors often incorporate a gabled roof, wood grain, or a muted neutral such as a warm white to counter starkness. Front or patio doors add to the overall understated design with subtle details like a simple panel design and a neutral paint or stain. Conversely, exterior doors can also be used to counter-balance austerity by incorporating materials like wood, wood-textured fiberglass and textured glass.
Inside the home, different levels of minimalism can be applied to complement modern, transitional, and even some classic home styles. Neu Sancto interiors may be as subtle as paneled walls with minimal repeats and interior doors with embossed lines or a single glass panel. Or, they may be as dramatic as shadow lines in lieu of baseboards, pull-less cupboards and flush doors.
During the pandemic, dressing the home as a stylish new environment took precedent. Now as the world reopens and we adapt to a new normal, a “return to traditionalism” with a glamourous new twist has emerged in fashion, furniture and, of course, architecture. This trend blends contemporary and classic as well as masculine and feminine aesthetics.
Voltage exteriors comprise traditional styles have been paired down stylistically with key elements of bold, balanced elegance. Flat roofs incorporate a few gables for dynamic elevation. Black details juxtapose a white or mostly white color palette. Front doors with glass beautifully contrast stone or brick facades while square-top doors counter-balance arched silhouettes.
Balance and contrast are also major components of Voltage interiors: not too hard, not too delicate. This comes to life as a mix of rounded and arched forms and a palette of refined darks with deep, saturated hues. Interior doors with ornate panel designs heighten the drama while French doors help lighten and brighten a space.
For every trend, Masonite offers a suite of complementary interior and exterior doors for the whole home in a variety of styles and materials. Find the perfect doors for your home.