Welcome back to ‘By Design,’ The Mayflower’s blog series on art and architecture – and the ways they impact us. Previously, we’ve talked about how our surroundings shape our healthhappiness, and relationships – and we’ve explored some of Winter Park’s best-loved historical buildings. This time, we’re looking at trends in home décor – and asking how smart design can help us live better.

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home,” the German poet and author Goethe once wrote – and although several centuries have come and gone since then, his words still ring true.

Whether you’re settling down with a good book, watching fireworks in the backyard, tending the garden, or going about your everyday routine, your home is the foundation of your lifestyle. The average American spends 87% of the day indoors – and these days, many are staying in more often.

In other words, there’s no better time to make sure your surroundings support the lifestyle you really want. To get started, here are three trends to refresh your home – and your outlook:

  • Light and warm tones. This year, designers are prioritizing a sense of freedom and spaciousness – starting with a palette swap. Look for airy, neutral colors like white and grey, which make rooms feel larger. Classic accents, like spice browns and red-toned woods, can create a cozy sense of contrast.
  • Versatile spaces. From Zoom calls to virtual fitness classes, we’re demanding more of our homes than ever before. That’s causing a lot of interest in multifunctional spaces: patios that can host happy hours … offices that double as yoga studios … adaptable, open-design kitchens and living rooms – the list goes on.
  • A natural touch. From a resurgence in rattan to a blossoming interest in indoor gardens, Americans are eager to incorporate more natural elements into their homes. Wood, cotton, and other organic materials are a popular choice for both furniture and décor in 2021. It’s no surprise: Studies show that greenery can improve your mood and productivity, and living near nature is associated with better health.

At our brand-new Bristol Landing neighborhood, we’ll be building spacious waterview residences designed to accommodate your lifestyle. Nestled among green space, ponds and walking trails, Bristol Landing will offer six 2- and 3- bedroom floor plans with open-concept living spaces, high ceilings, lots of natural light, a choice of color palettes and flooring options, and a full array of luxury features and amenities. Plus, with a Club House and Bistro and state-of-the-art Health Center just moments away, everything you’ll need is right here!

Get to know all the advantages The Mayflower has to offer: Experience a virtual flyover of Bristol Landing; explore floor plans; and stay posted on the latest news at our expansion website. For more information, send us a message, or give us a call at 407-672-1620.