Top UK Home Improvement and DIY Trends 2021
Lockdowns and working from home over 2021 changed our disposable income spending habits. Unable to go out to events, restaurants and pubs, Brits instead turned their attention towards the domestic, spending £40.6 billion on items to make time at home more enjoyable. Every month, 5.4 million search Google for topics relating to DIY and 259,100 for home improvements. What specific household items and DIY home improvement trends have defined our purchasing habits in 2021?
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The Top 30 Home Improvement Items of 2021
|Search Trend||YOY % Change||YOY Difference|
|Home Wind Turbine||90.03%||22,422|
|Air Heat Pump||67.43%||10,886|
|Candles in Glass||65.23%||4,207|
|Ground Source Heat Pump||65.18%||55,718|
|Condenser Tumble Dryer||30.32%||136,028|
|Slabs for Garden||14.02%||43,912|
In 2021, Brits are upgrading their time at home across the board. Millions are enjoying delicious home-cooked meals with new air fryers and induction hobs. Saving money while staying warm is a priority during winter months, with home wind turbines, draft excluders, air heat pumps and ground source heat pumps all among our top 10 home improvement items. And thousands of us are enjoying an ambient atmosphere at home with luxury and glass candles.
The Top 30 DIY Home Improvement Trends of 2021
|Search Trend||Monthly Search Volume|
|DIY Garden Ideas||3,600|
|DIY Wall Panels||3,600|
|DIY Bird Feeder||2,900|
|DIY Fire Pit||2,900|
|DIY Pizza Oven||2,400|
|DIY Built-In Wardrobes||1,900|
|DIY Fitted Wardrobes||1,900|
|DIY Garden Bar Ideas||1,900|
|DIY Garden Furniture||1,900|
|DIY Garden Room||1,600|
|DIY Hot Tub Shelters||1,600|
|DIY Water Feature||1,600|
|DIY Air Conditioner||1,300|
|DIY Hot Tub||1,300|
|DIY Loft Conversion||1,300|
Over 2021, those with a flair for DIY have taken on extra projects to keep themselves busy and upgrade their home. Spending outside during summer has been a key focus, with thousands searching online for DIY garden ideas, DIY bird feeders, DIY fire pits and more. And following the success of Bridgerton, many took to the internet to learn how to try their hand at DIY wall panelling and furniture restoration.
However, the biggest DIY home improvement trend by far is DIY kitchens. 90,500 of us search for DIY kitchens every month to find inspiration, products, tips and how-to guides for this essential hub of the house.
The Top 30 Interior Design Trends of 2021
|Search Trend||Monthly Search Volume|
|Marble Coffee Table||22,200|
|Marble Dining Table||22,200|
|Marble Side Table||8,100|
|Yellow and Grey Wallpaper||6,600|
|Marble Table and Chairs||6,600|
|Grey and Yellow Bedroom||3,600|
|Grey and Yellow Living Room||3,600|
|Grey and Yellow Rug||3,600|
|Yellow and Grey Curtains||3,600|
|Mall Mural Wallpaper||2,400|
|Bedroom Wall Murals||1,900|
|Yellow and Grey Bedding||1,900|
|Yellow and Grey Cushions||1,900|
|Kids Wall Mural||1,300|
|Yellow and Grey Wall Art||1,300|
|Grey and Yellow Bathroom||880|
|Grey and Yellow Kitchen||880|
Marble tables, wall murals and Pantone’s colours of the year, yellow and grey, are in high demand among homeowners redecorating in 2021. But when it comes to our favourite interior design trend, cottagecore comes on top.
Cottagecore embraces connecting with nature and sustainable living: think houseplants, rustic furniture and neutral palettes. Nearly 50,000 Brits search online for cottagecore inspiration and items per month and the trend has a total of 8.1 billion TikTok views.
Which UK city undertakes the most home improvements?
Some locations have been investing in home improvements more than others. Here are the top places undertaking home improvements in the UK:
|City||Interest in Home Improvement*|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||58|
*Scores based on Google Trends data where 100 is the most interested a location can be.
Home improvement trends have changed since lockdown ended
Online interest in ‘home improvement’ has steadily slowed over 2021. Interest peaked in February amid the UK’s lockdown, and since then has slowly declined by 80% towards the end of October.
“Freedom Day” on July 19th 2021 certainly made an impact, causing a 34% plummet in demand for home improvement items in just two weeks. In the period since “Freedom Day”, total online interest in home improvement items has been 31.6 million lower (-16.9%) than the same period in 2020. With the outside world once again opening its doors, attention has moved away from the home and towards spending money on clothes, events, restaurants and bars.
Can you invest in home improvements if you live in a Shared Ownership home?
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