8 TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN AFTER COVID 19
For sure, we are living in a moment of big changes. And, what’s for sure is also that our homes became the protagonists of the particular moment we are living in. Needless to say, this is going to change the way we live our homes as well as the way we design them. So, the question we are trying to reply today is: how will the pandemic affect our homes?
My first thought was that nobody was used to living at home 24 hours daily, so yes, this is definitely the beginning of a change. Hopefully, this time is not going to last forever, but it will have an impact on the long term on our psychology. My first thought was that people will finally understand the importance of good interior design. Designing our homes is not just about “making pretty stuff”, it is a matter of quality of life, of bringing wellness into our homes. I have always been a positive person and I think that all this situation is going to give new importance to some roles – like the ones of architects and interior designers – that were not fully understood before. This is because, the next time we will find ourselves buying our homes, we will all remember about those times when we were forced to quarantine for weeks inside them, and we will make our choices more carefully.The following are the forecast of the trends in interior design after covid 19 :
1. Embracing the Niksen
Niksen is a Dutch word which can be translated into “doing nothing” and, most of all, without any purpose.
Strictly related to the concept of mindfulness and wellness, Niksen is already recognized as a way to recover from burn-out and to become more creative in the long term. What is happening now is that forced to stay in quarantine inside our homes, we are forced to slow down as well. Probably, we are having many moments of just doing nothing, that before we would have lived with anxiety and a sense of guilt because we have been growing with the cult of productivity. After these times of lockdown, we will realize that sometimes the best thing to do is just doing nothing at all for a while, to be back later healthier and more productive.
As a consequence, sanctuary-like spaces inside our homes will also become a trend, thinking for example about small relaxing and reading corners.
2. The New Normal: Working from Home
Because of the quarantine, people have been forced to work from home. Despite already being a trend among the freelancers, smart working was absolutely not a common thing before the Coronavirus crisis. This crisis will prove to companies that didn’t believe in this model of work that it’s actually possible to work from home and to people that working from home can improve well-being and is a really sustainable choice.
Office furniture, good lighting, efficient storage, will see a demand in the interior design. In addition to this, we will design home offices to be suitable for video calls that are to say to be as much soundproofing as possible, but also aesthetically pleasing to be shown on a screen.
3. Privacy and Soundproofing
As highlighted in the point before, we are starting to do some activities at home that require new solutions we did not have before. As for example, video calls require soundproofing solutions, a trend we already saw a lot last year among workspaces and that will be now part of the home environment as well.
By staying in quarantine for weeks, maybe in a large family with kids, we are also all reconsidering the concept of privacy. This may lead us to reconsider home layout towards a close scheme, instead of the open plans that have been a key trend in interiors in the last years. Forget about big open plans where kitchen-sitting room-dining-reading are all in one space.
We will look for space where to cook without annoying the other households or, for example, for a separate entrance where we can take off our shoes without bringing them inside the home. Thinking even further, there may be the need for creating separate spaces with all the facilities, in case one member of the family is infected by a virus.
4. Healthier spaces
After these days, we are all going to develop a new interest and sensitivity towards home hygiene and sanitize This will bring many interesting changes inside our homes, with the acceleration of some technologies that actually already exist but were not so common, or the invention of many new technologies to help our homes hygiene.
Think for example about air purifiers, indoor air quality monitoring, new filtration systems for the air and the water. But also, about germ-resistant materials for flooring and surfaces, as well as auto-cleaning technologies to be integrated inside furniture, for example inside wardrobes and kitchen cabinets. I am also thinking about some changing in the fabrics, with rugs to be easily cleaned for example. Ultraviolet lamps could also be a new technology to be integrated at home, to kill bacteria and viruses.
5. Voice Control and easy-to-use technologies
Smart homes and vocal control are already something happening now. But let’s be honest, before we didn’t have the need to avoid touching certain surfaces, we all thought smart technologies were just something which made our lives easier and our houses cooler.
Now, we are considering how many hands can touch the doorknobs of our entrance (especially if we live in a flat on an apartment building) or the buttons of an elevator. That’s why vocal control can really become a huge trend now. Plus, for people living alone, it may be a really helpful solution in case they feel sick and need help.
Regarding people living alone, especially seniors, this crisis can bring new ways of integrating digital media inside our homes. Think about accessible ways in which technology can be easily used by both seniors and young tech-savvy generations.
6. New spaces for new functions
One of the things that have been absolutely accelerated because of the pandemic is for sure online shopping and, consequently, home delivery. Will the houses of the future have a small space before the entrance to be dedicated to packaging drop-off?
Another rising trend can be the design of storage spaces, such as pantries. If we thought that these spaces were only viable in big houses, after this crisis we will probably change our minds. Refrigerators and home canteens may have a big moment as well.
Thinking further, all kind of technologies that will make our homes independent from the rest of the world could have a big development. I am thinking about solar panels and geothermal, which can provide water supply, electricity and heating in case of a shutdown, besides being fully sustainable.
7. Greenery - Indoor Garden
After quarantine inside a flat, everybody will absolutely want to have a small garden, or at least a small terrace where spending some time outdoors.
All things related to gardening will see a huge comeback, together with new ways to incorporate greenness inside homes. Vertical gardens and indoor gardening will have a boom, as a proven way to reduce our stress and to improve the air quality inside our homes. Growing what you eat can become an option to be explored for the indoor as well, with small indoor areas equipped with artificial light, air and water to make vegetable grow.
Biophilia will become a real necessity, more than just a trend.
8. Less is More and Local is Better
We will probably discover that yes, we can live with less. We can even manage to go shopping for food every 10 days. We will also develop a stronger sense of community and, hopefully, a new sensitivity towards the environment.
Local design and craftsmanship will also be a rising trend, first, because governments will have the need to restore their economics, hopefully by giving benefits towards local productions at the expenses of unsustainable things like “made in China” and similar ones. We need to review our globalized “linear” way of designing and producing. We need to create a better system with fair working conditions and products that stimulate communities, regenerate the environment and do not impose unfair competition.
Covid 19 has changed the way we live and all we can do is forecast the trends in interior design after covid 19 It definitely has changed the spaces we live in. After all the risk we take up while going out we need a space where we want to live free and stay safe. The mentioned above trends were forecast to come into the picture far from today but due to unforeseen circumstances, the time has come to renovate our interiors so that it has a proper blend of both, Personal spaces as well as professional spaces.