Designing Post Pandemic
A global pandemic has impacted the world in so many different ways and has affected everyday life as we know it. It’s no surprise it’s influencing the interior design world. More time is being spent inside, and designers will see more homes being remodeled to have extra rooms turned into offices, classrooms for kids, yoga studios, gyms, movie rooms, and art studios, all while keeping a luxurious feel. Read on to find out the different design trends that have come out of the pandemic.
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Embracing Outdoor Spaces
Outdoor spaces are becoming a critical essential post-pandemic. Indoor spaces are designed to be extended into the outdoors with glass doors that can be easily pulled open and closed. With a focus on standout features like swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, and sprawling gardens, the outdoor space is becoming the new entertainment space. Embracing the outdoors also means embracing the seasonal changes. Fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and patio heaters add warmth, while covered pergolas and shade sails by a luxurious pool to create shade overhead.
When creating the ultimate outdoor area to recharge and relax, no detail will be forgotten. Small textured items like outdoor rugs, furniture, pillows, and throws will help enhance the outdoor space to feel more inviting and luxurious.
Open-concept floor plans have been a must-have favorite for years and were once thought here to stay. While the open design offers flexibility, the design is quickly falling out of fashion due to its limits on practicality during the pandemic. Expect to see more design layouts with more defined rooms and areas. Having distinguished rooms and areas within the layout will help define spaces to help separate work and play.
Storage for Everything
Storage is becoming an essential part of the custom build process. From a well-designed mudroom to a garage with walls of build-cabinets, storage is planned in every room. Knowing that there will be a space for everything keeps things organized and uncluttered. The extra storage space keeps the area feeling orderly and helps accommodate everyday life’s ever-changing tasks.
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Nature Inspired Tones
Nature-inspired tones are on the rise and warming up all aspects of interior design. From textiles to furniture to even wall colors, you can expect to see palettes full of warm and natural tones splashed throughout the entire layout and design. Warm, neutral colors help to accentuate texture, which is vital in creating comfort and reassurance. By mixing and matching earthy browns, greens, and warm tones, the colors help to play a big part in creating a space that feels relaxing while still giving off a luxurious look.
Air quality has been a surprising trend, and we see it incorporated into more and more layouts. Focusing on increasing air quality and natural light means more floor to ceiling windows, balconies, patios, and indoor gardens. While it adds to the overall design layout, it supports natural air, natural light and promotes overall health and wellness.
While having the floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors promotes better airflow and air quality, it is essential in promoting natural light. Light not only helps set the tone and feel of space but creates a better connection between the indoors and outdoors, allowing you to see the natural world and greenery regularly. Expect to see larger windows and sheer window treatments to help open up the outdoors and enhance the natural light.
Most of our lives are spent online, even before the pandemic. Today, the focus on the digital world has grown exponentially. From virtual working to virtual tourism, it’s a trend we are seeing take over every aspect of the world, specifically the interior design world. During the custom build process, expect to see more digital elements taken into consideration. From planning a designer approved background for meetings to including technology hookups in every room, it will play a huge part in the home planning process.
Embracing Home Offices
The days of working from the kitchen table are over. With more and more clients working from home, offices have become a staple when it comes to designing and planning a home layout. From remodeling small closets into extra office nooks or building an addition for a custom office space, a defined area for working from home will become essential in every home layout.
Just like home offices, entertainment spaces will become essential when it comes to planning home layouts. With more enhanced technology installations, like home movie theatres and built-in game rooms, entertainment spaces will be crucial for clients. Basements and extra rooms are being remodeled and transformed into art studios, playrooms, and theatres, while custom home builds are planning entertainment spaces into the layout from the start.
Combining Design With Health
The pandemic has influenced the importance of interior design with health. Creating spaces to prevent the spread, like designing landings to take off shoes, has become more popular in the planning process. Homes are being customized and designed to consider the wellbeing and health of others before entering the home.
Home Spas & Wellness Areas
Steam functions, infrared saunas, and massage areas have become a design must-have, remodeling bathrooms into luxurious retreats during the pandemic. From large soaking tubs to outdoor showers, designers are creating a luxurious spa-like experience in bathrooms and wellness rooms within the homes. Water and waterfalls can be therapeutic. Combining water, light, and glass is an elegant decor addition to these wellness areas. It adds privacy while creating a spa-like experience.
Boutique Gym Experience
Not only has it influenced wellness designs, but it has turned homes into a new boutique gym. While gym spaces were often forgotten about when customizing a home build, it is now a focus when planning the layout. From floor to ceiling windows to soundproofing built into the walls, home gyms have become essential in the planning process. From built-in technology features like speakers and televisions, virtual training will be explored through the comfort of an at-home boutique-like gym experience.
Forget the designer shoe closet; the kitchen pantry is on-trend these days. While pantries were often overlooked in the home layout before the pandemic, it’s become an essential step in the custom home build process. Expect to see large pantries full of beautifully built-in cabinets and multi-level shelving to store extra supplies and snacks.
Since the pandemic, the quality of fabrics, where it’s from, and the longevity has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Knowing that the products are built to last while still being beautiful and luxurious has become an essential part of the designing process. Expect to have conversations with clients about quality and comfort, not just look.
What design trend post-pandemic are you loving? We’d love to know!