Post-Pandemic Design Trends
The worst health effects of the pandemic may be behind us, but it has a lasting impact on how we work, how we feel, and how we live. It’s no wonder that the pandemic has changed how we view our homes, and what we expect from interior design. Here are some of the biggest post-pandemic interior design trends we are seeing, now and for the future.
Wellness At Home
Many pandemic home decor trends were driven by health and safety concerns. A dramatic increase in awareness of home health and sanitation sparked a wide range of changes to our interior design. Here are some of the biggest effects:
- Biophilic design. Gone are the white interiors of the 2010s. Green is the color of the year, and indoor plants are more important than ever. Biophilic design incorporates nature, color, and lighting to create spaces that are more physically and mentally healthy.
- Keep it clean. Increased time at home causes mess and clutter to be more impactful, and we are all more aware of sanitation issues. Homeowners are choosing surfaces and designs that help make the home easier to clean, and moving away from glass and chrome that need more maintenance. Non-porous surfaces like metal, epoxy, and porcelain are more resistant to germs and bacteria, and faster and easier to clean.
- Touchless. This interest in sanitation has led to more and more touch-free elements in interior design, including motion-activated trash bins and faucets, and the use of more smart devices that are controlled by apps rather than with manual controls.
Post-Pandemic Kitchen Designs
The pandemic had some of its most powerful effects on our kitchens. There was an enormous increase in cooking and baking at home, partly driven by changes in food availability, a sudden spike in eating at home, a need for more comforting foods and smells in the kitchen, and more people choosing food and cooking as a new hobby. Some of the key features of post-pandemic kitchen design include:
- Curating the kitchen as a living space. When more family meals and shared time is taking place in the kitchen, cleanliness, and efficiency are more important than ever, but so is reducing clutter and maximizing space. People feel the need to stock up on more food staples and optimize their pantries, but want to keep the kitchen open and livable. This has led to demand for more out-of-sight kitchen storage, including better pantry organization, adding prep kitchens or additional kitchen space, and choosing closed cabinets over open shelving.
- Better kitchen appliances and infrastructure. As people are using their kitchens more than ever, and developing their skills as home chefs, their expectations have increased. They are investing in high-quality countertop appliances, and want more accurate ovens and ranges. From KitchenAid mixers to induction cooktops, people are expecting more and better from their kitchen appliances.
The Design Evolution of the Home Office
While the kitchen has become a post-pandemic focal point, arguably no room has seen a greater transformation than the home office. Working from home is a trend that is here to stay, and people are investing in interior design for the home office that improves comfort, productivity, and health. Homeowners are moving their offices out of the closet and making long-term interior design decisions for their home office. The biggest trends are:
- Better home office furniture. In the early days of the pandemic, people were setting up work areas wherever they could find an empty corner. Now people are choosing home office furniture that improves their health and productivity. People are looking for bigger desks with more room, ergonomic seating, and ways to incorporate healthy physical activity throughout the day. Adjustable sit/stand desks, treadmill desks, and quality home office furniture is increasingly important.
- Thoughtful home office lighting. Lighting is one of the most important ways to make a space healthier and more comfortable, and improve your mood and productivity. As home offices move out of closets and cupboards, people are choosing natural light, full-spectrum lights, and other customized lighting solutions to make working from home more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Reduced formality in the home office. In the first days of the pandemic, many people choose to paint their backgrounds in basic, neutral, “professional” tones. As we have become increasingly accustomed to video calls, more and more people are choosing to relax the formality of their home offices and express more of their personalities. Post-pandemic home offices will become less of a “background” area, and more personalized and interesting.
Doing More at Home
The pandemic gifted us with many new terms for interior design, including pandemic-inspired design trends like “newstalgia” and “emotional escape rooms.” During the pandemic, extended time at home forced spaces to become more comfortable and more versatile, as the home became the center of entertainment, exercise, and wellbeing. Here are some of the ways these trends will have a lasting design influence after the pandemic:
- Wellness spaces at home. More and more people are choosing to set aside spaces in their homes for the practice of activities that bring them health and joy. While music rooms or meditation spaces were once perceived as over-indulgent, they have now become essential. Interior designers are creating home spaces devoted to reading, bathing, music, massage, and more.
- Smarter and more connected than ever. Post-pandemic interior design incorporates technology in more ways than ever. From app-controlled luxury lighting and audio environments to incorporating virtual reality spaces in the home, to simply extending wifi range to allow people to work remotely from their balcony or back yard, technology is how we simplify, stay connected, and use our homes after the pandemic.
The pandemic made us rethink everything, and the extended time at home made us reconsider how we want our personal spaces to feel and function. While post covid home trends may look very different, driven by individual taste and preferences, they are based on universal themes of comfort, utility, and personal expression. Our homes have never been more important, and interior design has never been so essential. The award-winning team at J.Fisher Interiors are experts at balancing trends with timeless designs that make your home a sanctuary. Contact us for more information.
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