Top 5 Emerging Home Trends Discovered From Pandemic Living
Function Of Living Space
Whether pandemic living is just a temporary inconvenience or the start of longer term lifestyle modifications, how well our homes serve us has suddenly become very important. This means that we’re less concerned with the attractiveness of the interior design. It’s still important but the main focus has shifted to the function of the living space – how well does your home meet your family’s physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs? If you’re able to, consider creating areas specifically for work, play, entertainment, socialising, relaxation, privacy etc with physical barriers to separate the different spaces in your home. A good architect will help to ensure that your home environment meets the household’s needs and improves your quality of life.
The pandemic has proven to a lot of people and companies that working from home is a viable option and we’re already seeing an increase in demand for dedicated workspaces and home offices. A purpose built home working environment should be set up in its own room to prevent disruption from the rest of the household and to create a clear distinction between your work time and your ‘home’ life. When designing your home working space, consider what furniture, storage, lighting, soundproofing, internet access and electrical outlets you’ll need to create a productive environment. If you’ll be making video calls, it’s also worth thinking about what other people will be able to see on screen and whether the office decor/background etc compliments your profession.
We may see a growing demand for the return of separate rooms instead of the open plan lounge-kitchen-dining area that we’re used to seeing. This is partly due to the increased need for an enclosed home working space and partly due to people feeling that their own space and privacy needs aren’t being met due to changes in living situations. Additionally, if the pandemic continues to be an ongoing issue, there may be a need to install additional kitchen and bathroom facilities in the home so that family members can be easily quarantined if needed.
Biophilia & Garden Renovations
Biophilia is the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. During quarantine, many people realised how important it is to have access to some form of nature. For those living in apartments with limited or no access to outdoor space, we’re likely to see an increase in balcony/terrace renovations and also a new trend in incorporating greenery into the home – whether that’s just through purchasing indoor plants or setting up indoor gardening spaces. Circadian rhythm lighting can replicate the natural day/night cycle in your home which will allow the plants to grow and also helps to regulate our own wake-sleep cycle and energy levels. Alternatively, even creating the illusion of nature indoors (using colour, texture, design, images, light, sound and even smell) can trigger the same kind of physiological response as is triggered by ‘real’ nature.
People with gardens will no doubt have been spending a lot more time in them recently and started working on renovation or gardening projects that they haven’t previously had time for. Additionally, with the initial food shortages and increased amount of free time, there’s been a surge in people setting aside garden space to set up their own vegetable plots.
With the need for improved hygiene in the home, we’re likely to see an increase in demand for features and technologies that help to make this easier to manage. This could include self cleaning devices such as smart toilets and faucets that clean themselves after each use which would help prevent the spread of infection. We could also see an increase in the installation of virus resistant flooring, tiles and surfaces and higher demand for easy to clean materials, such as sofa covers/curtains/rugs so that they can be put in the washing machine to kill any viruses living on the fabric.
We’re already seeing some investment in smart home technologies but until recently, it’s mostly been considered a cool tech upgrade that makes our lives easier. Since the pandemic though, we’re much more aware of how easy it is for viruses to spread via surfaces. Using voice control or smart devices set on a timer reduces the risk of infection as it limits how often we need to touch certain surfaces like light switches, heating dials, TV, radio etc.
Finally, if we’re spending more time indoors, we could see an increase in devices such as indoor air quality monitoring, air purifiers and filtration systems to improve the air quality in our homes.
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