design predictions for 2021
How has your home changed over the course of the pandemic?
The last 18 months have put a kind of pressure on the home, that hasn’t really been experienced before. Overnight the home had to become sanctuary, workplace, home school and back-drop to supporting those living it.
Many people started home working by sitting at a dining table or putting a small table or desk in the corner of a room, hoping to get some peace whilst doing their normal jobs which has led to some interesting back drops in video calls or children being involved in meetings! For those who have the luxury of space, they are able to have separate areas for work, family and relaxation. For those who don’t have the space, more creative thinking is required to give dedicated areas to each task and where required make the home flexible enough to act as a work place during the day and family space in the evenings and weekend.
We’re working on projects, specifying furniture and finishes or even redefining the smallest landing to become a usable area, thus meaning the home can be more flexible and support the family during each part of the day. Aesthetically as always, is a very personal part of design, where each individual’s personality can be delivered in to the home in physical form. However, we are finding a more abundant blurring of the lines between those who want a clean minimal aesthetic and those who prefer to play with colour and texture. This is quite often manifested in different rooms having a different aesthetic and feel, but more commonly, aesthetic ideas are blending together to deliver a really eclectic space pushing design language and form.
Even though there is a push for social interaction and getting outdoors with loved ones, we believe the home, now more than ever, is a place of calm and sanctuary where people are going to spend more of their life even after lockdown restrictions are fully-lifted and will be looking at having more social events at home, rather than ‘out & about’. How has your home changed? Have you reconfigured your inside space?