4 Pandemic Design Insights Here to Stay
The pandemic has inspired us to think differently about our homes. For more than a year, homes have assumed many different functions, often all at the same time. We’re in the middle of a collective reimagining of what home is and what it could be as we continue adapting and prioritizing our lives. Throughout this shift, we’ve been sharing trends and insights that are evolving from this cultural pivot. And now, as the country’s vaccination efforts continue and state restrictions ease, there are several pandemic-inspired home design trends we predict are here to stay.
With many employers making remote work long-term or even permanent, families are opting to relocate from urban areas to the suburbs for larger homes and backyards. Outdoor living spaces are getting a luxe refresh with pools, kitchens, gardens, and kids’ play areas, offering safer spaces for friends and family to gather and socialize. There’s a rising interest in unifying indoor and outdoor spaces to create even more functional living areas. Functionality is a top priority, and people are seeking out homes that offer a good balance of shared and private areas that help achieve work-life balance. Rooms that only serve a single function are out, and multi-purpose spaces are in. As such, expect even more interest in built-ins and stylish storage pieces that control clutter.
The pull for authentic and natural materials offers breathing space from our hyperconnected and technological lives. Expect more non-porous and organic surfaces and furnishings that limit the spread of germs and are easy to clean. Color has also come back in a major way to create a mood or vibe. There’s a real ‘go for it’ feeling as people desire to channel their personalities through color. Palettes are bolder, brighter, and saturated. There’s also a movement toward more distinctive design styles like retro, maximalism, grand millennial, and cottage core styling. As designers, we’re thrilled to see more people loving on their homes and creating spaces that authentically reflect their personalities!