How Interior Design Will Adapt To The Pandemic
Interior Design Trends
The COVID pandemic has led many of us to reflect on what is truly important in our lives. In a post-covid world, those designing or upgrading their residences will not only have a different set of priorities to previous generations but will have to factor in some fundamental differences in the way we’ll need to live. The discussion around how design will change has already begun and here are our thoughts a few trends that may emerge …
Many of our clients will already have offices in their homes, however, the pandemic has accelerated the need for these spaces to be fitted out with all the comforts and technology expected in the boardroom. The size of these spaces in our homes is likely to increase and in order to keep the ambiance of these spaces conducive to productivity – there may be a trend to style home offices quite distinctly. For those with even larger homes outside of the cities, separate formal reception areas and collaborative spaces may even become features tied into a private office.
Outdoor Kitchen Spaces
In the scheme illustrated above, we took the ground floor of a large Holland Park mansion and created an open plan kitchen at the rear that extends out into the garden. Suddenly, the whole space feels bigger, lighter, more natural, and appropriate for dining/entertaining alfresco. In a post-covid world, we expect clients will prefer to have adaptable spaces that extend indoor spaces into the outside and in particular. Given the increasing amounts of time, we’re spending in our gardens and the requirement to dine mainly at home, a hot trend for outdoor gastronomy is likely to burgeon.
Natural & Green Spaces
In cities in particular, where green space comes at a premium, we expect homeowners and renovators will look for ways of incorporating natural greenery and light in their design schemes. Whether or not you have a large garden or not, interior designers can expect to be brought into to transform terraces, balconies, and rooftops into urban paradise. Lightwells and lanterns may also become a feature of the city’s architectural landscape due to their ability to draw natural light deep into thick-walled homes, so common in cities like London.
Apartments in prime central London will increasingly need to be configured in a multi-functional way. Unlike in townhouses or country homes, space is limited and with all the members of the household working increasingly from home we’ll start to see the incorporation of small but beautiful workspaces into bedrooms and living rooms. This ensures everyone in the house will have the flexibility to engage in remote work.
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