The pandemic has shaped how we see, use, and design our homes in distinct ways. Many people discovered just how prized a commodity personal space is and how challenging it is to keep it with everyone staying at home.
Recognizing this lack of appropriate space has led people to rethink what their living spaces should look like in the future. Here are six trends that reflect thisand might stay long after the pandemic is gone.
A return to traditional plans
After years of favor, open floor plans have taken a hit in popularity. With the enforcement ofshelter-in-place measures, homeowners and buyers now want more separation of space for times when complete focus or quiet is needed for work or study.
This has led to a rising trend: a renewed interest in homes with traditional layouts and formal divisions. Even those who are currently living with open floor plans are investing in portable partitions and privacy screens to break up the uninterrupted space that had been in vogue before the pandemic.
Secluded outdoor spaces
Nature has been a valuable source of well-being and rejuvenation in recent times. Those with enough space have taken to collecting potted plants or tending gardens. Taking this ideaa step further, homeowners are designing outdoor areas that feel like a world apart from the one beyond the hedges.
Homes with patios, decks, and balconies are in demand among buyers. Inaddition, the trend to own a private place in nature has led to the front porch’s comeback — this time, as a place where people can watch and interact with the world from a purposeful distance.
Perhaps the biggest influence of the pandemic is that it normalized remote work. With thousands suddenly required to work where they slept, cramped spaces and a lack of privacy have becomemajor obstacles to getting work done.
Since remote work or a hybrid version of office work is probably here to stay, many are already considering moving to larger homes, especially thosewith rooms that can be converted to home offices. In the near future, these said spaces will have plenty of natural light, video-friendly surroundings, and evensome soundproofing.
Multipurpose rooms and spaces
Also known as flex spaces, multipurpose rooms center around pivoting from one use to another without much effort or thought. Playrooms for younger kids are now being redesigned to keep up with the children’s evolving requirements as they grow up.
Meanwhile, in a day-to-day sense, odd corners and nooks in bedrooms and living rooms are nowbeing used as additional study and work areas. These provideeach family member with their own secluded space and the opportunity to spread out under one roof.
To support their morphing nature, multipurpose rooms and spaces ofthe future will have highly portable furniture, with a few doubling as storage space.
A smarter, larger kitchen
As households adapted to leaving the home only for essentials, the kitchen has taken up a stronger central role in the home. It’s not only where you prepare food and eat, but also where your impromptu workspace or Zoom nook might be.
Consequently, open kitchen designs are enjoying strong demand. They bring a sense of lightness and size, and welcome additional storage options like floor-to-ceiling shelving. Smart features add another layer of ease and sanitation. Homeowners and buyers are putting a premium on voice-activated appliances, smart temperature control, and motion sensors that dispense water, open refrigerator doors, and turn on taps without contact.
One last trend to come out of the pandemic is the inclusion of hygiene as an important criterion in designing and renovating homes. Entryways and mudrooms are beingset up with cleaning stations where you can sanitize your hands and store outside clothes away from the rest of your home.
Floors and surfaces in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom are also getting their due attention. Homeowners and buyers currently pay closer attention to materials that are easy to clean and disinfect (stainless steel and quartz) and are naturally antimicrobial (unsealed copper, linoleum, and cork).
They also express interest in improved air quality indoors and want to see heating and ventilation systems that can circulate outside air, purifying it in the process.
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