How the pandemic changed home design, according to 3 designers

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There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed the way we live, especially when it comes to our homes.

As we’ve found ourselves spending a lot more time in our homes this year due to lockdowns and social distancing, we’ve also had more time to figure out what we want and need in a living space. .

“Before the pandemic, everyone was on the move all the time”, Taniya Nayak, Boston-based interior designer on HGTV’s “Battle on the Beach,” told TMRW. “During the pandemic, we found new ways to interact, all centered around the home, and it reshaped the way we work, sleep, live, exercise and play. Now we are devoting more time and energy to more uses and spaces of our homes and designing them for a new lifestyle today, home-centric.

From structural changes, like layout, to aesthetic changes, like color choices, designers are witnessing a transformation of interior trends.

Below, the interior designers share how home design is changing in the wake of the pandemic.

1. Private spaces are back

Large and beautiful open spaces were all the rage, but as families worked and studied from home last year, the need for private space became more important again.

“Some say open plan floor plans are dead,” Clara Jung of Banner day interiors in San Francisco, TMRW said. “I wouldn’t go that far, but I think people are heading to different spaces for more specific functions. They embrace the comfort and privacy that smaller, more private spaces can offer.

2. Home offices are a high priority

Designers are now seeing customers prioritizing home offices as more people start working remotely due to the pandemic. Maskot / Getty Images

One of the main spaces to get this private treatment is the home office.

“Gone are the days when you could open your laptop at the dining room table,” Nayak said. “The owners dedicate spaces to their working hours and arrange these spaces more reminiscent of a traditional office where they can leave the working day behind.”

Nayak said she is seeing an increase in custom built-in features for both home office and distance learning stations.

And having a pleasing aesthetic background for a full day of Zoom calls has also become important, Jung added. Natural light, pretty artwork, plants, and no clutter are just some of the things people envision when it comes to designing and decorating a video calling space.

3. People get creative with underused spaces

This spare part which is not in use at the moment could be transformed into a home gym. Courtesy of Christopher Dibble

“Many clients are looking to turn any currently unused space, like a basement, into multi-purpose rooms,” said Max Humphrey, an interior designer based in Portland, Ore., and author of the book “Modern American”.

Attics, garages, dining rooms and guest rooms are also transformed into new spaces, like home offices, craft rooms and even wine cellars. The home gym is also a hot space now, as people want to work out in the comfort of their own home. Humphrey said he has conceived a lot of them recently.

4. Outdoor spaces are getting more and more attention

More and more people are creating outdoor living rooms that can safely accommodate friends and family during the pandemic. Courtesy of Christopher Dibble

People spend much more time outdoors when meeting friends and family outside of their homes because they feel more secure during the pandemic. Humphrey said he’s seeing a lot more people investing and prioritizing their backyards with larger decks and entertainment areas.

And it’s not just tables and chairs, but entire configurations that make the space feel more like an outdoor living room or an extension of your main living space. “I put a TV on my covered porch so when I have a movie night or want to watch a football game I can at least be outside,” he said.

5. Colors become bolder

Interior designers have received more and more requests for bolder colors as well as more calming hues since the start of the pandemic. Courtesy of Christopher Dibble

Maybe staring at white walls and neutral colors day in and day out has left many cravings for something a little more alive. From colorful kitchens to funky designs, people are embracing color and pattern again, Humphrey said.

Jung added that the statement tile has become a common demand.

But, at the same time, people have also sought to create calming and calming spaces, she said. “So we tried to create such rooms for our clients, filled with greenery and natural light when possible.

“I think a well-designed space can lead to a happier day,” Humphrey continued. And isn’t that what we all need right now?


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