A house isn’t just a place to sleep any more – it’s your office, your social space, your exercise zone, and more – and people are looking to create a home that reflects this.
COVID-19 has changed everything as we know it and now the pandemic is even influencing how we decorate our homes. Here we look at 5 post lockdown interior design trends that are being shaped by our new ways of living and how to showcase or include a fire in these.
- SMALL SPACES
The art of doing nothing to improve wellness and mindset is more valued than ever before. As a consequence, sanctuary-like spaces inside our homes are also becoming a fast-growing trend, small relaxing spaces, cosy nooks and reading corners.
There’s something about a fire in a home that doesn’t just add warmth physically. Fireplaces also radiate emotional warmth. Many homes don’t have the space for a full-sized fireplace, but that’s not a reason not to have one. There are so many options of small sized, and even portable, fireplaces available that there really should be no reason why you can’t have a fireplace if you want one. They are the perfect addition to any sanctuary space in our opinion.
- HOME OFFICES
Undoubtedly, one of the long-term consequences of COVID-19 is the fact that more people are now working from home. The negative stigma of working from home has officially been lifted and although offices haven’t been written off there is a much more flexible approach to where you work going forward.
Creating a private space to work and formal workspace is more important than ever before.
With more people taking on remote and flexible working, trends are already increasing in forming dedicated, private home work spaces and home offices, as opposed to makeshift desk setups. When you spend a lot of time working from home, you need to have a space to enable you to be separated from the rest of the house, not only to be more productive but also to have a clear separation between working hours and relaxing/staying at home hours.
Make your work-from-home area cosy by installing an on trend electric stove and style it to make it your own. Aside from helping with heating costs, it’s a video call background must have!
Read more about the home office must-have here
- KITCHEN RE-DESIGN
Kitchens are becoming the absolute heart of the home, more than ever before. We have all been facing a ‘full house’ every evening of the week and really have-to make the most of our living and dining spaces, especially the kitchen. Open kitchens are the heart of the home again and the room used most frequently by everyone. Larger kitchen islands with integrated seating, as well as integrated banquette seating and desk areas within kitchens are fast growing in popularity. These spaces now need to be multi-functional for eating, entertaining, kids’ homework and video calls.
Space for armchairs or an additional sofa in the kitchen is also becoming a trend. Throughout the home, large, comfortable sofas and armchairs are taking precedence over smaller, daintier pieces as they need to accommodate more family members at one time.
Although tunnel or ‘see-through’ gas fireplaces have been around for a while, two-sided fireplaces are once again increasing in popularity in open plan living areas. Often used to divide kitchen and dining areas, or living spaces and kitchens these fires help create spaces and are a wonderful centerpiece. Glass-fronted, balanced flue gas fireplaces make this possible without having to have a big chimney to make it work.
- AT-HOME GYMS
A private exercise space has always been an important consideration in many homes, but lockdown has certainly placed more emphasis on specific features within a home gym over others. For example, virtual training sessions have soared during this time, which means a good screen (which can be hidden away) is essential and excellent speakers are even more important for online personal training sessions.
Now, it may not be an obvious location for a fire to be part of your makeover designs, but if your gym is serving as a yoga, pilates or meditation area then warmth and comfort are key criteria. It’s a well-known fact that many people have had a hard time during social distancing and lockdown measures contributed to loneliness, feelings of isolation and even depression. Making space for mindful activities is a growing trend and a fire can serve as a source of comfort. A wall mounted electric fire or minimalistic stove would suit a home gym ideally with the flexibility to have heat, ambiance or both at only at the flick of a switch.
- BOLD COLOUR
As we have been spending more time indoors, there is a rejection of ‘safe’ neutral colour palettes. People are considering their backgrounds more than ever before thanks to video calls, and creating a personalised, interesting space at home is at the forefront of new design trends. A bold print to create a feature wall, characterful cushions or throws, or a vibrant reupholstering of soft furnishings are simple ways of bringing in uniqueness and cheer. Bringing the outdoors in, biophilic design, and a lean toward hues that mimic the sensation of being in nature are a design must, especially in city-dwellers’ spaces.
Your fireplace can wear neutral and bright hues equally so go ahead and try something new. Bright and bold colours lend themselves to being mirrored in the rooms accessories. Why not embrace both the botanical and bold trends? Refresh your chimney breast with a statement deep green and add fresh leafy pot plants to your mantle.