The pandemic has forced us all to relook at the way we live and plan for the future. With restaurants, bars, cafes, parks, and recreational areas shut off or restricted to the public it has become essential to revisit the existing structure of our homes to see how it can be modified to fill the void. As people are confined to their homes, residences must accommodate the demands of this new, unforeseen era. Based on the current trends and concepts that have arisen during the pandemic, here are a few ideas to adapt to the new normal.
With movement restricted in many parts of the world, people are now more inclined to stay indoors. It places a particular focus on the significance of storage in the kitchen. Fewer trips to the stores mean that pantries and adequate storage in the refrigerator are going to become more pertinent. Smart kitchen design will also come to the fore with more hands-free, voice-activated technology controlling the faucets, lights and appliances.
Working from home has gone from becoming a rarity to being the new norm. It means that people spend five days a week working over eight hours from the comfort of their homes. While it's debatable whether this model works for all, the need of the hour is to have a well-equipped home office set up. Large work tables, comfortable desk chairs and storage space are essential.
Travel and vacation plans remain largely on hold by the looks of the current state of affairs. Many homeowners have been looking for ways to make their homes feel like a retreat. A great idea to experiment with is a spa-like bathroom that allows for relaxation. With small tweaks such as the addition of house plants to the bathroom, you can simulate a vacation in the comfort of home.
The concept of sanitized entryways is likely to become a trend in interior designing and decoration. Entryways need to be clearly defined transitional spaces where one can sanitize one’s hands before entering to keep homes safe and clean. Also, having a dedicated area to remove shoes, and hang jackets makes the transition from the outdoors to the indoors clean and safe.
The pandemic has dramatically increased people's appreciation of the outdoors and nature. A simple act, such as going for a walk or sitting in a park, has become a source of reprieve. These activities, however, might not be universally accessible or safe. As a result, home design is likely to include private outdoor spaces for every type of home. It includes micro backyards, porches, and balconies.
The transition of learning to Zoom has led to multi-purpose dining rooms with dining tables being turned into study tables. It can lead to multiple distractions which is why it is essential to have designated workspaces at home for productivity and focus. Whether it's a room being converted into a remote-learning nook, or a designated area within an existing room, having clearly demarcated areas is essential.
With restaurants, bars, and cafes becoming inaccessible, homes and backyards have become community hubs for friends and families to hang out, imposing a responsible social distance. Home outdoor living spaces fill the void of missed outdoor experiences that enables safer get-togethers with neighbours and friends.
Another idea to experiment with is the landscaping themes that seamlessly connect the indoors with the outdoors.