Post lockdown. The Impact of Covid-19 on interiors .
Posted on 19th April 2021
As the UK eases out of lockdown and the unlocking begins, we take a look at how the past year may drive a lasting change in the way we use our homes in the future.
We cannot deny our homes have been put through their paces over the last 12 months. From cosy retreat to bootcamp, date night to boardroom – with some even changing to student university accommodation – our four walls have adapted to our ever-growing needs.
For sure, the emphasis on hygiene and cleanliness will be with us forever – with handle-less and sensor touch fast growing in popularity, smart taps that deliver instant boiling hot water and our very own worktops with long lasting built-in Microban® anti-bacterial technology, make it simpler to keep our shared spaces safer and cleaner.
The kitchen, as ever, is the pulse of the home, with family members “dining in” so much more and choosing to remain working from home, literally from the kitchen table. Natural light, fresh air, large windows, larger kitchen islands, more seating, improved functionality – the kitchen is expanding in every way.
We predicted this year a focus on earthy tones, with green and natural textures dominating. Copper and stainless steel are here to stay – not least due to their hygienic properties.
Has open-plan evolved to broken-plan?
Multi-use rooms are also here to stay, with working from home set to remain a normal part of our lives. With smaller workhubs and zones for privacy and quiet as our laptops open, the need for versatile spaces continues to grow within the home.
Yet, along with this new variety of daily activities, daily downtime is also essential. The serene spa bathroom has seen a rise in popularity – from the simple; a new steam showerhead in the en-suite – or the family bathroom being transformed into a luxurious oasis; with a standalone bath and waterfall taps, surrounded by lush green plants. A space to relax and revive.
Clutter-free and easy to keep tidy, the newly refined living space with scented candles and a yoga mat ready to be unrolled. Wherever we can, our homes have to adapt from busy family spaces to ones that also accommodate quiet solitude. In practical terms, this means plenty of storage, hidden charging outlets and multifunctional furniture!
However you’ve adapted your home, or if you’re thinking of adapting it due to the growing needs of your family, then let us know. We’d love to hear about your projects.