There’s no denying that the first half of 2020 has been tough for everyone. Instead of dwelling on the past, I believe it is now time to look to the future and what that means for design, our homes and our lifestyles. We have all spent countless hours at home throughout 2020 and it has definitely taught us more about the way we live and has opened our eyes to anything that needs changing or is not functioning properly within our homes. I have come up with a few ways that I think 2020 has taught us lessons in our homes and what we will be considering more when it comes to interior design in the future.
Natural Light And Fresh Air
I believe having natural light and good air flow has a direct correlation to your mood, health and wellbeing over time. I’m sure you have noticed yourself gravitating to the rooms in your home that have more natural light throughout the day, whether that be to eat your breakfast in the sunshine of your dining room or rearranging your office, so the desk is by the window. In the future we will definitely be seeing an emphasis on natural light, window placement and air flow when designing homes. Ensuring high traffic spaces such as the living room, dining room, kitchens and bedrooms have enough natural light throughout the day and the opportunity for adequate air flow throughout.
Cosiness Is Key
When spending time at home the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable. If we could collectively count the amount of hours we have all spent curled up in bed or on the sofa watching tv in the past few months it would be too much to handle. What do we believe got everyone through the isolation period though? Comfy cushions, cosy blankets and furniture that is comfortable and functional. I predict the future of design will steer more towards a cosy vibe, with an emphasis on pieces for lounging and relaxing being a top priority. We will also say goodbye to any throw rugs, blankets and cushions that are purely there for decorative purposes. No one wants to snuggle down with a scratchy blanket or recline back onto a cushion with sequins or heavy embroidery. Cosiness is key!
Decorate With Items You Love
Filling a home with sentimental items that bring you joy and remind you of your loved ones or spark amazing memories of trips and adventures overseas are essential. After spending so much time at home recently, we have learnt that the items in our home need to reflect the personalities and values of the people living in it. Minimalism is great but having framed photos of your smiling family and gorgeous decorative items you picked up on a memorable trip to Europe will make such a difference to the overall feel and atmosphere of the home. Not only does it bring you joy when you enter your home after a busy day, but it also allows your guests to see more of your personality and an insight into your interests and values.
Plants Are Essential
If you didn’t buy a plant during the isolation of 2020 then you did something wrong. I saw countless memes that I related to on a big level about collecting too many plants and watching with bated breath as you anticipated a new leaf spring to life! It is human nature to want to nurture, care for something and watch it grow and if you aren’t ready for children or can’t commit to an animal right now, then plants are the next best thing! Not only do they purify the air, make you feel like a proud plant Mumma as you watch them grow, but they are also one of the best decorating accessories you can use in your home. Plants add a pop of colour to any space and work well at complimenting just about any colour palette. We have not seen the end of the plant craze just yet!
Not To Be Afraid Of Colour
Another decorating element that 2020 has taught us is to not be afraid of colour in your home. Incorporating your favourite colours into your space will bring joy and comfort when spending time at home. Our homes need to feel inspiring and having a mixture of colours, tones and textures that ignite joy and motivate you on a daily basis is essential. Whether that be bold, bright colours that invigorate you and give you boundless energy or a gorgeous palette of warm neutrals that make you feel relaxed and grounded. The colours in your home should reflect your style and personality and fill you with happiness upon entering.