How The Pandemic Has Changed Interior Design Trends

Dated: February 19 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the real estate industry, and that also includes affecting the trends in interior design. With the closure of businesses, offices, and schools due to stay-at-home orders, people are spending the majority of their time inside their houses. This has resulted in a global shift towards thinking about not just what the home represents, but also how our homes can better suit our needs.


Here are five interior design trends that you’ll see much more of in 2021.


Bringing the Outside In

For those without access to large backyards or gardens, spending time outside has become a priority over the last year. The shift to working from home means millions of people are trying to separate their personal and professional lives while remaining in the same space. 


In an uncertain world, feeling comforted and energized through nature is essential. As a result, expect to see natural materials like wicker, rattan, and grasscloth increase in popularity. Natural fabrics, rather than synthetic, will also be on the rise. In terms of colour, look for earth tones, along with organic shapes and textures.


Apartment and condo dwellers will be bringing more nature into the home in the form of windowsill or balcony herb gardens, hanging plants, and small trees. Those with yard space will be utilizing it more, and not just during the spring and summer months. Keep an eye out for upgraded outdoor spaces with fire pits and other outdoor heat sources.


Sustainable Living

Related to the trend of embracing nature, is continued enthusiasm for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. This can take a variety of forms such as repurposing, revamping, and refreshing existing furniture instead of buying something new, or remodeling instead of moving. 


Being conscious of the origins of building and design materials will also become more important. Fair-trade materials and FSC-certified wood will be in high demand. Quality over quantity is key and disposable fashion will fade as sustainable fashion takes center stage.


In tandem with this mindset, buyers will be seeking energy-efficient homes equipped with smart technology so they can save money while protecting the environment.


Colours and Textures

Instead of monochrome greys and whites, look for homes to be bursting with colours and textures in the upcoming months, from curved statement pieces like sofas to dramatic designs and finishes in stone tile and mosaics. 


This trend will also make its way onto the walls, through 3D and peel-and-stick wallpaper, fabric or natural fibre wall hangings, wooden wall panels, decorative plaster and finishes, and wallpaper murals. Vibrant shades of green, such as emerald, will be found everywhere, including unexpected places like kitchen cabinet doors. 


The less adventurous will still find plenty to love in traditional-inspired looks like contemporary flower prints and warm neutrals.


Rooms With a Purpose

With families staying home, it means everyone in a house is together all the time. As a result, the large open-concept kitchen has become more of a liability than a feature. This layout is not conducive to privacy, which has become more and more important over the last year. Open-concept kitchens also tend to amplify sound, which makes focusing on work or Zoom meetings a challenge. Kitchens will become more enclosed and separate from the rest of the house, either through renovations or added doorways.


Creating spaces in the home to do the things that people used to do pre-pandemic is another way interior design is changing. Home offices, home gyms, and even home theatres will enable people to stay home but still get work done, exercise, and enjoy movies and music.


Personal Touches

Since the home is the main focus of where people live, work, play, and relax, expect to see people adding more and more personal touches to their spaces. Mix and match furniture and quirky, one-of-a-kind items will become more popular than ever. “Granny chic” touchstones like floral wallpaper, antique paintings, heirloom china, and crocheted throws will all be making a huge comeback. 


Vintage items that have significance, such as framed family photos, books, and other ephemera will help people feel grounded and comfortable while they are at home. 

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