When we talk about the COVID-19 pandemic, what comes to mind? You might think of all the horror stories related to health and death. But surprisingly, the pandemic has brought something positive to the table – and that is home design.
As people spend most of their time inside their house, some homeowners consider pursuing a home remodeling project. A few others think about buying a new house amid the pandemic. But on top of their mind is the home design to incorporate. And it all boils down to aesthetic, functionality, safety, and comfort level all rolled into one.
Fret not, here are new and emerging trends to consider for your home design:
1. Home Office Setup
With the pandemic looming for over a year, the majority of the companies worldwide have already adopted the WFH policy. Even if some companies have started asking their employees to go back to the office,61 percent of them opt to work remotely for good. It appears that remote working is and will be the norm in the business landscape.
If you’re one of those who WFH, it’s a good idea to have a home-office setup. Sure, you might currently have a workspace next to your bedroom with your personal device, tools, and equipment. However, it’s best to have a mini-office at home. The ultimate goal is to have a space conducive to working.
2. Home Gym
The global pandemic has led most families to get stuck at home. With restricted movements and on-and-off lockdowns, individuals most likely have a sedentary lifestyle. Even those who used to hit the gym would rather stay at home than gambling their health outdoors. Even if fitness centers have reopened, it’s not worth risking your life.
But the good news is that you can set up a home gym. You can have a house extension project, set up a workout space, and install your gym tools and equipment. By doing so, you can maintain your physical fitness and encourage your family to do the same.
3. Smart Home Technology
It’s about time to enhance your living space with the latest technology. As you spend most of your time at home, it dawned on you how important it is to invest in your house. Not only must you consider its aesthetics and functionality, but you must also factor in its security and comfort levels.
That said, it’s best to install modern home technologies for both entertainment and security. You might want to purchase smart home appliances such as TV, speakers, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and thermostat. Even your light switch, door lock, and garage door can all be automatic.
4. Sustainable Materials
In recent times, businesses and organizations around the world think about sustainability. But the truth is, sustainability starts at home. As a residential property owner, you want to have a sustainable house while helping save the environment.
Whether you’re looking to buy ahouse and lot for sale or renovate your existing property, it’s practical to consider sustainability. Make sure that your contractors use sustainable materials like precast concrete slabs, reclaimed timber, recycled metal, and structural insulated panels. Also, consider using alternative sources of energy such as solar power.
5. Lighting Installation
There’s more to a lighting fixture than meets the eye. When it comes to your house, proper lighting plays a crucial part in the overall equation. Not only does it illuminate your house, but it also creates its atmosphere and sets the mood.
When looking to incorporate lighting into your home, consider three lighting types. The first one is ambient lighting for general home illumination. The other type is task lighting which helps you perform specific ‘tasks’ or functions at home. The last one is accent lighting designed to highlight specific areas or subjects inside your house.
6. Indoor Planting or Outdoor Gardening
Planting or gardening has become all the rage among households during this pandemic. As mothers are stuck at home, they spend time growing plants and shrubs with bloom. They incorporate nature into their home designs, whether indoor or outdoor.
When it comes to bringing nature to your residential property, you have two options. The first is to have indoor planting if you have no front yard or backyard. On the other hand, it’s a good idea to hire a landscaping service for your house exterior. And while at it, enjoy doing some gardening.
As a homeowner, it’s time to assess how you take space in your humble abode. Whether you’re looking to buy a new house or renovate your existing home, consider the home design trends discussed above. These new and emerging trends will determine your home’s aesthetics, functionality, safety, and level of comfort. Choose one and incorporate some of these design trends to make your dream home come true!