The Pandemic came as a surprise and changed everything. The functioning of the entire world came to a standstill. And what more scary is that there is no vaccine for it yet. People are vulnerable to the virus and can only sit at home to help.
The pandemic has raised serious questions on the way we are living and how can we make it more comfortable that is incorporate the various activities at one place. Many architects and designers have turned to what they know best: design and innovation in order to respond constructively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions placed have been a catalyst to rethink what we take for granted in the built environment. The way the world has responded and adapted to the new lifestyle will forecast the new normals post the pandemic.
The pandemic has forced the entire human race to think and reconsider the way we live and build in the future. From the concept of social distancing in public parks to a rise in lightweight, temporary architecture, new ideas are swiftly arising to the forefront. As people are confined in their homes now more than ever, a spotlight has been cast upon the way houses can accommodate the demand of this new unforeseen era.
It is believed that this new dependence on the home will remain even after the pandemic get over. As our houses are beginning to play a greater role in our lives they will need to adapt in order to entertain more activities and services. The pandemic has given rise to many trends and concepts that are going to persist after the pandemic subsides and will become the new normal.
Below is a list that we at Deco Arte have put together listing the 10 ways COVID-19 will change home design: –
- Flexible Design: – Being quarantined at home has made people realize that homes need to accommodate a greater amount of services and activities. Houses will need designated spaces for a number of specific activities such as reading, napping, physical activities and entertainment. Having greater activity space requires a greater degree of flexibility and adaptability.
Designers have already started to explore the approaches. We can see many designs where the dining table once used can be folded and kept way and then you have an open space there.
From creating make shift emergency facilities to reorganizing one’s home that’s better suited for working remotely, flexible design has proven to be an essential. Flexible designs such as adjustable walls and screens that can be used to segment open- plan apartment into various dedicated spaces.
Home designs will become more flexible and adaptable to any future similar situations so that the residents continue living comfortably even during tough times.
- A need for Private Outdoor Space: – Being stuck in the house for just 2-3 days let alone 2 months makes a feel sick and lonely, disconnected from the world. Thus this has led to a rise in demand for private outdoor spaces. People want a private outdoor space where they can sit and relax and enjoy the outside world though from a distance.
The pandemic has made us appreciate the outdoors more often. Activities like going for a walk or sitting in a park is not safe anymore and due to the lockdown are not accessible anymore. As a result the demand for home designers to provide a private outdoor space for every type of house has increased. The architects have to work out how to integrate the outdoors into even the smallest homes, by experimenting with roof gardens, micro backyards, porches or balconies. People are now seeking a closer connection between their living spaces and the natural world.
- Hybrid Homes: Living and Working together: – Working from home has become the new normal now days and seems to continue in future more frequently. It seems like a dream come true working from the comfort of your couch, spending more time with family. But working from can also be distracting, you can easily get distracted by children shouting an playing in the background and other household shore, your meetings can get disturbed and might not be able to focus on work properly.
Due to the lockdown many are forced to work from home and the dining tables have been converted into make-shift offices. The pandemic has raised the need of having a separate functional private office space at home, where one can work peacefully without getting disturbed at the same time being closed to home and you family. The designers are presented with an interesting challenge of combining work with pleasure and relaxation, to merge the private like with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces. Hybrid homes are the new normal.
- Sanitized Entryways: – It has been advised that regular sanitization will help prevent the germs to spread. Not just the virus but sanitizing help to kill all types of bacteria from your hands and prevent you from getting infected by it. This pandemic has just made people more aware about the advantages of sanitizing and has made the use of sanitizers a normal routine habit in our daily lives.
At many places we have seen disinfectant machines for people to kill the germs. A similar concept will be used at homes. To keep the home safe and clean from outside germs entryways will become a clearly defined transitional space where people coming from side will first remove their shoes and jackets and sanitize themselves before entering the house.
- Smart Kitchen Design: –The significance of kitchen has risen with people staying at home. With restaurants being closed due to the pandemic, people have switched to cooking more and ordering less. Thus, pantries at home are going to become more necessary as people would want to make fewer trips to stores. Smart kitchen will become prominent, which means more voice activated technology in the kitchen controlling things like lights, faucets and appliances.
Kitchen has become the heart of the home. Thus a new style of open floor arrangement and fluid motion between different functional zones are created. Since people are spending a lot of time they would want an open kitchen so that they are connected with the rest of house while cooking. House will have an integrated living space which means the kitchen will be open and have a sitting area which will allow people to prepare food while socializing.
- Air Purification Systems: – A major focal point throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been the air quality. The main reason people are staying home because they don’t to breathe air which contains virus. Thus people are and will begin to pay more attention to the air quality within their homes by limiting the amount of unfiltered outside air that comes in. Thus after the pandemic we may see a rise in having air purification systems at home which will recondition the outside air and supply it into the building as fresh air with no germs or bacteria. Systems like these can work in conjunction with regular HVAC to make the inside of homes healthier.
- Lots of Natural Lighting: – Staying at home also means lots of electricity consumption. The lockdown has made people realize the wonders of natural lighting. Therefore people would want more windows which are placed carefully so that the room gets sufficient natural lighting to brighten up. Using light coloured curtains or curtains which let the light pass easily will help more.
- Using more Natural Materials for Décor: – Natural material makes us feel closer to nature. Though disconnected with the outside world physically, using decors of natural material will still make us feel connected to nature. Using real plants to decorate the room, or even picture frames of animals or leaves makes us feel connected. Another reason for using natural material is staying away from harmful chemicals and artificial stuff. People will adopt a healthier life style which means integrating the natural more to their day to day life which includes home interior too.
- Bespoke Designs: – The creative aspects of interior design will see a shift by making use of existing designs or finding expressions to fit current requirements. Local artists, artisans, textile providers and craft persons will gain more prominence and will offer customization in the products. The pandemic has made people realized that with just basic thigs they can survive and live happily, thus the decisions made for interior design will be based on what the residents need. Designs post pandemic will see a marked shift towards what is essential and not what can be flaunted.
- Rise in Technology: Smart Homes: – Technology is an important part of our lives and will soon become an indispensable part of our day to day life even while creating and designing spaces. The lockdown has made people to do all the household chores on their own without much help. Thus in future smart systems, AI led designs and home automation systems will find more takers. People will move towards doing things smartly and not manually considering the reduced dependence on help or labour force.
Thus COVID-19 has caused major changes in the way we live and want to live in future. To conclude if you are looking for interior designers to transform your living or work space then you can contact Deco Arte a leading multi- disciplinary design and interior architecture studio. Click here to learn more.