Now that we are spending more time at home, many of us are looking for ways to reinvent their interiors and create a living environment that will motivate and inspire them while also retaining functionality and practicality.
Whether you’re planning on renovating your home or just want to make a couple of simple changes around your home, here are a couple of design trends to inspire your next makeover.
Building with sustainability in mind
With all the changes our planet is currently going through such as climate change and the rapid population growth, architects and engineers are greening up their construction practices and building with sustainability in mind. The emphasis is put on using recycled and quickly renewable materials (bamboo, cork, natural rubber) and exceptional effort is being put into minimizing the amount of waste being produced. Many homeowners are also turning to alternative energy sources to power their households and minimize their carbon footprint, with solar panel technologies now becoming a part of a growing number of residential properties.
Implementing nature into interiors spaces through biophilic design
The growing need to reconnect with our surroundings has resulted in a new interior design concept – biophilic design. Aiming to create a healthier working and living environments, biophilic design focuses on integrating nature into residential property design as a way of boosting physical and mental health and creating a sense of wellness and well-being. This is achieved through thoughtful selection of certain design elements such as light, colors, materials, shapes, and texture that are kept simple and natural. Plants as living organisms are also integrated into interior design, usually through the use of potted and hanging plants, natural woods, and green walls.
Merging indoor and outdoor living spaces
Another major design trend we’re seeing everywhere is linking the indoor and outdoor spaces. Many homeowners are taking their living rooms outside, introducing everything from TVs and rugs to outdoor kitchens and living room furniture and connecting the two seemingly separate spaces through design styles, identical color palettes, and the use of similar materials. These outdoor rooms are acting as extensions of the homes, and instead of being perceived as separate areas, they’re being merged with the interiors, blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Open floor plans are also growing in popularity as they create a seamless flow in indoor spaces and allow for easier interaction, especially when entertaining.
Small space living as a smart solution for urban dwellers
More and more people are realizing the benefits of downsizing and embracing the small living concept. Micro-apartments are becoming increasingly popular in major cities due to their practicality and functionality, and they’re being presented as a more affordable housing option for many city dwellers. While micro-apartments may not be suitable for everyone (for instance, large families or multiple roommates), they can be very convenient for busy professionals who want to focus solely on their careers and young individuals who are looking to move out of their parents’ home. For them, renting a studio apartment can be the perfect solution, both short-term and long-term. It gives them the freedom to focus on their professional and personal goals and save money to reach their financial goals, whether it’s paying off student debt or purchasing a car.
Clever storage options
As more individuals begin to embrace the concept ‘less is more’, more of them become interested in simplifying their lifestyles and taking a more minimalist approach to design. The sudden urge to declutter and be more intentional with the items we surround ourselves has partially been sparked by a book written by Marie Kondo, who quickly became a global phenomenon and even got her own show on Netflix. Her popular KonMari Method™ focuses on organizing and tidying up the home in a way that is mindful, minimalist, and simplified and only keeping things you actually use and need. Nevertheless, clever and plentiful storage options are still imperative when it comes to modern homes. That way, even if you minimize the number of your possessions, you can still keep your living space clean, minimal, and clutter-free.
Combining high-end accessories with inexpensive decor pieces
With the home becoming more of a feeling than a place, many individuals are looking for ways to inject a dose of their personality into their living space. Millennials in particular no longer aspire to have a home that looks like something straight of a magazine, but rather something that’s individual and unique to them, whether that means designing an eclectic interior that represents an explosion of colors and styles or a minimalist, functional abode that fits their lifestyle. High-end accessories are now being mixed and matched with decor pieces that are on a thriftier side, with many antique and second-hand items being given a second life after scouring the Internet for interior design inspiration and ideas.
It may be difficult to predict the future of home design. Trends will inevitably change with the times, but for now, these six residential property design trends are definitely something you should keep an eye on.
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