Written by: Christine Slaughter
Take a look at the world around you. What catches your eye? What alters your mood and inspires you? I’m sure your answer today is very different from what it would have been just a few short months ago. What inspires design has not changed. It still consists of what is around us, what we see and feel, but what we see around us today has transformed drastically. With that said, health and well-being have been a focus for 2020 long before we ever heard of COVID-19. Yet, we never could have predicted what a different meaning “health” and “well-being” would take on as we moved into the new year.
A big factor in tracking and determining trends are world events. We’ve seen many design trends emerge due to global happenings such as the Olympics, presidential elections and...pandemics. Check out this article from Architectural Digest that addresses some of the home and design trends that emerged due to various epidemics throughout history:
How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design
On average, prior to COVID-19, we were already spending 90% of our time indoors. Almost 70% of that was at home (Smart and Healthy Homes Industry insights presentation, January 2018, Delos). It’s no wonder we are on the hunt for a healthy home. While it’s a trend that’s been emerging for some time, I believe we’ve hit the ultimate peak of time spent in our homes. We’ll probably never see our homes in the same light again.
The current health crisis is in no doubt causing us to view the needs of our homes differently. While it is a bit too early to really see how our lifestyles will change our home needs in the long term, we’re already feeling the urge for some adjustments and modifications. The two biggest developments I see in the design of our homes are the rise of mud rooms and home offices. While these designated spaces may have been on a “wishlist” for some of us in the past, I see these wants becoming NEEDS and expected components of our homes. Mud rooms provide that “safe place” to disrobe from soiled clothes, remove shoes from the day’s work outside as well as wash and sanitize one's hands before entering the home and hugging loved ones. The home office is pretty self-explanatory. More businesses may accept working from home and modes of teaching and learning could continue to change. Requiring a separate space in your home to take care of these new roles and duties could become standard.