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There’s no question that the world has undergone a huge transition over the past year, and home design is not exempt from the impact. Spending so much time in our homes has made us take a long hard look at our design choices and rework them given our new circumstances. As our homes became our offices, our gyms, and our restaurants, we’ve reimagined spaces to accommodate their new uses. It’s no surprise that new design styles have leaned toward more minimal design with thoughtful and utilitarian touches to achieve the perfect sanctuary. Here are some of the emerging trends we’ve seen so far.


Creating New Spaces Within Old Spaces

When you do so much more living at home, it’s natural to spread out into every nook and cranny. Especially for those living with young children, it’s become necessary to breathe new life into those unused areas. Attics, basements, and garages have become playrooms, art studios, and gyms, as well as simply extended living areas to afford everyone in the house a little more space. Installing glass panels and interior windows can assist with acoustic separation for video calls and loud chores during work hours, but maintain an open feel with transparency. For places previously used for storage, think function over form in the short-term, with closet organizers and downsizing rather than too much additional furniture or decoration.


Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

The symbol of 2020 may well be a ring light! Given our new need to be well lit for work meetings and Zoom happy hours, it’s only natural that our lighting at home gets a makeover too. This is for good reason: since people have less opportunity to spend time outside, indoor lighting becomes a primary source for light, and needs to mimic natural light to help regulate our circadian rhythms and make us feel good. Because we’re moving from place to place in our homes to eat, sleep, work, and play, there is a rise in demand for smaller, portable desk lamps and lights.


Natural Comfort

With so much uncertainty in the last year, it follows that we look to our living space for greater comfort and security. This desire has lent itself to an increase in deeper, nature-inspired tones like dark forest greens and warm burnt oranges. In addition to colors, the need for comfort also plays out in cushier, more curved furniture. That means fewer and fewer sharp-angled, edgy pieces and more and more soft, round, cushions to sink into. Big changes outside of the home can lead to big changes inside, and new reasons to be creative. If you’re looking to make sweeping renovations, it’s always wise to seek the expert advice of professionals to assist you with the process.