It’s been a funny old year, with nationwide lockdown and a new normal, but we take a look at some of the home design and lifestyle trends that have become popular this year and look like they are here to stay.
The Home Bar
A popular feature of the lockdown home has been variations of the home bar. You may have a neighbour that has been the envy of the street as they turned their humble garden shed into a trendy bar. Now, even though we can pop to the pub again, the home bar looks like a permanent feature, and it isn’t restricted to the garden. Inside the home, the rather retro bar cart or hostess trolley is making a come-back and with so many designs to choose from, you are sure to find one that suits your style. Econoloft can even transform your underused loft space into a stylish home bar.
The environment has also featured heavily during lockdown as we have all watched the world start to heal itself. Consequently, sustainable furniture and accessories are in demand and retailers are responding by sourcing more natural materials such as timber, wicker and bamboo.
Fill your home with house plants too and start being creative about where you put them – a house plant wall for example, which involves placing plants on small shelves and allowing the foliage to grow down the wall – very impactful. In addition, dried flowers and pampas grasses are big news for the rest of this year and we love the bedside table our client has used in the image below.
The Scandinavians taught us a lot about Scandi chic interior design but now it’s made way for their Dutch neighbours and for Niksen, which essentially means doing nothing. Now that doesn’t mean being lazy, but instead embracing the concept that actually doing nothing now and again can be good for you.
During lockdown, many people have said they have enjoyed a slower pace of life that has forced them to take a breath and review their life, without feeling guilty. Niksen suggests that you should actively incorporate doing nothing into your daily routine. So, find a quiet corner to meditate or just read a book for 30 minutes without any distractions – a loft conversion could be the perfect place.
Display Your Work
Having time on our hands has also seen many people take up hobbies and crafts – from weaving, sewing, quilting and knitting to flower arranging and painting. Now is the perfect time to show off your homemade wonders as a reminder of how you spent your hours during lockdown. Look at the lovely colourful model on the shelf in the image below.