Now that we have more clarity in the economic and political forum, many people feel more informed and able to make decisions about their homes. The last two years have been stagnant, and we saw a significant rise in those choosing to stay and upgrade their homes rather than move.
Research by Pinterest throws up some interesting shifts, which shine a light on how we might use our homes in the future. It points out that we still tend to spend most time in just one room. So it makes sense to choose the best and biggest room for your kitchen, with living and family dining within the space.
There is less clutter and we see storage continuing to be a key driver in planning. Maintaining clear spaces and work stations creates a calmer environment and gives a better sense of space. It also simplifies life.
Entertaining at home continues to increase but is being upgraded to dinner parties. With so many company’s literally bringing the pre-organised food to your door, it’s never been easier so we envisage a return of the dining room.
Tablescaping is a big buzzword. Not new, but increasing by the day!
Greenhouses, not just for plants but for using. Summer evening suppers, Sunday morning papers, peaceful working, relaxing reading and a table games room.
Searches of granny rooms and garden rooms have more than doubled. Spa-inspired bathrooms have increased. Whilst the trend for walk-in closets will always prevail, there’s a new sense of order as we are buying less, but making better choices. Again, this simplifies the day to day of what to wear.
A bike wall is a brilliant idea and can look decorative as well as being very functional. Research shows that one in five of us now practice yoga, mediation or video exercises at home – so making a space to hang your mat, with a rack for any equipment provides on site motivation.
Less industrial styling and raw-ness will be overtaken by vintage designs and chintz will return, alongside home designed and made fabrics, tablewear and furniture. Pieces with authenticity, a history and a story. Potted plants, so popular in the 60’s and so out of Vogue since, will return, but they will be the softer bushy versions.
Underpinning all future trends is eco-awareness and application. Re-cycling, re-inventing, re-using and re-wearing. Sustainable. Organic and no wastage are the key messages.