As we isolate in our homes, we become gradually conscious of how our interior spaces affect our moods, our ability to work and our physical comfort. The Corona virus crisis will directly impact how we design spaces in the future.
Residential and Commercial spaces will be designed with new mindfulness of personal safety and affordability. Here are some points to consider within the Interior Décor and Design Industry that will be directly related to Covid-19.
1. Shared Virtual and Physical environments.
As we are conducting more of our business and meetings online, we are becoming more aware of how we are presented to the world. With video conferencing, we are seen in our home space and in the future, we will design with that in mind. We will be more conscious of acoustics, lighting and ambience that we evoke. Residences will no longer have a home office, but an office at home. Important consideration of how we can create a beautiful, functional office at home will be designed and set up to accommodate satellite workplaces.
2. Social Distancing
Public interior spaces will include subtle social barriers to maintain comfortable social distancing without being overwhelming and intrusive. Products will be spaced farther apart so that individuals will not have to crowd together in order to view something. Amenity spaces in buildings will be designed to allow groups to separate from each other. The way in which we look at comfort zones in social environments will begin to expand, creating a visual shift in how our interiors function.
The necessity of interior design and mental and physical health will become more prevalent. Designers must consider how to assist in mental health through interior environments, using lighting, materials, sound and acoustics. Spaces will have to consider what elements of design can be used to protect the public’s health, including materials, distancing, physical separation or proximity, and interaction with things.
After spending time at home people will want to invest in their residences more than ever. Clients will be more aware of flaws in their homes after spending such a long time in lockdown. They will now wish to complete projects and enlist the help of Interior Designers and Decorators. Quality of products will be imperative as they will be spending more time at home. Companies will need to invest in advertising and promotions to encourage new business as people will be slow to return to normal shopping methods.
4. Colour Trends
The pandemic has justifiably prompted feelings of unrest, grief, and anxiety among consumers, who are now craving colours that instil a sense of reassurance and comfort. Homes will become a sanctuary and there will be a movement toward hues that imitate the sensation of being in nature — in city-dwellers’ spaces particularly. Colours from Nature promote internal peace in an age where mental and physical well-being are vital.
5. Problem Solving
Interior Designers will have to become clever with practical designs and putting the needs of the client first while still creating a beautiful space. Empathy, curiosity, patience, common sense, problem-solving and teamwork are vitally important. Companies will become more self-reliant and financially mindful. Some companies will be obliged to reduce spaces or share spaces in order to survive. Thinking out the box and providing excellent service will allow companies to recover. They will need to become accustomed to online conferences, digital presentations and offering services worldwide.
Office spaces will evolve to become more intentional, meaning that much of the work will happen at home and the physical workplace becomes a place to connect with others, leading to increased social space, amenities, and conference rooms.
There will always be need for a physical office. However, designers can specify materials that are non-porous, easy to clean, and reduce the likelihood of infection, by following the guidelines of local health officials. A combined approach of policies, operations, and personal responsibility will be required.
7. Trade Shows
Trade Shows will not disappear as they are a key part of the industry. They will evolve. Some shows will have virtual components but we need human connection and human touch. The pandemic will force the industry to invent new models, tools, and platforms for its displays. There will be more focus on Health and especially eco-friendly products. Stringent information on cleanliness and product origins will apply.
8. Communication and Advertising
Having spent the last several weeks creating virtual advertising on platforms like Instagram and Facebook, a more digitally focused design will still be pushed for months to come. Understanding their clients’ challenges and offering extra consulting hours will help them plan for the near and long-term future. Owned content is going to be even more important for designers and brands to invest in. Captivating images—lifestyle and product shots for brands, a full portfolio of project images for designers—will be imperative for the post-pandemic firm. Video assets will be valuable resources for designers’ portfolios. A strong digital presence will be an essential investment to grow for businesses that historically relied on physical retail locations. There will be a lot of innovation in the industry as a result of the Virus.