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How The Pandemic Has Changed The Future Of Interior Design In 2022

Posted by James Arnold on

With the introduction of strict measures following the outbreak of COVID-19, the way we live has drastically changed. A house is no longer just a place to live, it has become our office, gym, sanctuary and entertainment centre due to lengthened stays within our homes. 

Because of this, homeowners and individuals are increasingly looking to create homes that reflect the adaptability of spaces desired nationwide. Previously popular open-plan spaces are now transforming into spaces that encourage creativity at a higher level, as well as privacy and concentration for work and/or studying purposes.

COVID-19’s Influence On The Interior Design Trends of 2021

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During the pandemic, so many of us were limited to a lot of things, including travelling and even as small as going to work. The pandemic has drastically changed habits that the public has been used to for years. This effect has also encumbered the thoughts and opinions of interior designers worldwide, altering the design trends of 2021 to accommodate the requirements COVID-19 has set upon the public. 

This means that interior spaces are adapting to what has become the norm in 2021, as well as what people have missed out on in 2021.


Common Themes Of These Design Trends in 2021

The end of 2021 posed a variety of challenges for many homeowners who were enforced strict measures in response to COVID-19. These measurements have affected the trends for interior design in 2021 massively, and there have been common themes that we found in regards to the effects of the coronavirus. 

These sudden lifestyle changes have forced homeowners to understand the influence that their home space can have on their well-being, allowing them to adapt their interior styles accordingly across different spaces within their homes. These are the most common themes within the interior design trends found in 2021. 

Use Nature Indoors 

There is no question that being around nature can consistently produce positive effects within ourselves, whether that may be the peace of mind that the greenery delivers or clean air to breathe from the natural properties of trees and plants around us. 

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With this in mind, bringing nature in has become an established trend in 2021 due to the lengthened stays within our own homes. Homeowners have opted to created fantastical forests and island-based themes within their space in order to reflect the natural beauty of nature found within the likes of the Amazonian Jungles or the crisp rurality of the UK’s northern countryside. 

Whether you have chosen to incorporate more plants in your home, or chosen appropriate colour schemes to mirror nature, using natural elements indoors have become a trend in 2021. 


Designs Inspired By Distant Lands 

Towards the end of 2020 (and seeping into 2021), the choice to travel abroad was vastly limited through the UK’s red lists. After the luxury of global travel was restricted throughout the UK, many decided to create their own holiday environment by decorating their spaces accordingly. 

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Enter designs inspired by distant lands. The theme of “adventure” was a popular trend scaling across countless countries due to the lack of options for vacation time. This made people choose to decorate their space with “escapism” in mind. 

Patterns ranging from leafy palm plants to Caribbean-themed wallpaper has increased in use towards interior spaces.


Use Design Classics To Reimagine Your Space 

While some looked into the aspects of excitement through travelling outside, some also looked through the comfort and assurance found in familiarity. The utility of classic design has found its way into the themes for 2021’s interior design. 

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Items such as Alfred Newall’s Venus cabinet reflects the intricacy of a 16th-century chest drawer, which were commonly used to house valuable, personal house items such as instruments and vases. Modernized through fluted doors, oversized legs and customizable shelving options. 

Comfortability, in addition to remnants of excitement, has held ever-lasting importance since the start of COVID-19. We can only expect these things to remain with the new lifestyle changes gained through the pandemic.


Comfort Is Royalty! Implementing Rugs, Cocoons & Blanket Throws

Speaking of comfort, homeowners have also decided to incorporate additional “snug” items in their homes to increase cosiness across a variety of spaces outside of acquiring items and decorative pieces that reflect familiarity. This means a better range of warm rugs, cocoon sofa beds and blanket throws to cover a softer, elegant colour for bedrooms, sofas, and coffee tables. 

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In addition to furniture, comfort has also found its way into the colour that covers your interior space. This means beige or mild colours that are both appealing and easy on the eyes, applied to all aspects of your chosen space.

Take a look at Martin Brudnizki’s eclectic selection with the Rug company for inspiration! 


Sustainability’s Benefits 

Eco-friendly options for interior design has, and will always be a category in house decoration. Until recently, eco-friendly aspects of interior design commonly focused on recycled plastics, which unfortunately still raised issues in regards to the environmentally-friendly alternative of recycled plastic furniture. 

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However, we found new, more sustainable ways to acquire an eco-friendly space, using plant-based leather alternatives for furniture such as chairs, which are commonly made from wasted pineapple leaf fibre. 

Upholstered furniture has also found its way into the sustainable practices of interior design, replacing the use of foam with coconut hair, wool and feathers (with the occasional use of recycled foam). All-in-all, sustainable furniture is still a consistent trend for many years to come. 


Curves With Round Edges 

Out with the sharp and in with the curves! 

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In 2021, sharp angles and jagged furniture has been consistently dispersing from interior design, and replaced with smooth, rounded edges that exemplifies feelings of comfort and softness. 

According to designer Patricia Urquiola, the utilization of edges takes up excessive space that can often make us feel somewhat trapped within our homes. Avoiding these edges can enlarge our freedom, creating a more suited space that allows us to freely decorate more of what we have. 


How has your home changed during the pandemic? 

Whether you might be thinking of applying safety measures (increased hand sanitisers, disinfected sofas, etc.) or completely changing the look of your home (better space, vibrant colours, what have you!), there is no doubt that the themes found scattered across different homes have changed entirely from 2020 to 2021. 

Not to say that this particular change is a negative one, but the drastic alterations have allowed us to expand the scope of our creativity. 


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