What We Learned About in Interior Design During 2020

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What We Learned About in Interior Design During 2020

The new decade brought in a slew of unexpected events, including the COVID-19 pandemic. So much of our “normal” is different now, including our homes. In the last year, many have stayed at home far more than ever before, which means our homes have needed to adapt with the times just as much as we have.

Our homes have become not just our sanctuaries and places of comfort, but also our gyms, offices, and places of learning. Interior design trends of 2020 have been focused on creating spaces that are both comforting and multi-functional. This became increasingly important to meet the diverse needs of our new daily normal.

Let’s take a look at some trending interior design trends from 2020 that reflect these new, unique times.

A Surge in Home Office Popularity

Home office interior design trend, Michael Gainey Signature Design

Social distancing and remote work opportunities have resulted in a large percentage of the workforce packing up their things from big office buildings and hunkering down in their own houses for work. But where exactly does work fit into your home?

The concept of a home office has suddenly taken center stage. This broad term can mean different things for everyone. If you are fortunate enough to have an extra room available for a home office makeover, this could mean a full desk and cabinetry system set up specifically for work.

However, many are turning areas like the kitchen table, tiny nooks, or even closets into work stations. Items like folding desks or murphy desks are popular options for homes with tight spaces. Whether it be your kitchen or your own office, a place to effectively work from home has become a staple in 2020.

Finding a functional yet stylish solution is definitely a top interior design question. Since every home is different, finding the work-life option that is best for you is a highly individual process. Still, an interior designer can help you assess your space and find a home office solution that won’t interrupt your home’s aesthetics.

Making Space for Fitness at Home

Commuting to your job and stopping by the gym on the way home may have looked like a normal day in 2019, but not so much in 2020. Many have made space for fitness by creating a home gym. Having a dedicated space for exercise may be convenient, but you don’t need to buy expensive equipment or set apart an entire room to be your new gym. Many have found virtual workout sessions they can enjoy with nothing more than their body weight!

Perhaps you require some real equipment, but don’t have a dedicated room to call your new gym. Turning back to multi-functionality, you can transform a corner of a multi-purpose room, den, or bedroom into a mini-gyms. Standalone pieces of equipment, like stationary bikes or elliptical machines, are popping up where armchairs used to be.

Though functional, these new additions may put a bit of a kink in your home’s aesthetic. In every design decision, it’s important to remember that how a room or item serves your lifestyle is most important. Especially as circumstances change, it’s important to prioritize your needs and embrace the changes that need to be made.

The Popularity of Plants

Potted plants interior design trend; Michael Gainey Signature Designs

Nature has been a calming reassurance for many during this crazy time. What better way to incorporate a little more nature into your life than surrounding yourself with houseplants! Caring for houseplants has been growing in popularity over the past few years, but 2020 has skyrocketed demand. Caring for an indoor garden of your own not only makes a calming hobby but also brings a soothing, natural feel into any room. And who doesn’t love a soothing place to relax in right now!

The popularity of plants doesn’t stop with the interior, however. Outdoor flower and vegetable gardens have exploded in popularity as well. More time at home most likely means more time for projects and hobbies you have wanted to start, and for many, that meant the time for creating more outdoor gardens. Many have even begun growing their own fruits and vegetables. Digging in the dirt has proved to be fulfilling work with rich rewards, both inside and out.

Interior Design Continues to Adapt

Life entering this new decade has changed beyond what we could have imagined, but it hasn’t been all bad. Whether you’re glad to ditch your morning commute, excited about a new virtual workout class, or soaking up the green from your houseplants or vegetable garden, this year no doubt has changed what our normal has been.

Our homes have become so much more than a place to sleep at the end of the day. Though this may come with bonuses, you may be scratching your head at where to place your work desk without chopping up your bedroom. Or where to fit that elliptical without replacing your favorite armchair. If you are searching for ways to make your home better fit all it is used for nowadays, consider contacting an interior designer! They can help you solve those pain points so you can enjoy your home to the fullest as we move into 2021.

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