5 Home Design Ideas Influenced by the Pandemic

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the biggest influences in interior design trends over the past year. When it started, we had no idea we would be spending more time than ever indoors, working and learning from home. This has resulted in the rethinking of how we interact with our spaces. Think of the renewed importance of home gyms, a home office, and more practical outdoor spaces for the whole family. 

Despite the continued efforts to ensure we can get back to our normal lives, the truth is, we’re likely to see more homeowners adapting the space they have and renovating to create more livable spaces. Here are some five home design ideas influenced by the pandemic that you can apply in your home. 

Work-From-Home Office 

Remote work has now become the norm as more people embrace working from home. In fact, the large corporate office may soon be a thing of the past, at least for companies that have decided to adopt remote working. This only means one thing – the home office has now become essential. It’s time to create a more innovative home workstation. 

Whether you’re working from home full-time, running your freelance business from home, or required to work from home a few days a week, it’s time to move away from the kitchen table and reimagine your home working space. Convert a spare room into a home office or carve out some space in your bedroom for a work space that will inspire your productivity.   

Personalized Home Gym

If there’s one thing that we’ve all benefited from during the pandemic is more self-awareness about our health and lifestyle choices. With gyms closed and operating in a limited capacity, many people adapted to home fitness routines. The need to have a dedicated workout space is now more vital than ever. 

Being active is essential for physical and mental health. That’s why more people are investing in personalized home gym equipment. With gyms closed and more time on our hands, a home gym is currently the best way to stay in shape. You can convert a corner in your basement, backyard, or other space into a home gym. Get started with one or two of the following:

  • Dumbbells and kettlebells 
  • Resistance bands
  • Workout balls and yoga blocks
  • Rowing machine
  • Indoor cycling equipment
  • Body workout bench
  • Portable home workout kit 

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Enhanced Outdoor Spaces

Since the pandemic started, many of us have started spending more time in our yards, patios, gardens, or other outdoor spaces in our homes. For instance, you could be spending more time in your backyard playing with the kids and even celebrating birthdays in your small garden space. The truth is, outdoor spaces now have a new meaning, and it’s time to make better use of them. 

Homeowners are now transforming their outdoors to enhance everyday living and family-friendly activities. Think of something like a “super porch” outfitted with everything from power outlets to outdoor heaters and integrated storage. If you have lots of garden or yard space, you can enhance it to be an informal play, fun, entertainment, or social space for family and friends, while still following all safety precautions. 

Uplifting Interior Decor Choices

There’s no better way to uplift the feel and mood of your lovely home than choosing brightly colored, whimsical, and inspiring decor choices that bring true joy. Think of uplifting artwork on your walls, nature-inspired decor items, green plants, and a gallery wall with photos of the entire family or with a greater focus on culture, ethnicity, and tradition-inspired design. 

Vibrant Finishing Touches 

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed many home renovation projects in 2020, but in 2021, many homeowners are finally planning to finish these projects. Now, the focus is on the finishing touches that add a vibrant look to achieve the perfect aesthetic. 

Think of ideas like adding decorative objects on tables and shelves, artwork on the walls, new rugs for living spaces, brighter window treatments, and painting your walls for a fresh new look. 

Give Your Home a New Look

Go ahead and combine various interior decor materials, styles, and time periods to create a unique layered look that transforms your home design with a look that will last through the pandemic and beyond. 

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