We always knew that interiors can have a massive impact on mood.
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Our collective lockdown experiences will no doubt tell the homes of tomorrow (and even today!). Pallavi Dean, the woman behind the award-winning studio ROAR in Dubai, shows us the most important trends that will change post-pandemic home design.
“We have always known that interiors can have a massive influence on the mood – that is our superpower as designers! The pandemic has increased tenfold, which is why “optimism” is our top trend for 2021, ”says Dean.
Start with color. Color psychology tells us that yellow is the most optimistic hue, closely followed by orange and purple. Red and black are generally a no-no for living spaces, but green and blue can work if you want a quieter, more thoughtful mood. In neutral rooms such as floors, walls and ceilings, look for brilliant white, which can be sterile. prefer cream-colored, ivory-colored or dove-gray.
The other quick win is lighting. Maximize natural light by removing anything blocking it: curtains or closets are simple, but you may want to dig deeper. Replace a wooden front door with a glass door. Replace bulky window frames with something sleeker. And of course you can fake it! Floor-to-ceiling mirrors and shiny wall paints reflect the natural light in the room, while soft white LED lamps imitate the midday sun.
2: Earthy, unfinished materials
“We spend so much time indoors that we long for the rustic imperfections of nature. Textures are your friend here, and unpainted wooden furniture and accessories are the obvious quick win, ”she recommends. “Carpets and throws are another standard solution, while curtains are a more permanent (and expensive) solution. Hit the walls for maximum impact. Textured paint and wallpaper are pretty straightforward, but you can go all-in with a wall made of natural material like wood, slate, leather, or chunky marble. “
Then there is biophilia – the idea of bringing the outside inside. For plants, choose something like a yucca with a stem. And don’t be afraid of artificial plants – the effects on your mood are similar, but with a lot less effort.
If you have an outdoor space like a balcony or garden, try to bridge the gap between that and your interior. It’s not easy – most homes have solid barriers between these rooms to defend themselves against thunderstorms and 50-degree heat waves. Steal the tricks of restaurant designers solving this dilemma with sliding / folding doors, canopy shades, fans, and heaters to extend the indoor and outdoor season.
One last word on multisensory design. When it comes to interiors, we primarily think visually, but don’t neglect the other senses. Tactility is very important to us (especially when we are cooped up during lockdown) and these earthy, unfinished materials feel wonderful. They also help with acoustics by attenuating the echo. Reach for scented candles or oils for smells. As for taste, we interior designers look good, but we’re not cooks! We can build a beautiful kitchen for you, but you have to cook the food yourself!
3: Multifunctional rooms and cocoon sanctuaries
“We all need our homes these days to lift a lot heavier. The challenge is to bring all of these new experiences together in one room. “
There’s only one solution: multifunctional sanctuaries – the two words are likely not bedfellows, but if you call them back to basics, they need the same basics.
First, consider the lighting: find a room or part of a room where you can install weaker lighting. It could be your bedroom, the bathroom, or a corner of the living room.
Second, install comfortable seating that is different from your normal duties or dining room chairs. A beanbag, a long lounger, an armchair you can sink into. The point is, it has to be lean-back seating – not the lean-forward seating that we use on the normal day.
Finally, think about sounds, smells, and touch. So get a speaker to play relaxing music, scented sticks, and a faux fur rug to snuggle up to.
4: Vintage vibes
“There is some consolation to reconnecting with our childhood, hence the revival of the living retro.” She doesn’t suggest all 70s with colored wallpaper; Rather, subtle vintage accents for real character. For example: record players, PAC-MAN arcade machines or some retro geometry in art. A close cousin uses the theory of vuja to see the familiar with a new perspective.
5: Hack your room
“Our final transformation trend for 2021 is hacking – that is, quick changes that you can make in a weekend rather than a full overhaul,” she says. “Look, we all hope that the current reality of on-off locks and home schooling – wherever we live in the world – is more of a passing than a permanent thing. A short term problem requires short term solutions – hence the focus on quick and easy hacks. “