We are 75 days into the lockdown now. Who could have dreamt up the notion of this altered world? The impact of an invisible and invasive virus has affected us all on a global level. It has messed with our heads and forced us to reinterpret life as we know it.
It has also made us spend more time at home with one eye on the news and the other most likely on our familiar interior fittings and furnishes. And if you are someone who enjoys changing things up from time to time, it’s probably right around now that interior design fatigue has set in. Once impulsive decisions to rush out and replace is now impossible. But perhaps lockdown has served us well in this regard? With thoughts spinning around in our heads it’s the perfect time to plan your update with Pinterest boards or by revisiting old décor magazines for ideas.
But just how has lockdown changed the way we think about redesigning our interiors? Will Covid-19 have an ever-lasting impact on the way we renovate and even build our homes? Lisa Fabbri of Signature Finish, a luxury online design and interior shop, shares a few of her thoughts.
Work from home
A casual work-from-home arrangement may need to become more formalized, shifting away from a temporary set-up at the end of the dining table and into an intended and dedicated home office space. The extra TV room you were planning to build, for example, may now become the new home office. Similarly, you may consider restyling and rearranging a guest room. For now, who knows when next we’ll have house guests or return to a busy office full time?
Less socializing especially at home
As socializing, even at home is stringently minimized, dining rooms and entertainment areas may also need to be reconsidered and made to be more intimate with only immediate family and friends in mind. Less is more so simplifying our furniture, could allow for a new indoor plant, or a rearrangement of furniture you never thought possible?
De-clutter and simplify
As most people become more accountable for the cleaning and upkeep of their own homes, is the need to simplify, streamline and de-clutter spaces, adding practical and easy-to clean finishes wherever possible. We may also become more critical of excess and over-abundance as we reassess what is happening beyond our home bubble.
Washing hands and sanitizing the groceries
Sanitization has become an essential and necessary part of our everyday vocab and practice. Perhaps it is important that we allow this to filter into our interior spaces too. A clean-zone may become a feature we feel we need to include, especially in terms of how we access our home or office (the first point of entry). This would need to be a practical space – somewhere to off-load shopping or work files, discard face-masks and wash hands with easy-to-reach hand wash.
These are just a few examples of where interior thinking may need to go. It seems impossible that the impact of the Coronavirus will not manifest into our daily living in some way or another. Our interiors will surely adopt a new sensitivity as we head into the “new normal” of post-Corona.