The new post-pandemic interior design
The new home is more than a shelter. It is a common family room that provides shelter, security and intimacy. But it has also become a hybrid and modular place, where the personal sphere intermingles with the work sphere through adaptable spaces governed by functionality, flexibility and versatility. There is no longer room for the empty or the superfluous because everything has a reason for being in these intimate temples for the development and well-being of each person.
The pandemic has given a new meaning to the word “housing”, questioning the habits of the “previous normality” and implementing new trends that, without the health crisis, would have taken years to be implemented in Spain. This situation has led to the acceleration and transformation of interior spaces with innovative design proposals.
Proposals that obey the new needs and tastes of consumers, much more demanding and advocates of a home that adapts to change, without sacrificing the comfort of always.
In Molins Design we care about people and our way of working is based on the total customization of each project, empathy with the client and devotion to the craft. For this reason, we offer spaces and designs with attention to detail. More than 40 years of experience support our work in the sector, with a new generation that is capable of analyzing and understanding the needs of consumers. At Molins Design we remain attentive to the process of transformation of homes to devise tailor-made spaces that fit the post-pandemic reality.
The following are the main trends affecting post-pandemic design and interior design:
1. Common spaces become open, flexible and adaptable
With the imperative of distance as one of the measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the common areas of the new home, such as the living room or kitchen, have also been transformed. Now, these rooms are more spacious and diaphanous, are better lit and have the ideal ventilation systems to facilitate air circulation.
The living room remains the main pillar of socialization in the home. This space to unite the family is worked from a flexible and adaptable to the space. To this end, small modular spaces are recreated, which can perform different functions: from an open play area for the little ones, to a space for work or physical exercise.
In the design of the living room we choose the furniture that best suits the space and the needs of each person. For this reason, at Molins Design we defend more than ever the concept of “made to measure”.
Personalized furniture is making a strong comeback in the new post-pandemic interior design. All this, through strategic cabinets, multipurpose bookcases or shelves with boxes that adopt various functions in space.
The kitchen reclaims prominence as a meeting place for the most intimate family gatherings. This is the reason why we are once again designing close spaces where the food preparation area can be shared with the enjoyment of the meal. There is also a clear tendency to integrate the kitchen into the dining room in an open or semi-open way. All of this, through modular separation structures: sliding doors, glazing, ceramic floors that mark the space, etc.
At the same time, the space dedicated to waste management also grows in the kitchen. The areas are visually clearer and more harmonious, giving the cleaning and disinfection products in the home the importance they deserve.
2. Towards a more sober and timeless design that favors serenity
The interior design of a post-COVID home focuses on creating balanced and harmonious spaces. At this point, it becomes vital to create a sense of well-being with cozy rooms and soothing aesthetics.
This is why, in post-pandemic interior design, a more sober type of design is imposed, with timeless furniture with minimalist lines, refined shapes and soft geometries. In addition, most of the furniture is made with natural materials and neutral tones that invite calm.
The new interior design is designed for durability and easy adaptation. For this reason, it shuns ornamentation or aesthetic whimsy. Color is applied in small doses in key furniture and small decorative details to bring joy and personality to each room.
3. The new home office
Teleworking is becoming more and more popular and the design of a home office is becoming essential. Either as its own room or as a modular space within a shared room, such as the living room or bedroom.
In Molins Design we believe in the concept of Hoffice (Home Office), to design a working room with functional furniture. The important thing here is that these work areas offer multiple uses, both for work and for private facets.
The home office requires redesigning spaces with good lighting – either natural or through luminaires – and redefining the thermal and acoustic insulation to be able to make video calls and remote meetings at any time.
4. Integrating technology and automation
The pandemic has also encouraged the integration of automation in doors, windows and access to avoid contact. The Internet of Things (IoT) is also extending to more household appliances, such as lighting fixtures and HVAC equipment.
In fact, within the post-pandemic interior design, home automation is a booming trend. A novelty that redounds to the consumer in greater comfort, increased security and energy savings, promoting sustainability.
5. Outdoor space, the new luxury
Outdoor living spaces such as gardens, terraces and balconies have taken on a new relevance in the post-COVID era. If before they were used only when the weather permitted, now they are considered a new epicenter of the home. They offer an exit to the outside full of possibilities, without sacrificing the comfort and privacy of the home.
The interior design will be oriented to redefine and transform these outdoor spaces into comfortable places.
All this, through versatile, functional and modular outdoor furniture. Furniture that allows adaptation, flexibility and even storage. In short, the aim is to make the most of every square meter in a safe way.
Another challenge of exterior design is to find creative solutions so that every space can be used all year round. Regardless of the weather conditions.