As the world continues to learn more about COVID-19 and its long-term effects, the shape of many everyday activities has continued to change.
Rather than going “back to normal,” most people are finding a new normal, and that includes some shifts that are likely to persist when it comes to how the interior of your home is designed.
Top real estate agents weighed in on how continued remote work in many industries is shifting how we structure our homes going forward.
What is a Hybrid Schedule?
Given that many companies gave their workers the opportunity to work remotely this year, a large experiment essentially happened.
For companies that were able to achieve their goals during COVID-19’s height, remote work is now a valuable perk to offer to workers and is here to stay in many cases.
However, lots of companies don’t want to sacrifice in-person meetings and collaboration even as they want to offer more space to work remotely.
This has created the hybrid schedule, a combination of work-from-home and work-in-the-office that works around the needs of the company and the needs of the worker to get a balance.
Because these flexible schedules still need work space in your home, many of the shifts in home interior decor are related to making home both a relaxing space and a space where work can get done.
This has also affected how people are styling their homes when they go to sell their houses.
Nook-Based Offices and Built-Ins Grow in Popularity
Figuring out how to maximize office utility while using a small space is a current goal.
After all, no one wants the whole dining room or bonus room taken over with work paperwork when that space could be more efficiently used. Corner desks, built-in desks, and creative use of nooks and spare alcoves for office space is becoming more popular over time.
Expect to see these efficient, harmonious office space in more and more use over time.
Well-Displayed Home Gym Equipment Becoming a Long-Term Fixture of the Home
Many people invested in home gym equipment during lockdown, and they realized that it was unpleasant to go back to paying subscriptions at fitness centers when they could work out on their high-end machines at home.
Instead of just tucking an exercise bike into a corner here or there, however, the home gym equipment is getting a place of honor, be it a spare bedroom or a basement zone – expect to see people also installing mirrors, pads for the floors in weight lifting areas, and other features to make their home equipment look more polished and resemble the gym.
Creative Partitioning in Small Homes
After having children and adults alike on Zoom calls throughout the past year and a half, families have realized that, especially in small homes, they need the ability to have separate spaces.
If you have never considered movable partitions, especially with some soundproofing in them, this is the time to shop for a nice partition that can allow one person to work in half of the living room while the other person has space to relax between their own work shifts.
Any other interior decor trends related to the hybrid work schedule will simply be a continuation of people’s interest in beautifying their space, since they are spending so much more time in it.