Posted on January 26 2021
As we lockdown once more, and in deepest darkest month of the year, any sense of novelty is but a distant memory. The heady joy of no early morning commute or school run, the thrill of working-from-bed in the comfort of our PJs has long since worn off. Worse still, the usual January pick-me-ups of a new lipstick, or must have pair of shoes don’t cut it as we are unable to leave our homes.
Much has been written on home trends during the lockdowns of 2020. But as we approach the second year of the Global Pandemic, there is no doubt that along with the changes in our lifestyle, our attitudes towards our homes have fundamentally changed forever.
But however these changes are expressed as trends, be it textured walls or warm earthy colour tones, Japandi or sage green kitchens, they all boil down to one simple eternal truth - the comfort of home.
A Touch of Luxury
After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, we need escapism and a bit of luxury now more than ever. Unable to travel for the foreseeable future and with nowhere to showcase a new outfit, we are desperately seeking new ways to treat ourselves.
The need to add a bit of sparkle to our lives has found its way into interiors. We are looking to elevate our homes with more luxurious touches that radiate warmth and cosiness.
Natural textures and textiles will have a big role to play in this. The trend for curves will continue as we look for deep wrap-around seats, naturally soft cushions to sink into and deep pile rugs or natural stone floors to walk on bare foot.
As families hunker down together at home, we crave a separate space. A little pocket of comfort if not luxury, to call our own.
A Simpler Life
For many of us, working from home is the new norm. From meetings in bedrooms, kitchens turned into classrooms and living rooms morphing into makeshift gyms, our homes are more crowded, nosier and busier than ever.
As a result there is not just a practical need to declutter to make more space, but in times of profound uncertainty and change, we need to create a sense of calm and serenity at home. This translates to a new style connected to a need to simplify. To create a warm and welcoming space in which we can relax and forget ourselves.
Now more than ever, our homes have become our nest. Our place of safety where we can not only escape but also be ourselves. This illustrates a shift in emphasis from our home being a place to display possessions, to becoming a place that collectively reflects our personality. And with this shift comes a sense of cosiness and well-being – the hygge factor.
Fewer Meaningful Possessions
The 2020 trend towards artisanal furnishings has gathered momentum since Lockdown. As we spend more time at home, we are now investing in fewer but higher-quality authentic pieces; pieces that have been carefully chosen to be ‘forever’ and stand the test of time.
Central to the trend for simplified interiors, we are increasingly seeking beautifully crafted furniture and furnishings that are locally produced using natural materials and created using traditional methods. There is no doubt that handcrafted décor items give us a sense of joy and create a unique style that is warm, inviting and tells a story.