2020 was been a year of reflection and re-calibration. And while we find that quite a bit has changed, our outlook is an optimistic one on what the future will bring and how interior design trends are moving in a positive direction in 2021. We’ve highlighted four key areas that we see being dominant drivers in projects through next year and beyond. For the full report download here.
Space of Mind
It is critical we understand the way we connect to environments is not just physical its emotional. We see a large focus on health and wellness heading into 2021, but maybe not in the way most would think. And while the built environment has been giving wellness more of a focus in the past years than ever before, elective offerings are now essential. We reference well building as an overall growing trend, but it acts as a main driver, influencing all aspects of the built environment. And it’s not going away any time soon.
An emotional response to an environment can be driven by many factors, however one very notable way is through general aesthetics. Color, texture and pattern have a distinct, and high impact on consumers. Connecting aesthetics with the end user has profound impact on spatial function and longevity. In addition to that, the days of designing only for extroverts are long behind us, aesthetics must cater to diverse personalities and cultures, and conform to meet the needs of a broader targeted demographic. Form often follows function, but it is far from an afterthought.
High Tech Harmony
Technology will continue to have a huge impact on design innovation. How these technologies are incorporated into the everyday will be a vital component of the built environment. It’s also important to note that while the pandemic has introduced many markets to certain aspects of technology that may have not utilized them previously, integrating it into a space in a way that is intuitive and appropriate for the end user is an important aspect to introducing innovation to any market. Having an open and understanding mind is the motto to adopt for everyone moving forward.
In direct response to the growing consumer interest in wellness and wellbeing, design will continue to find ways to integrate programming within spaces that promote a well-rounded lifestyle. Office spaces with yoga studios, art studios and meditation spaces will become critical instead of quirky. Increasing the connection between indoor to outdoor and biophilic design will also be considered integral. Ergonomics and easy integration of physical activity such as adjustable furniture, treadmill desks, flexible office spaces as well as treehouses, gardens, walking tracks and hiking trails will become more frequent in commercial spaces.
2021’s First Edition previewed above is an overview of the four macrotrends, subsequent editions will dive deeper into each one. Stay tuned!