A serious question today might be “What did we learn from the pandemic?”
Here are some general takeaways that seem to have made their way into current lifestyles.
The Need to Interact and Communicate
Videoconferencing is a way of life. And it is as important to your family as it is to a business. Join the trend and find a way to become connected in a big way, right in your living room. We are living in the future, and we cannot escape it, so you might as well give in to it! During the pandemic, we have all turned to Zoom, FaceTime and other digital ways to remain connected to friends and family, but small screen digital devices don’t really meet the need, do they?
Living rooms of the future, according to experts, will feature wall-mounted, big-screen TVs, but their main focus may no longer simply be for entertainment. Instead, they will be the way we stay connected to others. Look for home communications systems that include high-resolution capability, adequate background lighting and a pro-style sound system.
Rethink an Open Floor Plan
Spending more time at home accentuates the need for private space. Nowhere is that more critical, according to REALTOR Magazine, than in the kitchen, in an effort to hide the mess of food preparation and minimize kitchen clutter. A new trend is the “two-in-one kitchen”, which hides some tasks behind a wall or door while allowing the “show kitchen” to be part of an open floor plan.
Healthy Outdoor Spaces
If there’s anything we all have learned during the pandemic, it’s that being together outdoors is less risky than being indoors in crowded rooms. So, if you don’t want to abandon your social life altogether, why not consider installing patio heaters and firepits for cooler weather, with fans, misters and even air conditioning units for the summer? Equipping your patio or “outdoor den” as an all-season room is a trendy idea.
The Need for Green
During pandemic restrictions, a growing number of people turned to gardening. An interesting fact is that urban dwellers and suburban homeowners both became interested in growing food. So, if the trend holds, look for a renewed interest in planting edible gardens. It’s therapeutic as well as economical, and it may just signal a return to the simpler lifestyles of the past.
And that might not be so bad!