The Future of Interior Design in a Post-COVID World

In the hills of Los Feliz, the Lovell House was design by Richard Neutra for physician Dr. Philip Lovell. The home was designed to to satisfy Dr Lovell’s obsession with health and wellness using sun drenched spaces. Photo courtesy of Dwell by Barcelo Photography Inc.

The year has shifted our routines and norms in a myriad of ways. School, work, eating and entertaining, shopping, working from a coffee shop…almost everything we take for granted feels different now. And those of us in the design industry are seeing changes, too. 

It’s becoming clear that our hopes and priorities about home design are shifting. And while many of this year’s changes may revert back after the threat of COVID has subsided, I believe many of the pandemic’s influences on interior design will remain.

The interiors of Neutra’s Lovell House are bathed in natural light due to its large walls glass.
Photo courtesy of Dwell by Barcelo Photography Inc.

So how has the pandemic changed interior design trends?

For one, homeowners are quickly getting tired of open floorplans. With homes serving so many more functions now, we need our walls back! I predict a return to more traditional layouts, with designated spaces for different activities. We’ll also see more architectural and design elements — partitions, doors, and half-walls — to divide our spaces.

Future designs will have an increased focus on outdoor living spaces. Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

Post-pandemic wellness design

Another huge shift we’ll see in all interior design specialties is a focus on wellness. This can be anything from color palettes that soothe and calm to technologies that filter air, water, and light to create a health-focused haven.

While we’ve always known interior design plays a role in our health and wellbeing, this pandemic has made that clear. Even to the most skeptical among us. Well-designed homes allow their inhabitants to thrive. Poor design can cause stress, anxiety, and frustration.

An extension of the home’s great room, this covered patio not only has a knockout view but acts as sitting area, outdoor dining room and blissful meditation space. Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

Less focus on ‘stuff’

A huge post-pandemic design shift is the reduction of overall stuff. I believe we’ll see a shift toward interior design that’s less decorative and more holistic. Where each element truly enhances the life of the homeowner.

I have so many more thoughts on this topic, and I’m eager to share more about wellness-focused interior design trends another day. For now, read the full text about interior design in a post-pandemic world here.

Until next time! 

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