Interior Design in a Time of COVID
COVID has changed everything about how we live, so it’s not surprising it’s also had an effect on interior design. As we segue into 2021, there are already several design trends on the horizon that reflect these shifts towards creating a home environment that emphasizes comfort and wellness. There were many times in 2020 when it didn’t feel safe to be outside, with sickness and disease lurking in the air. Our homes became our safe places, and because we spent so much time inside them, we’ve turned towards making them as secure and serene as possible while still keeping us connected to the outside world. Perhaps this is best exemplified in what’s sure to be one of the major interior design trends of 2021: biophilic design.
WHAT IS BIOPHILIC INTERIOR DESIGN?
This isn’t a new trend—builders have been incorporating it for several years—but its popularity may reach new heights in 2021.
“As a function of the world we live in, what is called the ‘new normal,’ biophilic is fast moving from niche to mass,” says Gil Walsh, owner of Gil Walsh Interiors and an in-house design expert for Elegant Strand, an online retailer specializing in designer bedding and home decor. “It’s a healthier, more relaxed environment, like that which is evoked when we are outdoors.”
So biophilic design is a synergy between our home’s interiors and nature’s exteriors. Natural elements flow seamlessly throughout a home—it’s not just the presence of a plant here or there, but a holistic, thoughtful design choice. In our homes, we are not isolated from nature, but part of it.
How to accomplish that? Here are some luxury design ideas that are on trend for 2021.
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