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The future of homes

Published : 31 Oct 2019 03:24 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 05:04 PM

Home design is changing and how. With growing cities, shrinking house size and the importance of a healthy home, interior design is in for a change. Now, tech-savvy surroundings will blend with our digital daily lives. According to a recent report, a quarter of people now think of their home as a place of work and leisure as 36 per cent feel that there are more people working from home today as compared to ten years ago. Our homes are already changing, and will continue do so. New technology like home automation is set to be a standard. Architects are referring to biometric locks, remote security home maintenance. Even furniture and spaces will become more bespoke, multifunctional and legacy oriented. But the push is for convenience, efficiency and personalisation – and not just technology.

Home design is about deep personalisation where bespoke is the new minimal-maximalist quest. People becoming more vocal in their search to self-express their interiors – independent of trends and what everyone else is doing. Being eco-friendly is a prime concern too. Interior designers promote recycling old furniture, eco-friendly paints and energy efficient lighting.

New functionality

It’s the era of multitasking furniture. In the past, a sofa was the centre of the living room. But now it’s not just for socialising: people eat on their sofa, and in small apartments, use it as a bed. The future homes will have less storage and more things to display. People want to show off their collections. It’s time to open the door to a new era of home design.

What to keep in mind when you redo your home:

Develop a concept and its time-cost-value. Be it home automation, materials or colours – sit and write a brief, create a moodboard.

Invest in items that have longevity, design value and legacy. Think of furniture that will be in your home for ages like a sofa or a coffee table.

Personalise it by adding tiles on a flea market console or painting a table that you love creates a design uniqueness that can’t be duplicated

Start with putting the concept of time, cost and design objectives. Further, focus the objectives to sub-budgets like furniture, furnishings, etc. Get the tools for budget re-dos right like paint, fabric, polish, accessories. Do as much as you can on your own.