If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s reminded us of the importance of our connection to family, close friends, and home. Our homes have once again become our retreat as many of us reclaim a time of slower living. Add into the mix the changing economy with remote work, and you can easily appreciate the fundamental shift that has shaped how designers and homeowners approach renovation and our evolution of style and design.
A recent Ipsos poll conducted by Global News found that only 50 percent of Canadians who work from home plan on returning to the office by the end of 2022. Of that group polled 88% have enjoyed working at home. The latest Angus Reid Institute poll also shows more women prefer working from home than men. The poll also suggests that Canadians who work from home are more likely to say their work/life balance and mental health improved over the last two years. With this in mind, creating balance and harmony at home will continue to become more and more critical.
Here are some design tips to consider if you want a home refresh.
Your Living Room Should Be Your Soft Landing
The living room is one of the hardest-working spaces in the home, so investing in highly crafted pieces will ensure the likelihood of better durability and a long lifespan. Use feather-down linen pillows mixed with a light and airy color pallet of earth tones, creams, and whites. Beige, Creams, and Sage colors are trending in interior design. Adding Land Elements like a wood beam ceiling or wood fire mantel mixed with natural wicker and cozy oversized throws create a relaxed atmosphere. Add depth by incorporating textured accents in deep black, navy, and gunmetal.
If Your Office is at Home
Establish a clearly defined space in your workspace at home. Create a negative space in your home office to allow you to move around quickly. Using the rule of thirds and creating two-thirds of negative space will help your office feel less cluttered and chaotic. Don’t let your screen saver be your only source of light. If possible, place your desk close to a window for natural light.
Breathe New Life Into Your Space With Plants
House Plants are an aesthetically pleasing way to purify your home by removing toxins. We all know that plants provide oxygen but with more of us spending time indoors, we can be deprived of what we need most. Without a healthy dose of oxygen our bodies begin to produce slower blood circulation, which in turn affects how we feel. Live plants and caring for them are not just good for your home and your body, they also have been shown to improve our mental health. Some of the best air-cleaning houseplants that can give your space a fresh look and are also pet friendly are the Peace Lily, English Ivy, Snake Plant, Bamboo, and the Boston
Incorporate accessories that are unique
A guiding principle of mine is to add accessories that create an element of surprise. You can incorporate a curative collection of personal and unique accessories that make your space feel special. Group your still life pieces as a collection. A collection of your favorite books tied together with leather string for your bookshelf, a metal sculpture, or a one-of-a-kind catch dish doubles as a paperweight on your side table are also great options.
Creating laid-back interiors through clever design and simple styling allows us to casually enjoy life’s most memorable moments.
We were forced to stay home, but paradoxically, we began to appreciate our homes more, redefining how we live, where we live, who we are, and a desire to recreate an intentionally beautiful family and work-life right at home.
Alex is an interior design professional. She has over a decade of experience in visual merchandising and management and worked for notable home brands like Urban Barn and Indigo. She also has a background in luxury sales and is a graduate of the Interior Design Institute.