It’s no secret that every aspect of our lives has been impacted due to Covid-19. How we work, learn, socialise… even how we prioritise our day. Home décor is no different and has also seen a big change, both over the last few months and going forward. Despite the doom and gloom of 2020, there have been some exciting décor trends coming out of this year. From aesthetically pleasing storage solutions to indoor-outdoor living, there’s a trend for everyone to embrace.
Talking about the impact Covid-19 has had on home décor trends, Volpes and Biggie Best’s Buying Manager, Elbe Truter, says: “Home has become so much more than simply a place to rest your head. Homes have become classrooms, gyms, offices and more. Decluttering is huge and families have had to adapt to functional living. More thought is now given to people’s spaces and their immediate environment. Besides a need for larger home offices, there is also a yearning for private spaces and retreats – reading nooks, quiet corners and pretty spaces.”
Here are some of the top post-Covid home décor trends to incorporate in your home this year and beyond:
Baskets are having a real moment in home décor. Whether they’re being used as storage solutions or as a cosy home for your favourite plant, baskets help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere and cover-up clutter.
Have baskets for storage in varying shapes and sizes to keep a room multi-functional and organised. If you’re looking for a new system to help keep your home organised, buy a basket for each member of the family or for ‘like’ items such as ‘work’, ‘school’, ‘exercise’, ‘hobbies’ and more.
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Large dining room tables
For those who have the space, a big dining room table is a must. Even if you have a home office, with multiple people trying to work at home, a large dining room table allows you and other members of your household to work in peace or find a space to carry out craft projects and more.
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Zones for every activity
We’re spending more time in our homes than ever before so it’s essential to try to use every little nook and cranny in your house to accommodate everyone’s needs. To help stay say and give everyone space to co-exist without being in each other’s hair all day, create different ‘zones’ for activities – for reading, relaxing or simply retreating. A comfortable chair is a non-negotiable, plus adding a lamp will help to define the space.
Spa at home
People have learned to slow down, and the trend of mindfulness and wellness is huge this year. Incorporate this into your home and décor palettes by creating quiet places and peaceful sanctuaries throughout your home.
“A beautiful spa-at-home bathroom is the ultimate space to unwind after a long day of multitasking and wearing different hats. Colour is key and can be very therapeutic; lifting your mood when you are feeling low. White signifies cleanliness, peacefulness and purity, so is the first choice to create a calm space,” explains Truter.
Crisp white towels is an easy place to start, as it gives you a blank canvas to work from in terms of décor for the rest of the bathroom. Every spa-at-home bathroom needs luxurious towels. Opt for towels that have a soft feel but that are also highly absorbent with good durability. Finally, light candles and use fragrances to make the space more inviting.
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Even with restrictions relaxing, many people don’t feel comfortable being in crowded spaces with strangers. These days, entertaining at home is the new eating out.
“People still don’t want to go out and prefer to entertain at home. Summer time is all about outdoor entertaining and get-togethers with friends and family. You need to make your home an inviting and beautiful space when guests come over plus be conscious of people who want to see others, but might still want to social-distance at an event or get-together” says Truter.
Create an inviting home entertaining space by investing in a beautiful coffee table that can be used as a server for casual finger foods. Keep eating casual with help-yourself platters of easy nibbles, snacks and tasty tidbits for people to tuck into, so that guests can move around freely. Move side tables from inside to outside to create more casual eating spaces. From there, place beautiful cutlery casually for people to help themselves, before they choose a place to sit.
For entertaining that carries on long into the evening, be sure to place throws and blankets in a basket and a candle on every side table to keep quests comfortable.
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Bringing the beauty of nature indoors
Bringing the beauty of nature indoors is still a big trend. More people are bringing greenery into their homes with plants and other natural décor items that create an indoor-outdoor look and feel. Décor items related to gardening are experiencing a huge comeback this year, together with new ways to incorporate greenery inside homes. Think vertical gardens and indoor gardening, or even incorporating florals into your home décor.
Beautiful faux botanicals, such as faux orchids, hydrangeas and proteas, are the perfect solution for busy households, as they require little upkeep, maintenance and are waterwise. For a chic take on this trend, choose a potted topiary or olive tree that will add an accent to a desk or console table or alternatively, hang a wreath on a wall or interior door for a new dimension. An easy way to incorporate florals into your décor is to update your linen with stunning floral duvet cover sets, scatters and quilts.
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Bedrooms fit for royalty
This year, bedrooms have become both spaces to recover and sanctuaries, so why not give your bedroom an instant update to bring it up to speed for your current wants and needs.
“Instant updates are not just about sprucing up a space. Sometimes, they are about investing in functional items that will make a difference to your day-to-day life. Whether you are gearing up for a big week ahead or recovering after a long day, it is your bedroom where these subtle changes (and conscious choices) will make all the difference,” says Truter.
To turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, consider investing in blockout curtains. These will help to eliminate most light, help to reduce noise and keep rooms cool in summer. If you simply want to add some detail to a room, sheer curtains and voile are the way forward.
For the bed, Egyptian cotton is smooth and soft to the touch — a welcoming luxury after a long day. It is also strong, making it ideal for an item you use every day. A cotton duvet inner is an investment for your health. It is breathable, naturally insulates to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Plus it’s anti-allergenic, which means it’s a lifesaver for allergy sufferers and people with sensitive skin.
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