Designs for Living : A Post Covid Home
Over the last year, the pandemic has had a transformational effect on so many aspects of our lives. Now that we are beginning to emerge from lockdown, there is a focus on the longer-term impact of the virus, how and where we live and work, and how we define our living/work space. Our homes are having to work harder to accommodate the additional load of work, study, exercise, entertainment and when we’re allowed, a social life. The challenge is to meet all these extra demands without sacrificing space or compromising lifestyle.
Decorcafe designer, Nina Moeller, recently devised the concept drawing above to address some very specific issues thrown up by the pandemic for one particular client. With no space for a dedicated office or study, the challenge was to transform an existing room into a space that would lend itself to both working and relaxing. There are no radical changes here for the client to take on board but the collective effect of a number of clever ideas will significantly improve the way this room functions. Let me take you through it…
Storage, as we all know, is key in a well-functioning home. A wall of units provides masses of discreet space for work or domestic items. It fits flush to the upper wall, is painted the same colour as the walls and has push-touch openings, so magically disappears. Two floating shelves, one boxed, above the desk offer space to display favourite artefacts, plants or books, the spotlight shedding light on a decorative object so drawing the eye from the more functional aspects of the room. And the bank of low-level cupboards on the other side of the room echoes the aesthetic whilst also providing additional seating.
A wall-mounted, drop-down desk provides a surface for work or study. With storage compartments contained within the flap for laptops etc, it is easily closed to hide away clutter when the working day is over. Space at the back of this desk is also useful for a pinboard or similar.
Lighting is also a useful tool in defining a room’s identity. Here exposed beams are thrown into sharp relief by ceiling mounted light fittings, drawing the eye up and giving a less box-like shape to the room.
In a multi-functional room like this, it’s important to build in versatility. So while the timber floor gives a practical foundation to the room, underpinning its daytime usage, the introduction of a rug and blinds adds personality and warmth, whilst also handily absorbing sound. The picture, already owned by the client, was added into the scheme to personalise it, alongside a gas fire, giving the possibility of changing the mood with little effort.
Since the advent of Covid, it’s become so much more important to arrange our homes in a more streamlined way and multi-functional spaces are now key to home layouts. The clever cabinetry (in which Nina specialises) gives crisp clean lines. The rug and fire add warmth and cosiness and the picture and decorative accessories provide inspiration.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a flexible space that allowed for you to shut yourself off for a while, whilst still allowing a communal area for the family to get together in the evenings?
This second project by Nina challenged her to create a stimulating environment in which her client could work without distraction. The natural light from large windows meant that she could replace the traditional desk lamp with this more bespoke model from Christian Liaigre. The sophisticated wall colour is the perfect backdrop for the client’s artwork and a simple table provides a smart, uncluttered place to work within the home.
We’d like to explore other post-covid design trends – what changes are you making in your own home or those of your clients?
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