If you’re one of the many who has decided that 2022 will be the year for an update to where you live and a change of scenery, you are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly shifted perspectives, especially when it comes to what’s most important in a home. What once might have a been a supporting character in your life, has now become a sort of center stage. With so many people working from home, discovering new passions & hobbies which require new spaces, families who have switched to home schooling, those who adopted a dog or two, and so much more.
“Out with the old, in with the new” couldn’t be more fitting as we all navigate our new normal. A little design enhancement to your space can make a huge difference while many are choosing to start fresh in a new space, all together. It’s important to make sure that your home evolves with your lifestyle, and this can be achieved through intentional arrangement choices and careful selection during your home buying process.
Open and Intimate
Open concept spaces are continuing to be among the most desirable framework in 2022, though, homeowners are starting to crave intimate spaces within this layout. Stylish dividers can be installed in any room to create a sense of privacy and distinction. For example, if you don’t have a spare room to dedicate into a home office, a stylish divider is the perfect way to create a secluded space so you can focus on the work at-hand. Dividers can be made of wood, metal, or glass, and fit just about any aesthetic. From bold statement pieces to versatile subtle design, the possibilities are endless. The best part? Dividers can be temporary, thus allowing you to change the space, when needed.
We are more consistently seeing homeowners move towards using sustainable furniture. Not only is up-cycling or thrifting more eco-friendly, but with the supply chain issues experienced during the pandemic, many don’t want to wait months on end for a piece of furniture. When purchasing furniture with a new home is not an option, thrifting or purchasing unique antique statement pieces allows you to show your personality, and incorporate pieces that tell a story, unique to you. This creates interest to your home and adds warmth in the spaces you now spend more time in.
Minimalism and Warm Tones
In an unrelated way to escape the chaos that has been the pandemic, many are moving towards more minimalistic designs inside the home. This focuses on creating an uncluttered, simplistic space that emits a sense of calm. Instead of flashy, statement pieces, furniture is more modern, and colours are warm and neutral in tone. This is popular in bedrooms, home offices, and living spaces in your home.
Together, all of these design concepts can reflect our personality, lifestyles, and passions. Want to put an antique mirror in your home gym? Go for it! Want to put up a stylish divider for a reading nook? Perfect idea! Want your home office to be minimalistic, unlike your email inbox? Fabulous!
It’s no secret that we all are the happiest at home. A home is a haven for our souls. It’s a place we can be authentically ourselves, a space to create lasting memories with the ones we love, and a constant comfort where we can safely lay our heads. It’s our uniquely, individualized, piece of paradise.
About the Author
Kaitlyn Gottlieb is a new mom with a passion for Real Estate as an award-winning Realtor for over a decade with Century 21 Bamber. Working in Edmonton, Calgary & Canmore she happily spends her off time endlessly evolving theirinner-city home, caring for her newborn daughter Isla Olivia James and spending time with her husband and their three dogs, Lexie, Pinot & Joey. For all things Real Estate, inspirational homes, motherhood, puppies, travel, & interior design, connect with her on Instagram @kaitlyn.gottlieb