The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the way we live but also compelled us to spend more time indoors. Therefore the design of our future homes or renovation of existing homes will have to address the new requirements of its occupants. Here are some significant changes that shall be visible in the decor and functions of post-COVID homes.
Use of Antimicrobial Materials
- Surfaces like copper and its alloys like bronze and brass have an excellent antimicrobial property as it can destroy microbes within a short period. Do use these materials for the frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and handles.
- Consider engineered quartz for the kitchen countertop as it is a hard material which is stain-resistant, scratch-resistant, non-porous and prevents the growth of microbes.
- For the flooring, use materials like germfree tiles (See Video – Can Tiles Kill Germs), bamboo, cork as they are easy to clean and inhibit the growth of various microorganisms. Germfree Tiles prevent the development of microorganisms – even in between mopping cycles.
- Paint the walls in antimicrobial paints that are resistant to algae, fungi and bacteria.
- You can use Antimicrobial laminates for finishing the wardrobes and cabinets.
- Additionally, You can consider antibacterial fabrics for the curtains and upholstery as they prevent the growth of microorganisms within its fibres.
Design Multifunctional Spaces
- Create space for working out, using gym equipment, doing yoga or following a general fitness regime.
- As most schools have shifted to online distance learning, the children should have a dedicated study area which is well lighted, organised and conducive for online learning.
- It is essential to have a home office as working remotely from home has become the new norm. A formal home office set up should incorporate ergonomic furniture, good lighting, soundproofing and space should look aesthetically pleasing during video calls.
Create a Clutter-free Home
- Design a well-organised and clutter-free home that is hygienic and easy to maintain.
- Purchase multifunctional furniture as they are space-maximising and convenient to use, especially in compact homes with limited space. Multipurpose furniture lessens the clutter within the home.
- Incorporate built-in furniture to bring in an element of openness within the home. Optimise storage by purchasing furniture with built-in storage, install glass shelves and go for floor-to-ceiling cabinets to maximise the vertical storage within the home.
Go for a Holistic Decor
- A holistic decor ensures good health and wellness of its occupants. One should go for neutral colours or soft pastels that can infuse a calm and peaceful vibe within the home.
- Bring in a lot of natural light and allow cross-ventilation for replacing the stale air in indoors with fresh air from the outdoors.
- Additionally, improve the indoor air quality by adding a lot of indoor plants that release oxygen. These plants also help in removing harmful chemicals and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) emitted from various household products and chemical cleaners.
You can also see our interview with the ace architect – Sonali Bhagwati on preparing for a Post-Covid World.