Working from home 2021Craig Simpson
With working from home being the norm, interiors trends have evolved around our lives in a similar way. This is how lockdown has changed people’s view of their homes (and what they want them to look like this year. Now that December has rolled around, it’s natural to want to take a second to look back and reflect on the year that’s passed. 2020, though, has not necessarily been the easiest one to digest. A lot has had to change this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and even the smallest parts of people’s everyday lives have been affected by ensuing restrictions.
From altered workout routines to reduced social gatherings, so many unexpected aspects of people’s day-to-day faced abrupt change back in March. One of the most seismic shifts has been in the world of work, with many office workers having spent the vast majority of the year working from home.
2021 Modern Trends of Home Offices –
Having a larger, more open spaces also allow you to move away from a traditional office that only features banks of desks. You can utilise the space to create breakout areas and custom design features that reflect your brand and home design.
Bringing nature inside
Office plants aren’t a new thing but more people are taking greenery to the next level and the drive for improved employee wellbeing will likely only push this trend further. Rather than the odd desk plant or artificial plants to add some colour, home offices are fully embracing the idea of bringing nature inside and 2021 is set to bring with it plenty of green workspaces.
This trend will mean that more people start experimenting with different ways of incorporating nature into their home offices. Features like living walls, plant partitions, seating with fish or plant life incorporated and indoor office gardens are gaining popularity.
The ways we work have become more flexible than ever due to necessity, with Covid-19 resulting in a higher rate of remote working. This flexibility has to be reflected in office design going forward in order for companies to be able to react to changing employee requirements. As a result, 2021 is set to see a shift away from more structured office spaces as more informal workplaces become the norm.
Working with the trend for more open spaces, this increased flexibility could mean a mix between permanent and ad-hoc workspaces as companies utilise hotdesking in response to people working from home. This will help to encourage employees to find a place and way of working that suits them and so improves productivity and collaboration.