Brave New Post-Pandemic Design World

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How will the pandemic will change interior design and decorating? I foresee several important changes already in the works.

When it comes to design, the open concept may be on its way out unless we find (or build) designated home office spaces in our homes. We may need to find a corner for a small home gym, too if we fear sharing equipment (and germs) with fellow exercise enthusiasts. I also predict the resurgence of the pantry and larger linen closets as we continue our new practice of stockpiling non-perishable foods and toilet paper.

When it comes to interior decoration, I see color trends going in one of two opposite directions.  For those who need to escape the current realities, either an energizing warm colors or soothing palette of blues and greens will dominate.

Playful, fun, lively colors like yellows, oranges, teals, and flamingo pinks will warm up our spirits and our rooms – inside or out. You can always mellow these out with neutrals like white, black, or gray. A new wall color, easy chair, bedspread, shower curtain, or patio rug in these colors can bring joy to our surroundings.

Otherwise, for peace and serenity, softly muted neutrals or chalky pastels can evoke a visually calming home. Consider a mushroom color or a soft plum, light mossy green, or barely-there pink.

Speaking of simplicity, the uncluttered, paired-back look could forecast a quiet, uncomplicated décor style. A single comfy pillow and throw will create a Zen-like air but you will need to keep your decorations to a minimum.

Otherwise, another tale of contradictions, I see a revival of arts and crafts with handmade accessories like quilts, afghans, cross-stitch, watercolor paintings, clay pots, and the like.  If the understated look isn’t for you, load up on these décor items to recharge your living spaces with a nostalgic look.

Indoor plants and upcycled or painted furniture are also now trending.  The former adds life to any room while the latter adds new life to what we already own. Besides, many of us are staying out of the furniture stores for at least a little while longer.

With many satisfied clients since 2008, Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering decorating services at reasonable rates. If you want to suggest a blog topic or have a decorating, downsizing/decluttering or home staging project needing professional help or are interested in hosting a workshop or quilt show, please contact her via her website or phone 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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