By Hartleys Rooms
As is the way, the majority of design trends come and go; totally de rigueur one season, then out in the cold by the next. Lifestyle trends tend to hang around for longer, as societal changes and events create new demands on how we live. In this article, we look at the up and coming bedroom trends, defined by the many months of lockdown we have all experienced.
Dual Purpose Bedroom-WFH Zone
Back in March, as the necessity for working from home increased over night, many of us haphazardly set up our work stations anywhere in the home which could cater for a desk, chair and laptop and offered the best wifi connection. The bedroom has become a popular spot in which to work for several reasons.
Bedrooms are usually located upstairs, so often a quieter part of the house where interruptions may be fewer. They also tend to have more available space for extra furniture and the demand for plug sockets is less, which is ideal for work-related tech. A built-in bespoke home office area is perfect for a more permanent solution, making the very best use of space available, designed exactly for your way of working, and finished in a colour which will match or complement your existing bedroom décor.
Dual Purpose Bedroom-Wellness Space
If the idea of working and sleeping in the same room doesn’t appeal to you, that’s understandable. In fact Feng Shui experts totally agree with you and recommend your work and sleep spaces are kept entirely separate. However, you might prefer the dual-function proposition of a meditation-fitness area combined with your bedroom?
With COVID closing gyms, leisure centres and yoga classes, people have become creative, setting up their own physical fitness spaces, acquiring free weights, resistance bands and balance balls for Zoom classes or their own work-outs. Less space and equipment are required for a relaxing meditation corner – somewhere comfortable and peaceful, maybe with a fragranced candle, incense or selection of lush house plants to create a calming and refreshing vibe.
For those working all day from home, this change of environment, mode and pace has become a haven for many, a chance to change the narrative and clear the mind.
And it’s not only adults who will feel the benefit from multi-purpose living. Whether it’s a space to chill on a beanbag or hammock, a work-out mat or an inspired piece of wall art, children too need time to reflect, digest and relax.
An Integrated Headboard
We’re used to seeing these in hotel rooms and increasingly in new build properties, but built-in headboards are set to become the norm. Integrated lighting, often connected to the home’s smart system, is designed so that all modes of lighting, from task to intimate, can be easily controlled and leave bedside surfaces clear and uncluttered. As an integrated headboard extends further than traditional types, there is ample storage space for books, treasures and toiletries, making the best use of space, but at the same time allowing the room to retain a streamlined and organised feel.
The Balcony Benefit
Anyone confined to their home will appreciate the many benefits of a bedroom balcony; a protected and private outdoor space to be styled exactly as the owner would have it. The advantages include the pure pleasure of extra living space and its immediacy to the outdoors, somewhere to grow a herb garden and even some veg. It’s an intimate spot to relax and enjoy a cuppa or simply somewhere to take a breath of fresh air and appreciate the view. Almost an en-suite garden, with the benefit of extra daylight, a balcony will add extra value to your home, offering real appeal to home buyers.
Getting Closer to Nature
House plants have long since been a popular addition to many bedrooms, but they’ve also included those of the artificial variety. During lockdown, it has all been about bringing very real lush greenery indoors. Not just for effect, the trend for house plants has grown phenomenally with people looking to refresh their over-inhabited living spaces with air-purifying and oxygen-generating. For those who have been quarantining, fresh greenery is a way of enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors without stepping foot outside. If you’re looking to start your own house plant collection, recommendations are Devil’s Ivy, Dwarf Date Palm, the Peace Lily and the Spider plant.
Whilst balconies and house plants fall outside our areas of expertise, we do know a thing or two about designing multi-purpose rooms and savvy fitted storage solutions. If we can help you with the remodelling or repurposing of your living space, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us on tel 01756 700471 or via our website to arrange a visit to our showroom or to book a design consultation.