Global trends in designing new living spaces - Sonae Arauco

As time marches on, we find ourselves living in an era of increased global cohesiveness and a sense of coming together. We are living in an unprecedented age of technology, globalised markets and a level of access to the world at large that has never been experienced before.

Whether or not we’re aware of it, a melding of cultural and regional aesthetics defines interior design and architectural prowess on a fundamental level. Beyond this, as we overcome a global pandemic, we are quickly rediscovering the importance of the modern home – the canvas to the ongoing painting of our ever-shifting lifestyles.

A feeling of togetherness

A trend that has quickly started to manifest in society is that people are treating their homes as the epicentre of daily living. Particularly, a special focus on kitchens and dining rooms since these spaces have traditionally been the gathering point for families, friends, and relatives.

As such, modern architectural interior design movements are focused on enhancing that feeling of togetherness with the added benefit of making spaces feel unique, warm, and inviting. Close attention is paid to matching natural aesthetics harkening back to the basics and signifying a feeling of solidarity.

Architecture – The New Living Space

While trends in architecture aren’t as transformative as they are in the fashion industry, changes often occur naturally and over a period of time. Having a sound understanding of what to expect as a homeowner, interior designer, or investor and where to adapt and follow trends helps avoid creating spaces that feel tired or outdated.

The general trend is shifting away from excessive opulence and mass-produced McMansion styled homes and more towards unique yet functional concepts and designs. The ultimate question naturally becomes – what exactly will this look like in the next few years as we become more acclimated to this new mode of living?

  • Smaller Homes  

While it’s unreasonable to expect most people to quickly adopt the tiny-home trend of living in exceedingly confined spaces. Generally speaking, the size of the typical family home is shrinking. Formal rooms like parlours, reception areas and sitting rooms have become obsolete as homeowners opt for a functional and multi-faceted approach to living spaces.

  • Versatile Designs 

In other words, a design that follows a multifunctional aesthetic and that emphasises wide-open spaces with even floor plans. Beyond this, a home is designed to be as inclusive as possible whereas when one gets older, they do not have to feel obliged to move to old age homes to maintain a comfortable life. 

Rather, architects are incorporating features such as push-touch doors and multi-height counters and cabinets that make it easier for people to function in and around their homes.

  • Sustainability

A defining feature of modern design and ethical business practice, architects are factoring in the ever-growing concern for our environment into their building plans. Expressed in a number of different building and design methods, sustainability goes beyond just the materials used to build a home and incorporates the sourcing of those materials as well.

From recycled glass to bamboo flooring, this method of home development is becoming more and more popular among architects and homeowners.

  • Smart Living 

A reference to the integration of decorative solutions with digitally aligned spaces, most architects are pushing to include electronics into their overall design. Smart Living incorporates the concept of “smart homes” which allows homeowners to tweak and finetune elements in their home such as lighting, heating, and even control their household appliances from handheld devices or terminals.

Defining Resimercial

Following the trend of integration and cohesiveness comes an entirely new word that accurately incorporates the melding of commercial and residential spaces. The phrase Resimercial refers to the phenomenon where what was once residential has become the workspace and vice-versa. The inherent lines between working from home and the office’s blur as traditional offices are being replaced by those that are inspired by the comfort of home interiors.


A Space for Matching Life

Ultimately, whichever style you feel expresses your individuality the most, Innovus Decorative Products by Sonae Arauco offers a comprehensive range of décor solutions that are specifically designed to reflect your unique requirements and personal aspirations.

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