Make room – The New Indian Express
Express news service
BENGALURU: The pandemic has forced many people to redesign their homes in line with changing needs. The city’s interior designers observe that there has been a spike in demands, especially after the unlocking phase, from clients looking to remodel their homes with simple designs and light colors contrasting with the existing dark and vibrant shades. More storage space, ergonomic furniture, wall decorations on nature themes are now in great demand.
“People want spaces with multiple uses, both functional and ergonomic. They are also considering independent open spaces such as balconies and terraces to avoid the feeling of claustrophobia. Design elements like landscape, water features … which are aesthetic and promote emotional well-being are becoming popular, ”says Giulia Baima Bollone, business manager of Embassy Interiors, an architecture brand and interior design.
With many home office projects underway, Nain Belliappa, founder of Houseof9design, a Bengaluru-based interior design studio, is converting rooms into offices and offices. “We’re finding that our customers are getting rid of king-size beds and making room for workstations instead. We are considering offering flexible and foldable bed options which are becoming more and more popular. Some of these alternative sleeping patterns need to be personalized and many are not readily available in the market, ”she says.
Designers also believe that with an expected third wave of Covid-19 around the corner, many customers want their renovated homes to be up and running soon. “We saw a spike in consultations during the unlock phase, which was a surprise. Many customers want to complete their interior fittings before possible containment due to the third wave. People are looking for soft, light, and muted shades, and colors like green, white, beige, and sage. This trend is called Japandi, a mix of simplicity and nature-centered themes with minimal styling options, ”says Aiman Nishaat Shaik, furniture and interior designer.
Meanwhile, Farah Ahmed Mathias and Dhaval Shelluhar, co-founders of Fadd Studio, are finding that their clients now prefer more nature-friendly themes. “Many want to get rid of bright, bold colors and turn to colors that offer zen and peace. They want designs that help them feel close to nature. In addition, there is a tendency to buy houses on the outskirts of the city where there is a lot of greenery. This synchronizes well with the nature-centered themes, ”explains Mathias.