Covid-19 pandemic and the Interior design industry – An impact assessment
Interior Design and how it played a crucial role in keeping our homes alive through the Covid-19 pandemic. As the pandemic relentlessly forged on, we found ourselves googling how to stay happy, as we started feeling the walls closing in around us, as the comfort of our own homes made us feel claustrophobic. The interior designers and decorators came to our rescue with happy little potted plants to totally revamp our homes.
Interior designing industry was jostled just like every other industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. The new concept of healthy interior spaces came into existence as a way of overcoming the challenges that Covid-19 pandemic presented to the interior design industry. Here are 8 ways the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the interior designing industry.
1. The interiors of the pandemic
– The tumultuous start of 2020 came with a whole world of challenges unforeseen by the interior design industry and businesses. The challenges were numerous as construction, new residential spaces, hotel and hospitality industry, restaurant spaces, office and work spaces were shut overnight with the onset of Covid-19 pandemic.
The interior design industry had to hasten for finding the right answers to reopen the shut doors or find new doors to open because the industry needed to survive and eventually make it through the pandemic.
2. The new opportunities
– The interior design and interior decorators in the industry found new ways to, not just survive, but to thrive during the pandemic. Sounds too far-fetched from the reality we live through?
Let’s introspect. The beige and light green paint on our walls started closing in on us after the first few months, we grew tired of our screens, scrolled every last movie on Netflix, prime and Disney+ and found nothing remotely enticing, longed to look at something, anything new and fresh.
3. The furniture & décor scrolling
– We scrolled through amazon, Flipkart and Pepperfry for indoor plants and interior décor that could brighten up and add some new life into our homes and lives.
The interior design industry poured over creating little packages of happiness with fancy wall papers, wall hangings, elegantly crafted light fixtures, upholstery, cute clocks and picture frames and much more. The demands were met as we kept looking and adding little pieces of happiness to our homes.
4. Healthy interior spaces
– The pandemic stayed on longer than expected and the industry was faced with a new challenge of designing spaces that needed to be healthy and maintain 6ft distance from each other.
Hotels, meeting spaces, office spaces, restaurants had to halve the seating capacity and ensure healthy seating arrangements that created a personal safe bubble for every client or customer involved. The challenging new ordeal for the interior design industry came up with solutions and cleverly organised and catered to the needs of every sector, every business and industry that needed it.
5. Would you please be quiet?
– This became the new phrase that all of us hissed at each other in the living rooms. Each member of the family needed their personal quiet space to work without any of the entertaining mishaps that kept cropping up on Youtube Shorts, for the hilarious dose of fun for all of the world to watch. The concept of the living room became redundant, even the kids for online schooling, so did the moms and dads for work, so did the grandparents for their share of work and entertainment.
6. Phew! Peace & quiet. Finally!
– The peace and quiet in our own homes was an ordeal with everyone stuck to their screens and needing the rest of them to be quiet. Home office solutions are all the rage as people eventually turn to design solutions to help them out.
The interior design industry had to quickly come up with near-instant solutions to residential design challenges. The trend of #homeoffice is here to stay as people increasingly prefer to opt for remote work instead of working from an office space. There is an increasing demand for new construction projects with interior design solutions for integrated home office requirements.
7. Redesigning office spaces
– Most office spaces were immediately shut with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic but essential services still needed to function with normalcy. This was a challenge and an opportunity for the interior design industry as office spaces needed to be completely revamped to accommodate the required personnel essential for a service and also, ensure to not compromise the health and safety of the individuals.
The interior design industry rose to the challenge with a renewed vigour as it was a great opportunity and a new way to survive and thrive through the Covid-19 pandemic. Design solutions and projects took the otherwise cluttered office spaces to revamp them into elegant and efficient spaces that adhered to the government guidelines and mandates.
8. Purifiers to the rescue!
– Clean, sanitized, efficiently designed spaces could be readily arranged for office spaces and public spaces that needed essential workers to continue working with normalcy but the indoor spaces needed to stay clean and healthy. Air purifiers came to the rescue to ensure the spaces stayed clean when it was in use.
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