Our changing lifestyles and demographic shifts mean that homes need to be increasingly flexible spaces that adapt as our lives change.
People are finding themselves living and working very differently compared to 10 years ago. In this technologically and digitally enhanced world, objects are transitory, spaces can be virtual or physical, while communication and interactions are varied and changing constantly.
Our families are changing, therefore so are our homes:
77% of people want to adapt their home for changing family needs such as the arrival of a baby or children living at home for longer. Homes are needed for work and play.
Research conducted by Kingfisher concluded:
The most popular job being prioritised for the year ahead is painting and decorating (40%), followed by doing up the kitchen (17%) or bathroom (16%).
Houses traditionally have rooms that isolate us. We need bigger, more flexible and interactive spaces that bring us together and as more of us work from home and we’re all becoming used to wireless living, rooms become more dynamic and multi-functional.
At the moment there are a number of trends in how people live, work and play! We are very interested in health and wellbeing. There is a trend in growing and producing your own food, especially in urban areas. Using whatever outdoor space you have, even if it is only a window ledge, to find a place to get your fingers in the earth. There are trends toward industrial, raw finishes in serving ware, furniture, and fabrics to give us the farm-to-table experience.
There is a need for furnishing homes where people can be together, but be doing different things. The rise in multi-generational living is seeing developers and architects increasingly look at ways to build adapt living spaces with features such as retractable walls that can open up or shut off rooms.
We will place more and more demands on our homes in the future and we will have less space to work with. By 2050, 70 percent of all people in the world will live in big cities.