Future Design Trends For The Home
All our worlds have temporarily became a lot smaller due to the devastating and ongoing global pandemic. And we have all been spending a lot more time at our sinks. Although we wouldn’t go as far as to call hand-washing a trend, there are several factors that we think will become trend influences in the non-too-distant future.
Niksen. The Dutch art of doing nothing.
Are you over the Scandi-mania that was Hygge and Lagom? Well, we think the big ‘balanced living’ mindset of this year is Niksen. The slow living philosophy takes inspiration from the Netherlands and claims to help us prioritise health and wellbeing by doing, well, not a lot. Carolien Janssen, in her book Niksen: The Dutch Art Of Doing Nothing, defines Niksen as ‘similar to mindfulness, yet you don't need anything special to do nothing.’ If you want to practice it, she writes, ‘slow down and celebrate the moment of not achieving.’ In other words: do precisely nothing at all.
You might think that post-lockdown, everyone would be scrambling to get out and about. However, some have started to really value the sanctuary of their homes and have embraced the chance to slow down, sparked by simply staying indoors. So if you haven’t read our other blog posts, what better time than now to catch up?
Hygiene and sanitisation is front of mind for everyone at the moment, as we all adapt to a different reality. Our adopted safety-first approach has seen the rapid development of new and existing technologies inside our homes to improve hygiene standards.
Existing devices that purify and monitor our personal air and water quality are very much in demand. In the future, expect germ-resistant materials for flooring and surfaces, as well as auto-cleaning technologies built-in to wardrobes and kitchen cabinets. Self-clean fabrics and smart materials that kill bacterias and viruses are theoretically possible.
Some materials are naturally anti-microbial, or they have intrinsic properties that destroy micro-organisms. Common materials, including copper and its alloys, brass and bronze, are naturally antimicrobial. They were traditionally used for doorknobs to help destroy germs and bacteria. We foresee copper, brass, and bronze hardware together with fixtures becoming very popular again in the post lockdown future.
At Shaws we have been ahead of this curve since 1897. The hard-wearing glaze applied to every Shaws sink is proven to reduce bacterial colonies of E-Coli and MRSA by 99.99% over a 24 hour period
Interior - Hush Kitchens / Photo Credit: @pete.helme
Bringing outside in.
After lockdown, everybody will value their freedom a whole lot more. In particular, spending time outdoors. Those of us lucky enough to have a garden have probably fallen in love with it again, with all things related to gardening seeing a huge surge in popularity. Those with no personal outdoor space are embracing new ways to incorporate elements of the outdoors inside their homes. Indoor gardening will become increasingly popular, as people look to improve the air quality inside a home as they refocus on their overall wellbeing. With safe access to food proving difficult for some during the lockdown, the joys of growing your own have been rediscovered. Small indoor areas can now be equipped with artificial light, air and water to make plants and vegetables grow. And of course an old Butler sink can be repurposed as the perfect planter!
Photo Credit: @mrskittycartier
Reassurance through quality.
With both safety and hygiene front of mind, quality and provenance will also be a rising trend. Customers will demand to know how and where their products were made, and in what conditions. Many brands will need to make their process more transparent to reassure consumers and maintain trust. Shaws products have been hand-crafted by our master craftsmen the same way, at the same factory in the North of England for over 120 years. We like it this way and you can read more about our story here.
Interior: Mark Lewis Interior Design / Photo Credit: Pete Helme
The boot room is back.
Thanks to Covid-19, the usually uneventful act of walking in the front door has become a strategically planned military exercise. Face masks, gloves, shoes and any additional self imposed PPE is carefully removed and disinfected before we quickly reach for the hand sanitiser, or head to the sink to wash our hands (in accordance with health guidelines, obviously). Although restrictions will eventually ease and our sensitivities reduce, many of us will continue to think differently about how we enter our homes safely and leave the nasties outside.
A traditional ‘boot room’ - or ‘mud room’ as they are often called - behaves a bit like an ‘air-lock’ between the home and the wider world. It provides a dedicated space to remove, clean and store your shoes, hang your jackets. If fitted with a sink big enough, like a Shaws Butler, you can even wash your dog before stepping inside. Smaller rooms might suit a Shaws Cleaners Sink which is more compact, but equally robust. Even in homes that don't have the luxury of a separate room, there may be an increased focus on creating a clean, dedicated "drop zone" so we can leave our germs at the door.
In 2019, the colour experts at Pantone announced that the colour trend for 2020 would be Classic Blue. A timeless, calming hue, elegant in its simplicity it works perfectly in a contemporary or period home. It was chosen in response to their research into peace and tranquillity for the next decade. A quick search of Pinterest or Instagram returns plenty of examples of how well the colour works when applied to a period kitchen like a timeless Shaker, but we’re expecting it to start appearing within contemporary design schemes more and more. Coincidently, Classic Blue has been the Shaws brand colour for 120 years, and historically our logo was often referred to as the ‘blue diamond’ by our customers.
Interior: Mark Lewis Interior Design / Photo Credit: Beth Davis
We wonder how many people have made the kitchen table their home office over the last few months. For many companies the home working trend will continue even after we are all officially allowed to return to work (both Facebook and Twitter CEOs have already announced this). With Zoom and similar homeworking tools smoothing the process, the kitchen-office may well be the biggest trend for next year. Brownie points to anyone featuring a Shaws sink in the background of their next video conference call! Something with a decorative front, such as the Bowland or Ribchester, will visibly demonstrate your exceptional taste.
Photo Credit : Devol Kitchens
Are you planning a rennovation of your kitchen later this year? If you decide to include a Shaws sink let us know by tagging us on social media.