With an increasing number of Brits choosing to stay put instead of moving elsewhere, it means there's been an increase in the amount of renovations that are being made to properties, as homeowners start to adapt their interiors to suit their wants and needs
This is leading to a desire to take control of their living spaces. So, what does this mean for our interiors? Well, Jason Orme, the property expert for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show (28-31 March) is sharing his thoughts on exactly how our homes are changing...
As cooking has increasingly become a social affair, the kitchen has morphed into the hub of the home. Subsequently, there's a growing trend for 'big magazine style spaces' - an area of the home where we live, cook and eat. Another trend sees the return of some old areas around the home - for instance, the pantry, which was originally popular a couple of centuries ago. Now that our kitchens are becoming living spaces, we don't want wall units on display, when we could have art, light or windows instead.
Once upon a time, a bedroom's sole purpose was to sleep in. However, it's now become more of a living area. Subsequently, they're almost becoming like mini hotel rooms, as they increasingly include en-suites, a TV, a desk and even informal living spaces.
The home office
The home office was once considered a staple of working from home. Yet they're not being used as regularly as you may think, despite a growing increase for working from home. This could appear to be counter intuitive on the surface - however, when you're working in the evening, you don't necessarily want to be in a secluded part of the house - instead, you'd rather be in a sociable area with the rest of your family. A crucial facet is having access to a home office desk - or at least, being able to improvise one.
The bathroom is another room which is turning into a personal sanctuary. There's a growing desire to have an 'indoor spa', which is best achieved through some clever decoration tricks - for instance, changing the shower head, adding extra shelving or exotic houseplants, or even including waterproof speakers. People are looking to enjoy a spot of pampering from the comfort of their own home.