The average person in Britain spends around 22 hours indoors, equal to 90% of their day. As so much time is spent inside, it’s important to create a space that has a positive, uplifting effect on mental wellbeing by utilising different Interior Design styles. This has never been more apparent than in current times as the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in the entire world going into lockdown, leaving many of us feeling alone and isolated.
People are becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to look after their mental wellbeing. Statistics from the mental health charity Mind state that as many as 1 in 6 people report a common mental health problem — such as anxiety and depression — in any given week.
Feeling comfortable in your surroundings is important in tackling issues such as these. The positive effects of a well-designed space can boost a person’s self-esteem and gives you a place to unwind, relax and socialise. At LOFT, we specialise in designing spaces with mental health in mind.
Not only that, we put a strong focus on the core elements that impact wellbeing within Interior Design. Long term trends such as ethically sourcing products and making sure to be as environmentally friendly as possible are continuing to grow in popularity. Where possible, we fashion our different Interior Design styles around these ideals.
Here are the latest trends we believe have the most positive effects in the world of Interior Design.
Biophilic Interior Design
Biophilic Interior Design is all about bringing elements of nature into built environments. It works on the principle that we evolved as a species in natural settings for millions of years, and that we’re not as well-adapted to urban and industrial environments as we may think.
In any setting, biophilia works to relieve stress and tension. A report on Human Spaces declared biophilic interior design “can help us to mentally recover and provide respite from our day-to-day activities, to maintain positive well-being (pg.7).”
When designing a biophilic space, we use natural materials (such as woods and stones), colour patterns (for example, greens and blues to reflect plantlife and the sea & sky), we add plants and introduce as much natural light as possible. These factors create a calming environment that actively reduces stress levels and reflects positively on both our mental and physical wellbeing.
Being in a biophilic environment has also been proven to significantly boost productivity levels. Simply adding more plants to a workspace can increase production by 15% according to the University of Exeter. For anyone who works from home, this can provide you with a much better working environment.
Biophilic pieces are also very environmentally friendly, as natural materials like wood, bamboo and bark can be recycled, and plantlife is biodegradable. This ensures the least amount of damage is done to the planet when the time comes to change your Interior Design style inline with evolving trends.
Neutral colour palettes and textures are used as part of Modern Heritage Design to add warmth and depth to rooms. Off-whites, tinted greys, earthy ochres and tactile beiges have come from the background to the forefront. This gives these spaces a more homely feel that you can relax and unwind in, mixing heritage colours with modern styling.
When we design a space around the Modern Heritage trend, we pay close attention to materials and textures. We use warm metals such as copper and brass, and turning towards woods, we feature products that have real depth and rustic charm to them like oak and walnut. Where we can, we use sustainable woods to prevent damage to the ecosystem and wildlife.
There’s a lot to be said about using terracotta colours in Modern Heritage, as well. It’s a natural, stoney shade that blends well in a variety of settings thanks to its earthy look and feel, and can even be used with botanical features in biophilic designs to boost mental wellbeing.
Natural Scandinavian is a different Interior Design style that focuses on the modern-rustic appeal of Scandinavian Hygge (being content and cosy).
The Natural Scandinavian look is about fashioning spaces that create a sense of balance and homeliness. These areas are uncluttered and minimalistic to give you a place to switch off and be undistracted by bold colours and loud features.
When our design team looks to furnish an area in the Natural Scandinavian style, we focus on simple luxuries. The idea that our homes are meant to be private sanctuaries will be stronger than ever following this turbulent year. Materials such as natural woods, recycled textiles, soft fabrics and terracotta earthenware help create a sense of warm minimalism.
In the hustle-and-bustle of our everyday lives, it’s good to have an area to unwind in. By focusing on the warmth aspect of Hygge, Natural Scandinavian creates a vibe that evokes a sense of real inner peace.
The Art House trend is about fashioning a space full of big and bold ideas. It’s eye-catching and expresses individuality through grandiose concepts.
LOFT puts Art House styles together by looking at bold, eclectic colours and textures. Art deco furniture is a must for this style trend, as the right tables, chairs, cabinets and sideboards can add a touch of modern glamour to any space.
Think luxurious colour palettes. Deep purples and dark blues on textures such as velvet and silk will capture your attention with their dynamic look and feel.
For those interested in different Interior Design styles that have an edge to them, bold colour schemes and the clean-cut lines of modernism will also have a stronghold within the Interior Design world.
A strong emphasis on geometric shapes and patterns create a striking, contemporary look. In essence, Bold Geometry blends industry with craft to fashion a new, exciting vibe. Furniture designs will take inspiration from the modular and multifunctional systems designed in the 1930s and 60s but with a modern slant.
With an updated take on the Art Deco movement comes the concept of Neo-Deco, combining angular geometrics, cut-outs and patterns with tropical Miami pastels alongside the traditional black and gold colour palette. This creates a cool and stylish backdrop to unwind in.
Do You Have a Favourite Style?
The purpose of looking into different Interior Design styles is to find a trend you will love for years. You need to know that no matter what’s going on in your daily life, there’s a sanctuary where you can relax, switch your mind off and enjoy some “me time”.
According to Rightmove’s most recent Happy at Home survey, the North West’s biggest cities are some of the least happiest in the country because they don’t like where they live. Out of 194 places across the UK, Manchester ranked 159 and Liverpool came in at 172. These numbers are a poor reflection on our regional wellbeing, and we want to help improve these statistics by fashioning quality interiors.
The trends in this article are what we feel are best suited to improving mental health and life quality, but it’s hard to say what’s best for your specific property without knowing more about it.
If you’ve been inspired by the different Interior Design styles we’ve mentioned and want to know more about how we can spruce up your property, get in touch with a member of our design team for honest, professional advice.