The impact of the pandemic will be a lasting one and will be felt in a myriad different ways over the coming years, but it will certainly be interesting to see how it affects the world of both interior design but also the layout of our homes themselves.

It’s likely, for example, that the entranceways to our homes will change, given a heightened awareness about germs and concerns about infections – so you could start seeing bigger porches and mudrooms, as a result. Sinks in this part of the house could also help guests and residents alike with hand-washing.

In terms of materials, you can expect to see more antimicrobial options being chosen, such as copper, bronze and brass, replacing the likes of stainless steel and wood, which can be less hygienic.

In a recent interview with Dezeen, architect Alison Brooks said that the pandemic would lead to a value shift in housing design, with people wanting more space, and the situation was now forcing those in the sector to think harder about features like terraces and balconies.

“It is making people think a lot harder about whether they have the amenity space like balconies and terraces or French doors onto Juliet balconies. Everybody’s paying a lot more attention to places where you can be outside without being on the street,” she went on to say.

Ms Brooks added that this value shift is already being seen and thoughts are now increasingly turning to how people should live together moving forward, as well as how we can live together and look after the environment, the planet and our neighbours.

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