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Photo Credit: Alissa Sullivan, Allied ASID & Patrica Estes, Allied ASID, Pecky Interiors

With the overall economic outlook being positive for 2021 and 2022, spending has sustained the interior design industry overall, according to ASID research published in their Outlook and State of Interior Design for 2021. ASID sees long-lasting trends in understanding people and businesses as well as health, safety and welfare becoming top priorities. The pandemic has re-emphasized the need for interior designers to be leaders in these key trends.

How does a designer lead in the health trend when working with clients? It’s more than just about choosing the right color, providing comfort with furnishings and ensuring client happiness with specifications –– it’s about specifying products that can keep clients healthier. Manufacturers are using low-to-no VOC’s (volatile organic chemicals) in their products. Paint companies and carpet manufacturers and some furniture manufacturers have led the way to ‘healthier’ products that adults and children are using and breathing in their homes. Ask your ASID interior designer for more information.

How does a designer lead in the safety trend? This trend is about choosing products with safety in mind. Common sense tells us that glass coffee tables are not such a good idea with small children in the household, area rugs represent tripping hazards in a senior center. Understanding people’s specific needs is the key to helping them live in a safer environment. How clients live in their homes has become more important with so much more time being spent in the house. A good designer will ask you this question.

And lastly, how does a designer lead in the welfare or wellness trend? Wellness in your home or business is called Biophilic Design. This design concept is our connection to our natural environment. By using sustainable earth friendly materials, the client can reduce stress and expedite healing along with im- proving their well-being and cognition. Some of these materials include bamboo, cork, FSC certified wood, the use of natural patterns, colors found in nature, live plants and even faux silk plants.

Photo Credit: Alissa Sullivan, Allied ASID & Patrica Estes, Allied ASID, Pecky Interiors

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