Home Is More Important Than Ever

Home Is More Important Than Ever

A look at how COVID-19 has impacted our home space and the way we live our day-to-day.

The year 2020 continues to unfold in ways we never could have foreseen. As we've discovered, that's how pandemics go – affecting us all in fundamentally different ways ranging from unthinkable loss to lifestyle shifts, but one common thread has emerged, no matter our circumstance: We are spending a lot more time at home. Like a lot more.

Our homes have become multi-purpose sanctuaries. Living rooms double as offices, make-shift gyms, and classrooms. Suddenly, we're thinking much harder about the spaces where we spend our time, and, to be quite honest, that careful consideration is a welcome distraction from all that's going on outside of our homes.

Some good has come from this grounding. Namely, we're all thinking more practically about design and its impact on our day-to-day life. While occupying an aesthetically-pleasing space has always been a high priority, functionality has become just as important. Many of us are rethinking spaces within our homes that are not optimally utilized or, while visually stunning, only collect dust. As a result, creativity is at an all-time high. Finding space for activities that were once relegated to the outdoors has become a welcome challenge for the interior design industry. 

While the need to optimize the functionality of the spaces we occupy has become essential, it's also become imperative that our aesthetic design choices bring us peace of mind. This is our safe space. Our home. Maybe, we're craving an update. Change of scenery. Perhaps it's a gesture to spice up a space that's become hauntingly familiar. Maybe it's the worn pillow on the couch that's desperately in need of a refresh or the hand-me-down curtains that never sparked joy; whatever the project, change is welcome. So much so, that Houzz, an online home remodeling platform, reported a 58% annual increase in project leads for home professionals in June. Home improvement is on the rise.

However you're choosing to spend your time during this new normal, one thing is undeniable. The space you call home, your safe-haven away from the chaos of the pandemic, is more important than ever. So make sure that space makes you happy.

We'd love to help you make that happen. Feel free to email us at hello@likeleigh.com if we can be of any help.