COVID pandemic has led to changes and inspiration in home designs and trends – Greenville News

Open spaces. Gardens on patios and decks. Dedicated office spaces. Indoor gyms and workout centers.

These are just a few of the ways that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted home design.

Turns out that being quarantined and forced to work and live from home caused us to inspect our homes and make some changes. In fact, according to recent studies, 70% of Americans have completed home improvement projects during the pandemic from small scale improvements to full renovations.

An open work space designed by Kerry Howard.

Kerry Howard, ASID and owner of Howard House Interiors, says “I have even seen longtime clients totally transition from one style of what they have always liked in design to an entirely different mindset. They now want their homes and the things around them to have more meaning.” He further notes that the business of being a designer has changed during COVID as well. “One of the biggest differences in my life as a designer,” says Howard, “was the number of zoom consultations I did due to less interfacing with clients. This involved things like selecting, ordering and sending fabric samples to the client and then meeting about them over zoom.”

Other changes involved the way project installs were managed and the disinfection process used.

In fact focusing on cleanliness and health caused many people to make their foyers into sanitization centers. In addition, people wanted to aid their mental health by having more