With Easter just around the corner, many people will be thinking about entertaining family and friends. Now is therefore the perfect time to look at how this time of year is one of those which makes us really assess the way we use and live in our homes.
As people are now living longer lives, it goes without saying that families are getting bigger, with multiple generations frequently sharing living space whether that be at special occasions, or on a day-to-day basis. Easter is one of those times of year when lots of families come together to spend quality time together, and therefore it is important that our homes be able to provide that cross-functional setting; enabling people to spend time together whilst perhaps doing different things. Children might want to play with new toys, adults might want to play board games or watch TV, and therefore the living space needs to enable these activities, whilst allowing people to share the same space.
In addition, many people will cite that what makes them happy isn’t anything superficial, but is ‘home’. This refers to the physical place being both an investment in the future and a retreat from the stresses of everyday life, it’s often the location where that feeling of calm, happiness and belonging is felt – it’s what the Danish call ‘Hygge’. This is felt strongest during special occasions, like Easter, and therefore people are investing more in creating and cultivating a home and home atmosphere that is welcoming, happy and shareable.
Lastly, everyone knows that styles and trends ebb and flow over time. Currently, many interior design trends have common themes focusing on handmade, well-crafted, and natural qualities of products and styles. This fits extremely well with Easter of course, with the direct link to nature through the focus on new life in both flora and fauna! Our Easter Pinterest board has some lovely inspiration for using natural decorations to give your home a spring feel.
All in all, these trends of sharing space with family and friends, using space for different things at the same time, and a focus on creating a pleasant ambience are trends that support the case for open-plan living. Whether by adjusting your existing space or adding to it, make sure that your home fits the way you live your life, and not the other way around.