How much time have you spent at home lately? It’s a bit annoying to answer this question, lately. This is because with no doubt home is the place where we spent almost all of our time. Being at home has given rise to the need and the desire to have one’s own space that is increasingly liveable and suitable for new habits.
And what’s happening to our homes if not a continuous adaptation to our needs? Putting aside fashions and trends of the moment, our staying at home has new rhythms, new activities and a new sociability.
Passions, habits and obsessions of all kinds now find more space than ever in our home. Living means living by changing. And our home is the symbol of this change. Home is a space that must reflect and respect those who live there. To further enhance a house (whether it is a small apartment or a large villa) and to make the concept of living higher, these are the rules:
- designing means always thinking about the future (the Latin etymology of the verb ‘progettare’ also says this). Needs evolve and designing spaces also involves making possible changes in future;
- monotony must be avoided. We get tired – regardless of the square meters of our home – of always having to deal with the same rooms, the same decorations, the same colors. When logistical needs do not suggest a change, our psychological needs do. Imagine you live in a house with fluo colors for several years? I got chills.
- in an environment, light is one of the most important elements. First of all, we need to enhance the natural light sources of a space and then think about how and where to insert the artificial lighting points. And if you choose to furnish with warm light, you have all my approval!
- less is more. Having a very few things at home is not good, but if they are too many, the risk of overdoing it with useless objects is really much more serious. Keep in mind the concept of “functional aesthetics”.
- “This solid wood table is very beautiful with the swivel chairs in recycled plastic, the porcelain stoneware, the zebra rugs, the velvet curtains and the Alexa on the ceiling!”. Contrasts are accepted, but only when they are functional to give a tone to the environments and to highlight certain areas or elements. Contrasts must be used with a clear idea, it is not a competition to see who contrasts more!
- make your home and the elements within it talk each other: the entrance with the living room, the sleeping area with the living area, the terrace with the corridors. All must refer to each other, without some appearing to belong to other styles (or to other houses).
What will happen to our homes in the future cannot be said with absolute certainty, even if home automation and AI are increasingly taking over the dynamics of living. One thing that will not change easily, however, is the desire to imitate the taste of famous houses, perhaps those that are most exposed on social media today. Who has never used Pinterest to take a look at vip homes or even just to look for inspiration for famous interiors? Those who are more agée may prefer magazines or books (I am one of them, even if I am always on social networks). Now on TV we have the opportunity to take a closer look at the VIP homes. In fact, every Wednesday at 21.10 MTV Cribs Italia (channel 130 of SKY or streaming on NOW), the Italian version of the famous American show that opens the doors of the homes of celebrities, making us discover their tastes and their spaces, is broadcasted. And knowing their homes we also have the opportunity to investigate more and more their daily life, their character. Because that’s how houses are made, to talk about us to others.
Bonus track: in this short video I further explore the concept of home, a topic that is very close to our heart.
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