5 Big Ways Homes Will Look Different After Coronavirus

That place you spent weeks holed up in could look a whole lot different in a post-COVID-19 world.

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Coronavirus has indelibly changed the world around us. It's changed the way we shop, the way we travel, and even the way we socialize with one another—and it might just change the way we outfit our homes, as well. However, it's not just that standard stockpile of cleaning supplies you'll see in houses going forward. Read on to discover how interior designers say our homes will change after coronavirus. And if you want to avoid contaminating your house, check out these 7 Things You'll Never Want in Your Home After Coronavirus.

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You'll see more multipurpose furniture.

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When your home is also your office, your gym, and your kids' school, single-use furniture just won't cut it. "Many individuals have needed to transform areas of their homes to create separate work and school areas to accommodate the demand of their new daily lives," explains designer Javier Fernandez of Traditional Designs. And that's precisely why multipurpose furniture is becoming a necessity in the wake of coronavirus. And for more advice on getting your work space in tip-top shape, here are 7 Genius Home Office Hacks That'll Make Working from Home Way Better.

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You'll see more automation.

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To avoid cross-contamination on frequently touched surfaces, designers and homeowners will increasingly rely on automation. "I've noticed a demand for automating homes to reduce as many touch points as possible," says Fernandez.

He also notes that automation systems are becoming more affordable and easy to install. "The available technology allows you to control just about everything in your home with voice-prompted command systems for lights, heating and cooling, controlling your media devices, and even your faucets," Fernandez explains.

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You'll see more open-concept spaces.

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Open-concept design has been a major trend for decades, but coronavirus has made knocking down walls a necessity for safety, too. "Until there is a vaccine, we'll need to be careful when it comes to entertaining and bringing friends into the home," says interior designer Christina Nielsen. She notes that spaces will need to be designed with both the potential for social distancing and airflow in mind. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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You'll see more hard surfaces.

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Cleanliness is the name of the game when it comes to combatting coronavirus—and that means you'll see more hard surfaces in your average home in the near future. "Non-porous materials that germs and bacteria have a harder time sticking to will make their way into home design," says designer Jessica Harris of Living Spaces. She predicts that laminate, metal, cement, and smoked glass will surge in popularity, particularly in high-traffic areas of the home. And if you want to know more, check out 7 Home Surfaces Most Likely to Be Contaminated with Coronavirus.

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You'll see more plants.

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Indoor plants are having a moment amid the pandemic. "Not only do they add beautiful versatile color and life to any space, but many can help filter the air and provide added oxygen to the indoors," says Noel Gatts, owner and principal designer of beam + bloom Interiors. Want to keep your home cleaner? Make sure you know these 11 Ways You're Spreading Germs All Over Your Home Without Realizing It.

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