By Megan Slack
Just when we thought life during the pandemic had peaked with digital gallery tours – we learned about virtual interior design services.
With instructions to stay at home, people were and are spending every waking minute looking at the same four walls. Between working, cooking, and sleeping, there is more opportunity to assess your home interior and, most significantly, what you would like to change about it. It is, therefore, unsurprising that virtual interior designers have seen demands for their services grow considerably since last spring.
See: Interior design trends – the top looks for the year ahead
An abundance of homeowners are using their extra time indoors to renovate their properties, driven by the expertise of a virtual interior designer – so you can transform your home without having to move from your sofa.
'During lockdown, we have seen a rise in the number of remote design inquiries,' revealed Faye Robinson-Hey, lead interior designer at Robinson King Interiors. The designer continued, explaining more about the trends she has observed amid the pandemic:
'At Robinson King Interiors, we have been offering remote interior design (or e-design) for some time now as there has been a gradual shift in how people access design services.'
See: Living room ideas – inspiring ways to decorate and furnish your space
'Remote, online interior design is perfect for the current climate as well as being a great service for those who want to work with a designer in a more flexible manner; it works really well on the residential interior design front.
We use Zoom video calls, WhatsApp, Pinterest, and of course, emails and telephone calls to communicate, producing digital design packages that are emailed directly to the client in addition to sample packs sent out in the post. We are aware that the impact of the pandemic will be long-lasting not only on the way we live and work but also on the value we put on our own environments,' she added.
Faye expanded: 'Good design can have a positive mental impact on how we feel about being in a space, and so we look to bring our interior design service to clients with a non-intimidating, remote, but personal approach.'
Similarly, the San-Francisco based virtual interior design company, Decorist, has also witnessed an increasing demand for their services amid the pandemic, as the Vice President of Operations, Susie Doyle, shared:
'As a more efficient and cost-effective alternative, online interior design has been a growing trend over the last five or six years, and the pandemic really accelerated this trend. As people have been spending more time at home, they have turned to online alternatives, and we have been there to provide a simple, fast, and inspirational service to meet the demand,'
Susie continued: 'Here at Decorist; we have seen an influx of interest since mid-2020 from a number of customer segments, and in particular from Millennials.
Millennials have always been a core base for us, and we have seen that number expand as more people needed to use their home to work remotely, to home school, or safe space to see friends and family.'
'As we spent more time in our homes, we also saw more customers who were simply motivated to invest in and redesign their homes. We think that now that the consumer knows how easy and affordable online design services can be, they'll continue to come to us with their future design projects,' Susie added.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
Blue dining room ideas – 12 beautiful ways to decorate with this soothing color scheme
These blue dining room ideas are perfect for a cool and sophisticated look
By Nicky Morris •
5 ways to design a calm garden retreat, using neutral colors and low-maintenance planting
Restrained materials and a muted color palette are the secrets to this calm garden retreat in the Hollywood Hills
By Rhoda Parry •
Joanna Gaines' space-enhancing tip will add instant style to your small room
The interiors guru has the solution to a small space, and it's right on trend
By Megan Slack •
Teenage girl bedroom ideas – 10 tips for fun and sophisticated design schemes
Teenage girl bedroom ideas aren't just about rethinking pink – they are about inspiring her to make her mark on the world
By Ailis Brennan •
Best wooden outdoor furniture – add teak, acacia or eucalyptus to the patio for stylish durability
The best wooden outdoor furniture for elevating your patio; from acacia wood Adirondack chairs to teak outdoor dining tables and chairs
By Amy Lockwood •
Dining room ideas – 32 decor, layout and design tips for dining areas
Our inventive tips for revitalising casual or formal dining room ideas will make them sing out effortlessly
By Jennifer Ebert •
Teenage boys bedroom ideas – 10 tips for seriously cool sleep spaces
Make it personal with teenage boys bedroom ideas, and you'll create a space that encourages them to be their authentic selves
By Ailis Brennan •
Stair paint ideas – 10 ways to make it a focal point with paint
Be inspired by these stair paint ideas and ensure your staircase is a fabulous feature
By Sarah Warwick •
Marie Kondo reveals the one item she regrets letting go – and the lesson she learned from the process
Even the master of organization has regrets after decluttering – but the realization came with an important lesson
By Marc Lupo •
Under stairs ideas – 10 tips for making the most of this overlooked nook
From pantries to powder rooms, these under stairs ideas can help you give an awkward space a new lease of life
By Ailis Brennan •