New Normal: 5 Post-pandemic Interior Design Trends to Watch

September 12, 2023



Michelle Bagro of PSID

The field of interior design for residential, commercial, and institutional spaces is undergoing a continuous transformation to incorporate the “new normal.” Restaurants are reconfiguring their layouts for safer dining experiences, and offices are being designed to balance safety and collaboration. Personal sanctuaries have evolved to blend home and work aspects creatively, underscoring that a beautiful and safe space is no longer just a luxury but a necessity. 

Here are five trends prevailing in the interior design scene after the pandemic, revealing interior design’s true essence beyond mere aesthetics, that is, meeting essential human needs. 


One aspect coming into sharp focus was the future-proofing of homes and public spaces. This is making an object, like furniture, or systems, such as a layout and arrangement, unlikely to become obsolete in the future, through reinvention, renovation, or purchase. People are realizing the importance of adaptability in the face of unforeseen challenges. It is becoming crucial to be prepared for any possible occurrences and ensure that these spaces possess the adaptability to smoothly adjust and address evolving needs.

Innovative Technology Integration

Smart technology is becoming a game-changer in interior design, as it allows for contactless solutions. From automated lighting, doors, and smart appliances to touchless faucets, technology is becoming an indispensable ally in creating safe and efficient spaces that can also stand the test of time.

Kali, a restaurant in Siargao, design and render by Michelle Bagro

Strategic Ventilation

Designers are gaining a deeper appreciation for the significance of hygiene and safety protocols, with ventilation systems and air purifiers taking the spotlight to defend against airborne viruses while improving indoor air quality for better health. Proper air circulation is also emerging as a crucial aspect in influencing human behavior, including stress reduction and increased productivity, becoming a focal point in design considerations.

Social Distancing Layouts

Social distancing principles are also guiding careful and deliberate layout planning, not only ensuring physical safety but also creating a more comfortable coexistence within the space. Objects within homes, businesses, and public areas are reducing as they are starting to be multi-functional. In addition, they are becoming more compact to maximize and expand the breathing room between individuals. 

Hobby Accommodation

Many people are discovering new hobbies they never considered before– from gardening to baking, yoga, arts and crafts, and even starting small businesses at home. Interior design is coming out as a powerful tool, capable of accommodating these creative pursuits, developing positive emotions, promoting mindfulness, and instilling a sense of security.

Home décor, design and render by Michelle Bagro

A new era of interior design awaits— where functionality meets style, and the goal is to navigate through life with ease. See more interior design ideas at ‘Phusion,’ the Philippine School of Interior Design’s Class of 2023 graduation exhibit slated for the whole month of October at the Greenfield Tower in Mandaluyong City.

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