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We asked AI to predict future home improvement and interior trends

See AI's predictions for the future of home improvement and interior trends.

AI is a topic on everyone’s minds right now, as the technology is evolving quicker than ever before.

While it’s not quite ready to take over the world, it’s surprisingly good at predicting future trends based on historical information.

In this post, we look to AI-the-oracle to shed some light on what the future holds for interior trends and home improvements.

AI’s top interior design predictions

Within seconds, the AI gave a list of trends that it thinks are about to take off. Some are obvious, others not so much.

Here’s what the artificial intelligence had to say when quizzed about upcoming interior trends:

1. Eco-friendly design

Eco-friendly interior design

AI reckons sustainable materials and energy-efficient appliances will surge in demand in the coming years.

It suggests reclaimed wood, recycled materials, indoor plants and rainwater-collecting systems will all become common design elements.

Also, it predicts a rise in outdoor living spaces, like garden offices or outdoor kitchens, which make use of natural lighting to reduce electricity consumption.

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2. Smart integrations

smart home IoT

The AI was very insistent that homeowners should connect their appliances, power supply, thermostats and devices to a central control system via the Internet and then give AI full authority over the system… just kidding.

Smart integrations are certainly on the horizon though, and are already on the rise. As costs come down and different kinds of technologies pop up, homeowners are likely to start using them in the near future.

These integrations include things like smart lighting, smart blinds and smart thermostats, all of which homeowners can control from a central dashboard or mobile app. There are also some much more exciting bits of tech, like smart mirrors that double as TV and computer screens, as well as wireless charging furniture!

3. Zen-like design

Scandinavian and Japanese-inspired minimalist designs are very popular at the moment, and AI predicts this trend will continue well into the future.

With homeworking becoming more common, many homeowners are trying to capture a peaceful, zen-like atmosphere to maximise productivity and minimise stress.

AI bases this prediction on a few other factors, such as the increasing influence of global cultures, the need to maximise practicality in smaller living spaces and a growing desire amongst people to reduce consumption and waste.

Minimalism also complements tech integration, as modern smart devices have sleek, minimalistic appearances.

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4. Maximalism (as a counter-trend)

Maximalism interior design

On the other side of the design spectrum is maximalism, which AI predicts will return in response to minimalism.

This style is characterised by bold, personal and eclectic elements, in contrast to the less personal, subtle and uniform features of minimalistic designs.

Some find maximalism to be more expressive, as it allows for more creativity and the addition of nostalgic or sentimental items. Design trends are often cyclical, so it’s no surprise that maximalism is on the rise after a long period of minimalist-dominated aesthetics, particularly in the era of social media where people want to show off their individuality.

5. Multifunctional spaces

AI tells us that the homes of the future are likely to have versatility incorporated into their design, with features like movable walls, multipurpose kitchens doubling as meeting areas, ergonomic features and modular furniture.

These design features will give homeowners flexibility in terms of how they use their home on a given day, making remote working much more comfortable and productive.

Such interesting design elements may also increase property values significantly, as modern buyers may be on the lookout for well-designed, multifunctional homes.

6. VR and augmented reality for design planning

With virtual and augmented reality technology becoming more widely available and increasing in quality, AI predicts these tools will become indispensable in the process of designing homes.

Because they allow you to visualise designs instead of relying on your imagination, they’re expected to make interior design much easier and more effective.

Companies like home furnishing retailers are already adopting this futuristic try-before-you-buy process, as it has the potential to help homeowners make informed purchase decisions and reduce the frequency of returns.

Virtual reality can also allow people to immerse themselves in new designs, giving them a real taste of how they feel and look before committing to anything.

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7. Personalised spaces

AI’s final prediction for the future of interior design trends is that people will move towards personalisation and departure from generic, catalogue-styled room designs.

This, according to AI, emerges out of a desire to express individuality, the rise in DIY and home improvement content on social media, an increased awareness of how physical spaces impact mental health, and several other factors.

Personalisation can also help homeowners cater to their unique needs. For example, many people may want to adjust their home to make it more suitable for home working or looking after kids while working, meaning they need to strike a balance between functionality and comfort.

Spending more time at home may also prompt people to create designs that reflect their individuality and uniqueness.

Quick roundup

AI’s insights into the future of home design reveal an interesting interplay between technology integration, sustainability and individual expression.

Homes are becoming multifunctional as they evolve with the changing lifestyles of their owners, which gives rise to some very cool, never-seen-before designs in some cases.

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