Design Trends for Common Elements 2024 – By Zeke Margaritis

Creating a design that fits a building, its residents and has longevity is never an easy task. There’s a plethora of information and opinions on design trends and which ones have staying power. We believe there are five design trends that will continue to take off through 2024 and beyond.

  1. Sustainable Design: 
    Sustainability has become the focus of many conversations in the construction industry over the past two decades. Design and the use of sustainable materials are part of this conversation. In buildings where sustainability is a key imperative for Boards and owners; the design of the interior common elements can incorporate the use of recycled and natural materials, low-flow plumbing, high-efficiency lighting and environmentally friendly suppliers. Not only can sustainable designs be used to improve building efficiency it has also been shown to improve residents feelings of health and well being.
  2. Organic Shapes: 
    Over the past 10 or so years, modern design and the use of clean lines has been all the rage. It appears that a shift is beginning to occur as organic shapes are making a major comeback. As mentioned above, creating spaces that elevate people’s mood and comfort is an important factor in common element design. Designing spaces that use textures, colour and shapes that replicate what we see in nature can improve both body and mind. Studies have shown that a visual connection with nature can lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve mental engagement, and attentiveness, and positively impact attitude and overall happiness. 
  3. Multi-Functional Spaces: 
    Over the past few years people have spent more time inside than ever before. During this time, it became clear that many spaces were designed with a singular purpose that did always relate to owners’ evolving needs. Rethinking every square foot will increase what a space has to offer, add value and increase the return on investment. From small meeting rooms, work stations, yoga studios, lounges and versatile social and dining spaces, the possibilities are endless!
  4. Exaggerated Proportions: 
    The use of dramatic centre pieces in larger spaces such as lobbies is a timeless approach that should be utilized when possible. A large piece of curated artwork or a fireplace feature wall creates interest in the space and can be used to draw attention to a specific design element and minimize the effect of other more mundane components in the same space. There are endless options depending on budget, special layout and design intent. 
  5. Lighting is Art: 
    Lighting is art, yet it is one of the more underutilized items in a condominium refurbishment. This is usually due to budget, existing electrical layouts and available space. Moving forward we believe there will be a greater focus on lighting design. The use of bold colours, finishes and shapes will be utilized to make a statement. Large and unique pieces have been a staple in lobbies for a long time and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. What will become more prominent is the use of layered lighting and accent lighting. Purposeful lighting design is integral to the overall design concept and can elevate a good design into a work of art!

If your building needs a refresh or you’re looking to improve a specific space reach out to ArmourCo, our in-house design team will be happy to bring your ideas to life!

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