Practicality has taken over aesthetics on the home front in the last two years that have made hybrid work and study models the norm. Today, home innovation has taken the shape of a necessity. So, what are some trends that are here to stay, the ones you too should apply to your home to convert every nook and corner into an efficient one?

With the hybrid model of work and study becoming permanent, home innovation has become a necessity than a luxury. People today look for comfortable, multi-functional homes and the trends in this space reflect this sentiment. As an extension of this, the definition of home innovation is also broadening. In this article, we explore some of the trends that will take center stage in the months to come:

Focus on energy efficiency and environment-friendliness
There is a growing awareness and concern about the impact of climate crisis, prompting more and more people to take the sustainable way of living. They are seeking ways to reduce the energy consumption levels wherever required. The major ask from customers is how can they optimise the energy consumption irrespective of the changes in the weather. One of the most effective ways is opting for materials like Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) and aluminium, especially for windows and door systems. uPVC windows and doors have high insulation and can help maintain cooler indoor temperatures, while their aluminium counterpart has high thermal efficiency, thereby increasing energy efficiency. They are also an environment-friendly alternative due to their recyclable properties.

Another option that architects and builders are recommending these days is the usage of facades. This is an intelligent and cost-effective way to optimise natural light usage and make the structures more energy efficient and robust.

Smart homes and automation
It is impossible to talk about home innovation and not mention smart homes and automation. Today, it is no longer an excerpt from a science fiction tale, but a reality. Smart windows are amongst the most popular and the latest offerings in this segment. Smart windows let their users optimise the view in their homes and offices. These windows offer several controlling features such as opacity of the window, blinds etc., through a remote. Such systems provide convenience to the inhabitants.

People today increasingly prefer products that allow them an opportunity to customise. They consider homes as a reflection of their personality, and as they are unique, so should be their homes. Further, they are also far more open to experimentation. With consumers’ growing interest and advancement in the building material industry, there is an increasing demand for customised building materials. Windows and doors today are available in a range of materials and colours. The possibilities of customisation are endless, even in the case of floor and wall tiles, thanks to digital printing technology.

Convenience and security
Today convenience is a crucial aspect that every homeowner is looking for. They are looking for homes that offer them a sense of comfort and calmness, which is also reflected in their choice of building materials. Customers now desire bigger and sleeker doors & windows as they allow more light to come inside the house. They are also looking for slide and fold doors because they consume less space and provide more room for movement. Another model that is gaining traction in the door segment is the zero threshold sliding door system. They make access and movement more convenient. These systems focus on providing convenience and are safe, as they are light yet sturdy. Additionally, these systems require significantly less maintenance.

Building or even renovating a home today entails using everything smart, from base materials to smart technology. Consumer preferences have shifted due to the pandemic, and building materials players are working towards fulfilling new demands and keeping up with upcoming trends.