New trend of one space for multiple purposes

New trend of one space for multiple purposes

Attend office meetings from the comfort of your home; exercising in the living room; and making sure the kids get their homework done, but in the dining room — while these situations may seem chaotic, the pandemic has taken us to a point where the walls separating different rooms have all but disappeared. Urban dwellers, forced to stay indoors, suddenly learned to multitask from a common area. This led to a revival of the age-old concept of multifunctional spaces.

This eclectic post-COVID interior trend is primarily a decor where a space serves multiple purposes. With spaces like this, designers are trying to create areas that serve a dual purpose – office spaces that are efficiently used as exercise areas, libraries that double as play zones, etc. Rahul Mistri, Principal Designer, Open Atelier Mumbai, explains the importance of such versatility “At With today’s real estate space constraint, multifunctional spaces are more of an approach – an approach to unleash design creativity in a small space, which can result in a polished experience.”

Distinctive and ideal

Born out of necessity during the lockdown caused by the pandemic, the idea of ​​versatile spaces only ensures optimal use of space in a post-pandemic world while also meeting our work-from-home needs. Leaving aside the prevailing combinations like kitchen-turned-dining room, Rishabh Kapoor, founder of Vasant Kunj-based design Deconstruct, suggests making the most of uncluttered spaces.

“In compact spaces with an open plan living and dining area, you can delineate a quiet, bright corner as a home office by defining it with a rug or desk lamp. You can also use the kitchen island or the breakfast table for office work. All you need is a tidy space with a good desk lamp to focus on.” Kapoor also advocates arranging the space in different ways — you can rearrange the furniture, use different color palettes, or install area-specific lights to create different zones create – to assign separate functions to a common space.

Mistri believes that for commercial projects such as retail showrooms or offices, “sliding walls, moveable partitions, mobile furniture, etc. need optimization”.

Small adjustments, big impact

In most homes, open spaces are areas that can be used for multiple purposes with minor modifications. Ritu Gupta, director of designer home developer Pramod Group, notes: “Open spaces create free-flowing spaces that appear spacious while containing many functional areas. Any brightly lit corner in your living room, dining room or bedroom can be used as an office or study corner. If you have a work or home office, it can turn into a gym or yoga room after work.”

Other simple solutions include using breakfast tables for dining or as workspaces; Guest room as a home office or makeshift gym; The deck can be a place for meditation and so on. There is no hard and fast rule to follow; The idea is to keep it functional, stylish and uncluttered. Kapoor points out, “A space can be designed around its primary function, as a living room or guest room, but with a few tweaks it can also be used for a secondary or even tertiary purpose.”

For home offices, designers and entrepreneurs, Lipika Sud recommends using easy-care materials. “Furniture made of laminate can be very easy to care for because it can be wiped clean. Stain-resistant fabrics are also good options,” she concludes.


Here’s how you can transition to multifunctional spaces while keeping the sustainable element intact:

With a conscious approach to saving space and reducing energy consumption, one can certainly expect to derive sustainable design. Sustainability can also be implemented through multifunctionality and reuse of materials and furnishings.

-RAHUL MISTRI, Principal Designer, Open Atelier Mumbai

The design must follow the mantra “utility first, vanity later”. Oftentimes, customers aren’t sure what they want, they might just have a few fancy reference images. Designers should focus on recommending the best possible solutions.

-RISHABH KAPOOR, Founder, Design Deconstruct

Simple but ergonomic desks or folding tables can be added to an available corner space to create a workspace. Add functional yet aesthetically pleasing lightweight furniture. Make the most of natural light to avoid being dependent on electricity.

-RITU GUPTA, co-founder of Pramod Group

Adding floor mats and bean bags is an inexpensive and sustainable way to create multifunctional spaces. These can be made from bamboo mats and cane or jute material. Bean bags are available in colorful fabric-based material. Floor cushions are a great option for low seating. This will not clutter up the room too much.

-LIPIKA SUD, interior designer, Lipika Sud Interiors

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