28 Apr Coliving: a growing trend in furniture
Can you imagine a space where you can live, work and socialise all in one place?
A place where you can enjoy the comfort of home, but also interact with other people and have your own space for professional focus, development or study.
Welcome to the world of co-living!
This residential model of co-living is all the rage.
In this article we want to share with you all details about this trend and its role in the furniture sector.
What is coliving?
Coliving or “community living” is a lifestyle in which people share a home and work together to create a community.
It usually offers two very distinct spaces:
– Private spaces (en-suite bedrooms or studios).
– Shared spaces (kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, leisure areas and work and meeting areas).
In recent years, this form of ‘cohabiting’ spaces has become very popular.
Young people taking their first steps in the labour market, digital nomads or simply those who cannot afford the high cost of housing are those who opt for this cohabitation system.
It may sound like a traditional rental, shared flat or student hall of residence, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The philosophy of co-living is different. Community, collaboration and shared experience are key pillars.
This is what makes it so attractive to those looking for a more connected and meaningful life.
Coliving and the furniture sector
By definition, co-living is closely linked to the world of furniture and interior design.
Spaces, their use and the furniture we place in them are key elements in creating shared, pleasant spaces which meet the needs of the co-livers.
The right furniture and decoration can transform a space into a welcoming and personalised home. A common place, yes, but with a unique atmosphere.
Therefore, there are 3 features defining a co-living space: Functionality, comfort and appeal.
The furniture used is usually of high quality, durable and, above all, very versatile and customisable.
Design and customisation
Coliving is a modern and current trend.
It belongs to young people, who attach great importance to interior design, distribution, aesthetics and decoration.
People who are committed to spaces that encourage social interaction, collaboration and community well-being.
In this way, we find common spaces such as the kitchen or the living room, which tend to have open, welcoming designs that favour meetings and exchanges between residents.
As for the decoration, this tends to be very diverse, as the aim is for everyone to contribute their own personal touch of style, making the spaces exude a mixture representing all the inhabitants together, and at the same time each one of them individually.
Trends in interior design
We could say that co-living is a trend of trends.
A model of cohabitation that draws from many other trends in interior design, design and decoration.
Let’s check out some of them:
– Minimalism. This style is ideal for co-living spaces, as it focuses on simplicity and functionality. This style enables you to make the most of the available space and to create tidy and harmonious atmospheres. Furniture with simple lines and neutral colours create modern and sophisticated ambiences.
– Multifunctional spaces. Furniture and accessories that fulfil multiple functions are the most in demand due to space limitations. We find folding beds (fulfilling the function of bed and desk), extendable tables or sofa beds.
– Sustainability. Environmental awareness and sustainability are also important topics in co-living. Sustainable or directly recycled furniture is becoming increasingly common in this residential model. And so is second-hand furniture. After all, it is a system based on the use of space, people and, of course, resources.
What do you think? Did you know about coliving?
If not, get ready. You will hear a lot about it.