Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

Ikea fu­ture homes pro­ject man­ager Eva-Carin Banka John­son says for a home to be fit for pur­pose in the fu­ture it needs to be adapt­able. Rooms will have to of­fer more than one func­tion. By 2025, she says, we will see an in­creased de­mand for slid­ing walls to cre­ate mod­u­lar liv­ing and recre­ational spa­ces, al­low­ing lounges to be­come bed­rooms, bath­rooms to dou­ble as laun­dries and liv­ing rooms to easily trans­form into an of­fice. Fu­ture trends in­clude: Out­side grow­ing in: Home plant­ing so­lu­tions en­able fresh herbs and veg­eta­bles to be grown in the kitchen. In­door gar­dens draw us closer to na­ture. To­geth­er­ness in the home: Mul­ti­func­tional fur­ni­ture that adapts for work­ing, so­cial­is­ing and spend­ing time with the fam­ily. The kitchen is­land is set to be­come the so­cial cen­tre­piece of the home. Flex­i­ble liv­ing spa­ces: Rooms will no longer be de­fined by bound­aries but will be­come trans­formable. Happy, healthy homes: Homes will in­te­grate a green, healthy lifestyle, from elec­tric bi­cy­cles dis­played as wall art to ef­fi­cient food waste and re­cy­cling sys­tems. Home smart: Homes will be­come a phys­i­cal net­work of in­ter­con­nected ob­jects and ap­pli­ances, with dig­i­tal kitchen work tops trans­form­ing how we pre­pare our food.

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