Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

Most of us spend more time look­ing at our screens, tele­vi­sion, lap­tops and tablets than is pos­si­bly healthy, both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally. As a re­sult, one of the fastest grow­ing in­te­rior trends is all about cre­at­ing ded­i­cated, in­ti­mate tech­nol­ogy-free spa­ces in our homes. While this trend is not about ad­vo­cat­ing ditching our new, flat-screen tele­vi­sions, lap­tops, tablets or smart­phones, it is about cre­at­ing at least one tech­nol­ogy-free liv­ing space that re­volves around hu­man, rather than dig­i­tal, con­nec­tion in our homes.

De­fined liv­ing spa­ces are re­turn­ing as a con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture. Th­ese are spa­ces de­signed with­out the space for a tele­vi­sion to al­low more hu­man in­ter­ac­tion in the home.

Many house­holds now in­sist on tech­nol­ogy-free fam­ily din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and a ded­i­cated din­ing room can help us to break that dig­i­tal con­nec­tion. This trend is also ex­tend­ing to our liv­ing rooms. TVS are now of­ten del­e­gated to a me­dia room, al­low­ing the liv­ing space to be a place of en­ter­tain­ing and con­ver­sa­tion.

This trend is re­flected in re­laxed fur­ni­ture and styles, from deeply soft vel­vet so­fas, to com­fort­able day beds, sheep­skin rugs and lush floor cush­ions. Add to that mix some wel­com­ing, colour­ful and tac­tile decor and soft fur­nish­ings for a style of re­lax­ing with fam­ily and friends at home.

You can ex­tend that wel­com­ing theme of dig­i­tal-free, hu­man con­nec­tion to in­clude house guests. Fresh cut flow­ers and plants, as well as a stack of well-cho­sen books on bed­side ta­bles will in­vite guests to ditch the elec­tron­ics and re­vert to old-school read­ing and re­lax­ing.

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