But the focus outside will be on how our changing requirements can be best served in a communal context. This is critical as many social housing residents have little or no access to their own outside space and at the same time many who are on a lower income have more limited leisure or home improvement options.
We would expect the changes to interiors we’re likely to see in the private sector to be mirrored here. Alongside that, specific outside areas with specific functions will be demarcated more clearly. There will be spaces for play and social interactions, alongside quiet spaces for work and contemplation.
That would immediately be seen in increasing amounts of covered areas, the planting of gardens rather than lawns and a boost to exterior Wi-Fi coverage.
The Cuprinol colour range can deliver bright playful contrasting pops of colour in communal garden areas to demarcate specific active areas. It also offers beautiful muted shades for quiet corners.
The role interior communal areas have in inspiring pride and a sense of belonging among residents will come into clearer focus. A design approach could be to add a little flourish of colour to entrance areas like hotel receptions - where dynamic colour and lighting schemes can combine to create a great first impression.
Lockdown has also seen communities coming together to grow more produce. We’d expect that to continue with an increase in wooden planting trugs and residents personalising individual planting areas with their favourite exterior hues.
Upcycling will continue - with paint giving a new look to old tyres used as veg planters and bang on trend pallet furniture where people can relax.
It has been shown that the creative use of outside space can provide a significant boost to the well-being of sheltered housing residents - particularly those with dementia.
Soothing havens like garden shelters, painted in calming sage green will provide protection from the elements, and colourfully painted band-stands that echo a bygone era can provide a joyous and therapeutic benefit.
A tired and unloved area can become a new social landscape for residents. Decking and colourful painted timber sheds can evoke a coastal theme, while a painted mural along an otherwise dull rendered wall can draw you into a scene which tells a story - such as a canal walk.
At the same time developers and town planners will be exploring how they can help communities interact with each other better. How environments can be brought to life though simple measures like painting fence panels black to make planting pop.
The way we all live is changing swiftly. Homes will look different as a result of our experiences in the past few months.