The Resimercial Trend

Spaces are being created to reflect a home away from home.

Written by Amy LeFevre, Art Director

I came across an interesting term recently: “resimercial”.

This sums up where we are in our commercial markets right now.

Designers are in the midst of creating environments that are a cross between the home and commercial spaces. These spaces maintain the comforts of home, balanced with performance needs necessary in commercial spaces — for example, traditional forms merged with ergonomically designed furniture or durable cleanable surfaces.

Spaces are being created to reflect a home away from home. Comfortable, welcoming spaces that are clean and sterile without looking cold and uninviting are happening in all market segments.

Our need to connect with nature is also a constant. It is a way to promote wellness and healing. We are exploring motifs such as such as leaves, clouds, fibers and natural textures. Color palettes are inspired by nature in soft blues, greens, stone, clay, earth tones. (Yes, grey and beige are here to stay!)

Sustainability is a key link to preserving nature. We tie in sustainability not only with water-based pigments and raw materials, but also when thinking design motif. If something is timeless, it has longevity.

We see hints of nostalgia remaining on trend. Combining old and new together.

Art Deco is still a present influence. This era provides us with classical inspiration we can adapt to look modern and relevant.

So many of us engage with society in a virtual realm. People are craving experiences. Texture is important element that encourages one to touch and feel your environment. We see texture and materials being layered and mixed together in spaces. (As the metaverse evolves, I am betting texture will be just as important there too!)

What I find so very interesting is that each of these points are being circulated in hospitality, healthcare, and corporate market segments. It’s as if all these markets that have maintained individuality in the past have collided. The line between each is truly blurring and mashing up with residential design.