To minimize the spread of COVID the best we can during the pandemic, our homes have now become home offices, classrooms, the gym, and social arenas. After occupying the same space day in and day out, it’s easy to feel uninspired but your surroundings. Hope, however, is not lost! Turn your home into a fresh and stimulating environment with a few inexpensive and simple transformations. Read the following 7 tips from interior decorators, feng shui experts, and design enthusiasts on exactly how to do it!
Break it up
Conflicting responsibilities can easily have you feeling overwhelmed. Stay organized and on track by designating different areas for specific tasks. A desk in the living room serves as a command center for going online and making phone calls. The bedroom is assigned for napping and watching movies in bed. If you live in a studio, split spaces up with dividers such as curtains, bookshelves, or other furniture.
Immediately invigorate any home by painting the walls. It’s cheap and easy to do. Opt for natural colors to create a classic look that will hold up against almost any decor. Looking for something more dramatic? Create a feature wall by adding a pop of color. Most interior designers recommend blues and greens because those are most associated with well being, health, and calm. If paint is too big of a commitment, use accessories such as throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, etc. to bring color into a space.
Streamline and declutter
Many may be starting to feel that their home is cramped like never before from the addition of family members, roommates, and significant others who are now living and working alongside them. Remedy this feeling and spatial harmony by decluttering. Doing so brings your space up to speed. Start with a small space such as a bedroom. This task will give you a quick feeling of accomplishment and encourage you to continue with other spaces. Beyond the aesthetics of a tidy space, clearing clutter also lowers stress.
Do a digital detox
In our current climate of constant COVID-19 news and social media by setting up manageable boundaries based on place or time. As an example, remove mobile tech devices from your bedroom or designate dinnertime to be phone-free. It’s important to stay informed about the health crisis, but it’s not hard to go from a healthy level of engagement to compulsive checking.
Scent is powerful
Scent is a powerful tool for uplifting one’s mood. Infuse scents in your rooms with candles, air mists, oil diffusers, or fresh flowers to start. Use incense to focus and meditate, rosemary for invigoration, and scents like cedar, copal, and frankincense to feel grounded. Your choices for scents are endless! Open your window a crack for some fresh air and more a more subtle scent effect.
Add elements of green
One way to make you space feel more livable is by incorporating elements of green. There is no better time to bring the outside world in. While we spend more time indoors, everyone could use a little more oxygen. Plants not only add oxygen to a room but light and color as well. Consider the level of care you want to give a plant before choosing one. Some plants are high maintenance while others are relatively low. Regardless of the plant you choose, the ritual of maintaining it can be deeply healing and rewarding.
With your home now serving as an office, you have control over the lighting conditions. Maximize your exposer to natural light by keeping your desk near a window with drapes or curtains open during the day. If you have minimal lighting coming in, consider affixing aluminum mini blinds to windows. This provides control to direct incoming sunlight or to cut it out. To enhance the light in dark rooms, add accessories with reflective surfaces such as a mirror, chrome lamp, or a lacquered table.