When we start feeling stressed and bogged down, we take ourselves for a relaxing spa day. Why not do the same thing for our living space? It’s easy to let things pile up when we use the same space for so many different things. Clearing the clutter and giving your space a makeover will help you feel more energized and your home will feel more comfortable.
With so many things going on in the world, our homes have become classrooms, our offices, and workout rooms since many places have closed down or limited occupancy. If your home has become a catch-all for everything, it’s time to get in and show it some love by cleaning it and giving it places for all those things. Here are a few helpful tips from interior decorators to help you revamp your living space.
It’s easy for a home to feel cramped when you have a lot of clutter. The first thing to do is start in a small area like a bathroom and then work your way outward. Clean and organize cabinets, drawers, and shelving units. Having a defined place for everything makes it much easier to keep clean.
Divide the Space Into Workable Areas
If you work at home or homeschool your children, it can begin to take over the space in your home. If you can, create a space for each thing, like making an area with a small table, a bookshelf, and a computer for children to do their school work. Another area can be for mom or dad’s work projects. If you need a workout space, section off an area for that and fill it with workout equipment. An exercise area can consist of a yoga mat and a few free weights, a jump rope, or a weight set.
Add Some Color
Painting the walls is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to immediately invigorate any home. If you are unable to paint because you live in a rental property, the next best thing is to bring in accent color with accessories. Bright sunny colors like yellow and orange invigorate and energize a space. Blues and greens create a relaxing atmosphere, but you should avoid colors like red and black. These colors can be brought in as throw pillows, an area rug, curtains or artwork to bring color into your space.
Let in Some Light
There is nothing that brightens up a room as much as opening the curtains and letting in the sunshine. It’s a proven fact that people need natural light to survive and thrive. To make sure you get enough light, position your work area close to a big window where you can get plenty of light and have a nice view. If you have some rooms that have small windows or just seem dark, add a few reflective surfaces like wall mirrors to reflect the light and make the room seem brighter.
Bring In Some Greenery
Plants and flowers bring the outdoors inside. A beautiful bouquet of roses on a kitchen table makes the whole room feel cozy. Plants put off oxygen, which helps a lot if you have a family member with asthma or suffer from seasonal colds. You don’t have to have a green thumb to grow plants. Simply choose plants that require very little human intervention and you’ll be fine. Plants like the Pothos, Jade Plant, Spider Plant, and Peace Lily are low-maintenance plants that are hardy and can survive almost anything.
Decorate With Scent
Scent is a very powerful energizer. You can use fragrances that enhance your mood, making you feel grounded and centered like frankincense, rosemary, cedar, or sage. Incense sticks or cones are an easy way to add a scent to your room, as well as scented candles, oil diffusers, and room sprays. Bakery scents like spiced pumpkin pie are great for kitchens to give it that “homey” smell.
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