19 Apr Sunday Switch
Spending more time in our homes during lockdown, mean we see the little areas that just don’t “work”. And we can’t go buy any decor items at the moment to fix it up.
So for those who just want to give a simple (and low-cost!) refresh, we have a few ways to do that without purchasing a single new item. That’s right, it’s all about the layout.
Here are some fun and creative ways to switch up your living space with nothing more than a little elbow grease-and maybe a set of helping hands to lift the heavier items.
1. Re-arrange it
Sometimes rearranging furniture can change the entire look and feel of your room. Don’t be afraid to move things around and see what it does to your space. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to experiment. You might find you have more room than you thought.
Chances are, when you moved in, you shoved your sofa up against a wall to get the most possible space in front of it. However, pulling furnitue away from the wall actually makes the space feel bigger. Floating furniture makes a space feel more thoughtfully arranged-you know, like you didn’t just shove everything up against a different wall.
If you have the space for it, put the sofa in the center of your living room, then place your console or sideboard behind it, and cover the surface with frames and decorative objects. Experiment with facing the sofa a different direction so your daily view gets a bit of a switch-up.
3. Re-consider desk placement
So you started out this Work-From-Home journey with a desk wherever you could carve one out. Now that it seems we’ll be doing this for a while, try finding a new home for it. Place your existing table or desk in the center of a room, or facing a window or your favorite interior view of your home, whether it’s a beautiful fireplace or piece of art. Again, switching up your view will make all the difference.
4. Switch up the art
A super-impactful, super-easy way to change up your surroundings? Swap your art. If you already have multiple pieces hanging in a gallery wall or around an open space, you can simply remove pieces from their nails or hooks and hang them on different ones. Or, if you want to arrange some art without picking up a hammer, try propping it on a shelf or mantel.
5. Adjust your dining table
Have a table with leaves? You’re in luck – you basically have unlimited rooms. With the lack of dinner parties hosted during lockdown, try to maximize the dining room to accept some of the new needs of the family. A dining table can be a great home office to set up stacks of papers and a desktop, piled high with books to encourage reading while homeschooling or an easy space to set up work- or activity space for the kiddos. Try adding fresh leaves from the garden in a vase and switch it up with floating candles during dinner time. Make your dining table live – this brings a sense of freedom and could make us feel less “locked-down”.
Enjoy switching up your space this Sunday! We hope it brings fresh energy for the next lockdown week to come.
By Alet Smit | Attorney & Group Marketing Head