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When you’re out of the house most of the day, you don’t think about your home a great deal. But when you’re stuck indoors, it’s suddenly at the forefront of your mind.
Spending so much time inside the four walls of your home makes you think: how could you make your living arrangements better?
Here are some DIY lockdown decor tips and projects to keep you busy until life returns to normal, and you go back to work.
Pick A Wall And Make A Statement
Big, blank walls are massive opportunities to make a statement and do something a little different in your home. Here you have a range of options.
- Add a large painting. An oversized, floor to ceiling painting creates an immediate impact and immediately helps to transform a room. Pick an image of something that complements the rest of your home. Think carefully about colors and textures and whether they chime with the rest of your decor.
- Add large-scale photography. Similarly, large-scale photography can significantly impact how a room feels, utterly transforming its appearance.
- Install a new fireplace. If you don’t have a fireplace, rooms can lack that central feature they need to look their best. Adding one, therefore, can make all the difference in the world. Again, you’ll want to pick something that complements your existing decor.
- Paint it a different color. Statement walls don’t need pictures of room features to have an impact. Simply painting them a different shade should do the trick.
Add A New Rug
Adding a rug is one of the simplest things you can do to elevate how a room feels immediately – and one of the most powerful. Start by rethinking how you want to arrange your room. Instead of placing your seating and coffee table around the rug, sit them on top, and create walkways around the edge if you have space. Use your rug as a kind of platform for your furniture, so you have somewhere soft to place your feet when you stand up.
Today, there are all sorts of rugs from which to choose. Antique, boho, traditional and modern are all options here.
Add Plants To Your Window Sills
Adding plants to your window sills is one of the quickest and easiest ways to keep things fresh in your home during the lockdown, but only if you know what you’re doing. Many people go wrong with indoor greenery because they don’t know how to look after it properly.
Some species are better than others in this regard. Caring for a Chinese money plant is easy. Just place it next to the window, outside of direct sunlight, and it should thrive. If you leave it in the sun, the leaves will burn, and the plant will fail to live up to its potential.
The same principle applies to most other houseplants. They need a lot of shade and only minimal daily exposure to direct sunlight.
Once you have plants in your home, you lift your entire environment. Your home suddenly feels infinitely more cozy, welcoming, and comfortable, not to mention, relaxing.
Turn Your Hallways Into Galleries
Most people think of their hallways as purely utilitarian spaces they walk through on the way from one room to another. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
For instance, adding mirrors turns a dreary thoroughfare into an inspiring space that seems like more than the sum of its parts. Adding floor-to-ceiling mirrors creates the sensation that you’re walking through a gallery, reflecting on either side, giving the room a sense of opulence.
If you don’t have an entryway to your home, not to worry: you can do a similar thing on your staircases and landings. Add large mirrors on opposing walls and enjoy the difference it makes.
Add New Curtains
If you want your home to have more privacy and block out street light at night, you might want to consider replacing your curtains. Modern drapes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed to cater to practically any homeowner. Almost all modern designs mount on an overhead pole via a selection of mounting mechanisms. Blackout curtains let you block upwards of 90 percent of incoming street light, helping you get higher quality rest at night if you live in the middle of a big city.
The lockdown is taking its toll on everyone. But it is also an opportunity to rethink your home radically. Don’t let this opportunity go to waste. If you have free time, use it to upgrade your living arrangements, improve your environment, and foster wellbeing.