Make Quarantine Feel Like a Staycation With These DIY Home Design Refreshers
With pandemic numbers increasing, another round of lockdowns is a possibility. Knowing this, updating your home might make a big difference in lightening your mood and lifting your spirits. Whether you have a small apartment or a larger house, simple refreshers can make you feel transported to a relaxing get-away.
Start with a vision.
When upgrading your home’s style, think about the look you’d enjoy if you were seeking a vacation home. Do you like Nordic-inspired minimalism with warm accents, or would you prefer a cozy English cottage style? Perhaps you want bright colors that hint at tropical climates. Whatever your taste, remember to leave yourself open spaces, so all that extra time at home doesn’t feel too confining. Try to avoid any unsightly clutter in your workspace or play zone. You’ve probably heard of the KonMari method of tidying up; now might be a great time to try it.
Once you’ve selected a style goal and cleared away the clutter, here are a few easy updates you can make without spending too much or depending on outside help.
Update your windows
Something as simple as a curtain can transform an entire room, and there are many curtain styles to choose from. If you want a light Mediterranean look, go for sheer curtains in light colors. Or you might prefer a more formal brocade, bamboo blinds, or even brightly colored fabrics draped artistically. Don’t forget to think about privacy, as well. If your windows face a public area, a good option might be a curtain that can work as a privacy screen when needed, but that can also be pulled back to frame the window and let the sunshine in.
Swap out the hardware
Little things like faucets, doorknobs, and cabinet handles can make a significant statement. Whether your style is modern, classic, rustic, or bohemian, the hardware you pick for your living spaces can change the bland to memorable. Matching your handles, faucets, and appliances can help unify a room that seems discordant. Or you might find it more reflective of your personality to mix and match signature vintage items. Even if you don’t feel like going through the trouble of switching out a faucet or light fixture, updating cabinet handles is easy and affordable and can add flair to a room. Choosing fixtures that are convenient to use can also decrease stress or even save money on utilities.
Add a statement rug for style and comfort.
A striking floor accent can make a difference in the appearance of a room and for your comfort. A soft modern shag rug in warm colors turns your floor into a place to lounge with a book and a warm beverage. Let yourself get daring and choose a carpet with bright tropical themes or geometric shapes. Or keep things classical with a Persian-style rug in your favorite color palette. Think about how you will be using your floor space, as well. If you plan to exercise at home a lot, leave one area bare for cardio sessions, but put down a soft, attractive throw rug in another room for stretches, yoga, or Pilates.
Indulge in some small luxury to brighten your daily life
Some of the pleasures you miss during quarantine can be brought right into your home. Are you missing your favorite coffee shop? Think about purchasing a cappuccino maker. Are you looking for a way to add a spa experience since you can’t make it to the salon? Try some luxury skincare items to help the stress roll-off. You don’t have to spend a lot on these little luxuries either. Sites like QVC or Overstock offer a wealth of designer choices at lower prices. When the pandemic is over, you might find you like your in-house spa experience so much that you’ll want to make it a new tradition--and save a little money while you’re at it.
In the era of online shopping, a home update need not involve a lot of stress or expense. Check out closing sales and giveaways, and make price comparisons, to get good deals. While it can be frustrating to feel stuck in one place for weeks, this might be your opportunity to put some extra love into your home and invest in improvements that will outlast the pandemic.
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